#1
Hi, I'm looking to buy a telecaster, and I've had input from many of the guys on UG so far (american deluxe yeh? ). However, I can only afford reissues etc. I've seen a lot of folks talking about how the quality in this country or that country is pretty bad, so I wanted to know which ones to avoid. Educated buyers come out on top right?
#2
just play a bunch of different ones and buy the one you like best. any country can produce quality instruments or bad quality ones, you really never know what it will be untill you try it. good luck.
#3
I love my Made in Mexico telecaster... no complaints at all
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#4
problem is, I'm searching mostly online. I have a bone to pick with guitar center etc. But yeah, I'll check out the mom and pop music stores to see what they got although I dunno if I can get anything for a lower price. Thanks!
#5
Chinese; Generally about as bad as their food and children's toys. Touch it if you want to get angry at yourself.

Korean; Excellent for the money. I own a pair of Korean guitars, I'm happy. =3

Mexico; Pretty good, but not as good as American, and slightly above Korean. Still, it's amazing what a few miles north does.

America; Some of the best IMO.

Frankly gems of Chinese guitars are, in my experience, better than most US-made guitars though.
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#6
MIA's are usually more expensive than say MIM's. What's your budget?
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#7
I'd say my budget is 600-700 dollars. I have a korean made '96 Epi LP myself, it sounds great, although I wish I had the time to work on it more. Just a few little cosmetic things that nag at me lol.
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I'd say my budget is 600-700 dollars. I have a korean made '96 Epi LP myself, it sounds great, although I wish I had the time to work on it more. Just a few little cosmetic things that nag at me lol.


Just a note on the Epi; nice axe. Pics?

Anyway, frankly I think the Mexican Fenders are great guitars, just swap the pickups if their after 2003 if it's a standard, after that the pickups got a lot weaker.

If you can save up $50 more though, go for a Highway One.
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#9
Ok, I hadn't realized that mexican guitars were very good. Opens up a lot of possibilities.



'96 Epiphone Les Paul Birdseye/Standard?

I don't know what pickups are in it, I had bought it as a deal and was going to replace the pickups later. The previous owner(s) was abusive. There are 3 chips in the back, one of which is about the size of half a dime. It was as dirty as could be when I first got it, had to spend some time cleaning then polishing everything.

Otherwise, it plays great and the front is undamaged.
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#10
Yeah, just play through a bunch to make sure you don't get a lemon.

Pretty...how's she sound?
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#11
I have a Chinese made LTD SC-202 and I'm amazed with the quality on this thing. It's not perfect but for $165 I couldn't pass it up.

But as a general rule of thumb China<Indonesia<Korea<Mexico<Japan or USA.
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