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Discussion in 'Fender' started by jc2000, Mar 5, 2018.
lol, like a Tele ain't heavy enough already ... let's put a Bigsby on it!
You have to have both a Strat, and a tele.
Nice Eric Johnson strat
I have both. It depends on what you want to play. The Strat is more versatile, definitely, but the Tele has its own sound. You have to try both and see which one you prefer.
What kind of music do you like?
If you enjoy music mostly played on one of the two then there's your answer. They are quite different so it's impossible to state the correct choice for you.
(If you want to play a lot of open tunings then the Telecaster or you'll have to lock the Strat bridge up.)
My dilemma, as stated above.
I'm a Strat guy, who wants a Tele.
I think I've found my answer. We'll know in the not too distant future.
I've always been a Strat player, with the same two MIJ workhorses for about 25 years now. I think a lot of that came from the fact that most of what I was listening to (and playing -- or at least trying to play) was Strat-based music from the likes of Knopfler, Rea, Clapton, Gilmour, etc; the usual suspects... I liked the playing feel and the sounds they made -- and it suited what I wanted.
Two years ago I took the plunge and bought my first LP and timed it perfectly as the 2016 models look like they'll become classics as the years go by. I love that thing -- it's awesome!
This year, however, I finally found what I've been looking for for quite a while: a used 52-type maple-necked Tele of much the same vintage as my Strats: MIJ, mid-80s, from the Fujigen factory. It's utterly different to both the Stats and the LP. It doesn't have the more refined design features of the Strats and it doesn't have the lovely traditional details of the LP.
On one level, it's a plank with a neck; a relatively simple slab body with two pups and basic controls. It feels SO solid and indestructible. On another level, however, it's a phenomenally well-made plank (!) that's every bit as good as my Strats, with a chunky but awesome and utterly playable neck; the pups are both bright and jangly and also smooth and mellow. They can growl and scream too. It does blues, it does rock, it does country, it does good old-fashioned rock'n'roll, the neck pup would totally do jazz if I could play it (!). Oh, and open-tuned it's spot-on for Keef-alike sounds (what a surprise!) and blinding for slide.
I'm finding all sorts of new things to play that I wouldn't have thought about trying until I bought a Tele. I still love my Strats and I adore my LP but I really, really should have bought a Tele a long, long time ago!
I'm not sure that helps your decision-making but the bottom line is that you need to try both, see what works for you and, just maybe, eventually get both!
If your reference point is the Gibson Les Paul, then a Telecaster would probably be the Fender guitar you'd get along with best, at least for starters. Strats are daunting for many Gibson players, who often complain about the position of the controls and the bridge, which seems dodgy to many folks who are used to a tune-o-matic or wraptail. If you end up really digging the scale length of the Telecaster, a Strat might be something to consider in the future.
Love the Charlie Christian PU in the neck. Pete Biltof?
The Strat is a 50 cal and the Tele is an AK. You choose.