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jaguarplayer

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Aug 24th, 2018 10:10 PM   Edit   Profile  

I'm a newish player (under three years) and I've only played and owned older guitars. My #1 is a 1963 Jaguar.

I want to buy a non-vintage Telecaster, but the model choices are kind of overwhelming. Today I played an "Elite" and disliked both the feel and sound, and I've also played the Professional series.

It seems to me that modern reissues might suit me because they might feel more familiar, in terms of neck profile, etc. So I've been looking at some American Originals (60s reissues), although I haven't played any yet.

I'd be happy to hear any advice.

I love my Jaguar, but it requires a lot of babying, and I'm not much of a tinker-er.

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larryguitar
Aug 24th, 2018 10:16 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have a couple. My favorite is the '52 Reissue with the Mini Seymour Duncan Humbucker.

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Aug 24th, 2018 10:49 PM   Edit   Profile  

If you like the feel of that Jag, you're on the right track. A 60s reissue, with vintage-size fret wire (some have larger wire), will probably tick the boxes for you.

BF66Prince

Texas Gulf Coast

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Aug 25th, 2018 07:08 AM   Edit   Profile  

I own several Fender Tele's myself and have never really been able to live with the Classic pickup configuration.

I think a lot of guys want to fit in and want to like and own a Tele because they're whats in and in fashion right now.

I have never been on the bandwagon myself,although
I have made attempts several times.

I FINALLY found the "Tele Style" guitar that checks all the boxes for me.

It's beautiful,it's very light, its sounds and plays amazing, and finally it's the most tonally versatile guitar in my collection.

Though it's not a true Tele, it's the BEST Tele style guitar I've ever played or owned.

'03 Tom Anderson Tiger Eye Hollow T Drop Top

stratcowboy
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Aug 25th, 2018 07:45 AM   Edit   Profile  

As many Tele fans on this forum will probably tell you, in the current line-up of Fender products, the best playing, sounding and priced Tele these days is the Fender Baja Telecaster. A great instrument by any standard.

The '50s version...

stratcowboy
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USA/Taos, NM

Aug 25th, 2018 07:47 AM   Edit   Profile  

Or if you want...

The '60s version...

jaguarplayer

United States

Aug 25th, 2018 01:23 PM   Edit   Profile  

What is "pau ferro?"

jaguarplayer

United States

Aug 25th, 2018 01:24 PM   Edit   Profile  

That is a suspiciously inexpensive guitar.

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Aug 25th, 2018 01:52 PM   Edit   Profile  

Pau ferro is a wood that Fender is now using instead of rosewood. Rosewood has become more difficult to source legitimately, so they have gone to pau ferro. It is a wood that is slightly harder than rosewood, sometimes lighter in color. It doesn't require the extensive paperwork to import like rosewood does. Historically, Fender used pao ferro on their Stevie Ray Vaughan signature model.

The guitar is not that expensive, because it is built in Mexico. But they are exceedingly well made guitars.

Again...an excellent playing, sounding and **priced** guitar that has received nothing but praise on the FDP.

jaguarplayer

United States

Aug 25th, 2018 02:24 PM   Edit   Profile  

Ok, I will find one to play. The color choices are solidly uninteresting, but I'll bite the bullet.

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Aug 25th, 2018 04:38 PM   Edit   Profile  

stratcowboy - I had no idea there was a 60s version, too. I need some of this action. The regular Baja is killer if you get a good one.

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Aug 25th, 2018 04:58 PM   Edit   Profile  

“That is a suspiciously inexpensive guitar.”

Wow, if 1500 bucks is “suspiciously inexpensive”... you’d find my entire collection of guitars *very* suspect!

FWIW, with modern manufacturing methods, I pay less attention to price point or country of origin. Import guitars are incredibly good quality these days whether MIM, MII, MIK or MIC.

As with any guitar (even up-market ones) physically playing one tells you more than it’s price tag imo.




jaguarplayer

United States

Aug 25th, 2018 05:02 PM   Edit   Profile  

The price of the 60s baja is $824.

Mick Reid
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Aug 25th, 2018 05:12 PM   Edit   Profile  

“The price of the 60s baja is $824.”

Ah yes. I can only view the AU Fender site hence 1500AUD.
But my previous comment still stands.


jaguarplayer

United States

Aug 25th, 2018 05:16 PM   Edit   Profile  

so something like this might be good- a MIJ 60s reissue. It's very daunting, though, the idea of buying a guitar without touching it first.

MIJ Re-issue

(This message was last edited by jaguarplayer at 07:17 PM, Aug 25th, 2018)

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Aug 25th, 2018 06:37 PM   Edit   Profile  

I like that white. I nearly suggested a MIJ if you can find one, but didn't for two reasons: not all of them have the Texas Specials and you might want to swap MIJ pickups out. The necks are likely to be thinner on MIJ's as well.

jaguarplayer

NYC, United States

Aug 25th, 2018 07:28 PM   Edit   Profile  

I *think* I'm used to a "thin neck" based on my amateur comparisons of my pre-CBS Jag to modern Teles. The modern ones often feel incredibly thick and chunky to me.

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Aug 25th, 2018 10:13 PM   Edit   Profile  

Then vintage style Teles won't be much better for your thin-neck preference. Older style Teles are often known for their thicker necks.

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Aug 26th, 2018 08:59 AM   Edit   Profile  

"It's very daunting, though, the idea of buying a guitar without touching it first."

Welcome to the lefty world. It's pretty much how we buy most if not all our guitars.

The key to success is buying from a seller with a good return policy. (-:

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Aug 26th, 2018 11:30 AM   Edit   Profile  

That's not exactly a bite-their-hand-off price for that tele, but based on what you said it could be good for you. For me, a lot would depend on fret wear, it is 14 years old, and whether they might take an offer. Otherwise, if you are buying second hand, the Mexican models will give you similar for less money.

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