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  • Tele Experts needed...I'm going in!

    I'm thinking a Tele is an essential...looking to get a basic, classic model. Spend between 3 and 500. Used is fine- preferred even.

    What kinds of things should I look for? MIM okay? (might be necessary, given my price range). Colors? (I like wine red/sunburst). Swamp ash- natural finish? Can I just buy one on-line and expect decent play?

    Just looking for some tips and tricks for shopping. Not looking for a #1 (unless the magic grips )

  • #2
    MIM are actually pretty darn good these days. color choice is totally your call.

    i would suggest going to a store and playing a bunch before buying one.
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    • #3
      Look for a pre 2006 Highway One model. I got mine for $400 used


      Nitro finish
      Made in US
      American Standard neck
      Vintage hardware
      AlNiCo 3 pickups



      Extremely hard to beat for the money.

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      • #4
        Look for a pre 2006 Highway One model. I got mine for $400 used


        Nitro finish
        Made in US
        American Standard neck
        Vintage hardware
        AlNiCo 3 pickups



        Extremely hard to beat for the money.


        Thanks dude! I will check that for sure...looks awesome.

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        • #5
          I dont really get along w/MIMs for some reason.
          Maybe cause they have a too modern vibe.
          My faves are
          From low to high price
          Squire Classic Vibe
          Baha Tele
          Roadworn
          52 RE

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          • #6
            i was gonna go for the wonderful MIM or CV pine teles but decided to save a little extra and opt for a made in the USA std tele..........i got a bargain 2011 off ebay and all i can say is WOW! wait an extra month or two and get yerself a guitar for life

            ps nothing at all wrong with MIM or CVs

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            • #7
              i have done a few things to that tele since the pic was taken......swapped out them 'orrible bent steel saddles,darkened the fretboard a little with some lemon oil,bought a set of BAREKNUCKLES flat 50s,.022 PIO cap,RUTTERS slant control plate............plays like a DREAM now

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              • #8
                I dont really get along w/MIMs for some reason.
                Maybe cause they have a too modern vibe.
                My faves are
                From low to high price
                Squire Classic Vibe
                Baha Tele
                Roadworn
                52 RE


                hahhahhaha, lol. roadworns are made in mexico.
                <div class="signaturecontainer"><a href="http://i1322.photobucket.com/albums/u561/sleewell/y-1.jpg" target="_blank">strat</a> <a href="http://i1322.photobucket.com/albums/u561/sleewell/adg.jpg" target="_blank">strat</a> <a href="http://i1322.photobucket.com/albums/u561/sleewell/photo-21.jpg" target="_blank">tele</a> <a href="http://i1322.photobucket.com/albums/u561/sleewell/prs.jpg" target="_blank">PRS</a> <a href="http://i1322.photobucket.com/albums/u561/sleewell/4asdfasd.jpg" target="_blank">agile</a> <a href="http://i1322.photobucket.com/albums/u561/sleewell/photo-11.jpg" target="_blank">gretsch</a> <a href="http://i1322.photobucket.com/albums/u561/sleewell/martin.jpg" target="_blank">martin</a><br />
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                • #9
                  if you don't mind spending a little more that 500 I got an American Special a few months ago and I can't stop playing it...
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                  • #10
                    I personally love my Agile TC-1200 Tele copy... I tried a bunch of different MIM Teles as well as some of the Classic Vibe stuff from Squire, but I didn't really jive with them. A lot of them sounded great (specifically the MIM Baja Tele) but I just didn't jive with their necks. However, I really loved the American Standard and American Deluxe necks so much better, I couldn't justify buying a MIM when I know I wouldn't be as happy. I took a chance on the Agile, having never played one or even had seen one in person. Fortunately for me, I got a great feeling neck, that was way more comfortable to me than the MIM Teles. I would say that the quality of the Agile, as well as playability, to me felt more similar to the USA Fenders than the MIM Fenders. Of course, this is my opinion, however everyone that I let play it comments on how easy it is to maneuver around the neck and the tone that is has. Granted, I did upgrade all the hardware to what I prefer as well as different pickups. I wouldn't hesitate to buy another Agile Tele copy if I ever look to get another Tele style guitar...

                    Here she is...


                    Cole
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                    • #11
                      Yeah, the new American Specials are kick ass too. They feel like the old highway ones I was talking about above.

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                      • #12
                        I personally love my Agile TC-1200 Tele copy... I tried a bunch of different MIM Teles as well as some of the Classic Vibe stuff from Squire, but I didn't really jive with them. A lot of them sounded great (specifically the MIM Baja Tele) but I just didn't jive with their necks. However, I really loved the American Standard and American Deluxe necks so much better, I couldn't justify buying a MIM when I know I wouldn't be as happy. I took a chance on the Agile, having never played one or even had seen one in person. Fortunately for me, I got a great feeling neck, that was way more comfortable to me than the MIM Teles. I would say that the quality of the Agile, as well as playability, to me felt more similar to the USA Fenders than the MIM Fenders. Of course, this is my opinion, however everyone that I let play it comments on how easy it is to maneuver around the neck and the tone that is has. Granted, I did upgrade all the hardware to what I prefer as well as different pickups. I wouldn't hesitate to buy another Agile Tele copy if I ever look to get another Tele style guitar...

                        Here she is...


                        Cole


                        +10000000 for agiles.

                        i just got the AL 2000 and am shocked with the quality and sound for 225 freaking dollars. i keep thinking i am going to find something wrong with it or i missed something or there must be some reason why they are so cheap. "did i accidently not read the find print and agreed to mutliple payments of 225??" hahaha.

                        they are sweet guitars for the money, i have a strong feeling i will be getting another asap.
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                        <br />
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                        <br />
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                        • #13
                          hahhahhaha, lol. roadworns are made in mexico.


                          But they are nothing like the Standard Series, which is what most mean when they say MIM.
                          The relicing sucks, but best feeling off the shelf Tele neck I've put my hands on.
                          Just my opinion.

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                          • #14
                            Look for a pre 2006 Highway One model. I got mine for $400 used


                            Nitro finish
                            Made in US
                            American Standard neck
                            Vintage hardware
                            AlNiCo 3 pickups



                            Extremely hard to beat for the money.



                            This. Pound for pound, the best Tele deal you'll find.

                            I'm a HUGE believer in the thinner, nitro finishes, especially on Strats & Teles. Those guitars just sound more resonant, snappy & "alive" to me than their thicker, poly-finished counterparts.
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                            • #15
                              But they are nothing like the Standard Series, which is what most mean when they say MIM.
                              The relicing sucks, but best feeling off the shelf Tele neck I've put my hands on.
                              Just my opinion.


                              well we share the same opinion of the roadworns, just thought it was funny you said you didnt like MIM and then listed a guitar made in mexico. but i know what you mean, i have a '72 deluxe roadworn. the neck is sweet and even though i hated the relic job it was the best sounding and playing one out of the 20 or so i played that day. the nitro finish is pretty sweet too.
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                              <br />
                              <a href="http://i1322.photobucket.com/albums/u561/sleewell/aefa.jpg" target="_blank">fender blues deluxe &gt; whitebox 212</a><br />
                              <br />
                              Good Transactions: Dehumanize, Jimosity, Panther King, Vangkm, Ejendres, Killindux, Colejustesen, SDMFVan, twisty571, dolf</div>

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