Any other LP guys who can't get on with Teles? + swap deal

ArchEtech

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I’ve always kind of just just preferred strats and Les Pauls, but recently got a tele. It really is a different sound. Mine has a hot single at the bridge that has just the perfect Zepplin sound to it so much so that I’ve actually learned a few songs!

I think it’s good to have one in your arsenal. I’ve always kind of wanted a double HB neck through tele in black.
 

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I hated Teles back in the day when I was doing the 80s metal thing. I wouldn't be caught dead on stage with one of those "grandpa hillbilly" guitars.

Fast forward to today and I play in a country rock band and play two teles with a resonator and have yet to do a show with any of my Les Pauls.

And yes, I like my Strats, Teles, LPs and Gretsch guitars all equally well. As long as you know how to set them up properly, any of them will kick ass.

As for tonight, I am making a guest appearance and trying to decide between these two. If I am not a lazy SOB and decide to bring my own amp and do soundcheck, it will be the Tele. If I decide to just saunter on stage later in the evening and do my thing through the other guitarist's amp, then I will bring the LP. And there is the biggest difference I find between Teles and Pauls. Teles are more demanding of the player and amp. Pauls are just easy. That old adage that you play a Gibson but fight a Fender I have always found to be true.

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I’d be happy with either of your guitars. Teles have always been my main guitar but I have always tried to find a Les Paul I liked. Finally happy with the one I presently have.
 

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the pickup switch on a tele is one of the hardest to use especially for a quick switch during a song. LP has better switch placement
This, along with several other reasons is why I have a huge soft spot for the 72 Custom Telecaster. A true Tele bridge pickup, a great neck humbucker (several to choose from; it doesn't have to be a WRHB), and the comfort and versatility of the LP wiring layout. It is the beat guitar Fender ever designed, and a solid tie for my favorite guitar, next to an LP.
 

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I just got my first Strat about a month ago and I did it for the same reason you mentioned. I have always been a two humbucker LP or other Gibson player, so all new for me with single coils. I have to resist changing out the single coil bridge pickup to a hotter stacked single coil like a SD JB.

I have been enjoying learning the nuances of single coils, but always feels like home when I switch back to a Les Paul!
I tried using a Strat in my current band, but the Mark Knoffler plunky Strat thing I love in other music kind of gets lost behind the horns. I tried my Les Paul and that was just not crisp enough on the funk tunes. For this band I find a Tele just works perfectly, so long as it's got high output pickups (cheap ceramics from the MIMs have been great). Oddly when not doing the band material I'll gravitate back to HB or P-90 guitars. So they all have their lane :cool:
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I tolerate Les Pauls, thoroughly dislike strats.

My favorites are Flying V's, Sg's and Telecasters. and most any double cut geetar.

everyone has their preferences

I make no apologies.
 

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Ive been having fun with teles lately. I gave one away a few years back because I couldn’t make it work, but now I get it finally. Volume knob on a strat is directly in the way of my strumming hand.
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Used to hate Teles - now I have two.
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Vintera '50s with a Bakelite guard swap.

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Im a strat guy
I searched and searched and found the one keeper teley,,samething with my Les Paul



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If you don’t like your Tele with its traditional, screechy single coils, trade or sell it. I couldn’t get the tones I want out of it either. But Teles come in many different pickup configurations and not all are made by Fender. My Tele has a humbucker in the bridge and a mini-hum in the neck position, both with coil splits. I can get any tone I want out of it except that screechy Kiev tone which I never use. I can even set it up to sound like a LP.
 

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I just sold both of my LP's cause the ES 137 made them pretty much redundant. Anyway the Tele has been my go to for quite some time now.

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I was 40 years old before I got my first Tele, but it's a good one. A Custom Shop NOS '51 Nocaster.
 

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Have sold every Tele and Strat I ever owned. Got spoiled in 1980.
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