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Old 03-17-2013, 09:36 AM   #1
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Which telecaster is a better deal?


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Old 03-17-2013, 09:55 AM   #2
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The second one isn't a Fender. Just so you know.

It all depends on what you want, what your budget is and what you're wanting to play. It also depends on what one feels nicer to you.

I'm not aware of the Dillon brand so I wouldn't go out of my way to play it. If I had to choose between that and a Mexican Tele I'd go for the brand I know. If it were at my local shop then yea, I'd play it.

You need to compare the Thinline to a 72 Thinline Tele made by Fender, as that's what it's a copy of.
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Old 03-17-2013, 10:14 AM   #3
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I'd go for the Fender as well, but I've heard Dillion makes pretty nice guitars. Also, I think the Dillion is based on the '69 Thinline, not the '72.
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Old 03-17-2013, 10:45 AM   #4
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I'd personally go for the Dillion. They're a quality company. The resale is lower than Fender because they're not as well known, but they're going to generally be more solid than MIM Fenders.

Plus, an Ashtray bridge is not an "upgrade" as that dude tried to say in the Fender ad
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Old 03-17-2013, 10:47 AM   #5
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Yea, you're right.

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Old 03-17-2013, 10:57 AM   #6
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i would go for the black fender myself.

upgraded pups, wiring harness, etc.

i wonder what the innerds of that dillan look like.
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Old 03-17-2013, 12:58 PM   #7
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I find that most Fender-made guitars these days under 2K are not much to sneeze at. The factory setup is always atrocious, I don't know how anyone decides to buy one with the way they come on the rack.

Unless you're getting a "real" tele (american made), I would go for the Dillion. I own a custom Tele made by Bill Nash and it smokes anything made by Fender but that one wasn't exactly cheap, lol.
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I might have to revisit my earlier comment as I just noticed the Seymour Duncan in the bridge of the MIM tele. At the risk of putting my foot in my mouth, I actually might opt for that one if I were you. The price is pretty good and, being craigslist, you'll likely be able to get at least $50 less that what they are asking anyways.

Maple necks rock too and that black body with the maple neck is a good look!
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Aren't MIAs quite a lot below the 2k mark? So only AVRIs or CS Fenders?

A setup is a small small fix. Most MIAs are great guitars, a large majority of MIMs are too, in my experience.
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I really have to disagree with this. Some are duds, some are gems. With Strats and Teles, as I'm sure you know, it's all a case-by-case judgement. We've all had that MIM that felt like a dream and that MIA Deluxe that played like a 2x4.
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Old 03-17-2013, 01:38 PM   #11
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Two very different guitars.

That being said. I'd go with the Dillion. They are known to build their bodies with 2 pieces of Alder (like Fender USA). MIM Fenders are known to have between 2-8 pieces of wood make up the body. Dillion is a no name brand pumping out high quality guitars.
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