Mexican Telecasters

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  1. Mattyboy

    Mattyboy Senior Member

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    This is a '09 MIM. I've had it for a little over a year now. I really enjoy playing it. However, I'm thinking about a Seymour Duncan Phat Cat P-90 in the neck. Has anyone else used these pickups in their teles?
     

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  2. captcoolaid

    captcoolaid Senior Member

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    Yeah you can not go wrong with a MIM. Nice feel great tone with minor adjustments. Just an overall solid guitar.
     
  3. Indyclone

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    Odd, the wiring in my MIM Standard was exactly what comes in an American Standard... exact same parts... pots, caps, switch... all the same.
    The pickups were what I didn't care for, ceramic bar magnet pickups don't scream Tele to me.

    I only switched to a 5 way switch for more options. Switched the cap for a PIO as well.
     
  4. captcoolaid

    captcoolaid Senior Member

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    Nice pic Indyclone. Back on topic. I have found that if you go through enuff fenders you can even find a Squire that you have to have. I know cause I came across one not to long ago. However I do prefer a MIM over an American for 1 simple reason, price. They playability is very close and with a switch to better pickups you get a great guitar.
     
  5. Indyclone

    Indyclone Senior Member

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    Glad to see you back on the boards Captain! Hope you're doing well.

    As far as the differences between US and MIM Tele's... the only ones I know, aside from where they're made, are the pickups and the number of pieces of wood that make up the body. Great deals, IMO.
     
  6. coldsteal2

    coldsteal2 V.I.P. Member

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    I like the Cuban made one is called the Telecastro
     
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  7. Benjammin

    Benjammin Senior Member

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    eh, I dont care for red guitars myself
     
  8. Sin Nombre

    Sin Nombre Senior Member

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    I bought this 2008 MIM for $250 on CL last spring. Great guitar. I added the black PG and put in a GFS Fat Alnico in the neck to get a Strat tone after the photo was taken.

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  9. Grand Pappy

    Grand Pappy Senior Member

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    I have a Baja Tele that I really like. Got it used for a decent $$$. Has a few bumps and bruises. but it plays like butter.
    I love the soft "V" neck. I use it quite often for practice and gigs. Very versatile.
    The only change I made was install a Jensen PIO cap and a bakelite pick guard.
     
  10. sollophonic

    sollophonic Senior Member

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    I have a CV50s Tele among my collection, I got it pretty cheap used, and turned it into an Esquire. I know a lot of players do like these, but I have to say it is not my "go-to" guitar by any stretch of the imagination. I dont really like the thin neck, though I have widened the string spacing a bit. The neck pickup was not nice at all, very dull, hence the Esquire conversion. The bridge pickup is nice though, pretty hot and twangy. The other thing about some of the CV50s, is that despite being pine they can be very heavy. Mine is probably my heaviest Tele. Makes a good Esquire for when I want to, but I have to say, all my MIMs play and sound better.

    I'll probably keep my CV50s Tele, but use it as a modding platform, and as a guitar for the rougher gigs:hmm:
     
  11. jonesy

    jonesy GLOBAL WIRING GURU MLP Vendor

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    I have owned a few MIM Tele's and they are not bad but generally they are way to heavy, have the thick poly finishes, and the necks are a bit to slim and narrow for me. The newer MIM's may have better stock pu's but many of the older MIM's have really cheap harsh sounding pu's with the ceramic magnets glued to the back.

    For the money I would much rather put my own Tele together just the way I want it, rather than buying one off the shelf. Just my opinion YMMV
     
  12. SFK

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    Here's My Muddy Waters Telecaster. MIM

    I've done a lot of modding over the years.

    Locking Gotoh Tuners
    Texas Special Pickups (reduced to one)
    # ply guard and trad Tele knobs

    Converted to an Esquire a few months back.

    It's a nice guitar with a GREAT neck.

    It's also extremely light. (lighter than my 7.5 lb Nocaster).

    The other two MW Teles I played were boat anchors.

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  13. The Refugee

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    I got a Mexican Tele Standard with case for $325 a while back.
     
  14. Indyclone

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    I got mine for $300, plus $30 shipping on ebay.

    I was looking to build a parts-caster, but I was looking at spending over $500 for everything, it was easier and cheaper to get the MIM and mod it... plus I really like the neck, it's got a nice round profile. I swapped the nut with a preslotted US sized nut and it was exactly the same string spacing. My squire strat is smaller... but not the MIM Tele.
     
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    Another vote here for the Classic Vibe.
     
  16. sonar

    sonar Senior Member

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    The MIM Standard Tele's are the best bang for the buck out there for a quality built guitar. Very much a guitar that will last a lifetime without any issues.

    Pop in a set of alnico pickups (assuming you get a recent Standard) and you've got a real deal Tele.

    A 3 saddle ashtray bridge is also a drop-in replacement, if that's your thing.
     
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    They're 10000% Genuine Fenders, through and through.
     
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    I've owned an American, Japanese, and a Mexican Baja Tele.

    The Baja was far and away the best guitar.....not even close.
     
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    I have a 2011 MIM and a 2005 Am std they are both great teles
    When anyone asks whats the difference I tell 'em its about $800.

    I will own up to changing the pickups, the stock one ain't bad, they just could be better
     
  20. Heppe

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    Second this!

    The Baja is a great tele, I installed a no load tone pot, a orange drop capacitor, bakelite pickguard and shielding.

    It is quiet and really snappy
     
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