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Discussion in 'Squier Tele Forum' started by dcupright, Nov 25, 2021.
Bender or baritone conversion.
Give it to a deserving kid starting out.
I did this the last upgrade I made and it was a win - win…
You’ll feel better than with any of the other choices.
If it's one of the ones with a flamey neck, sell it to me.
I'd look around for a Strat you can't live without and use it as a trade-in.
You're not playing it because of the new Tele you like more, so it's sitting idle.
You aren't gigging enough to need it as a backup.
Someone else could be enjoying it - Just in time for Christmas!
Just my two cents.
Yeah, if you're playing out, back up. If not... it's a wide open world of sounds in guitars. For me I feel like I have very narrow amount of guitars that I like the feel of. Strat / Tele. And if it's a decent SG. I also recently played a Cort that's sort of strat like and I liked how the body felt. The thing needed work though. Cousin's kid might be selling it. I liked how it looked and felt body wise and if I could get the action to where I'd like it, I'd say it's a decent guitar. Every once in a while I like a hollow body but I feel like most of them bend the strings when I play. Some don't though.
So, my point being, if you're picky like me, you might just want to keep what you got until you find something that feels right, then trade it for that or sell it after the fact. It's always good to have a back up.
Maybe keep it for a year, and if it doesn't get played, it gets sold.
The real question is how you play music. I saw that you don't gig. If you just noodle around the house, sell it or give it away. If you record, you might Esquire it or put in very different PUs to make it different from the Isbell. The Bender is an interesting idea, but you are sinking a lot of money into a cheap guitar that you don't love. I guess if you spring for the bender you could could shop for a better neck afterward.
Trade it for a Jazzmaster!
1. Everyone needs a strat.
2. Making it a bender is a good idea too….
I had a CV 50s Tele about 10 years ago, the white-ish one. It sounded great but I hated the skinny neck and it weighed about 8 lbs.
Only justification for keeping yours is if it's fairly light and if you're up for finding a fatter neck to put on it. A Baja neck in good shape with tuners will run you around $285 to $300. I don't think it's worth doing, but if the body is light (unlikely) it might be worth it to have a spare Tele.
I don't think it's worth it to turn it into a Bender.
My vote would be to just sell it and look for something with P90s. Or do a trade.
I'm just kidding around. I love those CV teles but I live in Canada, it likely wouldn't be worth it.
2. Sell it.
You could also raise the nut, put it in open tuning and use it for slide.
Keep it and trick yourself into playing it once in a while for variety.
Put new strings on it, and put it in its case. When the strings on your current fave die, just grab the other guitar with the fresh strings.
Having multiple guitars is more fun than selling 'em IMO, depending on circumstances.
If it had a neck similar to your new one you would play it more and it would make a better back up.
I have to say I find inspiration from rotating my guitars.
In what dream world can you get a used MIA Strat for the price of a used CV Tele?
Thanks for all of the good advice! As exciting as putting a bender in, I think I will put it up for sale locally. I really like this guitar but the reality is it won’t get played and it is too nice a guitar to sit.
thanks to everyone for helping me think this through.
Wise choice. I've been the the same position before where I upgraded from Squier to a better instrument. As good as the Squier was, the new one was better in all ways so I had no inclination to play a less inspiring guitar. Put the money towards something you like as much as your new Tele!
Late to the game. I have that same issue with a MIJ Jerry Donahue Tele. I love it. But don’t play it a whole lot as I have another Tele I like better. But feel bad having such a cool and nice guitar sit. I bounce the idea of selling it fairly often. But learn a new tuning.
The JD is my go to guitar for open G. Now I don’t play it a whole lot still. But it saves the tuning and retuning on my main guitar. Plus it’s actually set up FOR open G. So it’s justified… kinda lol