#1
Well I've saved up a $1000 and I'm in the market for a tele. The problem is, theres so many different kinds now that I don't know which one to get!I play Indie mostly.

If anyone could give me a quick rundown of the pro's and cons and differences of a MIM Standard, Highway series, MIA standard, Lite Ash, and other ones that may be in that price range it'd be nice. And also which one would you recommend?
#2
MIA standard is the best from that list, by far. Next would be MIM, then Highway. All three are great guitars, but the MIA is differently the best. Dunno bout the Lite Ash never heard of them
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#3
What exactly is the difference between a Standard and a Highway? And why is it that much better?
#4
I also don't know much of anything about the Lite Ash tele. In my opinion, the Highway 1 is the best of the other three, followed by MIA and then MIM. The Highway 1 has better pickups than the American Standard, and costs a lot less (like $150). There's a huge difference between the Mexican and Highway/American teles, though. The Mexican necks do not feel very substantial to me, and there's a noticeable difference in the quality of the sound because of the pickups, and other materials used in the guitar. My preference of Highway 1 over American Standard is just my opinion, so if you play the two and like the sound of the American better, go for it. I just know that the Mexican will leave you disappointed after knowing what else is out there.

I was sort of in the same boat a few months ago as you are now, and I managed to get a 20% off coupon and so I spent $1000 on an American Deluxe tele. I'm very happy with it, and I'm really glad I didn't decide to go with something that wasn't as high quality. It's nice not to have buyer's remorse, which is something you should definitely think about when you're buying.
#5
Thanks for you input. I've heard that most of the difference comes from the finish of the HW1, different pick ups, and slightly inferior hardware parts. Plus the Hw1 comes in Daphne blue! haha.

I'll probably go to guitarcenter tommorow and try both out for size.
#6
keep in mind, all three are fine guitars.
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#8
The MIA model is generally regarded as the best, and they in my opinion have the best sound within that price range. I have tried both mexican and highway one teles and I have to say that although everything about the highway one should be alot better than the mexican, in my experience its not. I got a much better sound out of a mexican tele when I AB'd them through the same amp

Also, consider a G&L ASAT if you can find one, its the company Leo Fender started when the company split in the 70's
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whats your amp?
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I also don't know much of anything about the Lite Ash tele. In my opinion, the Highway 1 is the best of the other three, followed by MIA and then MIM. The Highway 1 has better pickups than the American Standard, and costs a lot less (like $150). There's a huge difference between the Mexican and Highway/American teles, though. The Mexican necks do not feel very substantial to me, and there's a noticeable difference in the quality of the sound because of the pickups, and other materials used in the guitar. My preference of Highway 1 over American Standard is just my opinion, so if you play the two and like the sound of the American better, go for it. I just know that the Mexican will leave you disappointed after knowing what else is out there.


a big +1

The Highway One Tele is an absolutely fantastic guitar. I can't put mine down. They sound look and feel great and after trying it next to the American Standard, I preferred the Hwy1. The finish on it makes it cheaper and (IMO) is a better finish, smooth, soft and comfortable (not all shiny and sticky)

I highly highly recommend it
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#12
amp should be upgraded before the guitar if you dont have a good one, so what amp do you have
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#13
All i'll say is quality control seems to be a big thing with the highway ones, i haven't liked any of the MIMs i've tried (3) i LOVED one of the highway ones i tried, and the didn't like the rest (out of 4) the MIAs i tried were as nice as the highway one i liked for 200$ more (i've tried 2 of them)
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#14
Despite what people say, the lite ash tele is a fantastic guitar in all aspects.
#15
nice budget and im sorry i cannot be of more help
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#16
I suggest a a Japanese Tele Thinline or a Highway One (not online if you can help it). In fact, Jap Fenders are probably the best place to look - fantastic build quality, and a few of them come with Custom Shop pickups too. The thinline models in particular work well for indie, but there's plenty of choice. G&L's ASAT is also worth closer inspection.
#17
The mexican made signature models are a great deal, which is not generally the case with signature models. I highly recommend you check out the Muddy Waters or the Joe Strummer.
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amp should be upgraded before the guitar if you dont have a good one, so what amp do you have


I have a shoddy practice amp. But I generally use my dad's Hot Rod DeVille 410.

Thanks for your suggestions guys!
#20
id have to say the new american standard. ive never really been a fan of the three-saddle bridges that come on the highway 1s

my favorite guitar that ive ever played though is the american deluxe tele...gotta love that contoured body in the back . maybe this summer (if i finally get a job) ill pick one up
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#21
MIA standard, MIJ > MIM plus better prices. the one with a humbucker and a single are really versaatile so if you play a wide range of music thats your best bet.
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