Tele's are Beasts!!

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  1. Mitchey75

    Mitchey75 Senior Member

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    I love my '72 Tele Custom! Although i am not a real Fender guy but there are songs which really have to be played on a Tele :)
     

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  2. Belvedere

    Belvedere Senior Member

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    Sorry for the crappy pic, this is my player... Love it...
     

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  3. jcsk8

    jcsk8 Senior Member

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    Yes, they are. Great spanking tone, great jazz tone. Durable like a tank.
    Still need one. Had one cheap Squier but didnĀ“t make much, so I sold it.
    Still looking for an oportunity.
     
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    studio1087 Senior Member

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    My first guitar in 1975 was a Tele. My second guitar in 1981 was a Les Paul. I attended Les's funeral. I have great love for both guitars.
     
  5. TheWGuitar

    TheWGuitar Senior Member

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    I did a Paulownia tele, and it did turn out ridiculously light! The issue is, it's a little too light. It has neck dive, bigtime. Not a deal if you're playing it, but if you take your hands off, the headstock starts heading for the floor. I think I'm going to try to add some weights to the body to counter the issue a little, but I don't want to make it much heavier because the weight is just great for extended playhing!

    I don't have a pic handy, but here's a vid I did of building it...

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  6. lemmy loud

    lemmy loud Senior Member

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    I had a 75 Tele that was my fiirst guitar. I butchered it up to be a Keith replica not knowing
    better. It weighed a pleasant 40lbs . . . After 40 years, I traded it for a Flying V cuz it was in
    such bad shape and it had bad vibes stuck in the wood. In the meantime, I got a Squier Tele
    Custom with two Duncan p90s, and it totally rocks! For any price, its a great guitar.
    Sounds MONSTER plugged in. Lots of Tele luv, here
    :cheers2:
     
  7. Zoobiedood

    Zoobiedood Senior Member

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    Teles are ergonomic nightmares for me...ha!
     
  8. JackNorth2008

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    HI........my name is Tom and I have a telecaster problem..................


    Fender American Select Blackwood HH, Fender American Standard, Warmoth custom tele, and ESP Ron Wood Signature tele.

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    and the latest one to join the fleet........Fender Custom Shop 63 Reissue
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    I'm just a slab kind of guy..........LP Specials and Teles are my favorites!

    NHTom
     
  10. Latearrival

    Latearrival Senior Member

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    Just bought my first Tele (at the age of 55!) a couple of weeks ago! - went through 5 Guitars, but this one is amazing! - lively, resonant, sounds and plays great! - Love it!

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  11. les_paul_jd

    les_paul_jd Junior Member

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    IMG_3553.JPG IMG_3559.JPG IMG_3561.JPG Everyone needs a tele in their collection. Just a real simple guitar with loads of tone. I know most people hate on the relics but every time I picked this one up it just felt so good. A brand new well worn in tele. I had to have it.
     
  12. Spiteface

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    I've long held the belief that the Telecaster is EVERY guitarist's secret weapon. Whatever your style of music, there's something the tele can do that makes it worth having one.
     
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    les_paul_jd Junior Member

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    I actually never liked the looks of a tele, that tiny sock looking headstock thing. I picked up a 52 American vintage tele for pretty much pennies. After a few hours I was hooked. The headstock grew on me and now it's one of my favourite guitars.
     
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  14. LtDave32

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    I make a lot of them for people. And almost all of them that place orders from me order a Tele with vintage appointments and finish.

    If what you want is a simple electric guitar that delivers a ton of bang for the buck, look no further. The Tele is venerable and can do it all.

    There's something "spartan" about them, yet they have a ton of their own personality that shines through. They indeed are a guitar with character.

    As just about everyone here knows, Jimmy Page of Led Zep did most of his recording on one, especially on the first two albums.

    I still run across many who do not know this. Many assume that the burst he's seen with in so many concerts and iconic photos was his go-to axe.

    They are quite astonished to learn what it really was behind the scenes. "Stairway? A Tele? Really?" -yeah, really.
     
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    I haven't been playing my Tele much lately, but I can't imagine being without it. Covers pretty much all the bases.
     
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  17. frozenotter

    frozenotter Down with the Sickness

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    Well, it's been a few months for me since I got my first tele and the true appreciation is becoming real. Past the initial stages I find myself in a serious decision making process when it comes to playing the LP or Tele at the gig. I seem to like the tele the same if not slightly more than a LP.. Why? Well the Tele to me:

    Sounds better - more tone, much more clarity, much more definition in all toggle positions - each position is extremely useful in its own way.

    More comfortable to play - more ergonomic, lighter but still chunky, more access to higher notes.


    Don't get me wrong, I still love everything about a LP but I also can't deny that my Tele is beginning to take precidence over them.
     
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  18. Walt_T

    Walt_T Senior Member

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    You nailed what every Tele player knows. Once you learn it, you can squeeze almost anything out of it. A nice mod is a four way switch, gives you both pups in series or parallel.
     
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