which Tele for 3K USD [for a friend]?

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  1. aadvark

    aadvark Tele-Holic

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    My friend has seen the light!
    She wants a tele.... finally!
    and has a budget of around 4k AUD. c.3k USD.

    She already has my old '65 Guild Starfire III, which she loves and has gigged to death for about 20 years!

    So, as a contrast to the Guild, I was thinking a regular solid body, both single poles Tele.

    Preferably old, but is there anything in that price range old that compares to the new re-issues?
     
  2. KC

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    you're going to have to get pretty lucky to find anything old & usable in that price range these days. I bought (and sold) a refin / refret '69 in that range a few years ago but I bet I couldn't these days. I picked up a '75 Strat off craigslist a couple of years ago for pretty cheap & it looked great & played well but the neck was sliding all over the place. So 60s is probably out of your price range & 70s may not be up to standard, though some of them are. And by the time you get to 80s, you might as well just get a new one. or get this guy to build you one:

    http://crestonguitars.com/guitars

    that's what I did!
     
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  4. gkterry

    gkterry Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    Suhr has nice ones in that price range.
     
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  5. Fluddman

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    What about a Nash? or for a bit more a Custom Shop.
     
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    I like the American Original series currently offered a lot. 70s Telecaster Custom or 60s Custom Telecaster (in the latter case it's not advertised that way but that's what it is). I haven't tried the 50s series.

    Otherwise, with that budget you are looking at post 1972 Telecasters and you'll have to search high and low. I have a 1976 Telecaster and it's a great guitar, but the current A/O series is a lot less of a crapshoot in terms of the guitar's weight which is always a risk with 70s. Plus A/O has better specs than 70s Fenders *to me) with 9.5 radius and nitro finish.
     
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  7. EsquireOK

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    Get a '52, '58, or '64 reissue from the American Vintage Series, from the years 2013–2017. It will be better than vintage in many ways – arguably better built, more consistently. And it won't suffer in value from being played regularly for decades to come.

    The '52 had a flat-poled bridge pickup, brass saddles, a tweed case, and only came in honey blonde.

    The '58 had a staggered-poled bridge pickup, smooth steel saddles, a brown tolex case, and came in burst or a very slightly warmed blonde.

    The '64 had a rosewood board, a brown case, staggered gray bottom pickups, threaded steel saddles, and came in the same slightly warm blonde, and 3TSB, as well as a few "custom" colors (including Candy Apple Red and Lake Placid Blue, IIRC).

    Obviously, the '64 is your only choice if you want rosewood on the neck.

    If you want maple, then the differences come down to color, saddle type, and pickup stagger.

    For her budget, she could almost get two of them...and they aren't going to go down in value. They rivaled Custom Shop N.O.S. for quality, and they were only made for five years.
     
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  8. Dacious

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    What style/s of music dies she play? A Tele is a bit of a shift from a Starfire. Have you taken her to a big retailer and let her try some guits? There's so many quality instruments from so many makers these days constraining yourself to one line and dollar figure is a bit confining, just IMO.

    Sometimes projecting desires - backfires.
     
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    New reissues are better than old reissues imo.
     
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  10. Nick Fanis

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    Buy her THREE Fender American standards from 1989-1999.
    Together with 3 decent bridge pickups (Fender Nocasters or 64 PV are fine and cheap).
    Appart from the mediocre bridge pickups these are killer guitars and will never loose their value.
     
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    Do him a big favor and find an American Performer for him.

    Best Tele I have touched to date.

    Bob
     
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    mimmo Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    This ^^^
    Telecasters from the AV series are just exceptional guitars. Period.
     
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    What about a new one? MiA Am Pro Teles are great. The pickups and electronics are better than they were decades ago. The playability is more consistent.
     
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    This. Again.

    I have dreams about a '52 AVRI.
     
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    They are totally worth the price IMO, I hope you will get one soon.
     
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    She may appreciate the lighter weight of a Thinline. And they are little less ubiquitous.
     
  17. aadvark

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    thanks for all the suggestions....

    she currently has a MIM tele on loan and is loving it... so I think that part of the decision is made.
     
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