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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. Gary Brennan

    Gary Brennan Old cavorting member Gold Supporting Member

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    I find this very true. I love being able to see the E & B strings and fret board better due to the belly cut effect on the plane of the playing surface, but don't like the more extreme left wrist curl under the neck (I am right handed) required for me to reach all the strings.

    Gb
     
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  2. Kostas

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    Slab with contoured heel, that's ideal for me. I want contoured heel in all bolt-on neck guitars. Even better, something like the Ibanez AANJ with no neck plate.
     
  3. JJ321

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    I have Teles with the contour and without. The ones with the contour are definitely more comfortable to play.
     
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  4. stratzrus

    stratzrus Philadelphia Jazz, Funk, and R&B Silver Supporting Member

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    No one in the audience will ever know the difference.

    In this case it's less a case of looking "good" vs. looking traditional and I assure you, no one else but you will care or even notice. My American Deluxe Tele has the belly cut and contour and it feels much better. I greatly prefer it to the traditional body shape.

    I think having it be a close as possible to the original Telecaster is a collector thing more than a player thing. The benefits of the traditional body shape are definitely more in your head than in the playing experience. It really depends on what your priorities are.

    Of course mine is far from traditional with a flame top and ebony board but it's the best Tele I've ever played.

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  5. Drew816

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    My '91 Callaham.

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    My '19 Tonebomb/Warmoth Uber Thinline (yep a Thinline with a Tummy Cut, it can be done!).

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    I'm not against Tele Forearm cuts, but the Tummy Cut is hidden, the original "form" of the Tele is preserved and it works great. It is all about the looks after all... ;)
     
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  6. Blue Lizard

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    I have Teles with and without contouring and don’t mind either way. That said, I also think that the RK Tele does a very attractive job of incorporating subtle curves into the slab, especially with the front binding.
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    Of the choices, I’d say that forearm contour is preferable; I have a couple of EBMM Axis guitars that have a mild belly but no forearm cut and they do tend to put a crease in the arm after a session.
     
  7. The Opera Panther

    The Opera Panther Supporting Member

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    My Grosh RCVT has a subtle tummy cut, but is flat on the top. I dunno. Whatever. It sounds like a tele.
     
  8. TopJimmy5150

    TopJimmy5150 Member

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    Schecter has a PT Special with a thin finished ash body and contour cuts for the forearm and belly. Standard Tele bridge and P90 in the neck, Series or parallel switching. It has binding too. MIK. I am drooling over it but I wish they made them in more colors.
     
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  9. Slophand

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  10. KGWagner

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    If you're going with Warmoth's offerings, then carved top w/ tummy cut.

    If it matters to you, the carved top does not preclude using the standard Tele-style bridge. That mounting area is still flat enough to use that bridge. Also, their carved-top style is cut from a standard Tele slab, so there's no need for an angle on the neck to compensate for bridge height.
     
  11. Bossanova

    Bossanova Silver Supporting Member

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    Some of us call it the RIB contour, people! The skinnier you are, the less “cushioning” you have there, the more uncomfortable the slab can be.
     
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    I own the black one with the rosewood fretboard. I love it, but find myself wanting the burst one with the maple neck. It’s the only sub-$1000 T style guitar I’ve found with contours.

    I also have 2 T style partscasters with belly, forearm, and heel contours. I practically worship ergonomics as a religion, and adding contours for better access and comfort while playing just makes sense.
     
  13. Gig Young

    Gig Young ¡Vote Twice On Nov. 4! Gold Supporting Member

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  15. Nothingface

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    If Leo had wanted contours on a Tele, he would have put contours on a Tele.
     
  16. Tone_Terrific

    Tone_Terrific Supporting Member

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    Leo didn't have to play them and he was to cheap to throw them in for free.
    So, he did not want them.
    But wouldn't YOU want them?
     
  17. rickcard71

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    I like the look of non, but prefer the feel of contours. However, I would rather purchase a traditional Tele without.
     
  18. Waxhead

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    Looks - people looking on can't even see the belly cut - nor would they care if they could :confused:
     
  19. VintagePlayerStrat

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    Mine has no contours but if it did, I'd like that and I'm sure it would sound just as good.
     
  20. p.j.

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    I did this to my '92 Am. Std. Tele with a Dremel. (Not the best tool for the job, by any stretch.) It still looks terrible but it worked. I also put another strap button low than the original so that the guitar balances better for me. (I always play with a strap whether sitting or stranding.)
     

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