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Frank Dempsey (1 year ago)
Thanks for this video. You do great work -- your videos are a service to guitar players everywhere!
Gerald Goodwin (1 year ago)
Frank Dempsey IMDb
Hugo Mejia (16 days ago)
Sorry Friends the Fender MIM is not a cheap guitar from México to south América
John Holland (17 days ago)
The white one was the tele-est sounding of those Teles, IMO
Cixelysd (20 days 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 (20 days 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 (28 days ago)
Thin line gets my vote
Jack Allen (30 days ago)
Thinline for the win for me!!
t (1 month ago)
I like Mexican...
74dart man (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
I've never encountered a Tele type guitar that I didn't like.
Russian Bot (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
7.25 mark. Pup peeks at Dad...Oh he's just jamming. All good. Lol
Peter Cooper (1 month 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 (1 month 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 (1 month 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...
ThisCrazyMusicDude (1 month ago)
Our Ex-Guitarist played a Classic Vibe Squier and it was SICK
Evan Posteraro (1 month ago)
The Fender Mex. Tele definitely sounded the best out of the 3
oink ooink (1 month 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 (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
I have a MIM, love the sound but did upgrade to bone nut and locking tuners, l a be the sound
John Doe (1 month ago)
Thinline is the clear winner here.
P. Hamilton (1 month 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 (1 month 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 (1 month 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 (2 months ago)
dude. bring back the beard
Jim Hosey (2 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 (2 months ago)
Thanks for the kind words JH!
Firebird 87622 (2 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 (2 months ago)
The Thinline sounds best to my ear
Reinemachefrau (2 months ago)
It's the Thinline all the way for me. The MIM sounds too "hi fi".
Arthur King (5 months ago)
neck pos - guitar two. middle pos - guitar 3. bridge pos - guitar 3.
Billy Martinez (5 months ago)
I have the same fender MIM tele but sir you have changed my perspective on squires
Robert Nolan (5 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 (5 months ago)
Didn't see any comparison. I missed something. The guitar player is excellent though.
Stan Parsley (5 months ago)
All three sound great but I think Mexican wins again. Great video Darrell. Thanks
Urban Taint (5 months ago)
I like the first one best. standard basic nothing added.
Guv jazz (5 months ago)
thanksbrooo ... thinline sold me
dare fernandez (5 months ago)
Squier tele delux and the MIM... have their own sound i loved both
LuckyB (5 months ago)
That mexie telli has it hands down them over wound pickups rock
Dion St. Michael (6 months ago)
I could listen all day...
Tiago Nunes (6 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 (6 months ago)
Thanks a lot!!! Keep rockin'!!!
Darrell Braun Guitar (6 months ago)
Hi! I'll add it to my list ☺
Shane Hilton (6 months ago)
I love the blues, does that make a difference?
Shane Hilton (6 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 (6 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 (6 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 (6 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 (6 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 (6 months ago)
Very nice!!
Bohème (6 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 (6 months ago)
Nice! 👍
Hank Snow (6 months ago)
I have a Squire Affinity Tele that sounds and plays beautiful.
caleshtcincredibles (6 months ago)
That Thin line sounds magical!! All are very nice sounding ....I would happily take any of them
Rogistics say (6 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.
stateofblitz (6 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 (6 months ago)
That Fender Thinline with those Texas Special Pickups sounds absolutely delicious 😋
Giezi Contreras (7 months ago)
Please do a review on that beautiful black strat in the background
Darrell Braun Guitar (7 months ago)
Hi! You can hear that Strat on my "noiseless vs single coil" video. Feel free to check it out ☺
Lennart N (7 months 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 (7 months 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 (7 months ago)
Thanks Darrell!!! Awesome insight as usual and KILLER guitar work as well.
jpb1231000 (7 months 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 (7 months 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 (7 months ago)
eviva la mexican Fender.. best sound of all..
David Fitzpatrick (7 months 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 (7 months ago)
A nice "real world" comparison!
Robert Watkins (7 months ago)
Thanks for your time, effort and videos! Always enjoyable and educational!
Randy Zeitman (7 months ago)
Super helpful demo… The bill Lawrence pick ups were certainly sweeter.
Ben Zuboff (7 months ago)
Thinline takes the gold!
V Poppawolf (7 months 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...
John O (7 months ago)
Just get a used American Standard. I guess these are good for beginners
Mo jek (7 months ago)
Thanks for comparison!! Have played Thinline and it was beautiful light resonant guitar;-)
SummbuddiesFriend (7 months ago)
I just want a blue one
SummbuddiesFriend (2 months ago)
I still want a blue tele
Bugrahan Cilsal (7 months 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 (7 months 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 (7 months ago)
I can’t help but say that all telecasters sound great to my ears. Different characters but all good!
Mike W (7 months ago)
Thanks!
George Wooden (8 months 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 (8 months ago)
Thanks! Those are some great guitars 👍
mick tulk (8 months 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 (8 months 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 (8 months ago)
I preferred the sound of the thinline, then the Mexican and lastly the classic Vibe custom.
RV EUROPE ON TOUR (8 months 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 (8 months 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
Ícaro Donatoni Pinheiro (8 months ago)
What you can tell about the vintage modified telecaster custom II?
David Rothberg (8 months 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 (8 months 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 (8 months 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 (8 months 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 (8 months 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 (8 months 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 (8 months 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
garth carrier (8 months ago)
joe. you are right. I own a vibe. I'm getting better pickups. best bang for the buck.
SuperEdge67 (9 months ago)
I have an American Deluxe Tele and if I play a Mexican in a shop there is no comparison in terms of playability let alone tone. You get what you pay for.
John L (9 months ago)
Darrell I just found your channel and I absolutely love it! I have a question. I have small hands and I love Telecaster and Stratocaster style guitars! Which manufacturers have the smallest production necks? They don't have to be Fenders. Thanks so much for the awesome channel!
John L (9 months ago)
Darrell Braun Guitar Thanks sooooo much Darrell!!!
Darrell Braun Guitar (9 months ago)
Hi! Try some of the Classic Vibe Teles and Strats. They have the thinnest necks ☺
justinian the great (9 months ago)
is it bad that i like the squier custum the best
Malcolm Hardwick (9 months ago)
I like them all !
Joe Rice (9 months ago)
I have the first classic vibe Telecaster with twisted tele pups in it...sounds nice
Darrell Braun Guitar (9 months ago)
+Joe Rice I bet!
Joe Rice (9 months ago)
The Thinline is my favorite without a doubt....second the white one
Joe Rice (9 months ago)
Thinline is very crisp
John Lennon (9 months ago)
Liked all of them. I do like the classic vibe tele. Sexy looking guitar. Plus...You kill when you play. I could listen to you for hours on end. Nice job. I just subscribed too!
Darrell Braun Guitar (9 months ago)
+John Lennon Thanks man! Welcome to the channel ☺
Gordon Reiher (9 months ago)
I need Tab Benoit' s pickups - and hands.
Darrell Braun Guitar (9 months ago)
+Gordon Reiher Amen to that!!
Pre00 (9 months ago)
i own a classic vibe tele..its excellent..quality is great..they aren't lacking in quality..i also own other USA strats and Les Paul..i play as well on the tele as the others..its 90% in the player not the instrument..real guitar players know this..
Leon Mane (10 months ago)
Mexican sounds the most typical bright tele like. I liked it the most but the squire thinline was a very close second with a nice fat sound. I'm wondering what a standard mexican would sound like with a similar upgrade.
Lazlo Hollyfeld (10 months ago)
Mexican Tele all the way. that Thinline sounds great too. I recently got a mexi Classic 50's Tele and it sounds amazing.
Darrell Braun Guitar (10 months ago)
+Kneill Ryan Nice! Congratulations on the new Tele ☺
Disguised as humans (10 months ago)
I think the thinline sounded the best
Keaton Tait (10 months ago)
sweeeet
Sven Rustempašić (10 months ago)
Sunburst Tele, yes!
Avitar Magnus (10 months ago)
tobaccco was by far the best balance and sound bar non
Art Prince (10 months ago)
Overall, considering all positions, it is a tie between the MIM and the Thinline. I think the upgraded pups were helpful to both guitars. The Vibe teles are decent quality but the one I tried was a tad heavy and the neck was too thin so that would rule it out for me. I much prefer the 3 barrel saddle, so that is something I would change on the Tele if it did not have it. I have been playing a Tele for over 35 years so I have extensive experience with them and have probably owned around 15 or so different variations and now am down to 5 Teles. I prefer 9.5 inch radius fretboard but can live with the 7.25 if it has a fairly thick profile (such as the Mexican '69 RI Thinline which is no longer made). Probably the best moderate price Tele is a used Baja if you can find one under 7.5 lbs, but finding a used Baja is a challenge. they have a nice thick profile neck, good pups too, but they have the S switch which I don't care for, but the 4 way selector is nice as well. Finish is a little thick but can live with if you can find one for around $500 used. To me that is better than buying a cheaper guitar and upgrading the pups. Another decent option is a 50s Roadworn Tele which will give you a nitro finish but with a 7.25 radius neck, but with a thicker profile. Again a used one for $450-500 would be a good guitar. You might or might not like the Tex-Mex pups so you have to factor that in. Changing pups is a good upgrade but not inexpensive unless you can do the labor yourself. My favorite Tele is the Custom Shop Nocaster with the large necks, but you are talking around $2,000 for a used one. But you could build one for close to a $1,000. A new CS one would be close to $3,500, which is a lot of money for a guitar. Another moderate priced but better quality Mexican Tele is the classic 50s, which comes in poly for $799 or nitro for $899. Both have a 7.25 inch radius. Can get used for $5-600. Personally I try to avoid Chinese guitars since we have to buy so much other stuff from China because they are the only ones who make it (not thrilled by our imbalance in trade with China, but that is just me). I try to stick with American made or Mexican made. And the American made Fenders are often made here by Mexican workers or workers of Mexican heritage.
Ganga Yamuna (10 months ago)
nice blues <3
Buddysimo Simonetta (10 months ago)
Yeah do a video on how to convince the wife that amps look so much better than furniture in the living room!
Darrell Braun Guitar (10 months ago)
+Buddysimo Simonetta 😄👍

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