#1
hey there

i have wanted a telecaster for quite a while. now i assume id have to pay good money for a nice fender and have been wondering what other brands make teles and how these compare to the original.
I know that esp make them (even a ron wood sig.) and i usually rate esp guitars, but i am worried they might have the look but not the feel/sound of a fender.

does anyone have any experience with esp telecasters or suggestions on which other brands to look into?

cheers
#2
G&L make telecasters. They have a Tribute line of teles assembled in Indonesia with USA parts. I hear the quality is extremely good for the price. Used in the States, they're about $300 if you get a bargain. Now, that price is about the same as a Made in Mexico Fender Telecaster, and you get a lot more options for pickups than you would with a Fender. A lot of people feel that G&L Tribute telecasters compare favorably with MiM Fender and perhaps even MiA Fender guitars.

I don't know how LTD Teles compare to Fender Teles, but I'm going to assume the pickups are hotter and they're not quite as good. For one thing, LTD doesn't make a deluxe line with the tele body style. That makes me a little nervous, like it's a novelty line and they don't care so much about quality.

Dillion is another company to look into. They make knockoff teles and les pauls and you can buy one used for cheap. Just do your research and make sure you're satisfied with that level of quality.

Finally, don't forget about Squier. Classic Vibe teles get rave reviews.
#3
thanks!

my local guitar store guy said the only way to go with teles were actual fenders (but i cant believe there are no other brands of similar quality).

just worried the esps might be better suited for metal and such. i am looking for the classic tele feel here though

i will definitely ask about Dillion and G&L (these sound very interesting)
#4
I have experience with an LTD tele. To be honest, I preferred it to the MIM teles in the store. The finish was a relic finish (they actually have new finishes now), and I thought the finish was a little cheap and cheesy, but it played really great. the neck felt worn in, but not abused, was thin and fast, felt good in the hand. Even has a contoured heel, both like what you'd expect from the MIA fender deluxe and like what you get from warmoth, so you go right over that heel before you ever even realize it. Didn't honestly care for the pickups though, although, I still liked them more than the fenders. I guess, over all, the LTD is cheaper, played better, sounded better and felt better. I would have replaced the pickups regardless. They are definitely worth checking out.

EDIT: http://espguitars.com/guitars/ltd-guitar/te-series.html

I played the TE-202.
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#5
what country are you in? that'll affect the availability and price of your options...
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#6
G&L, generally speaking, is as good as or better than Fender at a given price, so don't worry about that.

Besides those metnioned above, other good Teles & Tele-style guitars are made by:

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

Tradition:
http://www.traditionguitars.com/

Fret-King:
http://www.fret-king.com/black_label.htm

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

...and too many luthiers & small brands to name, like Jon Kammerer:
http://jonkammerercustoms.com/newsite1_012.htm
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#7
thanks again guys thats really helpful. lots of new stuff to look into.

i live in germany and will be back in the uk this summer. i might get my hands on one then but more than likely it will have to wait till the winter. i just want to compare and then make my mind up.
#8
if you're in germany and the UK, japanese-made tokais are probably worth a try, too. they're not as good value as they were, but you can normally still pick up a new one for £400-£500, which still compares pretty favourably with the fenders at around that price (and which still compares pretty favourably to the price of the japanese-built fenders which are normally a fair bit more than that).
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#9
First off, I would like to say if you are looking into an ESP Tele (not a LTD) they are gonna sound great, play great and do everything just as great as a Fender, their history tells a lot about them already. Furthermore they have another brand under them which is called Navigator, Navigators are made in a Custom Shop in Japan, they are quite expensive, but they produce some of the best Les Pauls, Strats and Teles on the market, surpassing Gibson and Fender at their own work ( I am not exaggerating about this, there are plenty of people who can agree with me on this). Anyways, I highly recommend you to check them out if you are looking for a new Tele, you won't be disappointed unless you really want the Fender branding, but if you want the best Tele imaginable that sounds the best, plays the best and has the highest quality of craftsmanship, do check them out, here is the link for the Japanese ESP website(press on Hettfield/ ESP and after that you will see a list of products on your left,"Custom order,ESP and Navigator, click on Navigator and check em). Good luck on finding your Tele
http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=ja&u=http://www.espguitars.co.jp/&prev=/search%3Fq%3Desp%2Bjapan%26client%3Dsafari%26hl%3Den
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#10
Navigators are indeed very nice; but, quite pricey.

Audition the Squier Classic Vibe with the Maple fretboard. It's made of Pine, like some old school Fender Teles, and they're built quite well. Of course you can buy a nice used MIM Fender for the same price as the new CV. Or, you can buy a used CV for even cheaper. Your call.
#11
Definitely look at the Squire CV series Teles. Great little guitars for the price.

My first choice though would be a Fender MiM Tele.
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#12
My fender tele is lovely. Had it a few years and i wouldnt replace it for any other tele. (maybe a MIA one)
http://www.fender.com/en-GB/guitars/telecaster/special-edition-custom-telecaster-fmt-hh-rosewood-fingerboard-amber/

Not really used an LTD tele but judging off my MH400NT its gonna be lovely to use,

Just not sure on the sound
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