Can only have 1 - Tele or Les Paul?

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by geoangus, Feb 15, 2020.

  1. geoangus

    geoangus Supporting Member

    Messages:
    2,807
    Joined:
    Mar 22, 2007
    Location:
    Connecticut shore
    I’m lucky because I have both. But I’ve had stretches where I’ve played only one or the other. Sometimes it’s been so long where I contemplate selling either one. No explanation why I stop playing one for the other, it just works out that way - I’m gigging the same tunes regardless.

    If you could only keep one, which one and why?
     
    Jabby92 likes this.
  2. PatrickE_FenderADV

    PatrickE_FenderADV Supporting Member

    Messages:
    26,128
    Joined:
    Mar 12, 2008
    Location:
    Tampa Bay
  3. prsjcm

    prsjcm Member

    Messages:
    781
    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2016
    Tele.

    Thankfully I have two of each.
     
  4. Chops

    Chops Gold Supporting Member

    Messages:
    2,672
    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2002
    If I had to choose, hypothetically speaking, I would take a Tele because I find the scale length more accommodating. Prefer to have both, though.
     
    Digital Larry and MaxTwang like this.
  5. AlanH

    AlanH Member

    Messages:
    1,772
    Joined:
    Nov 6, 2016
    Les Paul with HBs and coil splitting > Tele with HBs and coil splitting
     
  6. cjp54

    cjp54 Member

    Messages:
    619
    Joined:
    Apr 22, 2009
    Location:
    Az
    Les Paul for me because that's what I learned on. You really can't go wrong with either one.
     
    Carlo and LPTyler like this.
  7. Windup 43

    Windup 43 Supporting Member

    Messages:
    5,972
    Joined:
    May 18, 2007
    Location:
    Inertia
    A great Les Paul can do the “Tele on steroids” thing very well, a Tele will never be able to sound like a Les Paul. Therefore, Les Paul is the answer.
     
    Faded, Starshine, lemonman and 10 others like this.
  8. pete12string

    pete12string Supporting Member

    Messages:
    2,548
    Joined:
    Mar 1, 2012
    Location:
    New Jersey
    I’d have to go with a...



    Telecaster.
     
    stratohiker, jpervin, Roe and 2 others like this.
  9. mrsongbird

    mrsongbird Member

    Messages:
    556
    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2011
    A great Tele can do the “low wind LP” thing very well, but a LP will never be able to sound like a Tele. Therefore, Tele is the answer. ;)
     
  10. CapnRex

    CapnRex Member

    Messages:
    966
    Joined:
    Jul 27, 2016
    Why this topic again?
     
    woof* and MaxTwang like this.
  11. cutaway

    cutaway Supporting Member

    Messages:
    18,216
    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2009
    Location:
    North Carolina
    You might wanna tell this guy

    [​IMG]
     
    gerg6, Faded, ljs and 18 others like this.
  12. Tootone

    Tootone Member

    Messages:
    4,777
    Joined:
    Sep 24, 2016
  13. rhinocaster

    rhinocaster Supporting Member

    Messages:
    22,925
    Joined:
    Sep 12, 2004
    Tele because it's easier to get the sting and I can fake the phat....still, there's a Les Paul thing that Teles don't touch...I just don't need that like I need the single coil voice.
     
    dotlikeimpact, Rick51 and jnovac1 like this.
  14. Windup 43

    Windup 43 Supporting Member

    Messages:
    5,972
    Joined:
    May 18, 2007
    Location:
    Inertia
    I love those tones, but his Tele sounded nothing like a Les Paul...however, he was able to make his Les Paul sound Tele-esque.
     
    JScaster, monty, Roe and 2 others like this.
  15. cutaway

    cutaway Supporting Member

    Messages:
    18,216
    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2009
    Location:
    North Carolina
    disagree. and so will a lot of folks.
     
  16. Shnook

    Shnook Member

    Messages:
    4,582
    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2005
    Location:
    Roanoke, VA
    Again, what kind of music do you play? I’ve had a slew of both Tele’s and Les Paul’s over the last 38 years of playing. I think Tele’s are more versatile and if I could only have one guitar, a Tele it would be. When I was focusing on being the guitar player in my last band I used a Les Paul pretty much exclusively. Now that I’m not in bands anymore and focusing on writing and singing original material I found the LP’s to be too bloated and less dynamic and expressive.
     
  17. Kennybeeinfl

    Kennybeeinfl Member

    Messages:
    1,068
    Joined:
    Sep 5, 2018
    This for me lol.
     
  18. nasonm

    nasonm Supporting Member

    Messages:
    1,591
    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2004
    Location:
    New England, USA
    Telecaster, no doubt. But only because I've never bonded with Les Pauls. Even though I love my other guitars, if I could only have ONE, it's be a Tele.
     
  19. Windup 43

    Windup 43 Supporting Member

    Messages:
    5,972
    Joined:
    May 18, 2007
    Location:
    Inertia
    He used the Tele sparingly after the first album, where it was prominently featured...he had switched to the Les Paul by Zep II. Zep I sounds like a Tele into a Supro, plus MkII bender tones on certain tracks...no traces of Les Paul tones there. You have it backwards.

    Here is the Les Paul “Tele on steroids” thing, I have an R8 which excels at these kinds of tones.

     
    monty and BADHAK like this.
  20. Jven

    Jven Supporting Member

    Messages:
    1,508
    Joined:
    Nov 12, 2012
    Location:
    Texas republic
    Tele with humbucker neck
     
    ford and totoro like this.

Share This Page