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Old 08-18-2013, 09:51 AM   #1
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Hi,

I've recently been looking into telecasters. I used to not like them, but i was playing a friends and i can safely say i've had a massive change of heart! Im currently playing a Les Paul but it just... Isn't as fun as the tele, in my opinion!
So, does anyone have any suggestions for a tele that i could buy? Let's put a budget of £500 (i could sell my les paul if something was reallyyyy special) but i wouldnt want to go much over my budget.
I mostly play rock and blues, metal occasionally but it is very seldom.
Thanks for any suggestions!
Im open to any makes of guitar, it doesnt necessarily have to be Fender!

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Old 08-18-2013, 10:28 AM   #2
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Fender Standard Tele is always a good choice http://www.andertons.co.uk/solid-bo...e-fretboard.asp

http://www.andertons.co.uk/solid-bo...host-silver.asp - Baritone if you feel like tuning lower and cranking out some moodier heavier stuff

http://www.andertons.co.uk/solid-bo...er-in-black.asp - Big fan of the Fidelitron pickups in the Cabronita, you may not dig them though. Sort of an acquired taste I guess.

https://www.fender.com/guitars/tele...gerboard-black/ - The Squier VM series are top notch instruments. By no means American quality, but still very good imo. I really like them.

Go to a store and play every Tele you can man. They all have similar qualities regardless of the pickups in them, but some are suited better for certain genres than others. Don't count out Squier stuff by any means.
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Old 08-18-2013, 10:28 AM   #3
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Fender Baja Telecaster. In my opinion, one of the best Telecasters under a grand. Very well made, pickups are USA Custom Shop. Very nice guitar and definitely should be high on your list. And it looks like a US made one, too.
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Old 08-18-2013, 10:53 AM   #4
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if you want a tele, you need to try an asat.
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Old 08-18-2013, 11:23 AM   #5
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Old 08-18-2013, 12:23 PM   #6
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The Squier VM series are top notch instruments. By no means American quality, but still very good imo. I really like them.


Top notch instrument, yet by no means american quality eh?
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Old 08-18-2013, 01:51 PM   #7
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I have this MIM tele
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guit...iseless-pickups

No issues with it at all. The set up was perfect right out of the box. It can be hit and miss as many say, I bought a Fender MIM J Bass and can not get the action adjusted properly for some reason.

For comparison this is one of the best video's I've seen:




On the G&L note I have the JC Rampage and play that more than Les Paul, the tone is not as great as the LP but it's so comfortable... I play that all the time.
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Old 08-18-2013, 04:48 PM   #8
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if you want a tele, you need to try an asat.

Agreed.

But that said, ToastPimp, consider Fret-King guitars, made in your own backyard, as it were. Here's one example:

http://www.fretsguitarcentre.co.uk/...ne_-_Black.html

Godin also makes versions of the Tele worth looking at:

http://godinguitars.com/godinsessioncustomp.htm
http://godinguitars.com/godintripleplayp.htm

In addition, you might want to consider these Reverends, which evolved from the Tele:

Buckshot
http://www.reverendguitars.com/instrument/buckshot/

Charger
http://www.reverendguitars.com/instrument/charger-hb/
http://www.reverendguitars.com/instrument/charger-290/

Flatroc
http://www.reverendguitars.com/instrument/flatroc/

Club King
http://www.reverendguitars.com/instrument/club-king-rt/
http://www.reverendguitars.com/inst.../club-king-290/

Reeves Gabrels sig II
http://www.reverendguitars.com/inst...ves-gabrels-ii/
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Old 08-18-2013, 05:28 PM   #9
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You can get an MIJ tokai tele for around your budget. Nice guitars, worth considering.

Fretking blue labels can be had around £400. Also nice guitars. EDIT: ninja'd

I'd try to get a mexican classic series if you're looking at fenders, the MIM standard's pickups are a bit shite. And the classics are probably nicer guitars, too.

FWIW I was the same, I used to hate teles till I tried them, and then it all made sense.

EDIT: I'm not sure it's worth getting a bridge humbucker tele for the metal if you only occasionally play it, especially if you're keeping your LP (and I'm not sure there's that much point in selling it, you'd have to spend a good bit more to get anything much nicer than those ones I listed). A tele bridge single coil can handle a fair bit of dirt, certainly up to rock/hard rock without too much trouble. And assuming you want the classic tele tone, the tele bridge single coil is the way to go.

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apart from in europe, where the prices (on the USA ones, at least) are crazy.

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Old 08-18-2013, 05:31 PM   #10
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You can get an MIJ tokai tele for around your budget. Nice guitars, worth considering.

+1

i haven't tried the fret kings of the ones danny mentioned, but i trust his opinion as well as dave's.
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Old 08-18-2013, 05:50 PM   #12
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Jackson JTX. If you can find one, I recommend the hell outta it.



Although they may be more suited to metal than you're looking for. But still the best guitar I've ever owned.
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Top notch instrument, yet by no means american quality eh?


For where they're being produced I think they're top notch instruments.
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Old 08-18-2013, 06:22 PM   #14
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Although they may be more suited to metal than you're looking for. But still the best guitar I've ever owned.


liked that since i saw it in your NGD thread. awesome
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Old 08-18-2013, 06:58 PM   #15
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[QUOTE=Dave_Mc]You can get an MIJ tokai tele for around your budget. Nice guitars, worth considering.



apart from in europe, where the prices (on the USA ones, at least) are crazy.






bummer on the prices in europe , a good dealer here will blow ebay prices away , you can get a lot of options and still be around 1100.00

X2 on the Tokai's , the local G & L dealer has Tokai's too and they are a real nice option for under a 1000.00
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i haven't tried the fret kings of the ones danny mentioned, but i trust his opinion as well as dave's.

Thank you, kindly!
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[QUOTE=Dave_Mc]You can get an MIJ tokai tele for around your budget. Nice guitars, worth considering.



apart from in europe, where the prices (on the USA ones, at least) are crazy.






bummer on the prices in europe , a good dealer here will blow ebay prices away , you can get a lot of options and still be around 1100.00

X2 on the Tokai's , the local G & L dealer has Tokai's too and they are a real nice option for under a 1000.00

How does a Tokai Breezysound compare to a Fender MiA (special) or G&L USA telecaster? Because I'm planning to make my first tele a quality instrument and I'm trying to figure out which is the best for under 1,000. Mostly for rock/blues, and a wide but thin (no baseball bat) neck profile would be nice.
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With the Fret Kings, what is the difference between Black and Blue ranges?

The Green and Stvdio lines on their site appear to be more 'custom shop' ranges, but how do the others compare to say the Fender MIC/MIM/MIA standards in terms of build and hardware quality?
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How does a Tokai Breezysound compare to a Fender MiA (special) or G&L USA telecaster? Because I'm planning to make my first tele a quality instrument and I'm trying to figure out which is the best for under 1,000. Mostly for rock/blues, and a wide but thin (no baseball bat) neck profile would be nice.

when you are talking

american special tele
G&L USA asat
mij tokai breezysound

it really comes down to your preference.

i would say the fender in the mix is the least desirable and prone to have the worst overall qc of the bunch. it's the lowest level tele fender usa makes.

a G&L USA is more like a high end fender, it wouldn't be on par with the special, it will blow it away.

the tokai will have it's own thing going on. better or worse than the G&L? again up to preference.

it would probably come down to sitting with each guitar and seeing which you prefer.
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With the Fret Kings, what is the difference between Black and Blue ranges?


The Black Label line is a little more introductory and basic than the Blue, in general, but that does to necessarily translate into cheaper. Some of the Black Label guitars are sig models, unique to the Black Label line, so they are pricier than models in FK's other lines. Heck, I have even seen some Green Label guitars cheaper than some Black Label ones.

In general, it helps to think of FK's Black Label as analogus to Fender's MiM guitars, and Blue Label like Other companies' MIA/MIJ guitars.

And that said, I would put Godins' better guitars on a par with the MIA Fenders, and G&L's maybe just a bit better.

But in each case, it's a matter of preferences.
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