I've heard/read that statement many times but personally disagree. To me Teles sound like whimpy Les Pauls. I get that the comparo probably got its start from the fact that Teles came first, but the LP to me is what the Tele should have been.You often hear that a good Les Paul is like a Tele on Steroids. Lets have a battle and see if that's the case.
I learned on a Lake placid blue Telecaster in the 90's but definitely a strat guy these days, I think Tele are overrated...LOL. I have a nice strat for single coil tones....I have a Les Paul standard 60's and an American Standard tele. They sound very different to me.
HOWEVER, I played a Les Paul Junior for the first time and that is the closest any guitar has gotten to my tele... in fact it's what I wish my tele could sound like. Makes sense since p90’s are beefier single coils.
If my tele is Bruce Banner, the Les Paul Junior is the Hulk. May be selling my tele soon, but I want to keep at least one single coil guitar in my stable.
I 100% agree with you; I mainly play through Marshalls, and sometimes Vox amps, and while there are obvious differences in sound (after all they are different guitars) the Telecaster is way closer to a Les Paul than, for example, a Stratocaster is.And i have heard a Tele through a Marshall...that sounded like a good Les Paul should. Many variations in both models.Construction and pickups.Not all Teles sound thin.Some sound quite fat,while retaining that bite. A great paf repro(or original) on a Les Paul has a Tele-like bite, imo.The lines blur.There is the extremes ,and overlap in the sounds of both.
without looking at the video, while i write this....while he plays,it is a no-brainer to pick out which one.He is playing to the characteristic sound of both guitars...to highlight the differences.
But, um...G&L was started by Leo Fender, with the stated goal of improving on his original earlier designs. What am I missing?Can confirm with my own two eyes and ears from last weekends jam session- me on ASAT and my buddy on LP Goldtop A/B/Y’d through Marshall 4X12:
G&L makes a better Tele than Leo Fender ever did!