Tele is the bottom line

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  1. Mike T

    Mike T Member

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    I've been playing over 40 years. First 8 or ten switched from Strat to Les Paul to SG. Then settled on a Strat for 10 or so. Ever since I bought a Tele though, it was and still is the bottom line. Have an ES-135...rarely play it but play my mahogony Les Paul even less. Recently bought an ES-339...beautiful playing, sounding, and looking guitar but play it even less. First weekend I'd had off since July and got my old Strat out to give it a shot....Naaaaah.. Gigging this week and my Tele with Bardens and Vintique bridge will be there. :AOK
     
  2. Sean French

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    Can't beat a good Tele IMO.
     
  3. Teleman

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    Teles are the bomb!

    In my youth I was a diehard Gibson man. Hated telecasters! They have really won me over to the point where like yourself, anyting else I won rarely gets played. I can play any type of gigging situation with a tele from country, blues, rock, and evendid a series of gigs with a 28 piece big band.
     
  4. scottlr

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    I love em all, but the Tele has 3 spots in my collection.
     
  5. ReddRanger

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    I just bought my first Tele two weeks ago and played it on stage for the first time Wednesday. Here are some thoughts that crossed my mind during and after:

    1. This is the perfect guitar for me.

    2. Why didn't I get one sooner?

    3. Now I REALLY love Teles.

    4. Why didn't I get one sooner?

    5. This is really cool!

    6. Why didn't I get one sooner?
     
  6. Drew68

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    One of my co-workers brought his Tele in to show me. It is a CBS-era blonde/maple blackguard with those old thick poly finishes. When he bought it back in the late 1970s, the previous owner had routed out the lead and wired up a DiMarzio humbucker and screwed in a hardtail bridge.

    All the chrome had rubbed off and left the hardware brass colored. This thing had some serious rockin' mojo and now I can't get it out of my mind! I'm seriously GASsing for a 70's Tele with a humbucker in the lead!
     
  7. re-animator

    re-animator Senior Member

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    Teles really are an amazing thing... they have soo much history and so much character that makes them almost impossible to put down. I think a lot of guitarists identify their own personalities with teles, and they want to see their own scrappiness and toughness in a telecaster.


    Leo got it right the first time!
     
  8. Drew68

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    LOL! You can really hear Keef's tone when he turns the volume knob back up!
     
  9. Mike T

    Mike T Member

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    I'm tellin ya! :AOK
     
  10. Sean French

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    Hell ya!! Rock and Roll.:roll
    It's pretty damn tough to hurt a Tele when it get's beat too.
     
  11. Don L

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    Wish I had bought all the blackguards back in the 80s when they were cheap...
     
  12. Bryan T

    Bryan T Guitar Owner Silver Supporting Member

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    I have a tele and a Heritage 535. When I'm playing electric I probably play the tele 90% of the time.

    Bryan
     
  13. studiodunn

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    Tele's rule for so many reasons.

    And building them is SOOOOO adicting.
     
  14. blues

    blues Supporting Member

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    + 1000
     
  15. Csapo

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    Thanks ReddRanger.

    Couldn't have said it any better...
     
  16. Quantumphysics

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    word
    Tele is what I started with (then after thousands spent looking for the best guitar) tele is what I will end with.
    game over
     
  17. AfterDarkMusic

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    I haven't put mine down since I bought it last Thursday.

    Tone for days.

    and the neck is a dream.
     
  18. shuie

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    The only guitar on the planet that might be cooler than a good ash/maple tele is a good ash/maple strat :)
     
  19. digthosetubes

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    Just bought two Custom Shop 51 Nocasters. Thought I would pick the best one. They are both so good I can't decide. Big old honkin' necks. Feel great. Any ideas what I should do with the second guitar. Got a really good deal on them both. COAs, included. Just so nice to look at and play.

    Just watched the gibson factory tour video of how LPs are made. Very interesting. A real eye opener. I guess the only guitar to really compete with the Fenders is the LP.
     
  20. Number8

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    Never understood the Tele thing.
     

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