Please recommend the best tele style guitars MIJ.

alainguitars

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One of my sons wants a tele but has no real experience in what to look for. I was going to buy him an american professional but I'd rather buy a good MIj tele. Please recommend brands and years. Must be lightweight! (that's my own criteria).
 

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I always liked the old Tokai Breezysounds and MIJ Fenders (especially those '62 Custom reissues from the early nineties). Parts teles can be outstanding bang for the buck, too. Years ago I spent months trying to get $500 out of a no-issues nitro-finished Warmoth thinline with figured ash top, figured neck, gold vintage style hardware, SD Antiquities, HSC, etc. Ended up keeping the thing, lol.
 

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Probably sacrilege around here, but don't count out a MIM Classic Player Tele. I absolutely love the neck on the Classic Player 50s Tele.
 

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Probably sacrilege around here, but don't count out a MIM Classic Player Tele. I absolutely love the neck on the Classic Player 50s Tele.
I've heard really good things about the MIM Baja teles, too. Just have no firsthand experience with either.
 

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Should be able to grab a MIJ Fender tele from YJ for a good price.
 

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If you can find them - vintage Tokai or Greco Teles (1980-1985). A Tokai TE80 or a Greco TL800 would give you a top notch one-piece body tele, nitro finished, etc. The Greco has a huge V neck. Rgd the weight - it may vary, there are lots of light ones, mine is on the heavier side.
 
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