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Fender Limited Edition Telecaster [adorama.com] ($1199) or Stratocaster [adorama.com] ($1249) American Professional Guitars with Hard Case

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Not a "bad" price, but these usually retail $1200-$1300 in store.

I'd hold off until next week though. The NAMM show is starting Thursday Jan 24th. That's when all the music manufacturers release their new lines. The older models could go a lot cheaper if Fender adds improvements in the 2019 model.
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Worth noting, unlike the other Adorama Fender deals lately, this is new-new and not open box.
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They had new Tele Elites for sale last year for this same price. I wouldn't pay this for the limited edition.
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Not a "bad" price, but these usually retail $1200-$1300 in store.

I'd hold off until next week though. The NAMM show is starting Thursday Jan 24th. That's when all the music manufacturers release their new lines. The older models could go a lot cheaper if Fender adds improvements in the 2019 model.
I don't think you will find this anywhere "at retail" for anything close to $1300. Adorama's regular price is a real retail price that would be found at other retailers. That said, this discount is 23% and not impressive, and I agree one should wait a bit for a better deal. 35% or anything under $1100 would be a great price.
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I don't think you will find this anywhere "at retail" for anything close to $1300. Adorama's regular price is a real retail price that would be found at other retailers. That said, this discount is 23% and not impressive, and I agree one should wait a bit for a better deal. 35% or anything under $1100 would be a great price.
I walk around my local shops and Guitar Center every Saturday. You'll find them discounted a lot. Usually the ones with non-wood paint jobs though.
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I remember, back in the day, this was the non sale price of the 52 tele reissue....dam I feel old.
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Before you spend thousands of dollars on these guitars, consider that guitar sales and use/popularity have been declining for couple of decades. There are so many articles and discussions, it comes down to the fact that modern musicians don't use guitars as much as they did in 1960-1980s, it's mostly electronic music these days. And it will get worse, as baby boomers - main demographics who were driving guitar sales - age and fade away.

Moral of my post - there are so many guitars on the secondary market and more are to come as aging guitar lovers will be disposing of their instruments. As such, you should not be expecting to recover anything near what you paid for these new guitars if you decide to sell.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/gr...82b95876b3
https://blog.reverbnation.com/201...opularity/
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Before you spend thousands of dollars on these guitars, consider that guitar sales and use/popularity have been declining for couple of decades. There are so many articles and discussions, it comes down to the fact that modern musicians don't use guitars as much as in 1960-1980s, it's mostly electronic music these days. And it will get worse, as baby boomers - main demographics who were driving guitar sales - age and fade away.

Moral of my post - there are so many guitars on the secondary market and more are to some as aging guitar lovers will be disposing of their instruments.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/gr...82b95876b3
https://blog.reverbnation.com/201...opularity/
Gosh, that's a sad thought to dwell on.
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I chuckle at the "professional guitar" label.

I've been playing for 40+ years.
In my hands, these are very much non-professional. I am simply a hack.

No doubt these are solid quality. But my experience tells me its 90% ability, 10% equipment.
Please don't think that upgrading from a MIM to one of these will suddenly turn you into a guitar hero.

Just one old guy's view!
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Before you spend thousands of dollars on these guitars, consider that guitar sales and use/popularity have been declining for couple of decades. There are so many articles and discussions, it comes down to the fact that modern musicians don't use guitars as much as they did in 1960-1980s, it's mostly electronic music these days. And it will get worse, as baby boomers - main demographics who were driving guitar sales - age and fade away.

Moral of my post - there are so many guitars on the secondary market and more are to come as aging guitar lovers will be disposing of their instruments. As such, you should not be expecting to recover anything near what you paid for these new guitars if you decide to sell.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/gr...82b95876b3 [washingtonpost.com]
https://blog.reverbnation.com/201...opularity/ [reverbnation.com]
In theory. Go on Craigslist and people are still asking around $1K for American made Fenders, and more for Gibson Les Pauls. There are some deals to be sure, but they are still of the MIM variety. I've read many articles of the "guitar is dead" type, but I've also read that there is a group of people who are pushing guitar sales, young girls. The reason being Taylor Swift. For most of human history music was created by regular folk who had small, easily portable instruments. Today, that could be someones phone. So things are changing, again, but I haven't seen the great die off yet.
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In theory. Go on Craigslist and people are still asking around $1K for American made Fenders, and more for Gibson Les Pauls. There are some deals to be sure, but they are still of the MIM variety. I've read many articles of the "guitar is dead" type, but I've also read that there is a group of people who are pushing guitar sales, young girls. The reason being Taylor Swift. For most of human history music was created by regular folk who had small, easily portable instruments. Today, that could be someones phone. So things are changing, again, but I haven't seen the great die off yet.
Yes, they are 'asking' $1k, but are they really selling them for that much? They can ask anything they want, it doesn't matter if buyers are not paying that.

Wasn't Taylor Swift effect only for acoustic guitars?
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Before you spend thousands of dollars on these guitars, consider that guitar sales and use/popularity have been declining for couple of decades. There are so many articles and discussions, it comes down to the fact that modern musicians don't use guitars as much as they did in 1960-1980s, it's mostly electronic music these days. And it will get worse, as baby boomers - main demographics who were driving guitar sales - age and fade away.

Moral of my post - there are so many guitars on the secondary market and more are to come as aging guitar lovers will be disposing of their instruments. As such, you should not be expecting to recover anything near what you paid for these new guitars if you decide to sell.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/gr...82b95876b3 [washingtonpost.com]
https://blog.reverbnation.com/201...opularity/ [reverbnation.com]
While I do not dissagree with this post, I must say music and the creation of it happens in stages and these stages come and go. The 60's heyday of guitar gods came back around to the 80's heyday of guitar gods after we had the electronic and "song writers" era of the 70's.

I'm just saying, keep this in mind if you are buying a professional guitar, regardless of the brand, if you are not a serious guitar player and are considering it for resale at a later date.
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I don't know anything about guitars, but is there a price point where cost no longer provides advantages to the player, and it becomes more about cost of the aesthetics
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