2015 Telecaster back contour: love it!

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  1. zeffbeff

    zeffbeff Member

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    I once owned a Telecaster, but I sold it because I just couldn't abide the back of the body. It just didn't rest against me for my taste, unlike my Strat or Les Paul.

    Last night, I tried out the new Telecasters with the back carve, and holy crap, it is EXTREMELY comfortable. So much so that I'm going to buy an MIA Standard this year.

    Just wanted to share :rockin
     
  2. rickcard71

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    I agree it does feel better, but to me a Tele looks a little odd with it.
     
  3. filtersweep

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    You can't even see it when it is played.
     
  4. Buelligan

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    I guess because I played acoustic for so long, I like the way the top edge of a Telecaster feels against my body. It's one of the reasons I chose it over a Strat... not the main reason of course, but it helped my decision.
     
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    Haven't seen/played one yet, but think I'd like it. My telecaster is my only guitar (not that I own a lot) that doesn't have a body contour, and not that I'm bothered by the lack of one, but seems it would be more comfortable with one. Wouldn't bother me a bit that it has deviated a little from the original design.
     
  7. Richard Guy

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    The Shiflett Telecaster Deluxe has a back carve. Very comfortable. A sleeper for sure. Nice guitar.
     
  8. TheClev

    TheClev As seen on TV

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    I think you're confused. If it has a back carve, it's not a Tele. :bonk
     
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    No disrespect to the OP but I'm not a fan of any body contours on a telecaster.
     
  10. billyguitar

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    When I have a Tele made I just have them put a bigger radius on the edges. The back scoop makes the bottom flip up and out on my Tom Anderson. When I didn't have a Buddha Belly it was didn't do that but those days are gone.
     
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    Been a Strat player all my life, when I got into Teles I wasn't bothered by the lack of one but I sure don't mind one being there.
     
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    I too have been a Strat player all my life, and when I got a Tele, the lack of a belly cut made absolutely no difference to me. That is just how THAT guitar is.

    I accepted it's mojo.

    If it had a bellycut, I would play that too.
     
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    TVvoodoo Mad Strappier Vendor

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    Every tele can be improved by removal of uncomfortable sticky-outy wood parts. Tradition schmaditon
     
  14. peskypesky

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    I'm all for contours. I like comfort.
     
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    I'm still blown away how much I like a back contour on a Tele.
    Anyone who says it's not a Tele can go pound sand.
     
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    I don't get why they didn't add a forearm contour too.

    Both or neither.
     
  17. treeofpain

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    It's not like you can't buy a traditional Tele. They are just offering a mod that some people have been doing for 40+ years...
     
  18. Digital Wrath

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    I don't get the hate for the contour. It's not like it's going to sound any different.
     
  19. Ilduce

    Ilduce And now for something completely different! Supporting Member

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    It really doesn't matter to me either way most of the time, but on Tele's with Butterscotch or Blonde finishes I don't care for it.
     
  20. Tone_Terrific

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    Different function and purpose.

    The back cut improves comfort, notably sitting, as the edge digs into the ribcage of most players. It also allows the guitar to tilt back a little making it easier to see the fingerboard. (see how Wes Montgomery holds a guitar)

    The arm cut repositions the wrist and finger angle which may facilitate certain styles of picking, but inhibit others, and eases strain on the forearm.

    Overall, cuts make the guitar sleeker feeling more ergonomically sound for most players as is evidenced by the huge number of contoured models made.

    Options are good. Getting mired in past design, just 'cause that is how it was done, is short-sighted.
     

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