Worthy Non-Fender T-style Guitars?

Discussion in 'Other T-Types and Partscasters' started by FenderGuy53, Jun 26, 2019.

  1. FenderGuy53

    FenderGuy53 Poster Extraordinaire

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    I like the feature set/colors (Irish Ale or Surf Green) AND price point of the latest iteration of the G&L Tribute ASAT Special, BUT...

    are there other worthy t-style guitars with a *similar configuration and price point?

    *6-saddle modern bridge, 9.5" neck radius, medium jumbo frets, single-coils in both positions.

    Thanks, guys.
     
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    9.25 radius is not a thing as far as I know. 9.5 is, partscasters are the best way to get a nice tele for a good price imo. You can finish them in any color you want too.
    Other than that Nash make a nice tele, MJT. These are still basically partscasters but they assemble and finish them for you for additional cost.

    When you think about it Fender and G&L are not much different from partscasters.
     
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    The only non fender "tele" I own is a Hohner professional TE 12. They are nice if you can find one and need a 12 string!
     
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    Reverend Eastsider, the Pete Anderson signature model, is a fantastic playing, sounding and feeling guitar. Perhaps the smoothest and best neck among my herd of Teles. The Eastsiders actually come in 3 distinct models with that familiar Tele-ish body: T - 2 pickups and hardtail, S - 3 pickups and tremolo bridge and the slightly large scale baritone model.
     
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    These get a lot of likes:
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    Yamaha Pacifica Mike Stern signature model
     
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    I have become fond of the Austin guitars.

    In fact, even though I own two hand-built Teles (made for me by local craftsmen), I have been picking up my Austin AU962 Era ’62 Professional Deluxe a lot lately.
    :)

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  8. FenderGuy53

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    Duh. My bad. You're right. 9.5" neck radius. I was preoccupied. I posted while prepping for my colonoscopy this morning.

    Yep. This I understand, but aren't those iterations priced much higher than a new G&L Tribute ASAT Special?

    Fender, perhaps, at $675, but...

    the Tribute ASAT Special's $499 retail price tag (less, if you consider MF's current "15% off" 4JULY promo) seems to offer alot of T-style goodness for not alot of $$$!
     
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    Those prices are cheap, it would be hard to assemble a decent partscaster much cheaper than that. The MJT, Nash options are way more expensive. getting up to $1200 to 2k range. You do get nitro, premium pickups etc though. Depends on what you want I guess.

    The most important thing for me is the neck and a nice Allparts unfinished neck can be had for $109 bucks plus shipping. The guitar would still run up around the $500 to $600 minimum though if using kluson, brand name pickups, hardware.

    I spent a bit more for a fancy neck on this recent one but the guitar came in at around $700 completed.
    Dimarzio chopper t and twang king, Fender bridge with Wilkinson brass comp saddles, Kluson supreme staggered nickel tuners, series/parallel switching. Allparts roasted flame neck and a cheap mic CVC double bound alder body. I bought two of these bodies from china ebay for just over $100 bucks delivered. I built another tele with the second body I plan on painting over it in a custom color.

    The downside to partscasters is you don't get much for them if you sell, I don't sell them though. I put them together to play and keep. Often selling my Fenders and replacing them with partscasters to pay bills save a few bucks if needed.

    Brand names are irrelevant imo, it's the specs, tolerances and sum of all the parts and setup that matter.

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    True!

    I think that was Leo's dream, to be able to build instruments easily, repeatably and to a price point, so Fenders were 'partscasters' from day one, IMHO.

    The quality of the parts/woods used, and the attention to detail and skill involved in the setup are the main differences between the 'builders' these days.
     
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    I had one of those!
    Nice guitar!
    I’m going to second the nomination of the Yamaha Mike Stern model,
    for a cool Tele alternative.
     
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    Thanks for the link, Mark Morfei. I think I recall looking at these awhile back, but something about them cooled me off.

    I'll revisit. Thanks!

    ...Just revisited! Makes my short list. Wow!
     
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    Will check 'em out. Thanks!

    Checked 'em out. Way too rich for ME!
     
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    I second this. I love my Eastsider T. It's a lot of guitar for not a lot of money (locking tuners, roasted maple neck, treble bleed in the volume pot, phase switch in the tone pot, etc.).
     
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    Play em all ... The right guitar will find you ...
     
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    Agree 100%!
     
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    Nash makes great ones
     
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    YIikes! Way too rich for ME!
     
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    I'm also loving my Reverend Eastsider T - it's more scratch than the G&L Tribute but a nicer guitar with some nice features. Going to play mine tomorrow at a show. I will eventually change the pickups, the ones in it are very good but my tastes run to a little hotter bridge and something other than a tele neck pickup.
     
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