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Affordable Tele Electric Guitar Review

by Mac Laton on June 8, 2009

sx tele style goutar from rondo music

Here is a quick review of several  affordable Tele electric guitars that will get you all the twangy tone you need without emptying your wallet.

Finding a cheap tele style guitar is not that hard, its just a matter of getting one that is decent enough for a good price.  The ones that I prefer myself are the tele copies available through Rondo Music. They are all made of solid wood and have quality hardware.  They are also excellent choices for modding out and customizing your guitar.  There are many examples of this to be found on the Telecaster Forum, Fender Guitar Forum, and Agile Guitar Forum. Lets face it, no one really wants to use an expensive Fender as a project guitar.  These inexpensive telecaster replicas are the perfect choice for aftermarket upgrades and modifications like hot rodded pickups, custom paint jobs, etc.

Disclosure: This is a professional review site that receives compensation from the companies whose products we review. Prices, descriptions, and availability are current on publication date. For current pricing, specs and availability visit RondoMusic.com

Here is a quick guide to several models and specs and price ranges of several Tele style guitars that are available at Rondo Music Online.


SX Furrian Tele Guitar

  • Traditional / retro styled 3-piece body made of solid Alder
  • Great sound perfect for rock, jazz, blues, country, and more
  • Maple neck with Aged Maple fretboard, 21 jumbo (2.7mm)frets, and dot inlays
  • Chrome covered mini single coil pickup or p-90 and standard single coil pickup
  • String-through body bridge with 6 adjustable saddles
  • Passive volume and tone controls with classic blade 3-way pickup selector switch
  • Chrome hardware
  • Width of the neck at the nut: 1 5/8″
  • Neck radius: 13.7″ (350mm)
  • Scale length 25.5″
  • Overall length 39″
  • Width at the widest point: 12 3/4″
  • Thickness of body 1 3/4″
  • Actual Weight is only 8 lbs

 

Douglas WS Series Tele Guitars

 

  • Flat-top guitar with Basswood body and Ash Burl Top
  • Bound body and 3-Ply Pickguard (tortoise/white/black)
  • Hard Rock Maple neck with adjustable truss rod
  • Rosewood fretboard with 22 frets and dot inlays
  • Two single-coil pickups for traditional sound
  • One volume and one tone control plus and 3-way blade stlye pickup selector switch
  • Traditional Wilkinson bridge
  • Die cast Chrome tuners
  • Trans Amber Finish
  • Width of the neck at the nut approx: 1 5/8″; at the 22st fret approx: 2 1/4″
  • Overall length approx: 39 1/2″; Scale length: 25 1/2″
  • Width at the widest point approx: 13″, body thickness at the edge approx: 1 3/4″
  • Approx. Weight is only 9 lbs

Agile TC Tele Guitar Series

  • Traditional / retro-styled body made of a beautiful Solid Ash
  • Professional Grover tuners offer an 18-1 tuning ratio for ultra fine tuning
  • Hard Rock Maple neck and rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays and 22 frets
  • Wilkinson Saddle with String-Thru-Body design
  • Passive volume/tone controls with classic blade three way selector switch
  • Two Agile Noiseless Pickups
  • Width of the neck at the nut: 1 11/16″; at the 22st fret: 2 1/3″
  • U-Shape Fingerboard with fingerboard radius: 7.25″
  • Overall length 39″
  • Width at the widest point: 12 3/4″
  • Actual Weight is approx 8 lbs

    Specialty Tele style guitars:

    Agile Texan 7 String Guitar

     

    The Long Awaited T-7 String!

  • Swamp Ash Body
  • 1 Pieces maple bolt on neck with “C” profile
  • Maple fretboard with 15” radius, 25.5″ scale and black dots and 22 Jumbo frets
  • Sound controled from master volume and tone with 3 way switch
  • Vintage bridge with 7 individual brass barel saddles and chrome plated steel bass plate.
  • Grover chrome tuners with 18-1 ratio
  • Agile passive single coil pickups
  • Graphite Nut
  • Satin Polyurethane Finish
  • String Gauge: 009, 011, 016, 024, 032, 042 and 056
  • Width of the neck at the nut: 1 7/8″ at the 22nd fret: 2 17/32″ Body width at the lower bout 12 3/4″ upper bout: 11″ Body height is 15 7/8″
  • Agile T630 Double Checker

    • Double Neck 6 / 12 string!
    • Dual cutaway Solid 3 piece alder body for a great sound
    • Bolt on Maple necks with adjustable truss rods
    • Maple fret-boards with 22 jumbo frets (each neck) and a 10″ radius neck for fast play
    • Headstock features a detailed checkerboard pattern to match body
    • Die-cast Grover tuners with 18-1 ratio for ultra fine tuning
    • Standard T- style fixed bridge with 6 adjustable saddles
    • One volume and one tone controls per body section plus a three way pickup selector switch (each body section) to help you get the sound you want
    • Actual weight 12 lbs
    • Overall length is 41″ including the strap button
    • Width at the widest point is 17″
    • Body thickness 1 1/2″ at edge
    • The neck is 1 5/8″ wide at each nut
    • Each scale length 25.5″

    Disclosure: This is a professional review site that receives compensation from the companies whose products we review. Prices, descriptions, and availability are current on publication date. For current pricing, specs and availability visit RondoMusic.com

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    { 2 comments… read them below or add one }

    learn master guitar July 2, 2011 at 6:20 am

    The Affinity Tele has a slightly slimmer body crafted from solid Alder. All Affinity guitars feature comfortable, 21-fret Maple necks with fast-action fingerboards and die-cast tuners.

    Dr.Sam Anderson,Th.D.,Ph.D. November 9, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    Hello fellow guitarist. I am intrested in the Agile T-7 7string Telecaster type. Is that guitar still being made? New or use. It doesn’t matter. I prefer natural finish. Please let me know. Thank you very much.

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