Just wondering what cheap tele is best for modding?Thinking squire but which is best model as a base to build on?
Yes, this. Also, are you thinking about mods that are easily reversible (like new pickups) or something more drastic? If you are thinking about just keeping the wood original and replacing all of the hardware and electronics, you might want to have a second thought if resale value is a consideration at all. Nobody is going to want to pay $700-800 for a Squier no matter how nice the changes are. Mods are kind of a sunk cost that you will likely never make back, so they are good if you've decided your guitar is a keeper (or if they are easily reversible... you can keep the better pickups, for example). You might find that just spending the money on something that is already what you want it to be is a better investment. I speak from experience of having modded a couple of guitars and doing some parts builds, but now wishing the money went elsewhere.What sorts of mods are you thinking of? I suspect that would influence what you view as a suitable candidate.
You cant go wrong with the Classic Vibe series. Best bang for the buck out there. I had a P90 in mine and really was a great little Tele, not expensive.
I've owned, or frequently played a CV 50s Tele, CVC 60s Tele, 50s Strat, and 50s P Bass. I place them all above the MIM Standard line.I don't know about teles but my classicvibe strat was a good choice to mod, so I vote that also