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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Telecasters / I hate the new MIM tele's got one and returned it!

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Tony F

Long Island, NY

When you come to fork in road take it
May 4th, 2016 08:58 PM   Edit   Profile  

First of all you can't get a rosewood fretboard, secondly the ceramic pups sound horrible especially the neck it sounds like a bass guitar pup.
The worst neck pocket I've seen on a Fender since the 70's. I have a Classic Vibe Strat and in every way is so far superior to the MIM that I got from MF today. So very disappointed I used to love mim fenders but the Squire Classic Vibe line blows them away. At $599. I don't see any value. End of rant. Let me have it.....

Moderator Emeritus
(with many stars)

NW Pennsylvania

May 4th, 2016 11:38 PM   Edit   Profile  

I just spent $1,700 on a Tele and I love it.

Life is short, save your money and get what you really want.

Purple Valley
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May 4th, 2016 11:38 PM   Edit   Profile  

In my experience, the MIM Classics seem a little better made than the Standards, for some reason.

You might try a Classic 60's, or a Baja 60's, before you give up on MIM's...

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Denver, Co

Not practicing enough daily for 20 years
May 5th, 2016 01:14 AM   Edit   Profile  

I find the same thing Purp, MIM standards can be hard to find a good one. The fretwork is usually kinda spotty in my experience where as with classic series, Baja and Road Worn there are more good examples. Of course they are a bit more expensive.

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It's not just good..

...it's good enough.
May 5th, 2016 06:28 AM   Edit   Profile  

I bought a used-but-like-new 2014 MIM Standard a little while ago and had a much better experience. I really like it.
Great feeling neck, although it is maple which is fine by me.

I even got along with the pickups. You certainly aren't alone in not liking them, but I did a few gigs with it bone stock and it sounded fine.
I've since swapped them out for a pair of GFS pickups I had in the parts drawer - a Dream 90 in the neck and a Hot Alnico 62 in the bridge. Now, it's one of my favorites to play.

But everybody has different preferences, etc. - which is why it's great that there are options out there.

Tony F

Long Island, NY

When you come to fork in road take it
May 5th, 2016 02:19 PM   Edit   Profile  

I agree that the other MIM models like the signatures and classic, road worns are great guitars. I had a Robert Cray mim strat and it was awesome. I don't know why the standard is so far below in quality and feel. Plus how can they not offer a rosewood neck????.

Tony F

Long Island, NY

When you come to fork in road take it
May 5th, 2016 02:22 PM   Edit   Profile  

what pups did it come with I'm guessing twisted tele's or nocaster
I hate the neck pup if it's not a quality pup. The mim neck pup sounded so bassy and muffled maybe it's time for fender to rethink that nickel cover? that's my 2cents and after Hillary takes care of me I'll make it three cents.

(This message was last edited by Tony F at 04:23 PM, May 5th, 2016)

Big Joe


May 5th, 2016 03:36 PM   Edit   Profile  

I bought a new MIM Tele in 2009 for $299 with Gig Bag on a MF Fender Friday special. The fit and finish and neck on the guitar was great. I however, was not a fan of the stock ceramic pups. Because I got the guitar on the cheap, I investited in Fralin pups and a Callaham 3 compensated brass saddles. The guitar sounds and plays fantastic an I am into it for around $600. It's a keeper.

(This message was last edited by Big Joe at 05:38 PM, May 5th, 2016)

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NW Pennsylvania

May 6th, 2016 08:42 AM   Edit   Profile  

Pretty standard stuff..

Neck: American Standard single-coil Tele
Middle: Texas Special single-coil
Bridge: American Standard single-coil Tele

You did the right thing, if you don't dig it, send it back.

Just try not to expect the world from a MIM guitar.

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Wichita, KS USA

It's all gravy from here on...
May 6th, 2016 10:42 AM   Edit   Profile  

I spent $1700 on a Tele too. 1964 AVR. Love it. Absolutely love it.

Paul L

New Jersey, USA

It looks just like a Telefunken U-47!
May 6th, 2016 12:37 PM   Edit   Profile  

I spent $1350 for my new RW neck Tele and I'm quite pleased with it. I've owned plenty of MIM Strats and Teles, from Standards to Classics, etc. Generally good but every now and then you get a lemon, or one that just doesn't feel right. I agree that the higher end MIM guitars are generally better detailed and more consistent.

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Seattle, Wa

Not quite my tempo
May 7th, 2016 07:08 PM   Edit   Profile  

I've got a 60's Classic Tele. Just a great guitar in every way. The build is very tight and top notch hardware and electronics.

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Suburban MD.

Are your prayer beads maple or rosewood?
May 10th, 2016 05:37 PM   Edit   Profile  

I'm building a black Esquire style with an MIM body as the base, but a CIJ 62 rosewood neck, Duncan pickup and Fender USA hardware. I hope it'll be nice when assembled! I'm in for almost $579 as is.



May 10th, 2016 06:38 PM   Edit   Profile  

I agree with Pinetree, skimp and cheap-out on other sh*t, but not guitars :)

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State of Jefferson

May 18th, 2016 06:28 PM   Edit   Profile  

MIM narrow nuts... no sale.


Los Angeles, CA

Fender man
May 25th, 2016 07:10 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have an older MIM that is fine, sounds fine and plays fine. But my new 58 AVRI really sparkles. IMO, you usually get what you pay for.

Tony F

Long Island, NY

When you come to fork in road take it
May 25th, 2016 06:58 PM   Edit   Profile  

Sometimes you get more than you pay for. After Ii returned the mim I got a Classic Vibe 50's tele pine body with alnico 5 pups and could not be happier. I've always loved the MIM line except the standard I should have know better than to try buying one. The road worn, artist series and classic players all are great guitars but the standard sadly is a big let down.



Aug 11th, 2016 08:33 AM   Edit   Profile  

My worthless opinion:
Love MIM Teles & the pickups. Detest the fact that rosewood isn't offered alongside the maple. Hate the gloss maple fingerboard feel. Do most players prefer gloss maple fingerboards to satin maple fingerboards?
I've played 2 Mexi Teles for about 5 years, up until Nov. 2015 when I traded them, a 2010 LP JR, a 100 watt Marshall head & $$$ for a 3 month old EBMM LUKE III. Love my LUKE but I'm doing some country sessions & gigs again so I'm looking at Teles. The price increase over my previous models, is insulting. $600 for a MIM stock maple fingerboard only option & not even a friggin bag w/guitar?
I teach gtr at a music store so I play all the current models every year. My preference has been the MIM sound. It's a little different but still Tele all the way. For me, I can't justify the price difference in the MIM Standard & USA AM STD. Find the difference between what you need & what you want. Never settle now for what you want most.
The new NASHVILLE DELUXE MIM TELEs look awesome. $800 street?
Over the past two years the store received 3 white AM STD STRATS & had to return them all. Neck pocket could take a credit card.

(This message was last edited by nashoba at 10:36 AM, Aug 11th, 2016)



Aug 12th, 2016 12:41 PM   Edit   Profile  

I'm in the middle of building a partcaster-tele with MIM neck(deluxe series/body(standard) and I'm loving how it all fell together. I know it was luck but the two just connected like it was meant to be. I didn't even have to adjust the neck or add any shims. Sheer luck- I know.

Anyways- I love my guitar and I didn't have to spend too much. It was fun throwing it together- all I have left is getting the right pickups...



Aug 12th, 2016 05:31 PM   Edit   Profile  

MIM Baja Tele, Nashville Teles and the Classic series Teles are generally excellent guitars.

There are really good MIM standards out there too but there are some stinkers.

Classic Vibe series Squiers are excellent. Pots and switches are cheaper but the pickups are really good IMO. Of course check out different models to find the best one but I find them really good guitars.

Even some of the Modern Player Series guitars are excellent. I own a modern play tele with P90s. Excellent guitar. I believe they are discontinued though.

(This message was last edited by telegib at 07:38 PM, Aug 12th, 2016)

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