Best Telecaster bang-for-the-buck @ $400 or less?

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  1. dave s

    dave s Member

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    Please help my drummer locate the best 'bang-for-the-buck' telecaster for $400 or less. As of last night's gig, he was about ready to pull the trigger on a standard telecaster from MF for around that price.

    I asked him to hold off until the experts at TGP could weigh in with some recommendations. He's looking for the classic tele style and sound.

    Thanks in advance for your thoughts and recommendations.

    dave
     
  2. lamenlovinit

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    I know of a Japanese Photo Finish flamed maple Fender. It's $450 however.
     
  3. Loni Specter

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    I'd have him check out the G&L Tribute line or a used Japan Fender Tele.
    I'm hearing bad things about quality consistancey about Fender's standard Mex Teles
     
  4. warren0728

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    i've got a 2005 mim tele and it is a great guitar....

    ww
     
  5. Pete Galati

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    A MIM Tele is pretty hard to beat the deal. He'd do better if you went to a well stocked music store with him, and helped him pick out a good MIM Tele, instead of just taking his chances on what MF shipped him.
     
  6. tbp0701

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    Another NE Ohioan!

    I'm going to do the annoying thing and recommend considering a slight budget increase because the Highway Ones have been revamped, so the old ones are being sold off with a MAP of $499. If the places he's going have any in stock, he might want to take a printout of this with him so he can negotiate:

    http://www.guitartrader.com/itempg.icl?orderidentifier=ID1156033625078726FC276F7A25&secid=1021&subsecid=1136&catid=1170&dirpage=dir3&itmid=37782&eflag=0&curitempos=7&numitems=7

    Other than that, the good ol' MiM Std is pretty nice, and he might be able to find a used Muddy Waters or Nashville in that range.
     
  7. warren0728

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    +1...i played quite a few and there is definately a difference in quality

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  8. Darth Tater

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    Gonna be hard to beat a used G&L ASAT in that price range.
     
  9. smiert spionam

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    Used MIM classic '50s or '60s, or used MIJ. Might stretch and get a MIM thinline, too.
     
  10. daddyo

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    Used G&L Tribute ASAT would be a great axe for your price range.
     
  11. 83stratman

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    I second the upping of the budget and getting a leftover HW1.
     

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