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Unread 07-05-2015, 04:21 PM   #1
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Alright guys, I've been looking at teles lately in the $500 range. I have come down to 2 of them that I REALLY like; the Mexican made standard and the new Thinline Modern Player with the P90s. I'm playing mostly contemporary lead stuff now, so which would you guys suggest?

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Alright guys, I've been looking at teles lately in the $500 range. I have come down to 2 of them that I REALLY like; the Mexican made standard and the new Thinline Modern Player with the P90s. I'm playing mostly contemporary lead stuff now, so which would you guys suggest?
I would definitely play test the MP before you commit. I like the layout, but I've seen a lot of complaints about them feeling cheap.
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I would definitely play test the MP before you commit. I like the layout, but I've seen a lot of complaints about them feeling cheap.
IMO those will probably sound quite different. I have not ever played a MP, but spec wise it sounds like I would gravitate more towards it because I am a p90 fan. But then again, I build my own teles.
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IMO those will probably sound quite different. I have not ever played a MP, but spec wise it sounds like I would gravitate more towards it because I am a p90 fan. But then again, I build my own teles.
Yeah. The dual p90 thinline idea sounds awesome on paper.
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Yeah. The dual p90 thinline idea sounds awesome on paper.
I would think it would sound somewhat similar to my Lollar BS/CC thinline tele, which sounds awesome. I am kind of surprised I do not have a dual p90 thinline.
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Unread 07-07-2015, 10:35 AM   #6
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You can pick up a used American standard for another couple hundred if you look around. I would lean toward a thinline, or something else. the modern player can be had used for a few hundred if you look around though. they're all over ebay for 400 new.
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The Modern Player guitars wont get you a "classic" telecaster. They're intentionally different. I've loved every Modern Player guitar I've held so far, however, especially my Marauder. I would say the fretwork on it is the best fretwork I've ever seen from a production guitar. The neck is solid, but the hardware is cheap. I'd be changing the bridge and saddles almost immediately. My tuners are holding up so far, I actually really really like them. If they ever fail like my trem did, I will be replacing them with the real tuners that they're mocking (slotted vintage Klusons).
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I REALLY liked the Classic Series '72 Telecaster Thinline. Great value for the price...great tones, great feel, great look. You may be able to find a used one in that range. Great guitar.
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If you hold out, you may be able to find you a player status American Standard for that price.
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Are you sold on a Fender, particularly for the "Tele Twang"? If you're looking into for a broader tone profile and want something that plays like a "modern" performer I'd recommend the Ibanez FR420 or Ibanez FR365.

The FR420 comes wired stock with five pickup combinations/configurations, one of which has a single coil from each pickup split. Won't get you the brighter tones of a Tele or Strat but you'll get some of the "glassy" character (along with the quiet power of the humbuckers of course).
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I've had a MIM Tele Alpine White, and I just loved it. It looks clean, and has a great play, and feel.
For $500 guitar it gets the job done. I would stick to Standard Tele personally.

I call it the all-purpose, Swiss-Army knife guitar.

Go play them in your local guitar store.

Then it'll be easier to decide.
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I have a MIM that I got at my local Guitar Center for a trade of a Jhs warble-tron and $125. Absolutely love it. Doing a few things to it right now like shielding the cavities, changing the pups to mini humbuckers with coil splitting and locking tuners. But this is how it looked the day I brought it home a few weeks ago.

It is a 2001 model that was traded in a couple days before I picked it up.

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Unread 08-29-2015, 10:41 PM   #13
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If you check your local Craigslist or Reverb, a nice highway one American telecaster come up for $500...
I prefer my hway one over my standard.
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If you check your local Craigslist or Reverb, a nice highway one American telecaster come up for $500...
I prefer my hway one over my standard.
Yup, I picked up 2 HWY1 Teles for $500 each within a couple days of each other. They are outstanding guitars
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Yup, I picked up 2 HWY1 Teles for $500 each within a couple days of each other. They are outstanding guitars
That's so great! Hopefully a maple fretboard and a rosewood fretboard??
You should post pics !
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