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Lmrg21

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Dec 25th, 2017 09:45 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

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Lmrg21

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Dec 25th, 2017 09:52 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The first one is a made in Mexico (MIM) Fender Special Edition Deluxe Ash Telecaster. A pretty faithful re-creation of an early Tele.

Not a bad price for a mint example.

Here are the specs:

Body: Ash
Neck: 1-Piece Maple, Modern "C" Shape, (Gloss Finish)
Fingerboard: Maple,
Fingerboard radius: 9.5" Radius (241mm)
No. of Frets: 21 Medium Jumbo
Pickups: two Hot Standard Tele Single-Coil Pickups (Neck & Bridge)
Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone
Pickup Switching:
3-Position Blade:
Position 1. Bridge Pickup
Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups
Position 3. Neck Pickup
Bridge: Standard 3-Barrel String-Thru-Body Bridge
Machine Heads: Fender/Ping Standard Cast/Sealed Tuning Machines
Hardware: Chrome
Pickguard: Black
Scale Length: 25.5" (648mm)
Width at Nut: 1.650" (42mm)
Strings: Fender Super 250L, Nickel Plated Steel, Gauges: (.009, .011, .016, .024, .032, .042), p/n 073-0250-003
Finish: Polyester
Introduced: 11/2008
Case sold separately

(This message was last edited by Peegoo at 11:53 AM, Dec 25th, 2017)

Lmrg21

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Lmrg21

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Dec 25th, 2017 09:57 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thank you for replying....

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Dec 25th, 2017 09:57 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The second one is a Korean Tele, and it is even more "deluxe" than the MIM version because it has paua/abalone dots on a pretty nice bird's-eye maple neck. The quality of these MIK Teles from this period is very good.

Both are fine Teles; one is not necessarily "better" than the other.

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Dec 25th, 2017 10:04 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The birds eye maple takes best of show for the eye pop value, however, I am not a big fan of having my eye popped out. But I like them both enough to buy them. Lrrg21, have you owned a tele yet? You wont be sorry. One of the best guitar designs ever and a perfect companion on a rainy day.

Lmrg21

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Dec 25th, 2017 10:06 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I did..I bought a 78 fender tele natural finish maple neck new and I sold it 10 years ago and what a mistake I made. I dont want to spend that much now on usa made thats why i need an expert opinion on which is the best one to buy out of the 3

(This message was last edited by Lmrg21 at 12:21 PM, Dec 25th, 2017)

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Dec 25th, 2017 10:15 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The Korean one has traditional bridge while the other two are individual saddles design and there seems to be groups that are specific to one or the other. If it comes down to spending the least amount you cannot go wrong with the 1st one at 525.00 the only thing that sets them apart is the birds eye neck on 2, the wood is not really better it just has the exotic look to it,

Lmrg21

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Dec 25th, 2017 10:17 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Great..thank you!

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Dec 25th, 2017 10:20 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The third one is a lot like the first one. So if it were a toss-up between those two for me, I'd probably try the first one because it's listed as "mint," which means no fret wear.

However, if you are keen on traditional Tele design, the 2nd one (MIK) has the three-saddle bridge with side flanges (stamped steel tray-style bridge plate). This is important to a lot of players because there's a certain tone and response you get from the three saddles and steel bridge plate.

However, however: the three-saddle bridge can be a bit of a hinderance to your playing if your ear hears slight intonation inaccuracies. Three saddles requires a compromise when adjusting them and tuning the strings to get close to perfect intonation.

The six-saddle bridge, however (as used on the 1st and 3rd Teles) allows you to really dial in the intonation. The bridge plate is also different; it is flat, stamped from brass, and chrome plated.

My own experience with these also tells me the frets on the MIM Teles are a little smaller than the MIK. If you like jumbo frets, the MIK will float your boat. They're usually pretty big.

That's all I got!

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Dec 25th, 2017 10:23 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I guess there should be a wrap-up, so here it is:

Where the Tele is made is not a strong deciding factor because the quality of MIM and MIK Teles has always been very good.

What matters is looks and features--namely different bridge designs and different fret sizes.

What do you prefer?

Lmrg21

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Dec 25th, 2017 10:24 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thats plenty...lol Thats what I was looking for with responses...Thanks again

Te 52

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Dec 25th, 2017 10:32 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

They all look very nice. Good advice on design subtleties from Peeg. If you like the vintage style bridge, you can always install compensated saddles to improve the intonation. Wilkinsons are good.

One more consideration: among ash Telecaster aficionados -- myself included -- there's a decided bias towards light weight instruments. If I were considering these three, I would ask each seller for a weight figure. The generally agreed-upon weight ranges are:

* under 7 lbs = very light
* 7-7.5 lbs pounds = light
* 7.5-8.0 lbs = average
* over 8 lbs = heavy

I'm not saying there can't be great-sounding heavy Telecasters, but in general there's a higher value placed on lighter instruments.

Just a factor to consider.

(This message was last edited by Te 52 at 12:38 PM, Dec 25th, 2017)

Lmrg21

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Dec 25th, 2017 10:48 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I wanted something as close to my 78 Tele as possible not sure what neck and fret size were on that...so that will be the final decision as to which one to buy. The Korean one says sold as is but the other 2 says return policy within 7 days....please help me make a choice asap so I don't loose either ones Average weight on MIM

(This message was last edited by Lmrg21 at 01:12 PM, Dec 25th, 2017)

Therealfrogman
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Dec 25th, 2017 11:28 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

There are lots and lots of each of these guitars available at similar pricing so I doubt that not making the decision today will hurt you. The MIK is a 22 fret model according to specs at musicians friend and is touted as lite ash which doesnt mean much. I do not like the pickguard on that one and would change it.

The 21 or 22 fret design also means little to me but they all appear to have 9.5 with medium jumbo frets. No way of knowing what actually was on your 78 because they are so interchangeable.... If it was really stock it probably had a 9.5 neck and medium frets but there is no way to be sure and I am no expert.

Te and Peegoo on the other hand....

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Dec 25th, 2017 11:42 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

You may also want to consider the Squier Classic Vibe series. There is a blonde version as well as a couple of burst models. You may be leary of the Squier label (some folks are) but the value and quality is up there with the ones you are looking at and you can buy one for around 300-400 anywhere.

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Dec 25th, 2017 12:04 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I agree 100%. Every Classic Vibe Tele I've played (owned by pals) is a fantastic guitar.


And just to you know, the MIM pickups are fantastic even though they are ceramics. You don't need alnico pickups to have great tone.

Here's a good example of that. This is a Tele clone made of redwood by Floyd Cassista, finished in Chrysler light blue, with MIM pickups and

Guthrie Trapp in the driver's seat.

(This message was last edited by Peegoo at 05:51 PM, Dec 25th, 2017)

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Dec 25th, 2017 03:27 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Well, the first one is now marked as SOLD...

Wonder if Lmrg21 made his decision??? :^)

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Dec 25th, 2017 03:51 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Could be.

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