Telecasters - make me like them!

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I was inspired by a similar thread about Strats.

I really want to like Teles, really I do.

I have a Custom Shop Strat "Custom Classic" & a Les Paul R7. Pretty much all my rock & roll heros when I was a kid played one or the other. However none of my heros played a Tele.

When I hear Teles, to me they sound kind of thin & brittle. Sometimes even ice-picky. Of course, I don't expect them to be thick, like a Les Paul, but I would expect to hear the clarity/crispness of my Strat with some overdrive. I don't hear it.

There are so many guys that like them, I can't beat the feeling that I'm missing something.

So please, post some clips of Teles in a rock setting. Offer some suggetions of which Tele I should look at & help me settle this once & for all!

Thanks
 

Bikedude

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Most excelent ex. Mikey. Also check out Funk #49(Joe Walsh), or the Stairway to Heaven solo, both Tele's.
 

guitardr

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You've already had some great examples.
There are quite a few variations on Telly's as far as PU's, woods, et al.
Last year I had a Zion Fifty made for me w/ 3 DiMarzio Virtual Vintage stackers, big frets, ebony fretboard, swamp ash body. Yeah, it's bright.
But moving my hands anywhere around shifts tone and sound so much.
Please go to YouTube and hear Brent Mason, Danny Gatton, or Tom Principato play 'em. Just a singular instrument to have in your arsenal.
 

Loni Specter

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A few times a year I have a jam/BBQ and I always fill a 6 space guitar stand with various guitars for the guests to play. 335 with Lollar Imperials, LP with WCRs, LP Special (p-90s), Strats with Lollar Blondes and Florance Voodoos. It varies as I make my own Fender style guitars. The guitar that gets played the most consistantly is a swamp ash parts Tele with a rosewood neck. Actually it's just got the bridge pickup and wired like an Esquire. It's just a simple and great sounding classic axe. It has a Duncan Broadcaster pickup and cheap radio shack caps. The Broadcaster pickup is a bit thicker and less spikey than most other Tele bridge pups. I bet you'd love a Tele set up with one.
In fact I had a bash just last Sunday at a little bar and that Tele was played by two different players. I just ordered a swamp ash body and rosewood board neck from USA Custom yesterday, to make a new/old Tele for my friend.
I love all my guitars, but the Tele "rules the roost". :RoCkIn
 
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nothing sounds quite like a tele. i can understand where you think they might sound "ice-picky". i think it just depends on the amp. just like any other guitar you can work the tone knob to get your desired sound - but maybe even more so with a tele. you can really cover a great range of tones just using the tone and volume knobs.

i love tele's since they have such a distinct sound... early yardbirds, clapton, hendrix's "hey joe", early jimmy page all used tele's...

i played out of humbuckers for a long time and then picked up a tele and they just had this "zing" to them that i immediately bonded with. sure, they might not be the guitar for everything, but they're surprisingly versatile....

it's an acquired taste i think, but if you give them a chance and really spend a little time with them, I'll bet you'll dig 'em as well.... have fun...
 

rrhea

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Apart from Greg Koch making me want to pick mine up and jam (man, he is ridiculous!)... I guess it would have to be that luscious neck pickup through a great Fender amp super clean that gives me the Viagra effect.

I think with Tele's you either get it, or you don't.

RR
 

sumlin

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So please, post some clips of Teles in a rock setting. Offer some suggetions of which Tele I should look at & help me settle this once & for all!

Thanks

I assume if you're a rock guitarist then you've heard Jimmy Page in both the Yardbirds and on the first Zep record. Telecaster.
 

bluesrules

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The Broadcaster pickup is a bit thicker and less spikey than most other Tele bridge pups.

+1 on the Seymour Duncan STL-1b Vintage Broadcaster Bridge pickup.

Best bang for the buck! I converted a tele to an Esquire with this pickup. It even beat out a Lollar Special in that guitar! Btw the Lollar is in another Tele with a Duncan STR-1 vintage Neck and they sound awesome together.
 

pedalcr8z

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I was inspired by a similar thread about Strats.

I really want to like Teles, really I do.

I have a Custom Shop Strat "Custom Classic" & a Les Paul R7. Pretty much all my rock & roll heros when I was a kid played one or the other. However none of my heros played a Tele.

When I hear Teles, to me they sound kind of thin & brittle. Sometimes even ice-picky. Of course, I don't expect them to be thick, like a Les Paul, but I would expect to hear the clarity/crispness of my Strat with some overdrive. I don't hear it.

There are so many guys that like them, I can't beat the feeling that I'm missing something.

So please, post some clips of Teles in a rock setting. Offer some suggetions of which Tele I should look at & help me settle this once & for all!

Thanks

Hmm.........does Led Zeppelin 1 & 2 sound ice picky to you....it's a Tele. That's the beauty if you want crunch it's got it, if you want smooth jazz it's got it, if you want country it's got it.....twang city. HOWEVER, it's a players guitar that will amplify all your mistakes but the plus side to that equation it the fact that it woll also make you a better player. Go play a Nocaster and you'll succomb easily:drool
 




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