Which Tele would you choose?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by TelePlank, Sep 23, 2021.

Which o e would you buy?

  1. American Orginal '60s Tele

    60.8%
  2. American Ultra Tele

    39.2%
  1. TelePlank

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    So I have an order on hold for an American Original '60s Tele in Burgundy Mist Metallic waiting for them to come in from Sweetwater. Won't be charged until it ships from them. I played an American Ultra and it was amazing. So now I'm stuck with a hard choice though I'd stick with Sweetwater and my sales person. I know the differences and I'm torn. Problem is they are very different guitars and both are killer. What would y'all do?

    They don't know the weight of the AO Teles coming in, but they have Ultras in the weight range I like. Can't be both haha
     
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  2. Timbresmith1

    Timbresmith1 Tele-Afflicted

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    Get the ultra now. Try it. If you like it, cancel the other. If not, send it back and wait for the AO
     
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    RadioFM74 Friend of Leo's

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    I like vintage-style teles so no brainer for me…
     
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  4. MatsEriksson

    MatsEriksson Tele-Afflicted

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    Ultra, ultra, ultra...
     
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    mimmo Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    +1
     
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    jfgesquire Friend of Leo's

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    So do you noodle in the bedroom, hang the guitar on the wall like a piece of art and jam with your buddies drinking beer? Get the AO.

    Are you a professional gigging 2-3 nights a week in local venues, laying down tracks in the studio? Get the Ultra.

    Do you work with a national recording artist on tour? What the heck are you asking us for? Get both!

    How about this.... If they were both hanging next to each other in a music store, which one do you reach for first?
     
  7. OmegaWoods

    OmegaWoods Tele-Holic

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    If you played the Ultra and it spoke to you, that's what you want.
     
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    JL_LI Poster Extraordinaire

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    Ultra. Fender has come a long way with noiseless pickups. They’re no longer lifeless snd have a phenomenally good jazz tone in series. If money’s no object, go for it.
     
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  9. Dukex

    Dukex Tele-Afflicted

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    Yes, that's the one.
     
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  10. tomasz

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    The one that you like better!:)
     
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    Controller Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Buy both and return the loser.
     
  12. Racer5

    Racer5 Tele-Afflicted

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    I support shootouts like this. If you can't A/B them you'll always be thinking you made the wrong choice. Put your mind at ease and let UPS do the rest...
     
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    I like vintage spec, so AO would be my first choice.
     
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    Well, I've already got an Elite, so it's simple for me -- I want an AO'60s. And I've played them and they are great.
     
  15. Alaska Mike

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    So the real question is, "what Telecaster(s) do you have now?"

    I have three.
    • 1985 MIJ '62 Custom that I've had since it was new. Currently runs Cavalier Fat Lion/Fat Lion King pickups.
    • 2021 American Ultra Tele in Texas Tea. Stock
    • MIM Fender 2020/2021 Partscaster. SD Humbucker in neck, SD Hot Rails in bridge.
    All sound and play... different. Still Telecasters, but different. First two I love and the third I'm working building a relationship with.

    If you already have one (or more), don't buy something that's pretty much "another one". Add something.

    So, my vote is for the Ultra if you already have a Telecaster. Love the look, the neck is really wonderful, and the belly cut fits my current physique better than the sharp edges of a double-bound guitar. The sound isn't 100% classic Tele, but it's really quiet and has a range your standard Tele doesn't.

    Also, and I ask this because my MIJ Custom is pretty much that American Original '60s Telecaster, "how much do you adjust the truss rods on your guitars?" Mine is over 30 years old and the neck wood is pretty darn stable, so I've probably adjusted it a couple times over the years even as I moved from climate to climate, season to season. Newer guitars I have often require more adjustment to achieve a consistent relief as the temperature and humidity change. It would be less fun on a guitar where the adjustment is under the pickguard. Not impossible, but a bit more of a chore than inserting an Allen wrench at the nut and turning.

    All that said, buy the one that makes you want to play more.
     
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    If you can buy the one you actually played and is amazing, do it. Then you'll get one you know you like.

    If not, it's up to what appeals to you most. The odds of getting one you like ( or hate ) are probably about the same with either one. If you don't like it, you can return it and try the other one.

    Personally I like vintage-style features, but I also have an American Professional Tele that I really, really like too!
     
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  17. TelePlank

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    Well currently I have:

    1.70th Anniversary Fender Esquire
    2. Fender Classic Series '50s Esquire
    3. Fender Classic Series '60s Telecaster (might be sold)
     
  18. bumnote

    bumnote Tele-Holic Ad Free Member

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    I bought an AO in burst when they came out. Love it. I like the radius and frets, the fit and finish were perfect...and the pickups. I LOVE the PV64's. They rival anything I own from Lollar.
    The weight on mine is around 8lbs and change. It's about the same weight as every other production model Fender Tele I've owned or played, but noticeably heavier than the Partscasters I've built with ash bodies. The grain on mine is much better than the photo shows, almost ash like.
    tele2.jpg
    This when it sported a crm/blk/crm guard, it now has a thick single ply bakelite guard I ordered off Reverb.
     
  19. TelePlank

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    How do you find the shoulders/depth towards the 12th fret? Any trouble playing around there for you?
     
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    bumnote Tele-Holic Ad Free Member

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    I don't play there that much, but when I do it's very comfortable. It's more comfortable than my other 2 Teles which are true vintage spec'd frets & 7.25" radius.
     
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