The Vinteras have considerably better pickups than the Player Series IMO, if you’re looking at the MIM range. Just my thoughts.
I think a guitar that's got huge fretwire, and a different style and quality of bridge, and vintage style split (not die cast) tuning machines, is a genuine different guitar. Some Telecasters, for instance, are "vintage" and others are "modern" and these are well used for different reasons - and the result is different sounds.Fender (and everyone else?) has worked out, from places like this, that people are just buying anything that has a different color and supposed ' features'.
Except that they're different. One has jumbo frets, another has vintage radius & frets, some Mexican, American, etc. I rather like being able to get a guitar with the specs I want rather than what you might like.Selling something without a obsolescence, they have to come up with some way to market the same item to the same buyers over and over and over again... Ie Multiple lines of the exact same thing.
The features thing, come on its a joke.I think a guitar that's got huge fretwire, and a different style and quality of bridge, and vintage style split (not die cast) tuning machines, is a genuine different guitar. Some Telecasters, for instance, are "vintage" and others are "modern" and these are well used for different reasons - and the result is different sounds.
This isn't just about colors.
Are you really sure you want to ask that question? That only adds several orders of magnitude more choices.If not Fender, what else?
lol I knew it would be a loaded question.Are you really sure you want to ask that question? That only adds several orders of magnitude more choices.
Things would be easier if you knew exactly what you wanted. Even say picking out say 5 specific features will significantly narrow the field.
lol I knew it would be a loaded question.
so my other guitars are
2 Gibson CS SGs
1st year Taylor T3
Epi limited SG
i’ve wanted a Fender style for a while and at the moment have no strong preference for Strat over Tele - I’d take either.
I play 60s and 70s rock, some surf, some rockabilly, some punk, and even some country rock.
I also play slide.
not a shredder
i’ve had a couple Les Pauls, a Kramer, a couple Ibanez, and a Guild but moved on from them.
I do have a circle of musician friends that I’ve played out with a lot and will be playing out again when ever it’s safe to do so. So yes I expect to use it outside of home.
my amps currently include a Vox and a Fender Super Champ.
Identifying features that would help narrow the field
1) upper price ($1500)
2) country of origin
3) neck size
4) neck radius
5) fret size
6) fret type (NS, SS, EVO)
7) fretboard wood
8) neck wood
9) body wood)
10) pickup arrangement
11) pickup choice
12) bridge (trem or hardtail, if trem what type of trem)
13) finish type (poly or nitro)
14) weight range
Can you get to a store to try a few?i don't know things like neck size, fret size, etc as I don't have one already and have nothing to compare and don't have access to a store with any real variety.
Hence my question.
Of course if I know all of the above then I'd have one picked out! but I do appreciate the thought and the list of things to consider - thank you!
thanks again for taking the time to share your knowledge! appreciated!Can you get to a store to try a few?
One of the differences between your existing guitars and a strat or tele is the scale length. A strat/tele scale length is 25.5". Some people don't care and some are very sensitive to the difference.
Your pickups are also very different than a traditional strat or tele.
Since you don't really have a reference point, my suggestion is to buy a used Mexican strat or tele. It's a good baseline. Alternatively, go to a store and try a Mexican strat or tele.
Marketing has found that too many choices makes buyers feel overwhelmed about making a wrong choice ... and then they make no choice.
Too many choices is a big problem for manufacturing costs too.
Yet still some companies try to plug every possible niche.
I would suggest to narrow selection activity for yourself. You can start with budget and pickup and body style, or look down the list for lower priced versions that hit your needs to bracket a few candidates. Perhaps a Player Series covers your gigging or home performance needs. The Pro II has the color you want. Then sort through all in between.