Strat or Tele?

Thumpalumpacus

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lol, like a Tele ain't heavy enough already ... let's put a Bigsby on it!
 

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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.
 

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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.)
 

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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.
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.
 

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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!

:D




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!
 

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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. :)
 

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First of all that is not my guitar. It is just an example of what some people will do to transform their Tele into some else.
I went this route with my partscaster.

Love the Charlie Christian PU in the neck. Pete Biltof?
 

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The Strat is a 50 cal and the Tele is an AK. You choose.
 

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Tele all the way


Unless of course you'll let me keep this one as well
 

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Nice...got one almost like that except mine’s a hardtail



Oh, and OP....

buy a Tele.


Oh, and OP....

buy a Tele.[/QUOTE]

I like. I've been wanting a hard tail for a long time. Guess I'll be checking out Warmoth next.
 

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Both. Don't buy, build. Parts can be had cheap enough that you can slap together a great guitar for less than you can buy one off the rack.

I gigged for years with a parts Strat I built for about $300. At a benefit show about 12 years ago a guy broke a string on the only guitar he brought, a Fender 60s something or other Strat. I grabbed my cheapo and handed it to him so he could finish his set. Toward the end my bass player leaned over to me and said mine sounded 10 times better than his. I still have that guitar, and it's not going anywhere.

A Tele can be built even cheaper than a Strat, if you shop wisely. ;)
 

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Both. Don't buy, build. Parts can be had cheap enough that you can slap together a great guitar for less than you can buy one off the rack.

I gigged for years with a parts Strat I built for about $300. At a benefit show about 12 years ago a guy broke a string on the only guitar he brought, a Fender 60s something or other Strat. I grabbed my cheapo and handed it to him so he could finish his set. Toward the end my bass player leaned over to me and said mine sounded 10 times better than his. I still have that guitar, and it's not going anywhere.

A Tele can be built even cheaper than a Strat, if you shop wisely. ;)
+1
 

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I bought my Tele first. I have not bought a Strat and don't plan to, but a Squier CV '50s Strat in Sherwood green w/matching headstock would look nice hanging on my wall.
 




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