Mexican Telecasters

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  1. Walt_T

    Walt_T Senior Member

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    All my Teles are USA or Warmoth that I put together. I've played a few MIMs and they're outstanding.
    I've yet to see one of the new Squires, but I read great things about them.
     
  2. sonar

    sonar Senior Member

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    Never understood the modern Squire love on the interwebz? Maybe Fender is shipping substandard Squire's to Chicago, as most I've played were junk.
     
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  3. KelvinS1965

    KelvinS1965 Senior Member

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    I've just bought my second MIM Telecaster. They are both 50s Classic models (I really like a 7.25" radius and vintage frets on my Fenders). One is a white blonde in the more expensive lacquer finish spec and the second is a poly finished two tone sunburst. They are both really nicely put together and set up/feel wise absolutely perfect for me.

    Granted I upgraded the pickups in the white one, because I already had some Fender OVs I'd used in a cheap Affinity, but the 'new' one has the standard pickups and I wonder if my previous 'upgrade' was a bit premature as I really like the tone of this one. Ironic as I bought it specifically to route for a neck humbucker to make my own 'hot rod' Tele.

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    The 'new' (2008 model) one that arrived this week:
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    danohat Senior Member

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    94 Mexi Tele Special.
     
  5. Dirtyclinic

    Dirtyclinic Senior Member

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    This thread was started in 2011
     
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  6. Breezin

    Breezin Senior Member

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    Its funny you should say that. I bought in to all that "Squire Love" and got
    a classic vibe 50's strat, and have come to the same conclusion.
    I'm now trying to sell it on CL.

    I had a Japanese squire back in the 80's and
    at the time I thought it was quite good.
    Now, I'm not sure if it was, or I just didn't know any better.

    The American standard I just bought will arrive tomorrow.
     
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  7. sonar

    sonar Senior Member

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    The 80's Squires are quite good.
     
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  8. KelvinS1965

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    I'd agree with that; I still have my Squier Strat bought new in 1982, a '57 reissue effectively, one of the first made in Japan models. I've tried many other Strats over the last 35 years and still prefer mine (mostly due to the 'vintage' fingerboard radius and thin frets that many new Strats don't have). Just had it re-freted and fully set up and it plays perfectly for me. I decided to treat it to a new set of Bareknuckle Apache pickups, but to be honest it doesn't really seem to sound any different, just has a touch more output than before.
     
  9. Who

    Who I'm back. Back in the New York groove.

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    Have they stopped making Teles in Mexico?
    I was ready to be a believer. I have a Baja Tele, and before that a MiM standard Tele.

    I picked up a few Classic Player Teles in stores. They looked great. They felt and played.... not great.

    I was very surprised. First off, I was surprised it could make that much difference in a Tele. I thought these guitars were more in the league of the cheapest Squier Affinitys I've picked up. The quality of finish was better, but not the quality of the guitar.
     
  10. Chicago John

    Chicago John Senior Member

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    Mexican teles are really good guitars, stock, but you can mod it, if you want, as your finances improve to fine tune it to your liking without worrying about affecting its resale value. Another good thing about them is that they are truly almost indestructible, so you don't have to worry about them. It's a cliche, I know, but they are really like tanks, and chipping them at a gig is no big deal. The MIM have very good playability, too. I find the necks very comfortable. You will be tempted to mod the hell out of it, but be careful about how much you do this. You may end up spending more than you would have on an American standard...
     
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    Wow. This thread was dead for over six years and made a comeback.
    I have a 2012 Mex standard tele that I bought new for my daughter. She stopped playing after about six months and aside from the occasional strum, the guitar set in its case for about four years.

    Last week I bought a set of Seymour Duncan Quarter-pound stack pups and an Emerson pre-wired switch (with pots and jack). I also acquired a new Weller Soldering iron. And although I've never soldered anything close to guitar electronics, I managed to change it all out without any major issues. I watched and read several tutorials and videos prior to even beginning the project which helped immensely.

    It literally took me seven hours to complete the task. But it was my first time and I was being very careful.
    I took detailed pictures at every step so I could reference how things were in the event I got lost.

    After getting the guitar back together I fired up the amp for the moment of truth and was amazed at how great it sounded. Those pups and the pots upgrade have made this tele my new favorite.
    I had to adjust the pickup height a bit but after dialing in I really like those pickups.
     
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  12. DarrellV

    DarrellV Make the Switch for the Better! Silver Supporter Premium Member

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    After a few years you'll be ready to move up to one of these! LOL!!! :Ohno:Good job! :thumb:
    Butane powered cordless! Hot as the blazes..:run:
    True, it's a Mexican Strat, but they are close cousins!
     
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  13. JustLearning

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    I know this thread is pretty old and hasn't been active in a while but it had some helpful information and I have pictures of my 1998 Telecaster, (we bought it in '98. Could be a tad older). This poor guitar hasn't seen daylight in a couple of years and I'm determined to learn how to play it since I "semi retired" last year. We bought this Tele in Columbus, Ohio at Sam Ash's music store which is still operating at the same location. Pretty big place and well known there. Anyway, some of the hardware shows some pitting which I would like to replace. I also need to plug it in the amp and check to see if any of the electronics need updated, like the pickups and the switch, obviously. Any thoughts, observations or suggestions in addition to those that have been posted to this thread will be greatly appreciated.

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    I'm a big fan of '50s - early '60s Rock A Billy and I've always admired Luther Perkins' guitar style and the sound of his Fender Esquire.

     
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    I wouldn't worry about the pitted hardware, it's a tele, the nastier, the better.
     
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    They're amazing, I recommend you buy one used and the newer, the better. For $500 you can pimp out the electronics. Top shelf pickups that would normally be found in Custom Shop guitars.
     
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  16. Duane_the_tub

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    Hopefully the OP has pulled the trigger at some point in the last seven years, but regardless, I'll give a hearty +1 on the Baja. My favorite Tele neck, period.
     
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