AugustWest wrote:Thanks for the post guys. I think I'll go to guitar center and sam ash tonight and try them all out. I'll let you know how it goes. However I was just wondering what is the difference between the "standard" and the american. Different is one handmade and one not? Or do they have different electronics. Sorry I am a complete novice when it comes to gear.
Panda Licker wrote:I've always found that with cheaper fenders is that it varies a lot from guitar to guitar. I know people who have played a Mexican Telecasters and Stratocasters for years, and love theirs. I've also met other people who have bought them online, and sold them a month or two later because they hated them so much.
And it works the same way tonewise. An expensive American strat or tele will sound better than most cheaper ones. But thats not to say that it sounds better than them all. The problem in my opinion is Quality Control. Fender make can good cheap instrument, but they only do it on maybe 1 out of ever 20 they produce.
My advice to you when buying a cheaper fender (And by cheaper I mean under 8 or 9 hundred) is to go to guitar center and play every one they have. You'll notice that some will play great, others will feel and sound like shit. This doesnt mean swear off the Cheap fenders, but rather, only buy the Exact fender that you played and liked. There a lots of Mexican Fenders and even Sqires floating around that play like champs. But they're few and far between.Do not under any circumstances go to GC, play a Tele you like, and then order an "identical" one from an online destributer. More likely than not, you'll regret it.
Henry wrote:This does not only apply to cheaper guitars, but has always been that way with Fender. almost no two guitars are alike, Especially those from the 1970s are notorious for that. There are some absolutely great ones, but there are also those who sound just like crap. I know because I've played many of them. Nevertheless, people seem to be willing to pay outrageous prices for them these days.
KCJones wrote:I would take a look at the G&L Tribute ASAT (tele copy). I think they are much! better value than the foreign fenders. You can find them in the low $400s. I've even seen used ones in the low $200s.
http://www.glguitars.com/tribute/instru ... /index.asp
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