#1
Hi All,

Im looking for a telecaster for under £500

I have seen the fender standard tele for sale for around £419 but have also heard ver good things about Squire modern player and classic vibe teles

Any advice or recommendations please- going to try them all out soon!!
#2
Must it be a Fender/Squier, or is a Teleclone good enough?

I saw a G&L Tribute on Frets Guitar Centre's website that might interest you. There are also good ones to be found at Reverb.com.

You might also want to consider the UK's own Fret-King guitars. They make some nice Teleclones.
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#3
I have a Squier classic vibe tele myself... as a left-handed player, when I was in the market for a cheap tele it was pretty much the only option I had - but I pretty much swear by it now.

Over the nearly 4 years I've had it, I've recieved many complements on it's tone, and a few instances of 'I can't believe that's not a Fender'. It does have a completely authentic tone - doesn't 'sound' like a cheap guitar. Plays very nicely, keeps it's tuning and intonation perfectly. I've used it at studio sessions and probably a few hundred gigs.

Though assuming you're right handed you can probably grab a second hand Fender that would outdo a Squier, providing it has been well looked after. I have a friend with a early 2000s Mexican tele and it is very lovely... wouldn't say it has a better tone than the squier but looks and plays even better.

I also don't see the point in the modern player series, HSS pickup configuration isn't going to sound great in a tele, and definitely won't give you that distinctive telecaster tone... unless you want a tele body purely for aesthetic.
#4
Squier Class Vibe Telecaster Custom. You might have money left to swap the pickups, but even stock, it beats the crap out of any fender in that price range.
#5
Thanks for the feedback i want the tele tone so the mp would be out of the question- sounds like i may be looking at the £419 budget tele then....
#6
Used G&L Tribute ASAT. All day, all night. You won't find a more consistent tele for $350 shipped.
#7
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#8
Oh man, their value has gone up. Reverb used to be littered with $300 deals on ASAT Classics.
#9
People have been buying them!
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#10
if you want to stick to fender, the (mexican) classic series is nice

for £500 you might get lucky and find something japanese e.g. tokai. bear in mind the cheaper ones aren't made in japan. it normally says on the neck heel where it's made.

edit: do you want a modern-style tele or a vintage-style one?
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#11
The Standard is a good choice. A modern-spec Tele that still retains its character.
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#13
Find a good used one for 1/2 retail. It's the only way to go if you want quality on a budget. I found my USA Tele for $600 in excellent condition. A mim can be had for $300.
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