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Who hates the way Telecasters look? Not trying to offend Tele fans of course. It's funny but I just really don't like the shape and general look of them. Don't have much experience with playing them at all.

-Will
 

p.j.

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Who hates the way Telecasters look? Not trying to offend Tele fans of course. It's funny but I just really don't like the shape and general look of them. Don't have much experience with playing them at all.

-Will
My 2 main guitars are a heavily modded Tele and a Parker Nitefly. I like the looks of both. You like what you like. No issues.

PJ
 
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I want to rephrase: I don't 'hate' the way they look. It just brings me no excitement at all whatsoever. You are right P.J, taste is a funny thing.
 

atquinn

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I used to hate everything about how Teles looked, especially the headstock. Then I got older (I'm 37 now), and I started to think they looked cool. Not sure why that happened?
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Austin
 

Gandalf5150

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I'm with you on the Tele thing. never owned one. The looks just don't do anything for me, and I much prefer the sound of LPs and Strats, so I never bothered with em.

But I guess If we all liked the same thing the world would be a boring place.;)
 

JCW308

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Not crazy about the headstock and the bridge always looks like an unfinished electronics project to me. I do have a Schecter PT, which is a nice blend of a Tele look and a different headstock.
 

DCross

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I love 'em with a few contours added to the body, but yeah, the traditional look is very utilitarian...almost like they should have been invented in Stalingrad.
 
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same for me and stratocasters, not bad, just not amazing.
Man, that is interesting because I love the way Strats look. I have this friend and back in high school he had an American Tele whilst I had a '87 Japanese Strat (my first guitar which I actually love to this day). He didn't like the way Strats look either. Funny how a lot of people seem split on this...
 

Hawking

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Not crazy about the headstock and the bridge always looks like an unfinished electronics project to me.
That's what I always loved about them, they look like someone was given two pieces of wood and assorted metals and told to make a playable instrument out of it all with a 30 minute time limit.

It's function, function, function with little regard to appearance. I'd take a Nocaster over fancy shmancy inlays and flamed maple any day
 
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I think the problem for me is the body. It doesn't look like it'd be much of a thrill to swing around onstage in the way that Jimi Hendrix would with a Strat. Most Gibson's aren't the type of guitars you'd swing around too much either but most of them look so beautiful and classy that it doesn't matter to me.

-Will.
 

Tim Plains

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I used to be the same - couldn't stand the sight of them. If you like fat necks, go play a Nocaster and I'm sure your views will change. Heck, I wouldn't be surprised if you walked out of the store with it. :rotflmao

Oh, and since :worthless

:D

 

David Garner

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I used to hate everything about how Teles looked, especially the headstock. Then I got older (I'm 37 now), and I started to think they looked cool. Not sure why that happened?
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Austin
I'm in the same boat. I started playing in the mid 1980s, and back then, I wanted some hot pink pointy headstock guitar with tiger stripes on it.

I thought Les Pauls and Teles were the ugliest guitars around. By the mid-1990s, I wanted one of each. Never got the Les Paul, but my first real guitar was a Telecaster, and it is still one of my favorites. And I think it is beautiful.
 

Singlecutz

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I love the way they look, and I don't even own or play one.

Butterscotch with black pick guard above = beautiful classic
 

toddinjax@yahoo

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I've always thought tele's were the ugliest of the most commonly seen/played guitars, but I've come around to accept their look, at least with a RW board. I used to (30-35 years ago)hate the look of a LP goldtop, now I would take one over "super" flame top in an instant.
 

atquinn

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I'm in the same boat. I started playing in the mid 1980s, and back then, I wanted some hot pink pointy headstock guitar with tiger stripes on it.

I thought Les Pauls and Teles were the ugliest guitars around. By the mid-1990s, I wanted one of each. Never got the Les Paul, but my first real guitar was a Telecaster, and it is still one of my favorites. And I think it is beautiful.
The thing is, I still like those garish 80's guitars too :D I guess it just took me a while to appreciate the more classic designs. I still can't actually play a Tele worth a **** though :roll
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Austin
 

stormin1155

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Yes, I'll agree. They aren't the most attractive shape. Still one of my very favorite guitars.
 

cratz2

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'Loving' how a Tele looks is about like loving how a wrench looks.
 

Ruraltom

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The only time I don't like the looks of a Tele is when it's tarted up... flamed/quilted tops, etc. Otherwise it's as classic as they come.
 






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