telecasters

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  1. Frogfur

    Frogfur Senior Member

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    They are such a basic, crude tool for music. I love my black guard. In fact, it has been so much fun, i don't care about the Les Paul guitar anymore. I won't sell the LP because it's paid for, but the tel is now number 1.

    the LP is just too heavy and the tel is simpler all the way around. And..they play better.
     
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  2. Alligatorbling

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    love my tele. its a workhorse that gets it done.... plus "that tone" is in there....

    people chase "that sound" .... tele bridge pup and the right amp.
     
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  3. Cookie-boy

    Cookie-boy Senior Member

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    You've obviously got the wrong Les Paul! I love Tele's and have owned dozens but a well set up Paul with the right amp gives you something the Tele doesn't. Of course, the reverse is also true!:laugh2::thumb:
     
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    Stinky Kitty Senior Member

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    Horses for courses.

    That's why one is never enough..
     
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  5. RichBrew

    RichBrew Senior Member

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    I wouldn't describe them as crude, but certainly basic. :) My Tele and Stratocaster now take precedence over anything I own by Gibson.

    RichBrew
     
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  6. MooCheng

    MooCheng Senior Member

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    Love 'em, a tele has always been my #1. build like a brick sh!t house, never go wrong, stays in tune forever, no fiddling or tweeking needed, no prattleing on about pickguards on or off, and....

    theres something very honest about tele's,
    you want to sound good then you got to play good, teles take no prisoners. The old saying the tone is in the fingers is never more true than with a tele

    some may like that some may not
     
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  7. acstorfer

    acstorfer Senior Member

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    Seeing how I'm a new Tele convert I have to agree :)

    I loved my Les Paul, and nothing growls like a Les Paul, but when I picked it up it was easy for me to put it down. Since I got my Tele I haven't been able to put it down. I'm still getting use to the new neck though. Thank God I didn't go for a 7.25" radius fb because the 9.5" radius fb is giving me enough trouble! It seems like I have to trim my fingernails every other day.
     
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  8. Guitarhack

    Guitarhack Senior Member

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    I love all of my guitars (some a little more than others) :).

    My 64 AVRII is a great guitar. She rings out like no other guitar I have. I love the 7.25 radius on her (no problems fretting out). I have found that I actually prefer the 7.25 radius to a 12 radius.

    Got my eyes on a HH American Standard next :fingersx:
     
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  9. Frogfur

    Frogfur Senior Member

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    Rich, you are correct. Crude was not a good discription per say. Basic in a very good way. The telecaster offers something that no other six string seems to, to me. And..so many others.

    The darn things seem to know no limits in their ability to cover so much ground.
    Oh, and i do own a killer LP Standard. But i have to be in the mood for it, or need it's specific talents for something. But the tel holds open season on anything. If i sold everything tomorrow, i would keep the tel, and the Casino.
    Love this thing.
     
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  10. roeg

    roeg Senior Member

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    Yeah froggy! When i got this,it all changed:

    American_Deluxe_Telecaster_Ash_Butterscotch_Blonde_DZ9346879_1.jpg

    Refined. Im happy with a raw Tele(mim road worn) and the Deluxe Ash BTB you see above.They bring different things to the table,but are tonally still very related.The whole comfort thing,along with the light resonant ash bodies...just killer.enjoy!

    but i love my Lesters too....that sound...i just don't have enough time in the day...my Tele's hog all my attention these days...even my Martins are crying from lack of attention.:)

    add: y'know when i strap on a Historic now,R8....it feels like a beast...
     
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  11. Frogfur

    Frogfur Senior Member

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    I do wish my pine body was a little lighter, but hey! I love this thing.
    Funny thing is, i am pushing 66 years of age, have always been a Gibson man. That all changed when that tel showed up at the door.
     
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  12. roeg

    roeg Senior Member

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    Yeah,me too.I don't have any health issues...back,etc...but the sheer difference from a Lespaul....like wow...comfy.Better late than never!
     
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  13. Walt_T

    Walt_T Senior Member

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    Gotta love Tele's, I have seven (three home-built) in different configurations.
    Mostly the differences are pickups, and four way switches in some.
    But that's not the point, it all comes down to playability. They are just a "pick up and play" guitar.
    That's why greats like Danny Gatton, Roy Buchanan, Clarence White and the country guys like Brad Paisley and Brent Mason played them.
    Best design ever as far as I'm concerned.
    As a side note, the pic in my sig is my first Tele, a '72 with a '52 RI neck, original neck pup and Dimarzio Twang King bridge pup. All the hardware and electronics are original. It wears a Hipshot B-bender/D-dropper. Just wails through my Fender amps with a Nobels ODR-1 in front of them.
     
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  14. acstorfer

    acstorfer Senior Member

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    This is both a happy thing and a sad thing. I've had my Telecaster for a little under six weeks. I've played it nearly every day for about an average playing time of 90 minutes per. I've been loving my Tele and playing the hell out of it. This is the "happy thing" part. In the past (almost) six weeks I've played more, or close to it than the last three years with my Les Paul.

    I loved my Les Paul very much. It was the second or third best sounding guitar I've ever owned, which is saying a lot due to the number of very high quality guitars I've owned in the past. Much of why I haven't played much over the last three years was due to life and gear issues. I moved to Florida to help out my parents, they both had strokes. My mother passed away due to leukemia a little over three years ago. Also due to a couple of surgeries, I needed their help as well, especially my father's help after my last knee surgery. I've moved twice. I've had two knee surgeries, a bad shoulder, a bad back and cancer. Also I had to sell off my Swart Space Tone 6V6. Losing that amp really punched the wind out of me. I replaced it with a Fender Deluxe Reverb, which was a good amp, but way too loud for my living conditions, and a big drop from my "baby" Swart. After that I played my Pignose, my Smokey cigarettes amp, and my IPhone (Amplitube). After a bit I went to a VOX AC4tv Mini. That was possibly the most despised amp I ever owned. I was able to flip it and buy a Marshall Lead 12 microstack. That was a huge step up from the VOX, and it is hardly a good amp. Then in the last year or two I did an amazing flip and bought my used Egnater Rebel 20 head, with a homemade cabinet with Jensen MOD 15-200 speaker. Even with that, I still wasn't inspired to play much. At most I would pick up my LP, play a few riffs that I've been playing since the 80's, and then putting my guitar down. It really was a great guitar, but for several reasons, listed above plus the weight of it, bad shoulder, bad back, and bad knees, well it made me feel like I was playing as a chore. I played it now and then without joy. I played it because I just felt I had to. I felt guilty not playing such a loved guitar.

    Now I have my Telecaster :). I've had two Fender Teles in the past. Two of them were American Standards, oh and a Squire Tele which was pretty horrible. The first Tele I never really bonded with. It was a bit of a dog, but there wasn't a lot to choose from on base. My second Tele, well I loved that Tele. It sounded SWEET! Sadly I was an idiot and sold it. Because I loved that Tele I knew I wanted another one to replace my Les Paul. I really went all out with my new (to me) Tele. It blows the snot out of any of the Teles I've previously owned, and I really loved my second one.

    I did consider not replacing my Les Paul. I love having a guitar around, but I love $$$ too, which I don't have much of. The moment I plugged my Tele in, I was inspired again. I love playing again. I'm learning new songs, and more importantly I'm learning them right and not half assing it.

    Thanks frogfur for starting this thread. If I didn't end up with a Telecaster that truly inspires me I most likely would have sold off my gear and stopped doing what I've spent decades of enjoying.

    These last few years were very rough. I am so happy my Telecaster gives me a lot of enjoyment. I am so grateful to be inspired again!

    I've spent the last several years quite content with one guitar. I guess my lack of inspiration lowered my GAS. Ironically as much as I love my '52 AVRI Hot Rod, I am starting to get GAS again. After spending some time at another forum, well I REALLY want either an AVRI or Pure Vintage '64 white blonde! Happily though, if I can only have one guitar, I'd choose my '52 Hot Rod every time!

    Oh my god these things are sexy!
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    EDIT: I stole the above pic from another forum.

    NOT MY GUITAR :(
     
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  15. Steven

    Steven Senior Member

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    I own strats, tele's, and Les Pauls, SG's, etc. Out of all these guitars, I like the way the telecaster sounds on lower volumes. I also like the telecasters neck, and middle switch position sounds for rhythm playing more than the other guitars, even cranked on a Marshall with the tone rolled back it can sound excellent (close to the Gibson's when set correctly on a certain setting). The telecaster also puts the accuracy of my ear to quite a test, it's tougher for me to tune than the other guitars because it has such a crystal clean cutting tone. The telecaster isn't however as forgiving of my sloppy playing so it gives me a good work-out. Telecaster is a more comfortable guitar than many others to play both seated, and standing. I'm 60 years old, and comfort is VERY important if I'm going to feel inspired to play a guitar for any duration. The telecaster is a very unique guitar, and you must learn how to play the particular guitar, it forces you to.
     
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  16. Frogfur

    Frogfur Senior Member

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    I'm 65 soon to be 66. I hear ya.
     
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    Oh my god these things are sexy!
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    very nice you dawg you.
     
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    space Senior Member

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    When you find the right Tele your search for sound is over
    I went thru 4 before I picked up an Ibanez Silver series Tele
    Its has everything I could ask for
    Growl
    Twang
    Smooth
    Melodious
    It truly is the holy grail when you find the right one
     
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    very nice you dawg you.[/QUOTE]

    I wish! That's not my Tele :(

    I'm always more than happy to show off mine though :)
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    I did drop in a new bridge pickup. That seems like a good excuse to snap some pics and show it off some more :) :) :) :) :)
     
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  20. jiveturkey1

    jiveturkey1 Senior Member

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    The only thing better than a Tele is an Esquire....
     
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