When I was in guitar center buying this guitar I looked at several different strats and an epiphone SG but I ended up choosing this one because it was different. It seemed that everyone had strats so I got a Tele and I dont regret it for a minute.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $450.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center- Los Angeles
I have a mexican made telecaster its pretty sweet.
It has an ash body with a 21 fret rock maple neck and fingerboard which gives it great sustain.standard fender wiring 1 volume and 1 tone knob. two single coil pickups w/ a three way toggle switch. a string through bridge with non locking tuners.
The action was a little bit low when I bought it but was easily corrected with the included allen wrench. The neck required a couple days of playing hard and sweating into it to feel good but this was no problem. It plays quite well when it comes to rhythym but due to the small neck radius its sort of hard to blaze on it but does all right.
My main amp is a recently aquired roland JC90 with a cheap danelectro distortion box for effects. I havent had to much time to mess with the EQ on the amp but the tele sounds pretty good through it anyway. with combination of amps and effects this guitar will do it all from fingerpicking folk and country to soft strummed soft rock and pop all the way to crunchy hard rock and metal.
I havent gigged with this guitar yet but it seems that it would hold up quite well to the rigors of touring, although the finish chips pretty easily. the truss rod and intonation usually needs to be adjusted only about once a year.
I looked at an epi dot 335 deluxe but when it turned up it was cracked. i would have liked it but know im glad i took the tele. it just feels right in my hands and plays the way i want. if i lost it i would buy another and another, get the picture. please dont dismiss these MIM models. i was apprehensive but not anymore. they are worth every penny.
Model Year: 2004
Where Obtained: better music canberra australia
I will skip all the usual fender blurb as most people will have read it.
I have only had this for two days, but have other MIA fenders. this one only needed some d'addario 10,s and its perfect. it plays as good as, if not better, than my other fenders. the quality is brilliant and the finish perfect.
I am useing it through a behringer gx210 ultratwin. the combinationms is far better than i expected. i play a lot of blues and fusion styles. but the combo i have now also gives me that real c&w sound from this tele. that real TWANG. i am going to be using this as my one and only guitar i am that impressed with it. it sounds just great.
It feels very very solid. i dont know about the climate thing yet as at the moment its stincking hot in australia so i will be able to judge later.
I would recommend any newbies that have $350 to get this realy great guitar to learn on, eventually u will want to move up, but this one is great for first timers.
Model Year: 2001
Price: $325.00 (new)
Where Obtained: MusicMatch
Typical tele layout, may have to upgrade pickups, I know I did. Now Fender has them in all new colors mine is midnight blue looks great for a tele good finish.
My only bad comment in this catagory is that it suffers from fret buzz, unless u adjust the action really high which unless u play strictly rythem guitar is a pain. But cosidering this is Fenders base model not bad. Other than that is pleasant to play easy to move up and down the fret board. It's easy to bend strings, really comfortable c-shape neck.
I run it through a Marshall amp(cant remember the model #,has 2 10" speakers)get real good not the best but good enough for a home user sound. The standard pickups give u decent telly twang with alot of feedback. My friend has a Ibenez that he paid $700 for and this Standard Tele he says sounds better than his Ibenez.
I've had my tele for about 3 years now and other than a slight wear in the fretboard and frets it looks brand new. Stays in tune really well also
Well honestly I can't say that there is a better guitar out there for the money. Of course there are mex strats, but I don't really care for the the sound of mexican strats. They sound way too "clunky" and have no drive. Well I love my guitar. Not to mention my gf loves its baby blue finish.;)
Model Year: 2002
Price: $350.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Music Maker
Mexican made tele with a few upgrades.
This guitar feels like a dream...no one wake me up, please. For 350 bux this guitar is great!
I play through a peavey classic 30, which it sounds lovely through. I also have a bought a peral pickguard(makes it look much nicer), and a Seymour Duncan little 59'er humbucker (single coil size) and a vintage for tele for the neck. These cheap upgrades have made my guitar sound exactly like I want it. Singing sweet lead tones for rock and WARM tones for blues and jazz sessions with my high school jazz band. AWESOME guitar
Quite reliable. Stock bridge pickup had excessive 60 cycle hum, but since it is gone, no worries. Built quite solid!
I will buy MIM Fender's in the future. You have to play a few more to find the gems but, they are a great value and a fine instrument.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $349.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
Stock Tele w/ maple fretboard. Artic White.
This guitar plays like a dream. I honestly can't tell the difference between it and an American Tele. Of course, I had to play 10 or 12 to find "the" one.
Sounds like a Tele. 'nuff said.
It's a quality Fender instrument.
Unless you're eric clapton, or bill gates, i cant see buying an american strat or tele when these great guitars are at our fingertips. perhaps they should make 'em in ash, and still be cheaper than an am. st. then you'd have a full fledged fender. oh well. if it were lost or stolen i woulld buy another in 5.2 seconds.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $299.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Mars
This is a mexican standard telecaster. painted poplar body, bolt on maple neck w. maple fingerboard. 21 frets. string thru body bridge. 1 volume, 1 tone nob, 3 way switch. s/s pickups. passive electronics, why am answering all of this its a tele.
In september i got tired of arguing with my old, cbs era squire and went to mars. $299.00 later i walked out with this guitar. this is the biggest bang for the buck guitar i've ever come across. if you didn't know better you'd swear it was an am. std. i love the glistening tone of this thing, and it'll rock out pretty hard too.
I play this thru my blues deville 4X10 usually clean or with some fuzz. i rock with this guiar. teles are great for country, blues, rock, etc. sound is light and twangy. i wont modify this guitar anytime soon. no fret buzz or anything yet. versitile guitar for stage, basement, or studio.
6 months old, no probs yet.
Overall I love the guitar. I was looking for a vintage styling and playablity(radius and neck profile), and I got it plus it sounds great playing anything. I shopped around for a long time looking for a good price on this. I was also looking at getting an Epiphone Les Paul at the time, but this was a price I couldn't beat. And a comperable Epiphone would have cost me a couple hundred more. I'll prolly go for that Les Paul in my next guitar but only cause I want to try a fatter tone. I would definately buy this one again if I was forced to. And I would recommend it to people as a good affordable guitar with great playablity and nice sound. One word of advice, SHOP AROUND, for both price and quality. I noticed a lot of variation from store to store on the same guitar. And some of those places trying to sell me one for $400 were total crap. The quiality variaries a lot in the Mexican made ones so do your homework and shop around. Happy guitar shopping.
Price: $270.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center (Cincinnati)
Mexican made with a Poplar body, with a Maple bolt on neck. 6 strings, 21 frets, 2 single coil pickups, 1 tone and 1 volume controls with a 3 way switch. Standard Fender hardware, tuners and bridge. Vintage white finish, looks really nice.
It plays great, right out of the box. And for the price I think I got an awesome guitar. I lowered the action a little, but that was just to my prefrence. It's smooth and plays great. It's a little lighter than the American made and doesn't have quiet as much sustain but I still thing it plays great for my playing level(2 years). The neck is comfortable to play on even with my small hands.
I use a 25watt Peavey amp I bought used. Together they both sound awesome. I usually play it with a good bit of distortion and a little reverb. But anyway you set it up, clean or distorted it sounds great. It has a good amout of sustain, good harmonic for the standard pickups I still have in it and the tone is real nice. Great bluesy or metal sound. Overall I love the sound of the guitar. I might put some new hotter pickups in, but thats just cause I want to try out some new tones on it. Great sounding guitar for the price.
The guitar has so far held up great, but I have only had it for 7 months now. It stays in tune pretty good. It has a tendancy to break D strings but it could be my attack. Other than the dings and tiny scratches or everyday playing it looks great.