Best cheap Tele '52 or Nocaster

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  1. fish78

    fish78 Member

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    Clone or facsimile?
     
  2. re-animator

    re-animator Senior Member

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    MIM with upgrades.


    I've got a MIM standard with barden bridge + fralins. Sounds every bit as good as a '52 RI to my ears. Only thing i'd change is that the frets and neck are both too small for my tastes. Wanna switch to a fat neck w/ 12" (or compound) radius w/ big frets.
     
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    I've not yet played one, but the Baja Tele is getting great buzz, including a nice review in ToneQuest. $799 new, if memory serves; less used.
     
  4. HHB

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    Baja are great! I did a parts guitar w/ a Fender hwy 1 body off ebay and a new Allparts FAT neck and got a really cool "psuedo-no-caster" for under 500, I sold my baja after this guitar came together

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  5. fish78

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    It looks like building one from parts might be the way to go...is the build within the grasp of a novice...player and builder?
     
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    buy the TUSQ precut nut to go w/the Allparts TMOFAT neck, drops right in, then your jst a drillpress away! it's easily within the reach of someone who can do a decent setup
     
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    do people ever tell you you look just like eric clapton??
     
  8. HHB

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    all the time! could be worse, I could look like some bass player LOL
     
  9. digthosetubes

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    Got two of those 1599 GC Nocasters. Heaven.
    I almost paid 2300 for the relic. Would have been worth it to me. But I lucked out. Knocking on wood. I liked the 52 with the Duncan neck mini humbucker. Nice guitar. The round thick necks of these Nocasters are a surprising delight. Never played an electric guitar neck I like so well.
     
  10. fish78

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    I wouldn't do the squire body.

    Check out the used MIM bodies on Ebay.
     
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    Yup. I have two of these. Set up a little differently.

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  13. fish78

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    Show mw the black pickguard butterscotch, that is out of the shot...is it routed for a neck PU?
     
  14. HHB

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    I gotta do an Esquire soon, but I want a bound body, sweet guitars Johhnytone!
     
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    It's a CS Nocaster that I converted to an "E"
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    Thank You. The red one has been stripped (simple with the HW1 bodies)and spraypainted a couple of times. No clear coats or final sandings, it's pretty rough, but I wanted it that way. The neck had been reliced by the previous owner and the back is sanded down to the wood. It is the most comfortable guitar I own, and with the Little 59 and 500k pots, it has a GREATsound.
     
  17. fish78

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    Of course its a CS, that's me, champagne taste on a less than beer budget...
     
  18. Dana Olsen

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    You've probably heard this before, but ...

    I have several Strats. The ones I've made by adding good parts are good guitars, but they're not worth near as much as the Custom shop model I have. I bought the CIJ rosewood neck and Tex Mex maple neck for about $400 each, then added pickups, good pots and switches, and a fret level, so I've got maybe $750 each in them, and they're worth maybe $400 if I was to sell 'em.

    The Custom Shop Strat is probably worth more than the $1550 I paid for it now. It's cheaper in the short run to build a lower cost parts 'caster, but in the long run, the higher end models hold their value better, especially if purchased used.

    Of the lower cost Teles, I like the Baja. Plays good, sounds good.

    Something to think about anyway, Dana O.
     
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    The one with the Lil 59 - does that pup emphasize the difference between the switch settings?

    cheers
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    They are both wired the same way:

    forward pos has a .0047 cap
    middle is volume with no tone control
    rear is volume with tone
     

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