1. Win a Broadcaster or one of 3 Teles! The annual Supporting Member Giveaway is on. To enter Click Here. To see all the prizes and full details Click Here. To view the thread about the giveaway Click Here.

Which Tele for a $600 budget

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Newzpix, Oct 20, 2004.

  1. Newzpix

    Newzpix TDPRI Member

    Posts:
    53
    Joined:
    Oct 20, 2004
    Location:
    Near Mount Vernon, Va
    I am a relatively new player. Looking to purchase a Tele. Play mostly Blues....okay, only Blues. Not rock or jazz blues .... but down the Delta, Chicago, full of soul Blues.

    I have a budget of $600 for guitar + whatever it takes to make it toneful. Used is not a problem, in fact may be best.

    So far, I've had recommendations like:

    mid-80's MIJ

    2000 Squire Afinity with new pickups

    and even a used Robin Wrangler.

    So I come to you, the Tele players of the world...
    what would you purchase if you had only $600.00.
    :?:
     
  2. JessRobinson

    JessRobinson TDPRI Member

    Posts:
    70
    Joined:
    Jul 21, 2004
    Muddy Waters Tele

    Go with a Muddy Waters Telecaster for $500 - $550. Quality American parts, assembled in Mexico, sweet sweet sweet.
     
  3. Newzpix

    Newzpix TDPRI Member

    Posts:
    53
    Joined:
    Oct 20, 2004
    Location:
    Near Mount Vernon, Va
    Muddy Waters Tele

    I've read the Muddy Waters thread here and can't find any info on WHY this model is so loved.

    I'm not too thrilled with the Poly finish -- can't see how that does anything but kill the body resonance.

    What neck style does it have? Nice V or U shape?
     
  4. moonshiner

    moonshiner Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    2,692
    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2004
    Location:
    Milyucky, Whiskonsin
    Classic 50's.. 3 to 6 hundred...
    Though more a jazz instrument 72 Thinline, same family the Custom and Deluxe... all around 600...
    The Squier counter parts will allow you to buy more than one with a similar sound..

    Maybe out of the price range... Aerodyne with the P-90...
     
  5. gls500

    gls500 Tele-Holic

    Posts:
    892
    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2004
    Location:
    Chicago, IL
    How about a used G&L ASAT? You'll get a hard case and won't even have to change the pickups.

    My G&L is my preferred "tele" for when I play blues. It has a great tone for it.

    Edit: Some G&L porn for you:

    My ASAT
     
  6. KC

    KC Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    4,212
    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2003
    Location:
    Missoula, Montana
    one to try

    lots of good teles in this price range -- if the thick poly of the Muddy bothers you, try the Highway 1, which has a much thinner finish.

    before you decide, though, track down a '69 Thinline RI. The (stock) neck pickup on mine is a blues machine, and there's a kind of woody resonance to the guitar, especially at any kind of volume -- you can feel the air moving in & out of that f-hole. plus they are sharp-looking, to my eye, and feather-light.

    play it for long enough to decide if you like the neck or not, if you can. it's an unusual-feeling neck, pretty fat and deep in the shoulder, with dinky frets and vintage radius. I find it really comfortable and playable but it's not going to feel like the other necks on the rack. good luck.
     
  7. gls500

    gls500 Tele-Holic

    Posts:
    892
    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2004
    Location:
    Chicago, IL
    Re: one to try

    Great suggestion.

    Instead of clogging the thread with my pictures, here's mine:

    My Thinline Tele

    It's my definite #1, even though it was one of the less expensive guitars I own. It has a texas special in the neck, and a lindy fralin in the bridge. The pots were changed to CTS pots, and the tuners are grovers. Great guitar.
     
  8. 0le FUZZY

    0le FUZZY Former Member

    Posts:
    9,851
    Joined:
    Mar 3, 2003
    Location:
    Kolly-forn-knee-ya

    <li>HEE! HEE!


    [​IMG]

    Please visit my page
     
  9. stantheman

    stantheman Doctor of Teleocity

    Age:
    66
    Posts:
    11,604
    Joined:
    Jun 10, 2003
    Location:
    White Mountains
    Mexican Classic 50's or 60's used, that way "The Funk" has already been kick-started.
     
  10. microphonic squeal

    microphonic squeal Tele-Meister

    Posts:
    284
    Joined:
    May 4, 2004
    Location:
    Atlanta GA
  11. Newzpix

    Newzpix TDPRI Member

    Posts:
    53
    Joined:
    Oct 20, 2004
    Location:
    Near Mount Vernon, Va
    Ole Fuzzy

    What's with all the guitars? javascript:emoticon(':eek:')
    SurprisedHelp a brother out......sell me one javascript:emoticon(':lol:')
    Laughing
     
  12. 0le FUZZY

    0le FUZZY Former Member

    Posts:
    9,851
    Joined:
    Mar 3, 2003
    Location:
    Kolly-forn-knee-ya
    <li>I will !! Jes use the PM feature or email me from my page.
    <li>I'll git banned here udderwise.


    [​IMG]

    Please visit my page
     
  13. noodle_world

    noodle_world Tele-Meister

    Posts:
    273
    Joined:
    Oct 14, 2004
    get a Custom Tele FMT. nice fender pickups/hardware w/split coils. flame maple top. contour body. yummy.

    :lol:
     
  14. Colo Springs E

    Colo Springs E Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Posts:
    15,996
    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2003
    Location:
    Colorado Springs
    Re: Muddy Waters Tele

    ....Did you say your budget was $600?

    Good luck finding a (new) guitar for 6 bills or less w/o a poly finish. I'm not sure there is such a thing.

    And if you can truly hear the difference, then I'd recommend saving more money.

    -Eric
     
  15. Newzpix

    Newzpix TDPRI Member

    Posts:
    53
    Joined:
    Oct 20, 2004
    Location:
    Near Mount Vernon, Va
    Eric, no need to be cynical. I asked a simple question.

    As the saying goes, You catch more bees with honey, than with vinegar.
     
  16. Colo Springs E

    Colo Springs E Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Posts:
    15,996
    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2003
    Location:
    Colorado Springs
    Sorry...

    ......didn't mean to be cynical. I'm for real: I don't think you can find a new nitro guitar for $600 or less (perhaps a "parts" guitar?).

    I also truly recommend the extra $ saved up if you can actually tell the difference between a nitro-finished and poly-finished guitar.

    But it's your call. Sorry to offend.

    -Eric
     
  17. kp8

    kp8 Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    4,981
    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2004
    Location:
    Seoul, Korea
    Re: Muddy Waters Tele

    i gotta second the HW 1 recommendation. Alder body with very thin (and transparent) satin finish. Great vintage vibe, but modern neck. Nice axe for the $, but at $600- right at the upper limit of your budget.

    Thought the '69 thinline is looking sweet! (hehe)

    -kp8--

    ;)
     
  18. ashtray

    ashtray Tele-Holic

    Posts:
    791
    Joined:
    Sep 16, 2003
    Location:
    Ventura County, CA
    tons to choose from - but it really comes down to feel. Perhaps a G&L ASAT Classic (regular style pickups), or even a G&L Tribute model (these are like $350 new, with American pickups). From Fender - MIJ sounds like a good choice, or mim 50s classic. Personally, my favorite tele to date is one I assembled myself. Warmoth mary kay white ash body, Warmoth birdseye maple neck, black pickguard, Harmonic Design pickups, and vintage hardware. Cost a little bit to put together, but I love it. Has become my #1 since I put it together.

    Best advice - go out there and play stuff. When looking for blues tone - the amp is equally important, and then perhaps a blues pedal, like a TS9, or such.
     
  19. Nick Fanis

    Nick Fanis Poster Extraordinaire Ad Free Member

    Posts:
    6,022
    Joined:
    Mar 3, 2003
    Location:
    Athens-GREECE
    I don't think that a human exists that can actually HEAR the difference ;)
     
  20. dogcityrocker

    dogcityrocker Tele-Meister

    Posts:
    400
    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2004
    Location:
    Maryland
    I 3rd the HWY 1. Used ones are available for 300-400.
     
IMPORTANT: Treat everyone here with respect, no matter how difficult!
No sex, drug, political, religion or hate discussion permitted here.