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Frank Dempsey (2 years ago)
Thanks for this video. You do great work -- your videos are a service to guitar players everywhere!
Gerald Goodwin (2 years ago)
Frank Dempsey IMDb
Runnningonempty (6 days ago)
I'M A GUITAR SNOB,SO MUCH THAT I HAVE TO BUILD MY OWN GUITARS TO GET WHAT I WANT AND PURCHASE PREMIUM PLUS LES PAULS.I PICKED UP A CLASSIC VIBE AND GUESS WHAT? AT LEAST I CAN ADMIT I AM AN DUMB ASS AND SHOULD HAVE PICKED ONE UP A LONG TIME AGO.DONT GET ME WRONG IM NOT DEMOCRAP VOTING SHEEPLE DUMB ASS,JUST SNOBISH DUMBASS..LOL
Lesley Les Paul (21 days ago)
Darrell, your 2 Strats on the wall cry for some trem springs, before you buy other teles, I guess !!! :-)) LES
Super Doge (29 days ago)
The MIM sounded best for chords but the thinline sounded the best for lead.
Rob W (1 month ago)
I really dig that thinline. Sounds really good and has a warm tele tone thats lovely
Amy Pratt (1 month ago)
I thought the MIM Tele blew the other two away.Of course that's if you're looking for that particular sound.
Milton Pitts (1 month ago)
What do you recommend for a first time telecaster buyer ? orientation left handed with SS p/u
mang313 (1 month ago)
Tough call between the 1st Squier and the MIM. I loved the Squire for it's rhythm but the MIM has such great lead tones. The neck and mid pups remind me of a strat when you were playing lead. But if I had to choose, I'd go w/ the Squier.
Roberto Calderón Luna (1 month ago)
What is the name of the song that you played with bridge position??
Guilherme Bezerra (1 month ago)
I would have a Classic Vibe easily but, this Mex sounded really good ...
JasonWelchMusic (2 months ago)
Call me crazy.... but the classic vibe sounded better all around than the MIM....
Lowtech14 (2 months ago)
All 3 sounded great, but the Thinline looks the best, therefore it sounded the best!
Bobby Williams (2 months ago)
Thanks for this video. Great playing!
East Rider (2 months ago)
I know these Teles are great... But your dog beats them :DDD 7:20
Harry T (2 months ago)
Thanks for this helpful video, Darrell I’m thinking about a Tele for my next guitar ! Your beard is starting to look like Billy Gibbons ! Lol
George L. (3 months ago)
I like the tele sound but I dislike the medium frets. Is there any tele with strat frets out there?
Enrique Molina (3 months ago)
What is it he starts playing at 5:48 and where can I learn it?
texas specials are so much brighter and a lot more punch
Chris Lowe (3 months ago)
The mim did sound best. But I really love the looks of the thin line.
Phil Lossiffer (3 months ago)
Thinline sounds MUCH better to my ears. I would replace the neck with a Warmoth and maybe add a Bigsby.
MikeMonson (4 months ago)
This is so great.
drutgat2 (4 months ago)
Thanks for this, Darrell. However, the final price of the guitars you have picked would actually be the range of the used prices you quoted, plus the cost of different-from-stock pick ups. Also, it might have been a clearer comparison if the MIM Tele had the same pick ups as the Squier Classic Vibe 'reference' Tele - that way, we would have heard how the guitar is different (although this comparison was very enjoyable).
Hugo Mejia (5 months ago)
Sorry Friends the Fender MIM is not a cheap guitar from México to south América
John Holland (5 months ago)
The white one was the tele-est sounding of those Teles, IMO
Cixelysd (5 months ago)
Wow! I wanted the Squire CV until I heard that Thinline. I am a total sucker for an acoustic electric sound. The Epiphone 335 was high on my list until that Thinline sang its magic.. Going to the big city soon to pick one up. Thank you.
Matt LaRose (5 months ago)
I think it would be most informative using completely stock guitars. Great vid.
How odd. The first Squier sounded much better (to my ears) than the others with the exception of the bridge pickup, then it was a tossup between the Thinline and the MIM.
Don Walker (5 months ago)
Thin line gets my vote
Jack Allen (5 months ago)
Thinline for the win for me!!
t (6 months ago)
I like Mexican...
74dart man (6 months ago)
I love the Teles! They're all gorgeous guitars with their own unique sound. If I had to pick between the three...I think I'd go with the thin line. It's got such a beautiful finish and I like the semi hollow body...sweet!👍😎🎸🎶
Lance Lawson (6 months ago)
I've never encountered a Tele type guitar that I didn't like.
Russian Bot (6 months ago)
All three sound very similar and nice. I really like the thinline but all i can afford is a bullet series telecaster right now. And i want a tele so bad. I have an amazing Mexican strat so a cheaper tele won't be the end of the world.
Robert Clark (6 months ago)
7.25 mark. Pup peeks at Dad...Oh he's just jamming. All good. Lol
Peter Cooper (6 months ago)
For me the best cheap Tele is the MIM and the worst is the Thinline which sounds like it's fitted with woolly humbuckers.
nendokan (6 months ago)
Hey Darrell, hope things are well. You didn't sound as up beat as you usually are on your excellent videos. Where you a little under the weather on that day. Ist of May we are now in October. Nevertheless, an excellent video as always. Enjoy keeping up to date with your channel. Gary from Tasmania/Australia
eduardo mason (6 months ago)
I have not read the comments... I consider the red Thinline is the meanest... Then the MIM whitie... A"nd I think it aint´ fare to compare the stock (less output) pups in the classic vibe... great axes...
TheMessageManMusic (6 months ago)
Our Ex-Guitarist played a Classic Vibe Squier and it was SICK
Evan Posteraro (6 months ago)
The Fender Mex. Tele definitely sounded the best out of the 3
oink ooink (6 months ago)
Often it's not about the 'sound' it's about the 'feel' when you play. A chunk of wood with strings nailed to it sounds like...a guitar...the more important thing is how it feeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeels
Lukas Kuipers (6 months ago)
neck: MIM middle: Thinline bridge: Reference all of these by a pretty long shot, they appear to be quite different instruments. If I could only pick one I'd pick the thinline though.
Dave Standiford (6 months ago)
I have a MIM, love the sound but did upgrade to bone nut and locking tuners, l a be the sound
John Doe (6 months ago)
Thinline is the clear winner here.
P. Hamilton (6 months ago)
I would go with any of these based on sound... To me...it comes down to personal preference regarding the neck feel and cosmetics. I love my MIM Fender Tele...butterscotch with a one piece neck....Fender parts fit it too...which is unlikely with the China-made Squiers.
Andy Brown (6 months ago)
I thought the 2 squier teles were better than the fender and the thinline just edged in front with a slightly warmer tone. Certainly would walk out of a shop with a new tele under my arm!
MLe MLe (6 months ago)
holy moly! that sound! I need a hat and a horse so I don't need telecaster more than texas special single coils
David Moseley (6 months ago)
dude. bring back the beard
Jim Hosey (7 months ago)
Just fantastic. Your disciplined apples-to-apples comparisons are fantastic on their own, but I'm continually amazed by your chops across instruments and genres. Thanks for another great video!
Darrell Braun Guitar (7 months ago)
Thanks for the kind words JH!
Firebird 87622 (7 months ago)
I bought a Squire Classic Vibe Custom Tele about 4 years ago. I've played it every Sunday at church and about every day for that time period. It has been a reliable instrument I can count on. I sanded that lacquer off of the back of the neck, and changed the action to make it lower. It plays amazing for the 399 dollars, I paid for it and I'm now looking to put a set of hot rails in it for the time being.
Joe Rice (7 months ago)
The Thinline sounds best to my ear
KwakZedRider93 (7 months ago)
It's the Thinline all the way for me. The MIM sounds too "hi fi".
Arthur King (10 months ago)
neck pos - guitar two. middle pos - guitar 3. bridge pos - guitar 3.
Billy Martinez (10 months ago)
I have the same fender MIM tele but sir you have changed my perspective on squires
Robert Nolan (10 months ago)
Stock squier sounded to trebly, the mexi too dark. The bridge pickup on the thinline sounded fantastic and well rounded. I have CS Texas Specials in my CVC Telecaster and it's just wonderful.
Eugene Terechenko (10 months ago)
Didn't see any comparison. I missed something. The guitar player is excellent though.
Stan Parsley (10 months ago)
All three sound great but I think Mexican wins again. Great video Darrell. Thanks
UrbanTaint (10 months ago)
I like the first one best. standard basic nothing added.
fernando jazz (10 months ago)
thanksbrooo ... thinline sold me
dare fernandez (10 months ago)
Squier tele delux and the MIM... have their own sound i loved both
LuckyB (10 months ago)
That mexie telli has it hands down them over wound pickups rock
Dion St. Michael (11 months ago)
I could listen all day...
Tiago Nunes (11 months ago)
Hey Darrel! From Portugal! What about a Telecaster thinline 69' VS a solid body mexican standard?? Thanks for your great job!
Tiago Nunes (11 months ago)
Thanks a lot!!! Keep rockin'!!!
Darrell Braun Guitar (11 months ago)
Hi! I'll add it to my list ☺
Shane Hilton (11 months ago)
I love the blues, does that make a difference?
Shane Hilton (11 months ago)
Perfect, I was leaning towards classic vibe. I see you have an epiphone sheraton? DOT? can't tell, anyway, what is the main difference between tele and full body guitars like the Epi?
Darrell Braun Guitar (11 months ago)
Honestly, it's all about the pickups. The Tele will bite with lots of attack and the Shetaton/dot will have a fuller tone, with less attack.
Shane Hilton (11 months ago)
So loved the video; I am currently in this exact scenario: What to buy? So youve played them all.. If you had to buy 1 what is your opinion.
Darrell Braun Guitar (11 months ago)
Thanks! If you like vintage hardware and tone, go with the Classic Vibes. If you like modern hardware and tone, go with the MIM ☺
Jay Fisher (11 months ago)
I have a squier classic vibe 60s custom upgraded with Texas specials. Absolutely love it. Also swapped out the bridge with some solid brass compensated saddles. Plays so nice and the Texas specials are sweet.
Darrell Braun Guitar (11 months ago)
Very nice!!
Bohème (11 months ago)
I feel that the each one of the guitars have its soul and personality! Actually I have a bunch of MIM Strat and Teles, have upgraded their pickups and they blow any American Standard or beyond (wood is wood). Last project was to purchase a Thinline 69 and I project to install a Porter T9 set... CHEERS!!!
Darrell Braun Guitar (11 months ago)
Nice! 👍
Hank Snow (11 months ago)
I have a Squire Affinity Tele that sounds and plays beautiful.
caleshtcincredibles (11 months ago)
That Thin line sounds magical!! All are very nice sounding ....I would happily take any of them
Roger That! (11 months ago)
I think the Thinline sounds the best & well balanced. Second will be the Fender MIM for the dynamics. They all sound good for their own purpose though.
STATE OF BLITZ (11 months ago)
Very good and refreshing review. Straight forward and comprehensive. The camera fisheye lens makes all the necks looks bent. Had me worried there for a minute 😅
aaron jacob (11 months ago)
That Fender Thinline with those Texas Special Pickups sounds absolutely delicious 😋
Giezi Contreras (1 year ago)
Please do a review on that beautiful black strat in the background
Darrell Braun Guitar (1 year ago)
Hi! You can hear that Strat on my "noiseless vs single coil" video. Feel free to check it out ☺
Lennart N (1 year ago)
MIM wins across the board, it has a crispness I really like in a Tele sound. That's probably thanks to the pickups so I wouldn't say stock MIMs are by definition better than stock Squiers.
jpb1231000 (1 year ago)
GREAT VIDEO..... (as usual) BUTT.... You SCREWEED it!!! I'm a 48 Y/O beginner on a budget and the Thinline is my interest. I want an OTB Tele sound like Buck Owens or Waylon but hope to accomplish it with a 6 lb body w/ out giving up to much cabbage . I found a 2010 ish CV thinline with Original P ups for 329 and want to know how it sounds as opposed to the CV solid body and MIM. Would you say close enough to each other as far as Don Rich/ Haggard twang or do the F holes with the Original p ups change it much! IOW I want thinline weight and Standard tone.... Tone being the TRUMP card ... weight is secondary
jpb1231000 (1 year ago)
Thanks Darrell!!! Awesome insight as usual and KILLER guitar work as well.
jpb1231000 (1 year ago)
Thanks Brother Braun!!! I was just gettin of on the jam you did with the USA/Mex tele where you go sho nuff Bi Polar.... man you rip!!! Thanks for passing your knowledge on! Don't cuss me too hard but I'm thinkin at 48 YO and a beginner I may go Harley Benton TE 52 or 70 or maybe a Michael Kelley ... The Kelley Tele's have a 4 th sin phase option on blade for $399 ~~~ (any opinion??) but the MIM and CV vids are awesome... The USA for my status as a player at 48 is a bit too much!
Darrell Braun Guitar (1 year ago)
Hi! I believe the stock CV thinline and the solid body CV60s share the same pickups, so they will sound very similar - nice and bright. The CV 50s has a a beefier tone. I loved the weight of the thinline, but found the stock pickups a tad brash for my tastes (I wanted a fuller blues tone) so I put in some Texas special pickups.
Jim (1 year ago)
eviva la mexican Fender.. best sound of all..
David Fitzpatrick (1 year ago)
My ears hear this: The stock Squire sounded best with the chords, the streamline sounded the best with solos, and the Fender was nice all around, but didn't shine or excell against the Squires (crazy).
Pierre Disko (1 year ago)
A nice "real world" comparison!
Robert Watkins (1 year ago)
Thanks for your time, effort and videos! Always enjoyable and educational!
Randy Zeitman (1 year ago)
Super helpful demo… The bill Lawrence pick ups were certainly sweeter.
Ben Zuboff (1 year ago)
Thinline takes the gold!
Vincent V (1 year ago)
the Lawrence pup's sounded nice as well as the Texas pup's, Squier Vibe looked really nice..I'd upgrade the electronics as well as the pups, maybe the saddles and the nut if it's plastic...
Mo jek (1 year ago)
Thanks for comparison!! Have played Thinline and it was beautiful light resonant guitar;-)
Summbuddie (1 year ago)
I just want a blue one
Summbuddie (7 months ago)
I still want a blue tele
Bugrahan Cilsal (1 year ago)
Really enjoy your vids! By the way, I was wondering if the SQ CVC neck was uncomfortable? Can I get that thing to another level just by changing the pickups, bridge and tuners? (love that finish on the axe)
Darrell Braun Guitar (1 year ago)
Thanks! The neck is thin and finished in a high gloss. So it depends if you like those features. Yes, it is a good platform to mod if you are so inclined ☺
ScottTheNews (1 year ago)
I can’t help but say that all telecasters sound great to my ears. Different characters but all good!
Mike W (1 year ago)
Thanks!
George Wooden (1 year ago)
I no own two MIM Teles, one is the thinline with the three-color burst (my favorite out of 5) and the other is the Chris Shiflett Tele with a gold top. Fit & finish, and sound are every bit as good as my Les Paul LE 100th Anniversary offers. It is unbelievable the quality coming from Mexico today for the price-point. Thanks for a great comparison of the three guitars, your videos are some of the best I have subscribed to.
Darrell Braun Guitar (1 year ago)
Thanks! Those are some great guitars 👍
mick tulk (1 year ago)
The custom reminds me of my old American Fender Custom late 60`s early 70`s. It NEVER went out of tune! I think that`s the best tone by far although a little less output. No real disadvantage anyway.
Dragan M (1 year ago)
Gr8 video as always! Reading the comments Ide like to ad.... Can't we all get along? Lol. Title is accurate and of course we have different opinions on what is considered cheap, based on personal cash availability, that being said the video is great advice that we can take or not. Thanks to Darrell for the post!
Dragan M (1 year ago)
I preferred the sound of the thinline, then the Mexican and lastly the classic Vibe custom.
RV EUROPE ON TOUR (1 year ago)
Another great report I followed with thanks! played several teles from Fender today, but started out with a coil split les Paul studio golden hardware, that was my initial intention today, great looking instrument, easy to play..but a little ja,mmed..then I did a FGn...then swapped to teles various price point, one had even a 5 way switch, surprised me..2 pick ups and 5 sounds woow...finally my eye overtook comtrol and I grabbed a Squier..I played it and woow, it played so well and sounded so good, I could not put it back. I bought it! It became a classic vibe 50 th, butter scotch., not a LP studio...strange right?
Ryan Perrin (1 year ago)
I think the squier were both fine. thinline had a very strong low end, but the fender was then winner in my eyes I would have liked to see the stock squier right before the fender though after going back through and listening to just the stock and the fender, they are almost on the same level in the lead section. playability is probably the biggest factor though, you seem to play the cleanest on the thin line and fender
What you can tell about the vintage modified telecaster custom II?
David Rothberg (1 year ago)
The thin line sounds quite a bit different from the other two. The bridge pickup seems to have less of the clear and biting tele quality and the sound seems less direct than the other two. I'm not sure, but I suspect that has more to do with it being semi-hollow than having the Texas Special pickups.
Jeff Jarecki (1 year ago)
Thank you for all your work Darrell, I really appreciate the vids. Prior to watching this, I tended to look down on Squiers, just cause I'm old and I remember when they first came out, how we kind of turned up our noses at them. I used to find it strange to buy a brand new guitar, then rip out the pups and replace them. However, it now occurs to me that it's just like a car. You can buy a car and put different rims on it, or new seats, so why not guitars? I'm definitely going to give them a chance now. Plus, I could get almost 4 Squiers for the price of an American professional!
Gary Wing (1 year ago)
I recently bought a MIM FSR Tele. Other guitars I own are 60's Gibson ES-330, and ES-335, and a 70's Strat... All great guitars. I was so surprised by how great this new Telecaster is. I bought it with the idea of updating tuners and the neck pickup (with a Lollar Charlie Christian)and sort of making it into my own Custom Shop Tele. I will likely do neither because the guitar is that good. FYI, about 6 months ago I bought a USA Tele with Custom shop pickups and returned it as for me it didn't compare with my old Strat, I would never have played it. Not so with this MIM which I can't put down... The quality of the guitar, finish, pickups, sound, etc. is great. I love it.
Mike Geyer (1 year ago)
Darrell , I own all three guitars in stock form. Just picked up a new thinline on thursday. I absolutely LOVE all three of these guitars. I own lots of HIGH dollar Fenders , Gibson etc, and I would put these guitars up against any of them. They stay in tune MUCH better than any of my GIbsons , they play and sound as good as my Deluxe American made Tele at a fraction of the cost. Now dont get me wrong , I love my other guitars but these guitars are so damn good that it is very hard to justify the cost difference between these three and the high dollar alternatives. I seriously love my Squires and there should be no doubt in anyones mind about purchasing one of these guitars. I am WAY beyond what it say on the headstock and more about how you make it sound and play. It really blows my mind that fender can make these excellent guitars and sell them for such little money. Are we at the point where an CNC machine is more consistant in making better guitars than a human. I cannot find any fault in either of my squires and as a matter of fact find them sensational to play. I gig out with them and they sound fantastic through a Fender deluxe reverb reissue. I understand the desire to own certain iconic expensive guitars, Ive done that , but make no mistake, these Squires are no joke , they are the real deal and look, and sound and play as good as any of the HIGH dollar guitars that I own. We are very fortunate to be living in a time when you dont have to spend a fortune to get a GREAT guitar. That was not the case 30 years ago.
Nathan Daniels (1 year ago)
I think the Squier CVC is the best for country. I own the CV Thinline, and I put a DiMarzio True Velvet in the neck. It sounds amazing and is very versatile. It is also a beautiful guitar.
orangeclawhammer777 (1 year ago)
The thinline lead tones are what put it in 1st place overall. They all sounded reasonably good but that was my favorite. Great fun!!!
garth carrier (1 year ago)
i paid 400.00 for my squire. and 450.00 Canadian. for a fender mustang 3. best combo for under a grand. 4 years ago when they first came out. great dollar value

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