Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by illini, Apr 15, 2019 at 9:11 PM.
Honestly, I bought an indo made squier standard telecaster and couldn't be happier with it, surprisingly decent build quality, paid about 380 cdn and couldn't be happier
I have some great playing and sounding Teles in that $500 neighborhood.
1. Nashville Deluxe
2. Baja 50's
3. Partscaster with a CV double bound sunburst body and a USACG made neck.
I also have a custom designed by me Tele that I put $1,850 into but the other three Teles play just as well.
One of the best hidden gems out there for a tele is Godin's examples, imo. They have had numerous models like the SD, SD24, LG, exit 22S, triumph, radiator, and empire. They are made in Canada/assembled in the US, come with excellent hardware, decent p'ups with lots of configurations to choose from. The quality is above MIM, and about equal to MIJ, imo. Every one I have come across had great necks, action, and well finished fretwork. They can be had used usually from $200-500 depending on model.
Used Baja tele.
I second that... I was checking out a pedal in my local store and they gave me a Tele to play. After a few minutes the manager was walking by and and said, "Not bad for $399, huh?" I thought that was a lot for a compressor, but he said, "not the pedal, the Tele". It was a CV Tele Custom (bound with RW fingerboard) and it was a fantastic Tele.
Used Baja would be my first choice, followed by Classic Vibe.
The bang for the buck with either guitar will leave you scratching your head. Great guitars.
This is what I am talking about.
Move the decimal one place to the right and you've got the typical Reverb.com listing price for such an item. Good for you for getting a killer deal, but this doesn't remotely represent the typical price for this kind of thing imo.
They make a Tribute Blues Boy, also, right? Excellent guitars at that price point.
For a little more, used Baja.
For that price, used CV. And personally I’d replace the neck, which could still be around $500 all in.
used baja, or even the new player series tele. they are basically the old american standards made in mexico.
Yes, I know this was an unusual deal and I scored but I have many other sub $500 Tele's that are awesome also. I scored a Mint MIM Std. w/ Creamery Alt 88 PU's and Fender locking tuners and HSC for $325. I have what I think is a MIM tele beater that I initially paid $175. Swapped out the bridge, tuners, pickups and wiring harness. I have approximately $315 into it and it has been my main go to guitar for some years now (this includes having 3 CS Gibson LP's on hand). Having a great Tele that you have less than $500 into is very doable.
Totally. A baja would be way down my list, frankly. Classic vibe or used MIM well under $500, decent and then some.
Any tele you get you are going to want to do something to, so get a decent cheapie and replace what you want. That's the appeal of teles! It's modular, it's not a guitar, it's a platform! Drop another $50 in it and be way happier with it.
those cheaper ESP distressed one look interesting too
Tons of partscasters available used at that price with super high end features (Warmoth, etc). Often you can get a $1500-$2000 build for $500 or less.
Definitely. I found a mint Nashville Deluxe Tele with upgraded tweed Fender case for $550 on CL.
You overpaid by $50....
Unless you're referring to the 60s Baja (not many available, used or otherwise), the difference in the neck size/section is a whopping difference. Some guys can handle both, but I think in general the CV necks are simply way too thin and worse, the 60s Bound and the Thinline versions (the value packed ones) have linguini thin necks -- I couldn't own that even if I was buying from that big country over there (I will spend up to $ 2 per item for MIC mdse, my money/my rules.)