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oktay
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I am thinking of buying a Telecaster or a copy of it. This is probably going to be way into the future but I'd like to start researching now. I am not really too concerned about brand names etc, but would like the standard configuration for the pickups and controls to be there, unless there's reason to buy a different config. ( I read about a Yamaha version that seems to have one single coil and one humbucker. I guess that might give one more options )

So here's the question.. Which telecaster would you buy? I know this will have a different answer depending on whom I ask, but that's exactly what I'm trying to get at.. Which would you get and why?

So far I've seen the Squires, the Mexican and American standards, the SX and the Agile version. I don't like the SX because it looks/feels cheap to me. The Agile is good with nice grover tuners. I did not particularly find the squire or the fender to be exceptional. (Here it sounds like I picked the Agile already but I didn't :P )

When I was at rondo, I also saw a Japanese and a Korean Fender Tele. These were better looking than all other I had seen including the American. Although the prices were pretty steep. (What model/version is the Japanese/Korean candy red tele anyway? )

So anyway. I shall stop my rambling and ask.. Which would you pick? Why? Any other tele clones I should be looking at ?

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i've really never been a fan of clones, but that's just me. Were I in your boat, i would get a Fender, most likely a Mexican Fender Tele. i've never really played an exact LP, Strat, Tele or SG copy that I really liked. i guess im a bit of a label snob hehehe

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I have my eye either on the Agile or the Squier Standard Tele (both sunburst). I wouldn't get one with humbuckers...you just lose the "tele twang" without the single coil...

I have played the Squier Affinity Tele and it really felt good. Personally I didn't like the Fender MIM...I would LOVE an American but not at $1000!


   
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I've got a MIM Muddy Waters that I had professionally set up. It's currently my favorite or of 8, including some much more expensive guitars. I'd suggest a MIM, used from ebay, with a nice set up from a local luthier.

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G&L's are very nice quality guitars


   
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You can get a mex. tele for about $350 US.Those are good. I got a standard Black and chrome Squire tele for $200 that I like alot and Iv'e played guitar for a long time and have had much more expensive guitars, but that one rocks :twisted: . If you get a squire, get the standard, its better quality than the infinity line.The main thing is to try a lot of them out and see what you like. always get a good set up with your guitar, most stores will do this for free when you buy a guitar. --the dog

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Crank-n-Jam is selling his Squier Black & Chrome Tele in the Swap Meet forum.

Just thought I should add that...........


   
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Crank-n-Jam is selling his Squier Black & Chrome Tele in the Swap Meet forum.

Just thought I should add that...........

You will not do any better than that!! 8) --the dog

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ive always found that a Squier tele doesnt have the classic Fender Tele TWAAANG!

i havent played a G&L, but seeing as it's a Leo Fender company, i would imagine it to be of high quality and far superior to most knock-offs.

i say if you're in it for that twang, then Fender's the way to go. look used, im sure a used Mexi Tele isn't expensive.

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ive always found that a Squier tele doesnt have the classic Fender Tele TWAAANG!

i havent played a G&L, but seeing as it's a Leo Fender company, i would imagine it to be of high quality and far superior to most knock-offs.

i say if you're in it for that twang, then Fender's the way to go. look used, im sure a used Mexi Tele isn't expensive.

A fender mex. tele is a good way to go, This is something I did with my squire, Its sort of a tribute to Steve Cropper. But I can get a nice twang out of it :D http://www.soundclick.com/bands/songInfo.cfm?bandID=213596&songID=2713379 Like i said, the fender mex tele is pretty cool also, go out and try them :D --the dog

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I had the opportunity to play both Fenders and G&Ls a couple of weeks ago (albeit Strats). From a standpoint of quality, I would say that the sequence is MIM, MIJ, MIA, in general, but a good MIJ could be better than a poor MIA.
The G&Ls were really nice. I played a couple of the Tribute line and they were really well finished - IMO, as good as MIJ Fenders and not too far off MIAs. I also played a George Fullerton, which is a beautiful guitar with 2 flaws (for me, at least) - 1) it has the soft V neck of a Clapton Strat and 2) the price! (around 1300 EUR).
Give the ASAT a whirl - G&L seem to set the QA pretty high.

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What difference is in the fender mim and fender usa.I mean why is the other one nearly 3 times the former.Is it really because of quality or just usa name.I mean is such a steep price tag justified....


   
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3 main reasons for the price difference:
1: Materials. The USA materials are marginally better than those used in MIM guitars.
2: Labour costs. US employees are paid a lot more than in those in Mexico (which also includes better quality control).
3: Image. The US model is the "flagship" line, so it attracts a price premium, whether it deserves it or not.

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3 main reasons for the price difference:
1: Materials. The USA materials are marginally better than those used in MIM guitars.
2: Labour costs. US employees are paid a lot more than in those in Mexico (which also includes better quality control).
3: Image. The US model is the "flagship" line, so it attracts a price premium, whether it deserves it or not.

so you mean to say that only marginally better quality and high wages lead to that big price difference and then there are people who form this dilemma that us strats have to be better for that huge price difference.. :o


   
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Don't forget No.3!
I was speaking to a salesman in a guitar shop - there was no sales pitch, it was a friendly discussion. We were talking about the then new Elitist line from Epiphone and how they compared to Gibson. He basically said "it doesn't matter how good they are, people don't want Epiphone on the headstock, they want Gibson".
Image is a big factor and, often, price is seen as the reflection of quality.
Many years ago, an economics teacher was lecturing on this subject and mentioned a product called "Atrixo" (a hand cream). When it hit the shops, it was put into the "Special Offers" bin at a very low price. Very few were sold. After a few weeks of miserable sales, they doubled the price - and sold millions!

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