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Re: BUYING A NEW TELECASTER
12/25/2004 10:47 PM
George Brycki (362) wrote:
I'm actually in the market for a new Strat, but what I noticed while shopping for one probably applies to a Tele, also.
I tried 3 Strats...a MIM ($300+), a Highway1 ($500+), and an American Strat ($800+).
The MIM was ok, but I thought the pickups were a little weak. The Highway1 sounded the same. The music store guy said the Highway1 was the same as the MIM, same parts and such, but the MIM is, well, Made in Mexico, and is a lower price then the Highway1 because the labor is cheaper there (Mexico), but the 2 are essentially the same guitar. While I did think they were the same tone-wise (flabby pickups), I did think the Highway1 had a nicer neck. The MIM's neck seemed like a plank with frets hammered into it.
The American had a nicer neck then the other 2 and much better pickups; the bridge was cutting without being tinny, the neck deep and mellow, and the middle had that "quack". I will be going with the American Strat.
I think you'll find the American Tele, like the American Strat, is a better quality instrument. However, if you go for the MIM, and upgrade the pickups, you could potentially end up with something just as good-sounding as the American Tele.
Just my opinion, of course....