telecaster help

Discussion in 'Electric Guitars' started by grizzlyguy38, Dec 23, 2012.

  1. grizzlyguy38

    grizzlyguy38 New Member

    I'm about to buy a new guitar and I really want to get a Telecaster, but my budget is no more than $500. I was looking at the Fender Blacktop Tele and I'm kinda digging it, but if there's anything else that you guys think I should consider a look at then please let me know.
  2. SolidFooting

    SolidFooting Member

    It depends on why you want a Tele. I don't know of any blacktops that don't have an HH setup, and those don't sound like a Tele. If you want something that sounds like a Tele, I'd recommend something like a Squier Classic Vibe Telecaster or an off-brand. That being said, there's nothing wrong with the blacktop.
  3. MarkM

    MarkM Member

    Yeah, I don't like Tele's with HB pickups either. You should able to get a Mexican Tele for that sort of cash, and they're good guitars. You might even be able to afford to stick a couple of "texas special" pick-ups in it, or a Seymour Duncan Vintage 50's, but even standard, they're nice guitars. The HH thing just spoils a Telecaster though - it loses that brilliant "chiming" treble which is why so many players love them.
  4. SolidFooting

    SolidFooting Member

    Personally, I kind of like the blacktops. But they're hardly traditional. What I'm thinking is...

    Mexican Tele + Bill Lawrence's Keystones = Heaven for under $600.
  5. MarkM

    MarkM Member

    I've never heard of those, are the straight single coils or stacked HB's? You're right though, a Mexican Tele with a nice set of PUP's - You have yourself a damn nice guitar for very little money.
  6. MarkM

    MarkM Member

    Cool. There's plenty of great aftermarket pups for Teles depending on where you live, but they should be single coil in my opinion. There's a reason Telecasters are the most utilized guitars for professional musicians (according to Guitar Player Magazine). Stick in some hot pups if you like, but don't mess with the basic format - it's been working for well over 60 years after all.
  7. grizzlyguy38

    grizzlyguy38 New Member

    Thanks a lot guys but I ended up going for a fender telecaster modern player and I love it
  8. Kerry

    Kerry New Member

    You can probably find a used USA standard tele for around that price. That's what I'd look for, but the MIM ones can be just as nice.
  9. fenderbender4

    fenderbender4 New Member

    Los of good used teles. I'd go that route. Don't leave out older Hamers or Japanese brands.
  10. MarkM

    MarkM Member

    I always buy second-hand guitars - you can do so much better. Mexican Teles aren't bad instruments at all, but you can probably find a U.S.A Standard for close to the same money, if you hunt around a bit. Still, if you buy a MIM, replace the tuners ASAP. They're truly horrible, and you can buy good slot-in replacements for about $50 (Gotoh make good ones), or even a set of Grovers for under $100.
  11. SteelyburgGuitar

    SteelyburgGuitar New Member

    I've got a Fender Cabronita and would recommend one to anybody (or the Squier ones are extremely good, especially if you are strict about your preferred price range)
    They are about £500 (not sure what that is in $, sorry) so a very decent price and what I love so much about them is because of the Gretsch-style pickups you get a lot more mid and bass end than with a traditional tele, but still retain that awesome twang on the bridge pickup. Also keeps the clarity when you roll back the volume whereas regular humbuckers get a bit too muddy for me.
    Basically- a tele on steroids with vintage looks.

    Hope this helped!
    Joe ;)
  12. MarkM

    MarkM Member

    I just played one of those last week, and I liked it a lot. I own a Gretsch with what looks (and sounds) like the same pickups, and they are very nice. I'm a big fan of mini-humbuckers - the 70's LP minis are very similar as well. I've never liked full HB's on Teles (they lose those lovely chiming highs), but like you say, the minis are much more subtle (and versatile). Very cool colour choice too. What sort of music do you play on it?

    Last edited: Sep 15, 2013
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  13. SteelyburgGuitar

    SteelyburgGuitar New Member

    Hi Mark,
    I tend to play different styles of music but if I had to say what the Cabronita suits best in terms of what I play (which is hard as it's so versatile) it'd probably be blues/rock (think The Black Keys, Led Zep etc.) but that's not to say it wouldn't do other things. In fact, I reckon it would suit any genre except for metal

  14. MarkM

    MarkM Member

    Yeah, I play a lot of blues and classic rock as well. I have two Teles, which are virtually identical. I also have two Gretsch minis not being used. I've been toying with idea of putting them in one of the teles, as it rarely get used as it is (one sounds slightly better, so the other hardly gets played). I might give it a try; it's not a vintage guitar and would give me something with a different sound. I imagine it would sound quite similar to your Cabronita. I hate having guitars sitting around that never get played. Unless they're vintage instruments, may as well try and modify them for a different sound.

  15. dspellman

    dspellman Member

    I have YET to get a tele. I've never particularly cared for them and for the longest time failed to understand the charm -- they just seemed like a baseball bat bolted to a cutting board to me, and their association with Cah-huntry and Westrin artists with whiny lyrics, fiddles and steel guitars kept me at arm's length. Someone handed me one that had a 7.25" radius and high action and I smiled, pretended it was nice and handed it right back.

    That said, over time I've come around to like some of the sounds that they're putting out, but of late I've just been dialing in "tele" on one of the Variaxes and going with that. In fact, one of the best "teles" I own is a Variax JTV-89F -- the sound is on the money, the modeled single coils NEVER hum, there's a wide/thin neck attached with a 16" radius and jumbo frets, a 24-fret board with all frets accessible and there's a Floyd down at the bottom end of things. Through all of this I can turn a dial and be playing Open G without ever changing the tension on a string.

    Best of all, when I'm tired of the "tele," I can switch to Strat/LP/Rick, a 12-string acoustic or even use the built-in pickups (which are excellent, BTW). Might be a while before I fret over which I like better -- a cutting board/baseball bat with 'buckers, f-holes or lipsticks...
  16. Fabian Noggle

    Fabian Noggle New Member

    to bad you got a tele already i have one for sale from main street guitars and it has die hard fender players drooling over its sound, playability and feel. and i am selling a complete starter pack with an old epiphone studio 10s amp for 125.00 ( locally) or + shipping for someone not local ;)
  17. kent1113

    kent1113 New Member

    Thanks for the commercial, Fabian. I was missing those.
  18. Fabian Noggle

    Fabian Noggle New Member

    don't know what you mean by "commercial" however it's water under the bridge cause it sold the day after Christmas.
  19. Jay Bones

    Jay Bones Master of the Stratocaster

    What about the Squier Classic Vibe series? Those are pretty good values, and fit and finish can be as high as MIM's or older MIJ's.

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