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Leftee
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Jun 27th, 2018 10:50 PM   Edit   Profile  

I agree - used CV.

jefe46
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Jun 28th, 2018 07:40 AM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks for the tips..

Were I to get the Squier Standard... I have a set of pick-ups that came out of my 2003 Hiway 1...
I swapped those out for some Bill Lawrence Keystones many years ago.

The finger board they are calling Indian Laurel is another species of rosewood. Looks good.


The Classic Vibe seems to be an appreciable upgrade in quality for the extra bucks.
I like the Black Guard look... though I do prefer rosewood boards .

I'll go to GC and see what they have. .though I prefer dealing with Sweetwater.. depends on the individual guitar and price at GC.

Perhaps someone locally has a used CV... I'll check.

Thanks again.



(This message was last edited by jefe46 at 09:47 AM, Jun 28th, 2018)

Mick Reid
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Australia

American-made in Oz!!
Jun 28th, 2018 04:05 PM   Edit   Profile  

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
Sounds like a good plan. Happy hunting!


BbendFender
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About as ordinary as you can get.
Jun 29th, 2018 09:00 AM   Edit   Profile  

You can pick up a Squier and have a good set up done. I have a couple of Squiers that play as good as my older, American made Teles.

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Jun 29th, 2018 09:27 AM   Edit   Profile  

+1!

A setup is *the* best $$ you can spend on just about any guitar to make it play and sound best.

Leftee
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Jun 29th, 2018 09:32 AM   Edit   Profile  

I’ve got a friend who has a ‘58 or ‘59 Tele. He didn’t want to gig it any more so he had Don Mare wind a set of pickups to match those in that guitar. He installed the pickups in a top loading Squier of some sort.

You’d be hard-pressed to tell the guitars apart in a blind listen test.

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I'm not old...I'm vintage
Jun 30th, 2018 10:55 PM   Edit   Profile  

Cheap Squier and some rockin’ pick-em-ups...

Lookie here

Achase4u
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Jun 30th, 2018 11:51 PM   Edit   Profile  

Classic vibes are great. Ive played some amazing baja teles. Heck I still want one. What a great neck. The color is actually good too unlike other butterscotch fenders that look like Velveeta cheese.

5Strats
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GospelBilly!
Jul 1st, 2018 06:18 AM   Edit   Profile  

I love my Baja Tele (the butterscotch w/ blackguard version). I sold my American Series Tele after getting the Baja because the is Baja "twangier." The Am Series Tele played great, but just didn't scream TELE when you played it like the Baja.

(This message was last edited by 5Strats at 08:18 AM, Jul 1st, 2018)

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So, so you think you can tell?
Jul 1st, 2018 06:44 AM   Edit   Profile  

Another vote for the Baja, but they're not cheap.

Never played a classic vibe, but only heard good things about them.

(This message was last edited by Foggy1 at 08:45 AM, Jul 1st, 2018)

Achase4u
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Jul 1st, 2018 09:01 PM   Edit   Profile  

"but they're not cheap"

Guess that is subjective. There isn't a guitar out there Fender or Squier that is cheap I would say, but I would say at well under a grand, it may fit some folks definition especially considering the standard non custom shop american vintage type guitars are now $2000. YMMV.

Foggy1
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Jul 2nd, 2018 04:48 AM   Edit   Profile  

That's true Achase4u, I wanted under a grand for sure and it worked out for me. Couldn't be happier with mine.

Everyone has different needs.

Achase4u
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Jul 2nd, 2018 11:18 AM   Edit   Profile  

All I know is that I need a Baja. Love the color and the soft V is one of their best necks ever...

Foggy1
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So, so you think you can tell?
Jul 2nd, 2018 11:44 AM   Edit   Profile  

I needed one too, I've never played any other Tele of any kind, but Sure have been happy with the Baja! It was my first electric guitar after i started taking music serious.

My strat has the soft v neck also, have to agree with you about the necks.

I did have a Les Paul clone in 75, but don't count that one.

(This message was last edited by Foggy1 at 02:36 PM, Jul 2nd, 2018)

Achase4u
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Jul 2nd, 2018 10:03 PM   Edit   Profile  

The soft V's are so comfortable to me when they are thicker. I have a USACG .900" here on a Tele that is awesome. I've played the custom shop 10-56 back in the 2000s on a Strat that was fine but didn't knock me out. I think the EJ was decent, but honestly the Baja has just the right shoulder roundness and contour, at least the one I tried years ago. Killer, killer guitars.

What was the Tele that was out for a limited time back in say 2006 that was butterscotch, American made and had a D shaped neck? There was a name for it that I can't remember. That was also a great guitar. They quit making them around '08 I think.

***found it - the 8502! Looks like memory didn't serve on the color. Anyway. Those were great guitars.

stinger22

USA

Jul 15th, 2018 04:15 PM   Edit   Profile  

Another vote for the Squire Classic Vibe. Good right out of the box and prime for upgrade. One of the better Tele Necks I've ever played and would get over the Mexican at least a few years back, haven't played any recent Mexican recently.

iknowjohnny

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Aug 18th, 2018 08:04 AM   Edit   Profile  

CV. Nothing touches them for the $ IMO. But the one question is will hge be happy with the small neck? Some CV necks are smaller than others, but i have never felt a neck as thin as the 60s CV tele. I would stay away from that one unless he has a chance to play it first and likes it. The 50s is not that thin and i would not call it thin to a fault. The 60s i would. Thats MO but still i would stick with the 50's unless he tried a 60s first and is ok with it. Also, if weight is an issue the 50s are usually very heavy. I have played a couple light ones but 95% of the ones i have picked up were probably close to if not 9 Lbs or more.

If you can find a classic 50s tele those are fabulous. Think of it as a USA 59s reissue with poly instead of nitro and pickups that aren;'t great but not bd either. One of those used with a set of USA pups will rival his USA tele and he may even like it more depending on taste. they are ask body/maple neck and the neck is slightly beefy, nothing close to the thin necks on the CV's.

ejm

usa

Aug 26th, 2018 05:39 PM   Edit   Profile  

Regarding the Classic 50's: I'd probably like the fact that the fingerboard is curved 7.25". I may not like the fact that the frets are the smaller vintage size.


Stratopastor

Stockton-on-Tees

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Aug 27th, 2018 12:46 AM   Edit   Profile  

+1 on the Vintage brand.

Telegib

Canada

Sep 22nd, 2018 07:39 PM   Edit   Profile  

Another vote for the Classic Vibe Tele. I own both the 50's and 60's models and both excellent guitars.

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