Recommend me a low-end "starter" Tele-style for around $300 used

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  1. steinny

    steinny Member

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    I'm thinking of venturing into the world of tele-style guitars, having no experience with them at all--I'm hoping to spend around $300 used--trying to get a sense of what is the best in that price range--open to any low-end make (squire, agile, etc.), especially interested in hollow models.

    Any recommendations?

    Thanks!
     
  2. pbmw

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    Em
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    They are out there. Squiers are great, but I think the MIM's are a little better. I like the necks better myself.
    So play some.
     
  3. Mothman

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    I think MIM Fenders are fine guitars, but you absolutely cannot beat the Squier Classic Vibes for bang-for-the-buck, and you could buy one new with your budget. My bandmate plays the Classic Vibe Thinline Tele, totally stock, as his main axe after running through a half-dozen higher-dollar guitars. Buy it local and get a decent setup, and you're golden. I'm more of a Strat guy myself, but I've got a set of the Tonerider p'ups that come in the CV 50's Strats, and they're fantastic. The Thinline p'ups are similarly great-sounding.
     
  4. utterhack

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    Squier Classic Vibe Custom would be my first choice though I'd keep my eye out for a cool used MIM as well
     
  5. mralmostpopular

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    I'd say look at the Squier CV or a used MIM.
     
  6. lumpfish

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    A good MIM fender is a damn fine instrument. My main gigging guitars are from Mexico and prefer them to many USA made fenders I have played.
     
  7. Bodeanicus

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    Can't go wrong with either the CV Squiers or MIM. Hit GC, and try 'em 'til you find a keeper.
     
  8. Whiskeyrebel

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    Peavey Reactor. You can get one for less than your budget and have money left to redo the electronics if you aren't satisfied with the stock parts.
     
  9. Bodeanicus

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    Forgot about the Reactors.
     
  10. Coldcobra

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    MIM without a doubt
     
  11. fjblair

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    Honestly in the $300 range I would buy new and get a Classic Vibe. In the $500 range I would say look at used. Bang for buck.
     
  12. mtperry85

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    G&L ASAT Tribute... much better quality than MIM Fenders IMHO.
     
  13. Mandrax

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    ^^ In my experience, there is little difference although the stock pups in the G&L sound better than the MiM.

    There are so many good guitars in this range, if you pick a well known brand, you're unlikely to go wrong.
     
  14. darkinners

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    Squier Vintage Modified Telecaster.
     
  15. MaClyver

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    As pretty much everyone has said, a Squier Classic Vibe or, preferably (IMHO), a used MIM..

    Have owned both, although got a USA model now.
     
  16. brn2run56

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    I played a number of MIM Teles and the CV also before I settled on the
    G&L asat tribute. Got one new for $400 but you may be able to find a used one for $300.
     
  17. bigben55

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    Just bought a MIM Tele off Craigslist for $250. I would have equally liked a G&L Tribute. The Squier CVs are nice too but come with vintage 3 saddle bridge and vintage split tuners whereas the MIM comes with modern 6saddle bridge/tuners. Its whatever you prefer.
     
  18. the_rising

    the_rising Silver Supporting Member

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    MIM without question...and I'd even argue its not a "low end" option. The MIMs of the last 2-3 years have been, IMO, outstanding and you should def be able to get a used one for $300 or less.
     
  19. LPBlue

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    +1 for the MIM and it is in no way a "starter" Tele.


    J.R.
     
  20. skhansa1559

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    Made In Mexico Fender. You won't dismiss it one day as your "starter" guitar.
     

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