Can a decent Tele be had for $500?

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  1. runningman

    runningman Member

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    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
     
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    Certainly.
    I have some great playing and sounding Teles in that $500 neighborhood.
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    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.

    S Mac
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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  8. illini

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    This is what I am talking about.
     
  9. Brettski

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    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.
     
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    I agree.
     
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    Absolutely.

    They make a Tribute Blues Boy, also, right? Excellent guitars at that price point.
     
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    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.
     
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    used baja, or even the new player series tele. they are basically the old american standards made in mexico.
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    those cheaper ESP distressed one look interesting too
     
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    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.
     
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    Definitely. I found a mint Nashville Deluxe Tele with upgraded tweed Fender case for $550 on CL.
     
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    You overpaid by $50....:D
     
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    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.)
     
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