Telecaster advice australia

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  1. jessegw90

    jessegw90 Member

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    Hi I live in Melbourne australia and am in the market for a new telecaster.
    So far I've tried out a couple of fenders and will be trying out some Nash teles, what else is available to try here?
    I only want to buy something I can play first and I want it to be a vintage style tele with ash body. Are there any other brands offered at Aus based dealers or any custom builders worth checking out??

    I've heard of Ray carlton guitars but haven't found any reviews online.
    I'm also on tour to Sydney this week so if there's anything worth checking out up there please let me know !!!

    -jesse
     
  2. Clinic

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    Probably worth stopping off at http://www.theguitarlounge.com.au/
     
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    I've owned US Standards, Fender Japan Teles, Warmoths, played Nash and a bunch of others...

    I'm also GASing for another Tele. If it was me I'd simply buy a Made in Japan or Crafted in Japan and upgrade the bridge and pickups. The Japanese Fenders are brilliant, the electronics just need upgrading sometimes.
    My $0.02
     
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    I've played and owned "tele" guitars by a lot of different companies in various configurations.
    When all is said and done, I would buy a Fender Tele of some type. Several reasons for that.
    When you buy a "tele" by anyone else, if and when you decide to sell it, only a Fender can be sold the easiest of the group. If you try to sell a guitar by a different builder, even if they have a good reputation, you will find it harder.
    Try a Fender MIJ Kotzen Tele. It's got a lot going for it, without the need to mod it..
    It's an ash body, maple neck with a nice flamed maple bent top, 22 frets, 12 " radius board, large frets, slightly hotter pickups which immediately make it able to aclimate to other styles better. All around, a terrific guitar.
     
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    If you're planning to play before buying then just grab something that plays great by Fender, Greco or Tokai. Deluxe Guitars in Melbourne have Nash Teles that play nicely but I personally think are expensive for what Nash does. You're in Melbourne so why not just keep an eye on Music Swop Shop, FoundSound and Fretted Instruments until something you love comes along?
     
  8. jessegw90

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    Thanks guys, some good options here, that whitfell looks cool but looking to layby most likely so shop bought will probably be the go! It'd be great to find a great playing jap that I could do some upgrades to
     
  9. Flash6969

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    Guitar Colonel in sth melbourne often has used fenders - might have some Tele's?
     
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    I'll second Candletears suggestion to pick up a Japanese Tele. grab some pickups, give it to Carghill down in Seaford to set it up and you'll have a cracker of a Tele.
     
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    I got my first Tele custom built by Phil Dawson here on the Central Coast NSW.
    Alder with all maple fat neck, vintage bridge (Wilkinson), Lollar Vintage T's, black with cream double binding.
    Its not my no 1 atm (SG) but its my best looking guitar and easily my fav neck.
    I sometimes wonder if my first should have been a real Fender....then I play the Dawson and wonder no more.
    $1400 for Custom Shop quality.
     
  12. Switters

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    If a Japanese Tele is a possibility, try Global Vintage on parramatta rd when you come to Sydders, they specialise in the imported stuff. Also, Wild Horse in Surry Hills generally have a reasonable supply of Teles from all price points, and they are a Nash dealer (definitely a must-stop shop in Sydney, killer range of used guitars). Pete's Music Market in Newtown is worth a crack as well, often a cool tele or two floating around. All good dudes.
    I have nothing against Nash, but for that money I would try and find a used Fender Nocaster somewhere. Rare business, though.
    (Actually, in truth, I would build another MJT tele for half the price and spend the rest on more guitars!)
     

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