Don’t let anyone tell you that Fender Mexican Telecaster models aren’t any good. Let’s take a minute to think this through -- then you’ll see why buying one might be a good idea.
A small number of online reviewers seem to spend their lives hating on Fender Mexican Telecasters. It makes you wonder if they’re professional racists rather than professional electric guitar players.
Because let’s face it. That’s what it comes down to. Some people think Americans are better than everyone else, and those people don’t like Mexican-made products.
But most of Fender’s moderately priced instruments are made in Mexico, including the Standard, Classic and Deluxe models of the Telecaster.
It’s true that Fender uses less expensive finishes, hardware and electronics on their value-minded Mexican models, but they also set the price down where regular players can afford these models -- a reasonable tradeoff, don’t you think?
But here’s the kicker: Fender has a reputation for making some of the world’s best electric guitars, and they aren’t going to risk it by making junk.
And if you need another kicker, here it is: The Mexican-made Standard Telecaster is the best-selling workhorse of the Fender stable.
Lots of people are and taking them onto stages of all kinds.
People are saying good things about them and are seeing good things for themselves every time they watch a set with a Mexican Tele out in front.
Fender Mexican Teles have the distinctive Telecaster styling, its expected twangy tone, the same neck feel as higher-priced models and that same Fender logo as their more expensive American Standard brothers.
They’re also easily upgradeable if you want to switch out one or two of the components down the road.
But this isn’t a Mexican love fest.
You may find the Mexican Tele frets have a less elegant feel -- or that the finishes aren’t quite as smooth as on more expensive models.
You may even think the low-end punch isn’t as bold as on an American model.
For several hundred dollars less than an American made model, however, Mexican Teles are a good value.
In fact, most players who are practicing or gigging with a solid-body guitar right now are holding a Fender Mexican Tele -- and most of those are Standards.
They’re such a good value, why not put an end to your guitar search and pick one up now?
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