What is the Telecaster equivalent to the Eric Johnson Strat?

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  1. dverna

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    It seems the EJ strat, in general, gets very positive reviews and is a "can't go wrong" purchase when looking for a new Strat. What Fender Tele model can boast the same level of accolades? Any opinions out there?
     
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    The '52 reissue, perhaps. They are currenly offering this model with the thin nitro finish like the EJ strat and 6105 frets.
     
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    Suhr and Grosh are superior to the EJ Strat, imho, not the "equivalent"...

    A "Thin Skin" Fender '52 Telecaster would be a good pick as an EJ equivalent
     
  6. fender tele

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    The new 60th Anniversary model. I haven't played one, or even seen one in person, but there are several at the Telecaster forum www.tdpri.com that have one & they all gush over it.

    I have played a Hwy 1 Tele & I can tell you that that is a smokin guitar!!
     
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    I might lean towards citing no-caster as well, having owned a couple of 52 reissue and (still) owning an EJ strat, I think the quality control on the EJ is a little better. Not by a lot but there does seem to be a custom shop quality to it.
     
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    On paper, a HW1 Texas Tele looks like it could be an EJish equvilant. I have yet to see one in person though, even though they have been out for at least 2 years now!
     
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    that thin skin nitro '52 looks great for the $$$. I have to question the cost of most of these custom shop teles, no? Are any of them that much better?
     
  13. Telesteve

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    52 Hot Rod Telecaster
     
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    Got one of each and to the best of my guessing you are right (There may be a closer comparision out there as I have not played many Telecasters). The Hwy 1 Texas Tele has the same 12" fret board radius and a very similar feeling neck. Certainly the electronics are hard to compare and workmanship vs. craftsmanship are all relative ($400 Tele vs. $1,200 Strat).

    All in all my vote is for the Fender Hwy 1 Texas Telecaster.
     
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    Agree with Telesteve -- 52 Hot Rod Telecaster
     
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    Agreed. But it wasn't out three and a half years ago when the original poster asked the question. I hope he hasn't been waiting..... :)
     
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    Hahaha, I don't think this guitar was even available when the OP first asked the question! :jo
     
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    Owning both I would say a Fender Nocaster. Mine has the 9.5 radias and 6105 frets. LOVE IT. [​IMG]
     
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    Honestly, if I was in the market for a tele I would wait till suhr releases their proseries teles in the near future. Suhr Proseries are some of the best deals in the guitar market.
     

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