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Tele body with comfort contours? Yes or No?

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by Crunchtime, Oct 26, 2019.

Tele body, belly and forearm cuts or not?

Poll closed Feb 2, 2020.
  1. No, a Tele must always be a slab body

    109 vote(s)
    34.1%
  2. Yes, the added comfort will inspire your playing

    211 vote(s)
    65.9%
  1. Crunchtime

    Crunchtime Supporting Member

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    I am looking at some Tele bodies on the Warmoth site and some have the belly cut and forearm contour while other are the more traditional slab style.

    I just went back and forth playing my Strat with contours and slab style Tele. I liked the comfort of the contours but worry a contoured Tele will look wrong.

    So, I will make a poll to help me decide. Is it better to look good or to feel good?

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  2. stark

    stark Supporting Member

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    While I prefer the sound of a slab tele, but I have the cuts on mine to help with hand positioning.
     
  3. charliemccarter

    charliemccarter Supporting Member

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    My Tom Anderson has em & I love em
     
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  4. Crunchtime

    Crunchtime Supporting Member

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    Interesting.

    I had not considered the added belly cut or forearm bevel could have an effect on the tone. However, this is TGP.
     
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  5. JWes65

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    I had a fender channel bound tele for a while with a belly cut only. It sure felt better especially with my belly!

    I say better to feel good
     
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  6. cap10kirk

    cap10kirk Member

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    Belly cut, sure. Contoured heel, absolutely. I'm not a fan of the forearm contour though...if I could get rid of that contour on my guitars I would.
     
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  7. HERSCHEL

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    Contours for the win. There's a reason Leo added them to every new guitar after the first.
     
  8. edward

    edward Supporting Member

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    I don't buy a single word on sonic difference with/without contours. So for me, contours are a big yes!. The only reason many in the marketplace don't have them is tradition and buyers' perception. I have a Baja tele I dig, but man am contemplating cutting bevels in myself ...not worried about values, just comfort. Get the body you want and don't look back! :)

    Edward
     
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  9. jvin248

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    I have been going back and forth between Strat, Tele, LP, and Jazzmaster studying the ergonomics of where they hang, sit, and my hands and arms are on them. The jazzmaster sitting down I don't miss not having an arm cut because of the bridge location and longer body my arm lays along the top of it. A Strat sits too far to the right that I find the arm relief is in the wrong location. A Tele sits 'in the pocket' and I find I don't need the arm cut but it can help. Belly cuts could actually be more forward on the Strat by an inch or two. Tele can be cut where they get cut currently. Les Paul can benefit from an arm bevel because it's more to the left.

    You can do a lot with roundover router bits to ease sharp corners.

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  10. Tommy Biggs

    Tommy Biggs Silver Supporting Member

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    Slab is good enough for me, so it should be good enough for everyone else, right? ;)

    Nah - play what you like - I'm not judging people for personal choices.
    I would guess they don't sound any different, so why not?
     
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  11. Anacharsis

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    I like Thinlines, so...no contours.
     
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  12. derekd

    derekd Supporting Member

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    Sure, why not?
     
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  13. Tone_Terrific

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    Cuts are preferred for me and a more rounded edge as well.
    However, the armcut can affect how one's wrist sits over the strings by moving the elbow to or away from the player's body.
    This is very noticeable on an acoustic and if one's technique favours a specific hand position that is aided by a flat, broad, top go that route.
    Belly cut allows the plane of the playing surface to move to a more horizontal position and get the poke out of the ribs but that also changes the forearm/wrist relationship to the bridge and string plane.
    Check it out from all angles.
     
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    MkIII Renegade Member

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    How do you quantify the toan you lost with those little cuts? :dunno
     
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  15. bucketsofcake

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    No cuts for me. I don't believe it has any effect on the sound, but I started playing on a telecaster, and there's just something oddly comforting about how uncomfortable that slab feels against my chest, especially when sitting. Makes no sense at all.
     
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    For some reason, Tele’s are the one guitar that look better without contours.
     
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  17. JDJ

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    Lose the belly, play the slab, and be healthier for it!
     
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  18. Jim Soloway

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    Much more comfortable for me with an arm contour. Makes a great guitar better.
     
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  19. Drak

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    Belly cut, absolutely, I put them of every one of mine.
    Forearm contour?
    I do it sometimes, but it's a mild roundover, I can live with or without it.
     
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  20. jamester

    jamester Silver Supporting Member

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    I prefer the slab, it's more comfortable to me.

    One reason why I only play Teles and 335s...
     
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