Cheap Telecasters?

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  1. Turi

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    What's some good places to start?

    I've got a Gretsch G5420T that I love, but I'm missing my Telecaster dearly.

    I'm not keen on dropping $700aud on a MIM Tele again (with the case) and am looking for something wayyyy cheaper.

    Cheap as I can get, really.. as long as the necks good, I'm good.

    I checked out an Affinity the other day, it was honestly the heaviest guitar I've ever held - I reckon it must have went over 10 pounds - noticeably heavier than the LP's in the shop - but the neck felt good.

    What's the diff between that and the CV series?

    What other super-cheap Teles are out there?

    It's just meant to be a beater guitar.
     
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    Look on your local craigslist for used Mexican fenders or Peavey reactors.
     
  4. bob-i

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    The CV series is usually great. All the ones I've played have been light and resonant and have decent fretwork. I have a Hwy 1 tele that is also very light but isn't exactly a budget tele.
     
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    Does Rondo music ship to Australia?
    Good quality and inexpensive
     
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    G&L Tributes are only 450-500 new. Lots of used ones out there. I think they are great guitars.
     
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    Yamaha Pacifica 102s or 120SD....quality budget axe that with minimal dollars invested can compete wit anything in the sub 700 range.
     
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    Second that. Love the neck on my Yamaha Tele.
     
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    For a cheap beater guitar, not much beats a classic vibe tele.

    They are a clear cut above pretty much anything else in the squier lineup.
     
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    Look at Raven West guitars on ebay. I've owned three of them and the quality is good, the necks are nice and they are inexpensive. I have a thinline with p90's that has a bit larger neck and sounds killer.
     
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    vote for Rondomusic.com. Bought one 'mid-priced' Les Paul. I now own three and am looking at a Telecaster also.
     
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    Squier Classic Vibes are great instruments, even stock.
     
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    +1. You aren't going to find better, especially if u find a good deal on a used one. What makes them sound so good is there are no details that stray far from vintage design, which IMO is the best tele tone. I would replace the bridge with a vintage fender tho. They're cheap. You can even get a fender vintage bridge with a custom 62 fender pickup in it for $50 on ebay, a pickup i use in one of my teles and love it. The stock pups are very good, but this is better and comes with the bridge. The stock CV bridges sound tinny. I replaced them on 2 CV's and both times it was a very needed upgrade IMO.
     
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    Love my Squier VM Tele Special. $250 new. Added pots, caps, Switch, Jack, strap locks, bigsby, case- still under $550.
     
  17. Turi

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    Awesome, cheers fellas.

    Local music shop is a Fender dealer - never had a CV Tele in though.

    I'll see if they'll get one in so I can check it out - surely it'd sell if I don't buy it.
     
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    I bought a MIM Cabronita. Replaced the bridge and its a sweet sounding guitar for the price. Look for them and others on sale.
     
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    Look for used on the Squier CV Tele. I picked up one locally on Craigslist for $250 that was basically brand new. Did my own setup, went to .011s, and all good.
     
  20. Turi

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    I'll definitely look into the other stuff mentioned in this thread.
    I can't buy right now anyway, so plenty of time to do my tyre-kicking and research.

    I went up the local shop earlier, no CV Teles, but they did have an Affinity and a MIM Tele.

    To be honest, the Affinity kicked the living **** out of the MIM - the neck on that Affinity was SO good.

    So pissed I just don't have the spare $299aud for it.

    SUCH a nice neck. So smooth. No gloss. Loved it, honestly. Was so easy to play too.. my rockabilly **** felt easier to do on it than on my big chunky neck G5420T.

    Awesome neck. Plugged in, eh, it wasn't quite as articulate as the MIM Fender but it wasn't far off and I mean, for the price, I could totally upgrade stuff if I wanted.

    But that neck. Damn. Never played a neck like it. Felt like a shredders neck or something.
    It was so thin. Complete opposite of my Gretsch.

    At the moment, I'll probably try scrape up the cash and snag that. Dat neck. Damn.
    So smooth.

    Killer guitar. Extremely affordable too.

    Didn't like the pickup selector knob though - 'bout the only thing I didn't like aesthetically.
     

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