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  1. T100D

    T100D Well-Known Member

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    Could somebody please explain to me why Teles and Tele clones are almost always more expensive than Strats and Strat clones? Isn't a Tele simpler to build? Fewer pickups? I just don't get it.
    GASsing for the butterscotch Monoprice, at $102.99, out of stock until the end of November—anyone have one and how do they compare to bottom-level Squiers or Furrians? Hadean any good?
    I'm talking specifically about single coils, as I already have 4 hummers
    and a P90 …
     
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    tonray Well-Known Member Supporting Member+

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    All of them have to be sent to Nashville for a twang test before they get shipped out and that adds to the cost.
     
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    I have a Hadean tele custom and wouldn't part with it for a mex fender. The guitar just simply plays like a dream and has just the tone I love from a tele. Plus it looks frickin cool.
     

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    I think its just availability and market saturation. On CL its probably 10 to 1 ratio of strats to teles on upscale guitars and maybe 25 to 1 on budget models. If I wanted a cheap tele on CL it might take me a month or 2 to find one and possibly need to travel 40 to 60 min and cost around $160. I can get a playable strat within a week for $100 within a few days and 15 min drive. If I wait a month I can get it for $60 or less.
     
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    I have a Furrian that I modded up that I like better than my 60th Anniversary Fender Tele.
     
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    Mr. Leyvatone Well-Known Member

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    I’ve wondered the same thing. Seems like a Tele should be about 89% the cost of a Strat.
     
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    Mickey Gandalf the Intonationer

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    Which Fender would take as "We need to raise the price of Strats."
     
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    idiotsdelight Well-Known Member

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    The market is saturated with strat clones from starter packs, etc. They must be cheaper to manufacture?

    I never got the appeal of strats.
     
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    I guess Ill have to get a tele at some point. They have always seemed like a cheaply made Lp to me where some one didn't take the time to carve the top. Of course I realize they are a fender scale and single coil pickups but they just look like a chunk of flat wood cut out with a band saw and painted to me.
     
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