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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Telecasters / What's Your Thoughts On The Indonesian Teles

Thomas J.


Dec 17th, 2011 08:34 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Anyone playing or know someone who is playing the Spalted Maple or the JA 90 Teles, both of which I believe are made in Indonesia. To me both are great looking Teles but are they good sounding and made as well as you would hope for the price range they're in? I haven't seen any reviews on them so I'm hoping someone here would have something good to say since I'm considering either one of them. GC doesn't have any to try so I'd be going in blind not knowing what I'm getting. Just wondering also about the build quality. Anyone that knows something about either one of them, I'd appreciate hearing.


Rockin Gibraltar

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Dec 18th, 2011 07:12 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

i dont have one but did try them when they came out , sounded good and seemed to have no issues with quality.


Florida, USA

Dec 22nd, 2011 06:56 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have a CII Squier Standard Tele that I bought just to see if I liked a Tele...I do! Mor'n a Strat!

It has zero Quality issues and I'm so happy with it that I'll be going the Partscaster route and keeping the Agathis Body(yum; tastes just like Mahogany!)and swapping out the neck and guts.

There's no rush though since it sounds and plays beautifully! I bought it almost a year ago and it's basically been my Go-To Guitar ever since.

What's wrong with the neck that I'd wanna change it? Uh; it says Squier on it? That's all; that's the only reason.

What's wrong with the pups and electronics? Uh; they don't say TV Jones(Gretsch)on them?

Ten Bob


Ham-fisted minimalist
Dec 23rd, 2011 03:37 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I had an Indonesian squier standard strat a few years ago, very nice, and quite a light body also. And they take fender necks if you find the squier nut width/string spacing a bit cramped or youre a brand snob !

Frank Hudson


Tone is stuck on my fingers
Dec 23rd, 2011 06:25 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The Squier Custom II Tele I have is just fine. Love the neck (some beef to it) and the pickups are very good. No quality issues after a number of years of playing it. Sounds good clean or crunchy. I always thought this model was the sleeper in the Squier line.



Dec 23rd, 2011 05:42 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have a Made in Indonesia '08 Squier Tele Custom (stock humbuckers) and it's a great guitar. Finish is superb, tone rich, and overall quality first rate. I bought mine new and other than a set-up at Richie's Music Center in Rockaway Borough N.J. it hasn't needed anything, no sharp frets either. I did notice one slight barely perceptible high spot on the back of the neck near the 15 fret but it's not a problem. The Indonesian Squiers are a fantastic value and will suit the most discriminating player who isn't a headstock label snob.

I will say this, the MII Squier Teles despite being the same thickness as their Fender brethren are noticeably lighter which is fine by me, I don't want a boat anchor hanging on my neck and shoulders.

(This message was last edited by JerseyJettFan at 05:45 PM, Dec 23rd, 2011)

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That chicken

is WRONG, baby.
Dec 25th, 2011 10:06 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Guitars are like people...even within the same model line, they all have good points and bad points.

Buy online and you are rolling the dice.

The best thing to do is "cherry-pick" the guitar you buy. Go to a guitar shop and compare all the models they have.

If they have five of the same model, one of them will play better than the others. One of them will have better fit and finish than the others. One of them will sound better than the others.

At this point, you have to rank fit-n-finish, playability, and tone, and decide which one is the keeper. Ideally, one of the five will be king in all areas, but that's not always the case.

Remember too, that playability and tone are something you have some control over, via a good setup and adjustment of the guitar's geometry.

Enjoy the hunt!



Day after day I'm more confused
Dec 25th, 2011 11:35 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thomas, I owned the FMT HH telecaster in Transparent red, made in Indonesia. It was a fantastic guitar. Well built, well appointed with Seymour Duncan pickups, NOT Duncan designed, but real SD pickups. It had a very flat radius neck, and huge frets. I sold it, and then shortly afterwards, wondered why. Its on my list of guitars to get.

Thomas J.


Dec 26th, 2011 06:28 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yeah that red one was the one that really caught my eye too. Thanks to all for your comments. Something to consider now.



Dec 31st, 2011 09:45 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have a fabulous JA-90 that is a sure keeper. I had two at one point and the color and tone varied quite noticeably. The fit was excellent on both. One was visibly brighter in tone and color. I ended keeping the darker looking / sounding one, both red, btw. If I didn't read the label, I'd be certain it was made in the US Custom Shop. Thinking about adding a vibramate and bigsby but, it really doesn't need it.

Thomas J.


Jan 1st, 2012 05:24 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Well it looks like I'll be leaving the Tele forum and be moving over to the Stratocaster forum. I had recently bought a Strat and was thinking I needed a Tele to sort of round out my small collection. I love the way the Strat sounds and while searching e-bay and my local Craigslist for a tele, I ventured over to the Strats and there I fell in love with a 2004 special edition lite ash strat. I got it for a pretty good price and I love the way it looks and sounds. I guess I'm really just Strat guy deep inside. Bought my first one in 1967, but quit playing not too long after that. I guess I'm going for one last fling.Sure do like the looks of thos Spalted Maple Teles and the red JA 90. You never know, maybe someday. :-)

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