Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by illini, Apr 15, 2019 at 9:11 PM.
If so, and you were looking for a Tele what would you get?
Edit: Doesn't have to be new.
New for that money? Classic vibe all day. You can still have some left over for pickups if you felt like it, but the ones in there are good. The white blonde has lower output A3 and the butterscotch as hotter A5 toneriders.
There has been one on CL here in Austin for $300 for a month now. So you could go used too.
Tribute G&L ASAT, no hesitation.
Many choices. Classic vibe is cool. Used MIM Teles are decent and very occasionally an old American Standard can be found for around $500. The G&L Tribute series can be very good and are often on Musicians Friend stupid deal of the day for $300. Not to mention the various other brands one can find used at music stores including parts casters and old Schecters etc.
Yes...about any MIM Fender!
pre-owned Vintage Modified Squier
If you get lucky it will have the Duncan-Designed pickups.
American Special, Highway 1
$ 300 would be my target price on one of those Tribute (Indonesian Reproduction) G + L ASAT type, kinda Tele type guitars. Absolutely not my first choice.
I think a used MIM Standard, one of the FSR versions with an ash body and the 3 barrel bridge, should be easy to land for under $ 500 with some money left for some nicer pickups, if you like.
Also look for used MIM Deluxe Nashvilles, especially the older kind with the Tex Mex pickups. Classic Series MIMs, in used form. Possibly a used Baja - many have been bought in the past for $ 500 and less.
Once, not too hard to find in this price range. Today, the O.P. is gonna have to really give a critical eye to any of these under $ 500 - especially the Am. Special. This would apply even more so to older Americans/American Series/American Standard. I'm trying to say, you've really got to be on your toes trying to find a really nice one of these for such a price.
I’ve seen used American Specials for not much more. That’s what I’d get in that price range.
I recently bought a Fender MIM Esquire neck w/ Wormoth Daphne Blue body, aged fender bridge, SD Antiquity Bridge PU. Wiring harness with Jensen PIO cap. Aged Kluson tuners. Extra full set of mint unaged hardware (bridge, tuners, wiring harness, ashtray,strap buttons, orig. Fender bridge PU) also HSC included. $125.00. I added a neck pickup for $15. It kills my Fender Wildwood Thinskin ‘52 Reissue. Isn’t close! Yes, there are lots of ways to get a superb Tele under $500.
Used Baja Tele.
I prefer indecent Teles.
If you're handy, and can do your own wiring, you could absolutely put together a great nitro finished, maple necked (rosewood is going through a spike right now--it'll settle down after awhile) tele with decent pickups.
Based on common prices I've seen on the emporium, and a little patience, here's a ballpark:
Nitro finished body by an unknown builder or hobbyist (don't knock it--you could score a nice ash body if you aren't worried about who did the finish): $150
Nitro finished maple neck (with tuners): $150
Decent pickups (lots of choices): $100
Electronics, electrosocket jack, pickguard, strings, misc. : <$100
that's exactly what i got. it's so good.
No doubt, but I picked up a clean Special in the last year for $500, it can be done, just setup your reverb, ebay and forum classified searches and be patient. It's worth it over the MIM models, at least for me. You can also have some luck searching bodies and necks and put one together around $500, again, it will take effort. If you don't like the effort, there's always popping for $650
Levinson Blade...if you can find one.