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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Stratocasters / Please help me with a Mexican strat or Tele???

papersoul

United States

Apr 26th, 2012 06:10 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hey guys, I can't afford to be getting a new guitar unless it is under $600, but I would prefer to stay around $400-$500 because I am buying a Les Paul and a Mesa Boogie but I am going to need a strat or tele for my new band for some things. Can you guys help me get the best Mexican Tele or Strat with "22" frets?
When I was in the store the other week, I tried an import Tele that had a contour tummy cut that was great, just like the new American Standard Tele. Anyone know which model Tele this is? It was cheap so much be Mexican
I am fine picking a new one out, and used it fine too! Which models to look for, years, etc.

The thing is, with a Fender, I need to play a bunch till one speaks to me. So, what about the Highway series? I mean, I can get a new one for around $600 or so.

Must be "22" frets.

Thanks!

(This message was last edited by papersoul at 06:18 PM, Apr 26th, 2012)

Rick Plays The Blues

Austria

May I try that again?
Apr 26th, 2012 09:49 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I personally would go for a Squier Standard or Deluxe Stratocaster, if I wanted a cheap but good 22 fret Strat

BrentD
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Lansing, MI

Apr 27th, 2012 06:22 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Rick makes a good suggestion as there's no need to get headstock envy given the guitars that Squier is producing these days.

I would look at used Fenders, too. You can get an older American Standard for that if you're really lucky, and you can get used HWY 1s in mint condition for $500 or less depending on color.

papersoul

United States

Apr 27th, 2012 02:12 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I went and played a bunch and they seemed like they were put together with garbage, I think I am back to the Highway One.

papersoul

United States

Apr 27th, 2012 02:14 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have not seen a Highway One for less than $600 and plus I want the pick of the littler. I am not butying a used guitar on ebay! I want to go into a store and play 6 and find the top dog. That means buying new. What is the best price for a new Highway? $650? I LOVE the fat headstock, large frets and 12" board!!!!! Love the nitro finish too!

otisian

vancouver

One guitar Otis (but it has 10 settings)
Apr 27th, 2012 06:11 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

aren't highway 1's called "specials" now?

BrentD
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Lansing, MI

Apr 27th, 2012 06:40 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Highway 1s I believe are discontinued. Anything new will be NOS as far as I know.

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Apr 27th, 2012 06:46 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

HWY 1 is still listed on their website as a current model. And it has a 9.5" radius board, not 12".

CheapShoes
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Apr 27th, 2012 06:50 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

If yer way up there around 22 frets, why are you asking for a Tele? A Tele is all about the tone at the other end of that thaaang.

Rick Plays The Blues

Austria

May I try that again?
Apr 28th, 2012 12:28 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I went and played a bunch and they seemed like they were put together with garbage"
You mean the Squiers?
If so, they seem to send different quality to Europe - could that be?

BrentD
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Lansing, MI

Apr 28th, 2012 09:35 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Indeed they are still on the website. I guess I stand corrected.

Modal Magic
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You Can't Bend It Aussie!
Apr 28th, 2012 09:54 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"aren't highway 1's called "specials" now?"

American Specials have Texas Specials and poly finishes.

HWY1s have ALNICO III pups and nitro finishes.

In every other aspect they are the same (jumbo frets, neck, Grease Bucket tone circuit, tone on bridge and no tone middle).


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