highest quality to lowest quality Telecaster?

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  1. Jackangus

    Jackangus Senior Member

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    Hi there guys,
    I almost bought a American special Telecaster Vintage Blonde today on the spur of the moment.
    It played nice, but the fact it only came with a gig bag put me off. The music shop guy was saying this one is a step up from a standard Tele.
    It just didn't sound right to me, it was cheaper than I have seen other Tele's, and the fact it did not come with a hard case brand new was a worry.
    I thought best thing to do was hold off and do some research before I buy.

    I have looked online and can't really see how the models go from lowest to highest quality. But to be fair, my eyes could be painted on.

    This is the one I almost bought.
    https://www.rockshop.co.nz/shop/gui...-american-special-tele-mn-vintage-blonde.html


    Would this Tele be a better option? Would this pro be a big upgrade from the special?
    I would rather spend the extra money now rather than kick myself later.

    https://www.rockshop.co.nz/shop/gui...caster-mn-butterscotch-blonde-w-case-usa.html

    Could anyone enlighten me on this please?
     
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  2. Bobby Mahogany

    Bobby Mahogany Senior Member

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    Choosing a guitar is a very personal thing.
    You have one person to please: yourself!

    Specs are one thing, feel is another.

    Jumbo frets vs Tall and narrow, that's a big difference right there.
    Whether one model is better or enough, if you don't feel right with the frets,
    the rest is irrelevant. Same for other variants.

    I suggest you go and try a few models and see what feels right for you.
    Some people will pick a guitar and play it, others will go through months of research
    to finally make decision and be at peace!
    Just go with who you are and don't buy until you're comfortable with your choice.
    Don't be too anal either 'cause then in ten years you won't have a guitar yet!

    I have researched (vintage style vs modern, Mx vs Japan vs US, neck profiles, frets, etc.)
    and looked for a Strat for a few months before I got one.
    I've had it for 20 years. I guess I made a good choice.

    I wish you the same.
     
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  3. Walt_T

    Walt_T Senior Member

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    Those prices are nuts! Not even Ash bodies.
    The Special in the US is $1000, the Pro is $1500.
    Probably exemplary guitars. But Holy Shit, you guys are being raped down there.
     
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  4. Victek

    Victek Senior Member

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    A New Zealand dollar is currently worth 73 cents US. That may explain part of it, but there's still a big difference. Perhaps they tax imports?

    Re which guitar the OP should choose, I'm a believer in play before you pay. I've got to lay hands on a guitar to figure out how I feel about it. Also, I agree with him about a hard shell case not being included at that price point. Maybe the dealer can be persuaded?
     
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  5. Who

    Who are you? Who who who who.... Premium Member

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    Don't buy a Telecaster on specs.

    Pick based on (in order)

    - Price (if you can't afford it, none of the other reasons matter).
    - How it feels/plays
    - How it sounds (though this can be changed)
    - How it looks (isn't this the real reason to get a Tele ;))

    If you pick based on spec, you'd have missed out on some of the most famous Teles in history.


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  6. Who

    Who are you? Who who who who.... Premium Member

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    IMG_0272.PNG For the answer to your question, just go to Fender's site, look on the left. They put that list in that order for a reason.

    Then, sort by price, highest-to-lowest. That will help.



    As for a high-end guitar coming with a "gig bag"..... I going to call B.S. No way. That's a vendor trying to get you to pay extra for something that comes with a guitar.
     
  7. lemmy loud

    lemmy loud Senior Member

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    You have to go with what has the features you want. Just because one is more expensive doesnt make it the best choice.
    Tele's are a big reminder of this for me. I had a "good" 70's Tele that I hotrodded with DiMarzios, tuners etc, and at the end of the
    day, it was putting perfume on a pig. I never could bond with it despite having all desirable stuff. My 249.00 Squier p90 Custom
    is a world above it in playability. I'll never look cool playing a Squier, but who cares what 0 guitar players in the room think, lol
     
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  8. Jackangus

    Jackangus Senior Member

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    The deluxe has jumbo frets and the pro has tall and narrow.

    I have never tried tall and narrow before. I played the jumbo at the shop, I couldn't feel any major difference from my strat. I have fairly big fingers, not sure if that makes any difference.
     
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  9. Bobby Mahogany

    Bobby Mahogany Senior Member

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    The gig bag is in the description...
    So no bull from the dealer, unfortunately.
    Bull form Fender!
     
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    Jackangus Senior Member

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    I know, I saw that. A guitar like that should have a hard case. Absolute rip off.
     
  11. rikko

    rikko Senior Member

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    LOVE my Special.

    Maybe that one wasn't meant for you.
     
  12. Chicago John

    Chicago John Senior Member

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    Try to find a used Custom Shop for that kind of money.
     
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  13. Guitaraxe

    Guitaraxe Senior Member

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    Spec's rule. Pick the one with the spec's you like the most.

    Me, I would get a Squier classic Vibe 50's Tele and put a broadcaster pup in the bridge.
     
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    Look for a used American Vintage.
     
  15. Victek

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    Well, specs rule as a first step; then you have to lay hands on the guitars (or buy with a good return policy). There can be some variation between guitars even of the same make/model, so specs alone don't guarantee the best instrument IMHO. :hmm:
     
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  16. Guitaraxe

    Guitaraxe Senior Member

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    No doubt!
     
  17. LeftyF2003

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    My favorite Teles are my '11 MIM and a '16 Squire CV 50s. They are a little heavy but sound fantastic and play great. My MIM has seen something like 50 or 60 shows. Personally I like the Squire better than the expesive Teles I've played (aside from the weight - they are 9 and 10 lbs respectively). Helps build up my Les Paul muscles! :)
     
  18. Guitarhack

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    For me the neck is a make or break proposition with guitars. The shape and size as well as the radius - fenders range from 7.25 to 9.5 to 12 or even a compound radius. The neck shapes vary from baseball bat U shaped necks to mid 60's Oval C shaped to modern C. Pickups vary, as do finishes and body materials (ash/alder).

    Don't rush in. Take your time to figure out what you want out of the tele and what features you like.

    As far as I know this is kind of the break down of Teles cheapeast to dearest (there are artist models and special models as well):

    1. Squire - Affinity
    2. Squire - Standard
    3. Squire - Vintage Modified
    4. Squire - Classic Vibe
    5. Fender - Modern Player
    6. Fender - Standard
    7. Fender - Classic Series
    8. Fender - Road Worn
    9. Fender - American Special
    10. Fender - American Professional
    11. Fender - American Vintage
    12. Fender Custom Shop

    TDRP has a lot of very knowledgeable members there as well.
     
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  19. Dave_W

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    My #1 is my 2013 American Special Tele. It has everything I want -- traditional Tele bridge, modern neck radius, comfortable neck profile and jumbo frets. It's the lowest priced American-made Tele and Fender sells it with a gig bag to keep the price within reason. That doesn't make it inferior in any way. It's not lower quality.

    The new American Professional is very nice. It has some fancier features that some people will go for (staggered height tuners, compensated saddles) but I don't like the thicker neck profile is thicker and the tall/narrow frets. What are you looking for? That's all that matters, isn't it?
     
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    Between 10 and 11 you can squeeze the Elite in too. It's the one with the binding and compound radius neck. Wouldn't be my choice. Waiting for a new Pro to arrive.
     

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