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    5 Underrated Teles from the Depths of Fender History

    5 Underrated Teles from the Depths of Fender History

    Yes, I am not a big fan of playign Teles myself--but I am more than ok with what a lot of people have done with them.
    And I like history overall--and definitely guitar history.

    And I know many here LOVE Teles...

    So--what do you think of these?

    And have you ever tried any of them?

    Only 5--so should be able to review them easily.
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    I have to admit I don't really like any of these from a visual perspective. I kind of think that the first one looks cool, but I'd probably like it better with a maple neck. I've never tried any

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    I kinda liked the monaco yellow tele!

    but I really dont like metal tele's.

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    Yeah that's the one I liked too

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    I got my Deluxe plus in 1989. It was one of the 1st built. It still is my prize possession. The only thing I didn't like was it had big frets & I wasn't fond of the Wilkison roller nut. I changed the neck in 94 when I was recording with my best band. Sound wise it's incredible. The versitility is probably my best guitar. I finally found a Fender Lace Blue like it had originally a year or so ago it's no metal tele. It's like having two great single coils.on the bridge. Producing a great strat sound with either. Together they can make a Marshall come alive but still retain that single coil string definition. My biggest events were mostly played with it. I like those Elites. If I ever find one at a decent price I will grab it.
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    Interesting- you don't like jumbo frets? (I don't either)

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    I've played a Bullet & an Elite--opposite ends of the spectrum--not just in price...
    I do know people who bough the Tele shaped Bullets & removed the metal pickguard (Yes metal)--it integrated the tailpiece.
    They would put a better tailpiece on them & maybe change out the pickups &/or bridge.

    But not into Teles--so...
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    the Elites sounded quite good--but the Strat Elites were perceived as not as good as regular Strats--and they did have some issues the Teles didn't.
    The issues for the Teles is that they were too different--so the Tele fans ended not to want them, and people not into Teles avoided them, because they were Teles.

    Of course there were exceptions.
    But not enough I guess.

    From what I've seen & heard the P-Bass Elites were more well received....
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