Are Telecasters easier to play than Stratocasters?

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Are Telecasters easier to play than Stratocasters?

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  2. No

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  1. Buck Woodson

    Buck Woodson Member

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    You hear lots of people say they can't make a strat sound good but like the sound of others playing a strat. You seldom hear the same about Telecasters. This is not about not liking the sound of single coils in general.
     
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  2. supersoldier71

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    Heck, I guess they are, for me anyway, although I haven’t thought of it in that way.
     
  3. Zado

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    No, more difficult to play them good.
     
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  4. Buck Woodson

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    That's exactly what I meant.
     
  5. rockon1

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    Harder for me to get along with the uncontoured body on a tele.
     
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    I have a hard time with the 3 pickups in a strat. My hand naturally falls and wants to pick right on top of the middle pickup. Since I have a hard/deep pick attack, the middle pickup screws me up so I have to play an S type guitar (in my case, a Pacifica) for a bit to get used to it. Once I am used to it, no issue but right off the stand and not playing it for a while, I have problems with it.
     
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    nl128 Silver Supporting Member

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    I think it’s less of a leap going from a humbucker guitar to a tele than to a strat.
    If your rig is set up for a humbucker ,then a tele will sound fine through it. If you switch to a strat there might be some adjustment involved.

    It all depends on the style of music you’re playing too.
     
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    I guess they’re a little simpler to get a good sound out of, but there are more good sounds in a strat - you just have to get to know where they are. But in terms of playability I find them basically identical if you take the tremolo out of the equation. I can’t find anything useful to do with a trem, so I block em when I have em and these days I’m playing a hardtail...
     
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    I float the trem on my Strats and my Tele is a fixed bridge, so bends (especially multi string bends) are different (not really easier)
    on a Tele vs. my Strats.
    Tuning on a Tele is a little more solid due to the fixed bridge.
    I go back and forth all the time, and have for years. The body shape of the Strat is more comfortable with cuts and contours vs. the
    Tele's more squared off edges.
    I thought I could get by with a 3 pickup Tele and no Strats…..ended up buying 3 Strats since that thought......Have to have both.
     
  13. rizla

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    you can either play a guitar or you cant. Ive never thought that any type of guitar was harder than any other apart from a few quirks that you had to adjust for, like 7 strings, a floyd, 15 or less usable frets etc
     
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    Not really, they're pretty similar to me.
     
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  15. Tim Plains

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    I've read more posts here over the years about having to fight Teles more than any other guitar.
     
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    That Strat volume knob is in the way.
    What's the real % of players that use volume swells frequently?


    I have both a Tele and a Strat and they are the same level of ease/difficulty to play.
    One of these days the Strat will get a stacked tone/blender knob and I'll move the volume back to the first tone knob hole, which is the same distance as the Tele knobs from the strings.

    [​IMG]

    If you watch Hendrix play, his righty lefty, he strums all over the area where a normal player would hit that volume knob. He plays it like a Tele in that regard.

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  17. musicman1

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    Between my two, the tele plays better. Likely thats due to the tele having a modern radius and jumbo frets.
     
  18. rizla

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    In the way of what?
     
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  19. Tootone

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    I got both. You definitely have to try harder with a Strat, but the pay-off is worth it.

    Strat's need to be coaxed.

    I saw an interview with Mark Knopfler about how he "discovered" these little things you could with a Strat that could make it so expressive. One of the tips I learned off that interview was "shaking chords"... you know, there's lots of other stuff too.
     
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