#1
I've been an acoustic player for some time now and a while ago started saving towards an electric guitar. Not looking to spend too much as it's my first electric but my budget extends to about £460.

I'd be looping to play mainly kind of alternative/indie stuff like Radiohead, Interpol, Arcade Fire etc. I know a lot of the players for the kind of music I like use telecasters and semi acoustics and have been looking at them myself.

In particular I was interested in the Mexican Standard Telecaster (£383) and the Epiphone Sheraton II (£450). I'd also seen the Blacktop Mexican Telecasters (£452) and liked the look of them but I'm unsure as to whether the Humbuckers kind of take away from the signature Tele sound. I'd also seen Fender's 50's and 60's type Telecasters for around £480 which have single coils but not really sure on whether they are that much better than the Standard to warrant that price. Epiphone Sheraton is the stand out semi acoustic I'm interested in. I like the Casino but I've heard it has some feedback issues that the Sheraton does not.

Thanks if you can help and if you're interested I'd most likely be getting a Fender Mustang II amp or Roland 40x. Any advice on amps is welcome also.
#3
go with standard telecaster for the distinctive sound.

If you are willing to save quite a bit of money (and i find that it would be worth it) and you want a really distinctive sound go for either the Baja Telecaster or the Classic Series '69 Telecaster Thinline.

But really the standard mexi telecaster would do fine.
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T for Tele!

And get the Roland Cube. I have a 15X and it's beastly.
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Thanks for the advice guys. I assume there isn't that a big a difference soundwise between the Standard and 50s/60s Tele then?
#6
I don't believe there is a major difference between the 50 and 60.

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And get the Mustang. I have the 100w and it's beastly
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Not to go all "YOU NEED MOAR AMP" on you, but I would consider looking at the Squier Classic Vibe 50's Tele for your price range, they're really great instruments for the price and can compete with the MIM Fender. of course you can do whatever with the extra money, buy a better amp, blow it all on ice cream, whatever.
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Not to go all "YOU NEED MOAR AMP" on you, but I would consider looking at the Squier Classic Vibe 50's Tele for your price range, they're really great instruments for the price and can compete with the MIM Fender. of course you can do whatever with the extra money, buy a better amp, blow it all on ice cream, whatever.


This. Or Vintage Modified. I tried the VM vs the MIM p bass today at GC. Preferred the squier.
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#10
I'd possibly even consider a jazzmaster. They play very, very well in the field you're talking about. They can go from as darkened and muted as you want, to the brightest guitar out, shy of the strat.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6v-y1gRafM
Case in point, right there.

As for the Sheraton / Casino argument. The current Sheratons are nothing special. If you're going that route, go for the Epiphone Riviera. It's a great guitar, and almost no one owns them. Plus they're like 400 or so, if I recall. The Casino is a favorite of mine, but it depends on where it was made I've heard. That will indicate the feedback problem.

For the love of god, do not get a goddamn Cube amp. They're not terrible, but they are by no means worth your time. If you want an amp with character, here is a recommendation or two. But keep in mind that I'm recommending things on character. I'd kill myself if I sounded like every other guitarist.

Hughes and Kettner Triplex. VERY had to find, but the best solid state amp, period. Bought mine for 100 dollars, 50 watts.
VOX AC4TV - Tiny little thing, very cheap. But pure tube, one of the best under $500. You'd need effects or something with it however. It's 4 watts, but tube watts are much, much louder of course.

If you want a cheap amp, get something that's at least hybrid tube. The valvestate Vox's are wonderful if you want to mess around with the settings. I was complimented quite often on the sound.

These are just tips, though! I only messaged on this because I'm in a similar genre to you. You can't go wrong with a tele of any kind. Though I have to say Jazzmaster beats it in versatility and soul in my book.
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i'd rather have a valvetronix for those tones than a cube... cube's better for higher gain stuff, generally.

regarding the guitars- the 50s and 60s mim ones are a fair bit better out of the box than the mim standards. if you're willing to do your own upgrades (pickups and the like), the MIM standard might make more sense; if not, the reissues might make more sense.

Also consider tokai- the Japanese-made ones are a little more than that, but not all that much, you can normally get them for around the £500 mark or so. To be fair, the MIM reissue fenders are closer in quality to the Japanese-made Tokais than the similarly-priced Gibsons are (to the tokai gibson copies), but personally i still think the tokais are better.

might be corksniffing, though.
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