Tele owners...couple of questions

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  1. pickaguitar

    pickaguitar 2011 TGP Silver Medalist Silver Supporting Member

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    What is it with these guitars?

    I see so many online that give me all kinds of GAS but I'm not sure why.
    My amateur opinion is that these guitars are for chick'n pick'n and other country sorts.
    I play blues and rock the majority of the time however.
    What is the attraction? What made you get one/love one?

    I know Jimmy Page used one along with Richards and Springsteen.
    Who else in the rock/blues genre? Will I sound all that different?
    Most of my life I've played Les Pauls and a strat or two...

    Obviously I haven't spent hardly anytime at all with Teles.
    I should start and find out on my own but for the moment I'm curious about your Tele experience.

    I'm really attracted to this!
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  2. RDM

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    I was a Les Paul guy. Made the switch to Teles. They're great. Not sure how to describe them.......they're really magical.

    Now I'm a Reverend guy.
     
  3. Knuckles

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    I like them primarily for the sound, rawer than a Strat with more twang, but also because as a primarily Les Paul/PRS guy, the single cutaway body is more to my preference.
     
  4. jim lavender

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    I think a a tele is a great example of a simple guitar that is highly versatile. Check out anything by Danny Gatton and you'll see what I mean. The neck pickup will yield enough thickness for jazz/blues. The middle will give you a jangly chime. The bridge will provide the twang and bite which to my ears is more pleasant than a strat bridge. No offense meant to strat owners. I love them too.
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  5. flyingvees

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    Seems to me that a tele wont hide as many flaws in your playing like a strat will...I use my chapin t-bird every night for everything...And I know that Josh Smith is using his t-bird every night with Taylor Hicks, not exactly a country gig....:AOK
     
  6. FloridaSam

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    Exactly!! I saw Danny Gatton when I was 15 and that was it. I had to have a Tele no matter what.
     
  7. morlll

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    Telecasters are really solid easy to play great guitars.

    I really like mine. It plays well and sounds great.
     
  8. Home Grown Tele

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    Tele's can play virtually any kind of music you want. Here's a good example:

    Misty
     
  9. lp johnny

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    Pete Townshend used an old tele alot to record..and later used schecter tele type guitars fitted w/ humbuckers
     
  10. bluesjuke

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    pickaguitar-
    "My amateur opinion is that these guitars are for chick'n pick'n and other country sorts."


    Now get that sterotype out of your head because it is far from reality.
    A Tele can go anywhere from warm and sweet to punchy with bite.

    You can play anything on it with great results.
    I have LP's, 335's and Strats and find the Tele to be right up there with them all no matter the style or mood.

    A good example can replace those mentioned.
     
  11. Curly

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    teles are great for people starting out because they'll learn how to pull and squeeze and earn their own tone ... or for experienced players because they can do the same
     
  12. HoboMan

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    Here's Pat Travers on his Tele

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zeE_1B9CEgk
     
  13. mlongano

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    I hated Teles all of my life...thought they were ugly, cheap, made for country players. I've always been a Les Paul guy. Last year I played a Tele for the first time in my life and was shocked at how great they sounded and how easy they were to play.

    Well, long story short, I now own a Ron Kirn "Basic T" and it is one great guitar!! I have had it for about three or four weeks now and just can't put it down. I still love Les Pauls, but the Tele is an extremely versatile guitar that is just a joy to play.
     
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    This man was the reason I started playing a Tele in the first place...
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    While you can so many tones out of a Teles standard pickup configuration, one big advantage in finding your tones is you can view a Tele as a simple platform that once you lock in to playing/feel-wise, you can go whatever direction you want pickup/tonewise:

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    and more:
    Charlie Christian pickup in the neck
    P90 in the neck
    Dual P90s
    Humbucker in the bridge
    etc.....

    Lots of combinations in a guitar that's fairly easily modded.

    Add in:
    Neck/body wood choices
    bridge/saddle choices
    wiring options
    etc

    and what starts out looking like a simple guitar becomes simply customized.

    Or you can do it the easy way.....
    Get one of each!
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    Man, that had to be uncomfortable sitting on those wooden Coke crates!

    Great first influence, BTW. The one who got me going with Tele's was Roy Buchanan. From there I found countless others. Great all around guitar.

    Rock, jazz, blues, country...it's all good on a Tele.
     
  17. rhp52

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    For me, it was the clarity of the Tele sound which appealled to me. I spent most of my performing days playing a Les Paul and love that guitar.
    But i really appreciate that piano like sound and tonal variations you can achieve with a good Tele. Since the acquisition of a Lentz, my Tele search is over.
     
  18. candid_x

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    Buchanan and Jim Massina got me into them. Unfortunately a Deluxe got me out of them, and to my loss I never gave Teles another try after that awful experience, just went in a different direction.
     
  19. NatDeroxL7

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    I never liked teles because I couldn't stand solid colors....I still really don't like solid colors but I have grown to like goldtop LPs.

    When I found out that people like Suhr/Anderson make tele styles that are as aesthetically extravagant as your LPs and PRSi, I finally felt comfortable buying a Tele...which I just did a few days ago.

    I really like the sound, and there isn't really a 'genre specific' tone to the instrument. I can get everything from clean to hard rock/metal in it. It has an SSS config, and I can get thin to thick very easily, and with Suhr's push-pull for outside combos, some interesting blended tones. The neck is not even a limiting factor in genre. With a good setup and low action, the right fret sizes, I can do much more than slow country or blues. The wood and body style might not cater to the guitar being a "shredder", but there is nothing holding back the speed of play.

    It is really a tone that rounds out my humbucker-heavy tendencies
     

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