To Tele, or not to Tele...

Discussion in 'Squier Telecasters' started by JurnyWannaBe, Jul 8, 2019.

  1. JurnyWannaBe

    JurnyWannaBe Squier-Nut

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    I’m becoming infatuated with Tele’s. I’ve never played one and I might have held 1, or 2 in my lifetime. What are the + / - and pros / cons for a Telecaster? What can I expect to pay for a decent one?
     
  2. dbrian66

    dbrian66 Squier-holic

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    I only have three Tele’s, but I enjoy playing all three. My lowest quality is a Huntington, then a Squier Bullet, and the best is a MIM Standard. Like I said, I enjoy playing all three, but in this case the old saying “you get what you pay for” holds true for me. The MIM is a really nice guitar that needed nothing. I think I paid around $300 used for it.

    For me what makes the Tele so enjoyable is it’s simplicity. Pretty much just a block of wood with two pickups on it. They really shine playing country, but are capable of covering a lot of genres.

    I think most people here will agree with me when I tell you, just go get one!!! :)
     
  3. strat_strummer

    strat_strummer Squier-holic

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    Burnin some Nitro...
    Don't hesitate, you may be pleasantly surprised..:)
     
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  4. daan

    daan Squier-holic

    Oct 21, 2013
    Twin Cities
    I was in your shoes at one point... it was “all Strats, all the time” until I built a Tele partscaster on a whim. Now I don’t have any Strats, but I have four tele’s!
    Try one, you may like it!
     
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  5. jjudas

    jjudas Squier-holic

    Mar 23, 2016
    Metro New Orleans
    You have to get a Tele. Your collection is not complete without one or two or three. They are fun players and easy to mod. You can get them at every price point. A used MIM for $300-350 or a used CV for $200-250 would be my suggestion.
     
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  6. MrYeats

    MrYeats Squier-holic

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    I have one just for you, and I will make you a killer deal on it. $125 shipped. The pickups cost that much....
    And just for you, I will throw in a set of Gold Foil HB single coils pusps.

     
  7. Eddie

    Eddie Squier-Axpert

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    Nov 5, 2016
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    That's a great deal. Snag it !!!

    A Squier Affinity Tele usually goes for $100 - 150 used.
     
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  8. MrYeats

    MrYeats Squier-holic

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    AND it comes with a money back guarantee if you find you do not like it.
     
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  9. drewcp

    drewcp Squier-holic

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    The pros of buying a Tele are that you will own a Tele
    The con of not buying a Tele is that you don't have a Tele

    To me, the twang on a good telecaster bridge pickup is unrivaled. Then you have VM thinlines with the WRHBs, which is another very "Fender" sound. There's J5 signatures with two "normal" humbuckers. and on and on and on

    There's something about the simplicity of a squared edge slab of wood and the lack of frills, so to speak. I've also owned a couple of the Modern Player Plus versions "with frills" so to speak, and they were also great.

    I'm a huge proponent of diversity in guitar ownership though.
     
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  10. -r3-

    -r3- Squier-holic

    Jan 28, 2016
    NC Piedmont
    How do you suppose Tele Savalas would advise you?
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  11. mofojar

    mofojar Squier-holic

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    May 9, 2019
    Calgary, Alberta
    I bought my CV50's Telecaster for the going rate, which was $519 CAD brand new back in February.

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    Pros: Stable tuning, low action, very versatile guitar

    Cons: No tremolo

    Honestly I can't think of a lot of cons with a Telecaster. My Dad's Tele was essentially the first guitar I played, and the one that really made me fall in love with the instrument. They are a workman's guitar and achieve great beauty in their simplicity. They can play almost every style and depending on how yours is set up could be traditional, or a metal axe like the John 5 Teles or anything in between.
     
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  12. JurnyWannaBe

    JurnyWannaBe Squier-Nut

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    That’s too sweet a deal to pass up. I just went through all the things I have up for sale on various places and lowered my $$$ on them. As soon as I can get the GAS money together I want it :)
     
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  13. jamndad

    jamndad Squier-holic

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    Nov 23, 2013
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    I was a Strat fan when I first logged in, here. I've been totally won over by the Tele. That snarly, growly bridge pickup just does it for me.
     
  14. MrYeats

    MrYeats Squier-holic

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    I will call it yours till you say otherwise.
     
  15. JurnyWannaBe

    JurnyWannaBe Squier-Nut

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  16. MrYeats

    MrYeats Squier-holic

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    Likewise, I am sure...:)
     
  17. Davis Sharp

    Davis Sharp Dr. Squier

    Jan 7, 2016
    Maryland, USA
    Just go get one!!!
     
  18. Archangelmm

    Archangelmm Squier-Meister

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    I hear Tele owned a Tele!
     
  19. Eddie

    Eddie Squier-Axpert

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    Nov 5, 2016
    New York
    I'm not a twang guy, but Tele's are easily converted to metal machines !!!

    I love them !!!
     
  20. waynes world

    waynes world Squier-Nut

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    I agree with Eddie I want a black and yellow metal tele!
     
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