#1
I'm looking into getting a Fender guitar between the prices of $800-$1100. I've played numerous (mid to high end) fenders as of lately and have fallen in love with their feel and consistently smooth clean tone (particularly strats, teles, and jazzmasters). I play music roughly along the line of Incubus, Alice in Chains, Muse, Soundgarden, LITE, RHCP, Pelican, Opeth (more so, their mellow side), Modest Mouse, Queens of the Stone Age, Porcupine Tree, and Streetlight Manifesto.

I'm wondering if maybe a few of you could give me a few strong Fender recommendations based off of my price preferences, and musical tastes. There's such a wide selection of Fender guitars in this price range that it's hard for me to know where to start looking.
#2
Jazzmasters are pretty darn awesome, but they might not be "chunky" enough in terms of tone for QOTSA, Soundgarden and Opeth kind of stuff.

I'd spend 800 dollars on the guitar, and the rest on a hotter pickup or something.

Teles generally have a very punchy tone to them, but sometimes they sound pretty thin. You gotta try a whole bunch of them to find the right one. I've gotten mixed results from tele's I've played.
#3
If you're playing stuff that requires a heavier tone, (Alice, Soundgarden, etc.), you'll want something with a humbucker in the bridge. I'd recommend the Fat Strat. It's the same guitar as the American STD, only HSS.
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#4
Fender fat strat is always a worthy contender if you love the sound of a strat but with more punching power. The pickups may need replacing if they aren't quite what you want.
#5
get the jaguar theyre great guitars
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#6
i would lean more towards the jazzmaster or strat. i would also go with a SSS strat instead of HSS as some people are suggesting. while the 'bucker in the bridge can be a nice option, i feel it takes away from that stratty tone a bit. but since most of the bands listed dont really focus on that strat tone (other than RHCP), i would go for the jazzmaster in your position.
#7
I would get a Highway one tele or used american standard tele

and upgrade the pickups to something ballsy in the bridge position (Bareknuckle piledriver) and something smooth in the neck (Bareknuckle yardbird).
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#8
Jazzmaster with a hotter pickup replacement in the bridge.
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#9
Jag-Stang?
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i would lean more towards the jazzmaster or strat. i would also go with a SSS strat instead of HSS as some people are suggesting. while the 'bucker in the bridge can be a nice option, i feel it takes away from that stratty tone a bit. but since most of the bands listed dont really focus on that strat tone (other than RHCP), i would go for the jazzmaster in your position.



Agreed.
#13
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#15
Very interesting, and thanks a million for all the recommendations.

Does anyone have any opinions on the '72 Tele Thinline Reissue? I played one today and loved the clean tone more than life itself...but I played a different guitar of the same make and model two months back and hated it. I'm wondering if someone else here might have a more conclusive opinion on the guitar than I've managed to form...
#16
I'd get a Jazzmaster or a Mustang(the pickups will probably need swapping to play most of that music though, but its still worth it, they play so great).
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#17
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Very interesting, and thanks a million for all the recommendations.

Does anyone have any opinions on the '72 Tele Thinline Reissue? I played one today and loved the clean tone more than life itself...but I played a different guitar of the same make and model two months back and hated it. I'm wondering if someone else here might have a more conclusive opinion on the guitar than I've managed to form...


The QC is like the other MIMs, you can find a good one here and there and when you do they're great. I played 2 that I hated and one that I loved so much I would have bought it had I had enough money.
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#18
your not going to play opeth on a 24" scale mustang or jagmaster. its not gonna happen. they are right about having a humbucker though. if you want a humbucker than you might also consider not buying a strat or tele. if you do get a strat, get a HSS strat. used american strats are awsome. I own one. you might be able to find a new HSS 2008 in a store for $1100 to $1250. before the price increase the 2008 are price locked. they are exactly the same as 2009's except for the price and different saddles.
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#19
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your not going to play opeth on a 24" scale mustang or jagmaster. its not gonna happen. they are right about having a humbucker though. if you want a humbucker than you might also consider not buying a strat or tele. if you do get a strat, get a HSS strat. used american strats are awsome. I own one. you might be able to find a new HSS 2008 in a store for $1100 to $1250. before the price increase the 2008 are price locked. they are exactly the same as 2009's except for the price and different saddles.



I've got other instruments to cover the heavier side of Opeth. This next investment would be geared the most at the sounds of Alice in Chains, Incubus, and LITE.
#20
Does anyone have any opinions on the '72 Tele Thinline Reissue? I played one today and loved the clean tone more than life itself...but I played a different guitar of the same make and model two months back and hated it. I'm wondering if someone else here might have a more conclusive opinion on the guitar than I've managed to form...

I have one, and it's a magnificent guitar. The MIM Classic series Fenders really are great contenders and are right up there with any American made one, IMO.