Best $300.00 Tele

Discussion in 'Squier Telecasters' started by JurnyWannaBe, Nov 21, 2019.

  1. JurnyWannaBe

    JurnyWannaBe Squier-Nut

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    I got my first ever Tele about a month ago. I am head over heels crazy about it. It’s a Bullet HS and I am really impressed by all it can do tone wise. I’m thinking about trying to get a better model. The Modern Player HSS is looking pretty good to me. I’m finding them on the low end for about $300.00. Is there a “better” Tele out there in about the same price range?
     
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  2. bigtuna

    bigtuna Squier-holic

    Nov 1, 2015
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    Hard to go wrong with a classic vibe squier. But if you look hard could find a mim fender, not necessarily better.
     
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  3. Bob the builder

    Bob the builder Squier-Meister

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    Look for a used player series. I can't recommend them enough 20190409_134911.jpg
     
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  4. drewcp

    drewcp Squier-holic

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    I have owned 2 or 3 modern player teles. Fit and finish was fantastic. I wanted a more normal tele, so I got a CVC instead. Almost as nice but not quite. I also have a VM thinline now to, another slightly smaller step down in fit/finish but still very nice.

    That said, if the typical bridge pup sound of your classic tele appeals to you, the modern player is not the right choice, not even with the bucker split.

    The belly carve makes it very comfy though. If you can actually find one for 300, you should be able to get that back out of it if its not a good fit
     
  5. elfnub

    elfnub Squier Talker

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    You might be surprised how little quality scales up from the Bullet Tele. My Bullet Tele is a better guitar than my 700 MiM Strat I bought 8 years ago.
     
  6. bigtuna

    bigtuna Squier-holic

    Nov 1, 2015
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    Oh how rude of me, pics 20180610_205618.jpg 20191119_150045.jpg 20190508_103525.jpg
     
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  7. jfgesquire

    jfgesquire Squier Talker

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  8. JurnyWannaBe

    JurnyWannaBe Squier-Nut

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  9. bigtuna

    bigtuna Squier-holic

    Nov 1, 2015
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    Jfgesquier beautiful piece man. Love it.
     
  10. jfgesquire

    jfgesquire Squier Talker

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    Thank you.

    It will look even better with the tort guard!

    Two stacked and a humbucker - it is the quietest (no hum) Fender I have ever played.

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  12. jfgesquire

    jfgesquire Squier Talker

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    I agree on the Classic Vibe recommendation. Should be able to find a used one in the $300 range pretty easily.

    Note that the new Classic Vibes are made in Indonesia instead of China and there's a lot of debate about the changes, good or bad.

    I have both the Classic Vibe 50s pictured here with a replacement parchment pickguard and the Squier Vintage Modified SSH Tele picture earlier, which was made in India. The SSH plays and sounds like no Fender I've ever played before. App

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  13. littlebadboy

    littlebadboy Squier-Meister

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    I second on this. I loved my Squier CV bsb.

     
  14. JurnyWannaBe

    JurnyWannaBe Squier-Nut

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    That’s why I have become such a big fan of the Tele. It’s the Swiss Army knife of guitars. It can do just about anything.
     
  15. radiotech

    radiotech Dr. Squier

    Apr 23, 2014
    Chicago
    SSH Modern is a great guitar...
    Tummy cut, and a chunkier neck (at the nut) than most Squiers... but not quite as chunky as a MIM/USA neck. There are a few floating out there that are not properly grounded (missing brides ground, easily fixed).

    I almost bought one new, and am still kicking myself for passing on a couple at $250 a while back.
     
  16. Luvs2yoko

    Luvs2yoko Squier-holic

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    Hang onto it, they are tough to find.
     
  17. AllroyPA

    AllroyPA Squier-Axpert

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    I think you can find G&L Tribute series Teles for 300 at times
     
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  18. Uncle Joe

    Uncle Joe Squier-Meister

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    I've had a bunch of Telecasters over the years (which should always have single coils, BTW) ;). For me, for under $300 today, it's either a used Classic Vibe or a new sparkle Bullet with a pickup swap. I sold my CV and kept my Bullet. I play it.
     
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  19. mb doug

    mb doug Squier-holic

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    Can't argue about the CV's. Depending on the pickups you want there are some nice VM's. I also love my Bullet, but yeah singles coils in a tele are more natural to me.
     

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  20. Squierplayer1

    Squierplayer1 Squier-Meister

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    IMO the classic vibe 50s is far and away better then any other squier. It's much closer to a AVRI 50s than other squiers. They go for $300 or less used easily. I found mine in mint condition for $200. It whips the snot out of the 3 classic series MIMs i previously had.
     
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