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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Telecasters / 50th birthday present

deep in the blues


Sep 12th, 2019 10:26 AM   Edit   Profile  

Hi. A very quick introduction. Come quite late to guitars, I think I would be described as enthusiastic (translated as not particularly skilled). So here’s the thing my 50th will be coming up next year. I’m thinking of getting a Tele to mark my birthday. As I’m an ‘enthusiastic’ player I can’t justify spending thousands. What are people’s thoughts on the following: A Nashville Deluxe I like the idea of that middle PUP or a Baja. If anyone has a long term experience of either/both. Or there might be a tele I’ve not considered.

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Sep 12th, 2019 10:58 AM   Edit   Profile  

The Nashville Deluxe is basically a hardtail Stratocaster in Tele clothing. These are supremely versatile guitars.

The Baja Tele is a fantastic model, and the pickups are amazing. They always get great reviews.

If you're not stuck on the Fender decal on the headstock, the Squier Classic Vibe Telecaster is a lot less dear in price and many actually play and sound better than a US-made Tele.

Ultimately--play as many different models as you can, and pick the one that appeals to you the most (color is important).

Also, even if the shop advertises something like a "50-point quality check and setup," pay a good guitar tech to set it up for you. The additional cost is peanuts compared to how much easier it will play and how much better it will sound.

Welcome to the FDP, and happy birthday!

deep in the blues


Sep 12th, 2019 11:39 AM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks for the response. Bit of a sucker for the butterscotch. I know it’s shallow but the gretsch Jet I bought I had a choice of either either a plain black or the slightly more expensive dark cherry metallic.....the DCM just had me salivating. Funnily enough I was looking at the Squier. When the time comes after I’ve persuaded the wife I’ll go try a few.

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Sep 12th, 2019 12:56 PM   Edit   Profile  

You can't go wrong with the Baja. While it is considerably less expensive than all the American models, in my opinion, it outperforms many or most of them. The Baja is an incredible deal--well-made, plays well and sounds great. A total winner.

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Sep 12th, 2019 01:17 PM   Edit   Profile  

The pine-bodied Squier Classic Vibe '50s Telecaster comes in Butterscotch Blonde (also Vintage Blonde, my favorite) and has gotten rave reviews. I believe that color is discontinued, but still available on eBay, Reverb, etc.

Mick Reid


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Sep 12th, 2019 04:21 PM   Edit   Profile  

A second plug for the Squier Classic Vibe 50's Tele.

One of your "local" shops has the BSB models coming in at the end of October (and free UK delivery).

Price is pretty good given current exchange rate and includes VAT.

'ave a look 8^)

deep in the blues


Sep 12th, 2019 11:16 PM   Edit   Profile  

Guys thanks for the responses. I’ve seen videos of the Baja, and what comes out of that in the hands of a good player is wonderful, the Squier as well is a really attractive option. There’s a couple of local shops that have a really good stock of fenders and Squier. I’ll go along and try a Baja, Squier and the Nashville.

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Sep 12th, 2019 11:28 PM   Edit   Profile  

Big fan of the Nashville here.

You can't go wrong with a Tele.


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Sep 13th, 2019 02:07 AM   Edit   Profile  

if you have a bit more cash check out the new vintera series.. I just bought one of these and its amazing ...

EDIT: Edited to withdraw my recommendation... the after I played it properly for a good while noticed it was impossible to intonate ..so it went back.

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(This message was last edited by 69tele at 05:48 AM, Sep 24th, 2019)

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Sep 19th, 2019 06:47 AM   Edit   Profile  

Baja is my choice. They sound excellent.

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Sep 19th, 2019 03:56 PM   Edit   Profile  

"The Nashville Deluxe is basically a hardtail Stratocaster in Tele clothing."

Kinda...sorta...not really...sorta! The Nashville still has standard Tele pickups in the bridge and neck. Ya can't git those tones from a strat.

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South Florida

Sep 19th, 2019 04:02 PM   Edit   Profile  

If you can swing it I think the best Tele is the '52 Hot Rod Reissue with the Seymour Duncan minis. It was a special Fender run for a few years but was discontinued. I bought mine new for about $1600 but if you shop it you can get one from about $1200.

But I also have about 4 Tele's including some that cost maybe $600 MIM versions that I am perfectly happy with.

52 reissue HR SD mini

(This message was last edited by larryguitar19 at 06:23 PM, Sep 19th, 2019)

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