Les Paul vs. Telecaster buying conundrum...

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  1. Demiurge

    Demiurge Intrepid Jackass

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    OP: are you going to have an opportunity to play either before you buy? Can't discount comfort.

    My 2 favorite types of guitars are teles and LPs, so it's hard to pick one over the other; really, picking either would be good for "diversifying" your collection. As stated previously in the thread, teles are their own animal, so I wouldn't consider there to be any redundancy to have a tele and a strat, especially if the strat has a JB in it. The Gibson may be a fine choice, too, but you want to make sure that the QC on it is good before you commit.
     
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    I'd go for the Tele if I didn't own a strat, like someone mentioned you did. I also don't like gold top style finishes either :lol:

    Go play them, dude.
     
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    There's always the option to modify. It doesn't have to be apples n oranges. Why not make a fruit plate?
     
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    Lankles Fuelled by Chicken alone.

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    I'd go for the tele, because if I wanted, I could still use the spare 400 quid to get a halfway decent LP copy.
     
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    SirMyghin The Dirt Guy Contributor

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    I say go Tele.. A tele done right gets more mileage than a LP I think.
     
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    I'd go the tele, deluxes are a huge attraction to me.
     
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    Reading is your friend ;)

    Based solely on my personal preference, and based on the fact that you already own a guitar with a "bright" character, I'd go with the gold top!
     
  8. willyman101

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    Thanks very much for the responses, much appreciated!

    I think there is an issue because I won't be able to play them first. The Gibson would be sent from a shop in Scotland, and I wouldn't be able to try it, and the tele would come from the Fender factory. However from what I've heard, if I'm buying without trying it may be better to go for the tele.

    Also, in fairness I have a pretty meaty tone with the Strat so the tele would offer up some new options. Decisions decisions, but at the end of the day they might be made by money...
     
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    That's debatable :lol:

    I have serious misgivings about dropping a lot of money on a guitar that I haven't played first unless there's a decent return policy.
     
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    I think the tele's return policy is sell it on for profit and buy something else :lol:

    What's the consensus on a Les Paul Traditional Pro? And then on an American Vintage Telecaster? A bit different I know but I'm considering options, the VIntage tele might be a bit different.
     
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    Unless it's a lemon.
     
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    how about a G&L tele? I have heard good things about them
     
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    And rightly so, but I think the issue was he is getting a deal on what he found, I doubt a G&L would go for 700 GBP over there. Maybe a tribute..
     
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    Spot on. It's only Fender - my relative is an employee and so I can get guitars for staff prices. Although that's Fender, Jackson, Gretsch, Taylor... just to rub it in :D

    I'm leaning towards the tele - seems to be a case of more bang for my buck and I'd also have some cash left over. But it remains to be seen - again, thanks for the help people.
     
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    If you already have a thick meaty toned guitar then get something else, the Tele.
    Bottom line is if you don't like it the deal for the Gibson may still be there and you can flip the Tele to buy the Gibson.
     
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    Tele.

    Lindy Fralin pickups.

    That's my fucking answer.
     
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    GuitaristOfHell The Optimist Prime.

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    I'm a Les Paul guy, I'd love a gold top. I vote go for whatever in your mind is a better deal. The Tele is cheaper... well more "inexpensive" I guess I should say rather than cheap.
     
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    Doesn't bother me I got a custom order ASAT special this year :p. You can't really go back to Fender after playing G&Ls. Waiting on a custom pickguard after holiday mail picks up (and UPS doesn't destroy this shipment).
     
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    74n4LL0 I'm a robot...

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    I'd go with the tele, however I'd buy either the '52 reissue or the '52 hot rod with the minibucker at the neck
     
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    Could be a plan - I liked the locking tuners and noiseless pickups as it would be a live guitar, but I'll see what the 52 is like tomorrow, when I go try them.
     

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