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kswilson89kswilson89 Frets: 75
Can anyone suggest a builder making a  telecaster-ish copy for around £1500-£2000? I'm looking for something that's good quality but I'm eager to deviate from Fender seeing as, in my opinion, Fender's offerings at this price point don't justify the cost. Options I've been considering so far are a Haar Trad T or the Musicman Valentine. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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  • BluesyDaveBluesyDave Frets: 303
    There's a nice looking 'Walsh Kavod' in the classifieds at the moment.  You might also check out Suhr and Tom Anderson.  They make well engineered beautiful instruments.  If you can find one Gustavsson are worth a look, though might be over your budget.
    No Darling....I've had that ages.
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  • meltedbuzzboxmeltedbuzzbox Frets: 7660
    Or buy an used Fender?
    The Bigsby was the first successful design of what is now called a whammy bar or tremolo arm, although vibrato is the technically correct term for the musical effect it produces. In standard usage, tremolo is a rapid fluctuation of the volume of a note, while vibrato is a fluctuation in pitch. The origin of this nonstandard usage of the term by electric guitarists is attributed to Leo Fender, who also used the term “vibrato” to refer to what is really a tremolo effect.
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  • KeefyKeefy Frets: 123
    Look for a used Palir Titan. World Guitars sells them for £2,500 new, or £2,000 used. Mine has become my daily go-to guitar - it has Porter Custom Pickups, Emerson electronics, and a Mastery bridge. The feel of the roasted maple neck is amazing:



    I've also tried a Tom Anderson Drop T Shorty, but I think the shorter scale length made it feel and sound less Tele-like.
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  • ICBMICBM Frets: 32827
    Buy a Fender Mexican Classic Tele (Lacquer) and save yourself £700-£1200.
    "Take these three items, some WD-40, a vise grip, and a roll of duct tape. Any man worth his salt can fix almost any problem with this stuff alone."
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  • lonestarlonestar Frets: 1888
    SC Relics Nitro Tele (insert nervous grin) :)
    SC Relics Guitars - Aged Nitro partcaster specialist
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  • crunchmancrunchman Frets: 3822
    ICBM said:
    Buy a Fender Mexican Classic Tele (Lacquer) and save yourself £700-£1200.
    Only seems to come in one colour though.
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  • ICBMICBM Frets: 32827
    crunchman said:
    ICBM said:
    Buy a Fender Mexican Classic Tele (Lacquer) and save yourself £700-£1200.
    Only seems to come in one colour though.
    That would only be a problem if it wasn't the right one :).
    "Take these three items, some WD-40, a vise grip, and a roll of duct tape. Any man worth his salt can fix almost any problem with this stuff alone."
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  • dean111musicdean111music Frets: 105
    ICBM said:
    Buy a Fender Mexican Classic Tele (Lacquer) and save yourself £700-£1200.
    i guess this is not nitro? Will it age over time?
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  • crunchmancrunchman Frets: 3822
    ICBM said:
    Buy a Fender Mexican Classic Tele (Lacquer) and save yourself £700-£1200.
    i guess this is not nitro? Will it age over time?
    It is nitro.

    ICBM said:
    crunchman said:
    ICBM said:
    Buy a Fender Mexican Classic Tele (Lacquer) and save yourself £700-£1200.
    Only seems to come in one colour though.
    That would only be a problem if it wasn't the right one :).
    I'd prefer  Lake Placid Blue, Black, Sunburst, CAR, and one or two others over that.
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  • dean111musicdean111music Frets: 105
    glossy nitro though. 
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  • ICBMICBM Frets: 32827
    dean111music said:

    i guess this is not nitro? Will it age over time?
    The Lacquer models are nitro - that's the point of them.

    crunchman said:

    I'd prefer  Lake Placid Blue, Black, Sunburst, CAR, and one or two others over that.
    I'd like LPB too, but to be honest for the price they are you could buy one, have it refinished in any colour you like and it would still come in cheaper than a posh non-Fender copy with the wrong head shape.

    glossy nitro though. 
    Just like the originals.
    "Take these three items, some WD-40, a vise grip, and a roll of duct tape. Any man worth his salt can fix almost any problem with this stuff alone."
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  • dean111musicdean111music Frets: 105
    just read this on music radar about the finish on the 60's classic strat lacquer 

    "Fender tells us these guitars have polyester undercoats, followed by five coats of Seagrave L-4540 high-solids nitrocellulose lacquer"
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  • ICBMICBM Frets: 32827
    just read this on music radar about the finish on the 60's classic strat lacquer 

    "Fender tells us these guitars have polyester undercoats, followed by five coats of Seagrave L-4540 high-solids nitrocellulose lacquer"
    Just like the originals...
    "Take these three items, some WD-40, a vise grip, and a roll of duct tape. Any man worth his salt can fix almost any problem with this stuff alone."
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  • lonestarlonestar Frets: 1888
    glossy nitro though. 
    What were you expecting? ;)
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  • dean111musicdean111music Frets: 105
    i don't really know what i'm talking about haha. 

    When you look and feel customshop guitars they either have a sheen over the top or they look more satin. 


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  • kswilson89kswilson89 Frets: 75
    Before the impending poly Vs nitro debate ensues, let's get back on track. Any other suggestions?
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  • poopotpoopot Frets: 1343
    Talk to @lonestar it’ll be better than anything you can get for the same money!...
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  • ICBMICBM Frets: 32827
    Before the impending poly Vs nitro debate ensues, let's get back on track. Any other suggestions?
    I actually agree with you that Fender’s guitars at £1500-£2000 are overpriced, by the way... that’s why I suggested buying a Fender that costs half that.

    If you really want to spend that much I would look for a second hand CS Light Relic, or whatever they call those now.
    "Take these three items, some WD-40, a vise grip, and a roll of duct tape. Any man worth his salt can fix almost any problem with this stuff alone."
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  • JerkMoansJerkMoans Frets: 1706
    If you don’t mind used, I may be about to chop out a K Line Truxton. Custom Shop quality - or better - for less!
    Self-confessed Blues Lawyer
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  • dean111musicdean111music Frets: 105
    Before the impending poly Vs nitro debate ensues, let's get back on track. Any other suggestions?
    sorry :)

    There is eternal guitars. Based in West Sussex. Chichester. 

    A few pros play them and i think a couple of guy on here have them.

    Do SC Relics make full guitars? Looks like just body's on the website but some full guitars made? @lonestar ??
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  • lonestarlonestar Frets: 1888
    Before the impending poly Vs nitro debate ensues, let's get back on track. Any other suggestions?
    sorry :)

    There is eternal guitars. Based in West Sussex. Chichester. 

    A few pros play them and i think a couple of guy on here have them.

    Do SC Relics make full guitars? Looks like just body's on the website but some full guitars made? @lonestar ??
    Yip, lots of full builds have been done. More being done now :)
    SC Relics Guitars - Aged Nitro partcaster specialist
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  • dean111musicdean111music Frets: 105
    lonestar said:
    Before the impending poly Vs nitro debate ensues, let's get back on track. Any other suggestions?
    sorry :)

    There is eternal guitars. Based in West Sussex. Chichester. 

    A few pros play them and i think a couple of guy on here have them.

    Do SC Relics make full guitars? Looks like just body's on the website but some full guitars made? @lonestar ??
    Yip, lots of full builds have been done. More being done now :)
    cool! would they be on budget?
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  • I like the look of these (below) from the andertons video. For the money I'd probably try and find a custom shop tho

    https://www.andertons.co.uk/guitar-dept/electric-guitars/gray-guitars-admiral-in-daphne-blue-inc-case
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  • adam1990adam1990 Frets: 2
    Check out these guys https://www.eternal-guitars.com/ 

    Dave from eternal guitars will build you a guitar to your spec.

    As for price you would need to contact him and let them know exactly what you want. 

    My misses has a custom build form them and it was built within your budget and it is far better quality then the Fender of mine we based it on. 


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  • lonestarlonestar Frets: 1888
    lonestar said:
    Before the impending poly Vs nitro debate ensues, let's get back on track. Any other suggestions?
    sorry :)

    There is eternal guitars. Based in West Sussex. Chichester. 

    A few pros play them and i think a couple of guy on here have them.

    Do SC Relics make full guitars? Looks like just body's on the website but some full guitars made? @lonestar ??
    Yip, lots of full builds have been done. More being done now :)
    cool! would they be on budget?
    Of course but you’ll need to pm me about a spec. 
    SC Relics Guitars - Aged Nitro partcaster specialist
    www.screlics.co.uk www.facebook.com/screlicsguitaremporium
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  • Strat54Strat54 Frets: 911
    Personally I'd give the non-Fender relics a miss (being tactful there!) and go for something like this Tom Anderson. You get one of the worlds finest built guitars for almost half the price when new. (No connection to seller btw) 

    https://reverb.com/uk/item/12997796-tom-anderson-classic-t

    https://images.reverb.com/image/upload/s--tMf6K6DP--/a_exif,c_limit,e_unsharp_mask:80,f_auto,fl_progressive,g_south,h_1600,q_80,w_1600/v1528418699/au0tyycnddvb5dyl1qdz.jpg


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  • NeilNeil Frets: 2317
    Can anyone suggest a builder making a  telecaster-ish copy for around £1500-£2000? I'm looking for something that's good quality but I'm eager to deviate from Fender seeing as, in my opinion, Fender's offerings at this price point don't justify the cost. Options I've been considering so far are a Haar Trad T or the Musicman Valentine. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
    Does any Tele for £1500 - £2000 justify the cost?

    Two pieces of cheap wood and the associated hardware?

    I agree with ICBM, Mex nitro Tele Classic. Great VFM.
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  • ICBMICBM Frets: 32827
    Strat54 said:
    Personally I'd give the non-Fender relics a miss (being tactful there!) and go for something like this Tom Anderson. You get one of the worlds finest built guitars for almost half the price when new.
    There was one of those on sale in the shop I work for, for about five years - that’s not an exaggeration. It was the most lifeless, insipid “Tele” I’ve ever played. No-one wanted it - eventually the owner took it back. 
    "Take these three items, some WD-40, a vise grip, and a roll of duct tape. Any man worth his salt can fix almost any problem with this stuff alone."
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  • richardhomerrichardhomer Frets: 18886
    edited June 15
    There’s a 52 Reissue Tele in the classifieds for £850. That’s where I’d start....

    http://www.thefretboard.co.uk/discussion/134080/fs-ft-96-fender-avri-52-telecaster#latest
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  • DrBobDrBob Frets: 1709
    ICBM said:
    Strat54 said:
    Personally I'd give the non-Fender relics a miss (being tactful there!) and go for something like this Tom Anderson. You get one of the worlds finest built guitars for almost half the price when new.
    There was one of those on sale in the shop I work for, for about five years - that’s not an exaggeration. It was the most lifeless, insipid “Tele” I’ve ever played. No-one wanted it - eventually the owner took it back. 

     Was that the one that got nicked ?
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