Re: Quality Tele under $300?
The Highway One Teles are really nice. Finding a 'better than average' quality guitar for under 300 isn't always easy. But if you can find a used Highway 1, I'd go for that as my first choice. The necks are great and the pickups sound good through a good amp.
I also don't think there are many mid eighties Japanese Squier Teles, if any at all. None with the collectable JV serial numbers, anyway. If you were to somehow stumble onto one, it would likely be considerably more than 300. The Strats go in the 7-800 dollar range now. Those JV Squires are great for the money, and better than a lot of the US made mid eighties guitars but they are not better than anything coming out of the US today, not by a long shot. Fender is definitely back to making very high quality stuff if you're willing to pay for it.