Can only have 1 - Tele or Les Paul?

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  1. joebloggs13

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    :agree Greatest imitation of a Les Paul ever.:dude:D
     
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    :agree:wave
     
  4. BlueRiff

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    A Les Paul as go to, or a Tele Deluxe/Shawbucker/etc. configured like a Les Paul. Got to have separate volume controls for front and back pickups because I like to adjust both volumes continuously for different sounds. Can't do that on a stock tele.
     
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  5. Highway Chile

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    Tough choice—I have both—but my back said Tele.
     
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  6. Whitecat

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    Tele, but with a Bigsby
     
  7. blacknblues

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    I wasn’t inferring anything, nor was I questioning Greg Koch’s characterization of what he hears... I am just telling you what I hear: that a Les Paul with good cleans is no substitute for the bridge pick up in a Telecaster. I would also point out that the only time I see Greg playing Les Pauls is when he is doing demos and every time I see him playing outside the context of Wildwood he is playing a Telecaster or a Telecaster-like instrument. ...OK now you can go out and scrounge up the one one or two times you see Greg playing a Les Paul outside of Wildwood if it even exists.
     
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  8. David Garner

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    If I can’t have any other guitars, probably Tele.

    If I’m only choosing between these two, and I can still have a Strat, Les Paul for sure.
     
  9. Arthur Bighand

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    Tele. Easy for me to say - it's my only guitar.
     
  10. paulbearer

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    I chose “paulbearer” many years ago as I was “all-in” playing Les Pauls, though at the time, I had a couple of Teles. One day I played a Rick Kelly Bowery Pine T in his shop and I was a changed player. It was a rarely available ‘shop guitar’ with a massive neck the size of my wrist. I literally couldn’t sleep that night, went back when he opened and it became mine. As have others. At this point, I should really be “Pinebearer”.

    So, my answer: “Tele”.

    They really chased the Gibson out of me.
     
  11. Texsunburst59

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    I'd take a Superstrat SSH over either of those choices.

    I think it's more versatile tonally than a Standard Tele or LP.

    But if I HAD to choose a Tele, it'd have to be one that would offer what the Superstrat SSH brings to the table.

    This is MY perfect Tele style guitar. For ME, there's no standard Tele that can touch it's versatility or the great tones available.

    My '03 Tom A Hollow T Drop Top HSH

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    I have both, but if I could have only one it would be the Tele. It's lighter and I love the ergonomics of it (knob/switch placement). I think it's more versatile too.
     
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    Tele is more durable, with the control layout the LP is more flexible sound wise... not better but it’s hard to argue that you can’t get more sounds out of an LP.
     
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    I would choose the Les Paul for the type of rock music we play. Funny though, I rarely use it with the band. I tend to bring cheaper guitars like my MIM Strat.
     
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    Hell yes, TSB!
     
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    Make mine a Tele I hardly play my Les Paul anymore. I like the snap of a Tele as well as the weight factor.
     
  18. Jabby92

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    I really love both, but I'd most likely lean LP. The maple top, the neck shape, the electronics, comfortable bridge, its just the best to me. With a Tele I have to mod them slightly to make them ideal for me. But they are both amazing guitars.
     
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    There is no correct answer.
     
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  20. AA864

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    I love both, currently have 5 of each, but if I had to choose.... Tele

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