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Thread: Mexican Telecasters versus Squire Telecasters

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    Mexican Telecasters versus Squire Telecasters

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    I would like to hear any comments between the two like what are the main differences etc. I hear hear rha affinity squire teles are pretty good. I guess my question is, is there enough difference in the sound and quality of the Mexican Tele to warrant the price difference of it and the squire affinity. Musicians friends has a butterscotch squire for $169.00 Versus $349-$389 that I can't tell any comparable difference in, price wise anyway.

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    I personally don't know the difference since I've never really cared for those models. But I will say one thing... every MIM Strat or Tele I see selling on eBay whether it's new or used always seems to say something in the description about something being cracked, paint coming off or the owner has replaced as many of the parts as they possibly could "to make it sound better".

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    mexican and squire telecasters

    Thanks, all I have had to go on is the ratings on the musicians friend web site. All which have been pretty decent for the price, but I can't find the difference in the mex and squires.

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    I would suggest that there is no way to make an accurate statement about Squire Telecasters as a whole except to say they are wildly inconsistant. If you play 20, you'll probably find one that's as good as most MIMs you'll find. You'll also find a bunch that really suck.

    Same as any other guitar, really...

    Chris

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    Mexican Telecasters

    So you think for the most part that the Mexican Telecasters are a grade better than the squires? The pickups on the mexican standard teles versus the pickups on the american standard teles are what I'm most concerned about. Thanks for any information that can be provided.

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    I think it's a generally agreed rule that as you go up the chain (squire to MIM to American) everything gets generally better (electronics, craftmanship, general quality, etc.). I've just found personally that guitars in general are so inconsistant and there are so many exceptions that the rule almost becomes irrelevent.

    Then there's of course the matter of personal taste. What's "better" to me might not be better to you. You just gotta play a bunch of em.

    Cheers,
    Chris (happy owner of a Squire Tele)

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    Personally, I have never played a Chinese Tele that didn't suck. In fact, I've never played any Chinese guitar that didn't suck. Some Jap guitars are OK, Some Korean guitars are excellent, and even some Indonesian guitars aren't that bad, but the Chinese haven't got it yet. Some MIM teles are OK, but they are the exception, not the rule. I finally broke the bank a little and got a Highway one, which has parts in it from the USA, Mexico, and Japan, with final assembly in the U.S.A. I like it a lot. There are some pretty good cheap strat knockoffs (Yamaha Pacifica for one), but a good tele knockoff is hard to find for cheap. The Japanese build some really good ones, but they are, by and large, more expensive than a MIM tele. Good luck.-Richie

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    Talking Mexican Tele

    Thanks for the input. I'll just have to play em all I guess might be kinda fun. By the way, does anyone know the kinda tele and equipment Danny Groah (Alan Jackson's lead guitarist) uses? Love that sound!

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    But I will say one thing... every MIM Strat or Tele I see selling on eBay whether it's new or used always seems to say something in the description about something being cracked, paint coming off or the owner has replaced as many of the parts as they possibly could "to make it sound better".
    I think a lot of that has to do with people buying them specifically to tinker, not necessarily a function of the guitar itself. That's their reputation, a base to modify from without spending a bunch of money.

    I owned a Mexican Strat for a few years unmodified. I used it as much as my American one. It was a little noisier, but it certainly was worth the $200 or so that I bought it for (used).

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    I recently bought a squire tele. I was at the shop and compared it to the MIM and the American. And for the the price and playability I got the squire. Like the other guy said, guitars are so individual. Years ago a got a P bass copy that has been the envy of many higher end basses. I love that bass. I don't know if I love this tele yet and would like to have a hotter bridge pickup allready. Any recomendations for that. Thanks

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