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  • Which Tele should I get?

    Which model of the Teles (I will but a new one) should I get?


    I am a new player, but played as a kid 25 years aggo and I am moving really fast. I have acoustics and a Les paul. I want my next guitar to be a Tele becuae I see a lot fo the bands and musicians I listen to are using them. I like pretty much everything music-wise, except I don't like the heavy metal stuff at all.

    I listen to and play (or will be trying to play) alt rock, classic rock, singer songwriter, some country (like Luke Bryan etc).
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  • #2
    The Merle Haggard version is only $5,900.

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    • #3
      My two favorite Teles ever...

      Classic Player Baja Telecaster $800



      52 RI Hotrod $1700 I own one.

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      • #4
        What kind of a budget are you working with?

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        • #5
          Can't go wrong with an MIA standard, can be had on ebay for 650-700, and it will hold that value for a long time
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          • #6
            Squier Classic Vibe, if you're on a budget. They sound better than the MIM Teles, though the MIM ones have better necks (to me). Otherwise, go for a USA Standard if you can afford it.
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            • #7
              Baja Tele. Practically like an American deluxe with slightly inferior woods and smaller price tag.

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              • #8
                Squier Classic Vibe, if you're on a budget. They sound better than the MIM Teles, though the MIM ones have better necks (to me). Otherwise, go for a USA Standard if you can afford it.


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                • #9
                  I have a Baja and have owned 2 Squier CVs. I sold the latter, as they just weren't quite as good as the Baja in any department... however with the cheaper end - Mexican, and Squiers, you should try a few to get one that is right for you. The Baja can be really wonderful - superb pickups (twisted neck pickup, which can only be found on the Deluxe at over a grand), and decent bridge pickup (much much better than the average MIM bridge pickup), fat neck, 3 saddle brass bridge etc etc - quite like a cheaper 52 RI in some ways; also has the 'in series' switch position, which can sound like a neck humbucker, and out of phase options which most people (including me) don't really use. However, some of them are as heavy as hell, which could be fine, but I would try them out to make sure they are built well and not too heavy. CV has nice alnico pickups and are usually well built, but just doesn't quite get past the Baja for me - depends on your taste... the CV is perhaps a little more traditional sounding overall. V good for the price though.
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                  • #10
                    Best tele I've played recently was a (don't laugh!!) Nashville tele. It smoked every single strat I could compare against it at the GC I visited (one afternoon, while school was in session so I was insulated from the chugga-chugga crowd...)
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                    • #11
                      ^Most teles smoke most strats though
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                      • #12
                        i usually dont dig signature models but my next guitar will be a JA-90 tele. crimson red, p90s, semi hollow body = WANT!!!!
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                        • #13
                          i usually dont dig signature models but my next guitar will be a JA-90 tele. crimson red, p90s, semi hollow body = WANT!!!!


                          I've got my eye on one of those as well...sweet looking guitar.

                          But for the $, the CV Tele is hard to beat.
                          ...when I'm 64...

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                          • #14
                            this.


                            this - again.

                            I have both (the AmSt -bought new is 13 years old and still perfect and my go-to guitar) and I just got the '50s Classic Vibe. Different sides of the same coin, but the CV has been getting a lot of play time from me lately. The best in-expensive guitar I've ever owned. Play one - then play an American Standard - the decision will be a hard one, but the CV will probably win out (based on price) - The CV's a great - probably the best - starter Tele ever. Really nice.
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                            • #15
                              Squier Classic Vibe, if you're on a budget.

                              this again. One hell of a bargain, something you will never tire of. Light weight, sounds great, looks sexy, nice feel. Who could ask for more?

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