Telecasters with 2 humbucker??

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  1. sir axeman

    sir axeman Member

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    Do you perceive them as telecasters?? Just wondering how folks see that sort of guitar? To me it's a great guitar...but not really a telecaster...at least not finally how I think when someone says telecaster when I think telecaster I think twang n bite...your thoughts?
     
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  2. Jett

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    Still a telecaster to me.
     
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    I perceive it as a telecaster body with different electronics.
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  4. jpervin

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    A humbucker Tele is just a brother from another mother.
     
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  5. Jett

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    Some of my non-standard teles.

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    If it's made by Fender and says Telecaster on the headstock, it's a Tele. Doesn't matter what kind of pickups are in it or what kind of hardware it has, etc.

    TBH, the first thing I think of when I think of a Tele is a 70s Deluxe, not a traditional Tele. Mostly because my first good guitar was a Deluxe. The small, traditional Tele headstock still doesn't look right to me to this day.
     
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    I'm pretty much a purist when it comes to Teles. Anything other than the original pickup config doesn't seem right.
     
  8. Dana Olsen

    Dana Olsen Gold Supporting Member

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    I used to be a purist on this subject, but ...

    I've discovered that a Tele is about my favorite mod platform EVER! They perform GREAT with humbuckers, Filtertrons, P-90's, Tele pickups, Strat neck pickups, and combinations of all the above, and other combinations I haven't thought of yet.

    I have a Tom Kelley T style guitar w/ 2 'buckers - it's fantastic!

    Thanks, Dana O.
     
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  9. Jett

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    I am the same and love the platform for all sorts of pickup options.
     
  10. Old Possum

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    Yeah, that single coil sound makes it a Tele. I guess if you do coil cuts it may sound like one, but never had one with the HB's.
     
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  11. Thumpalumpacus

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    I think the unique thing about Teles is the bridge pickup sitting in a metal plate. What's in the neck position is gravy, but if I want Tele spank, that bridge pickup is the key.

    Other than that, a rose by any other name is still a rose.
     
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  12. jcs

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    The Tele bridge setup is a big part...my only Tele is a 96 MIM BUT a top loader w/ slightly hot factory alnicos and a maple neck....close enough for most 50's Tele sounds and the neck PU is very useable imo, its hasnt been bested by many USA Teles ive played.

    Otoh, i have a sort of Tele type (Washburn Pro) with 2 humbuckers; a PAF type at the bridge and low wind PAF type at the neck (with shared volume and tone which is important to me..string thru bridge, alder body etc...very punchy like a Tele and enough top end clarity/bite and a bit more fatness overall.

    Many pickups seem to work in Tele types which speaks to body/neck design imo.
     
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    Jr90 bruddah. :D

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    Tele with two humbuckers?? ugh

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    Actually quite twangy on the bridge
     
  15. Thumpalumpacus

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    I've never owned a Tele so I'll certainly defer to your experience. But I've played a few owned by friends and while I never got along with the bridge pickup, I think that is what is really unique about Teles. I can make a Strat neck p/u sound like a Tele neck p/u, but it's hard for me to make any guitar grab that Tele bridge tone.

    Oddly enough, the closest I've come is on an SG.

    Still looking for the Tele that feels right as well as sounds right to me. <sigh>
     
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    I've "built" 2 partscasters so far, both Tele bodies, both 2HB configuration. I love the feel of a Telecaster (I love the sound of them too) so that's the body style I go for.

    This is pretty much a '70s-era Deluxe with a trem (which Fender made a few of back in the day). It comes to every gig - sometimes as a backup, sometimes as my #1 because it can do any sound I need it to do.

    I don't own this one any more but it was a pretty great guitar. The picture is from its second incarnation with rosewood fingerboard and Lollartrons. It was built to mimic one of Pete Townshend's 80's-era Schecters and had a maple board and Gibson-ish humbuckers.
     
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    Whatever John5's answer is I'll go with.
     
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    I've built T styles like that, and they're great guitars and all that. But.

    While I know it is FMIC's prerogative to put the Telecaster name on a kazoo if they want to, I think people get grumpy if you say something is a "telecaster" and offer no explantions and there's a PAF in the bridge spot and the bridge is generic. I don't recommend it. Call it an HH T style or whatever other terms you like - then there will be fewer misunderstandings.
     
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  19. Windup 43

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    It definitely doesn’t sound like a protypical Tele, but it serves as kind of a great blank canvas for me...because you don’t immediately think “Tele, Strat, Les Paul etc.” when you hear it. It’s a little tough to identify blindfolded, not a very bold or defined personality compared to other guitars...but that’s exactly why it’s great as a blank canvas IMO, sounds great with just about any amp and fx you throw at it. Hope that kind of makes sense :crazy

     
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  20. JimHalinda

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    That’s my current axe too - a Deluxe with The Creamery Classic ‘71 pickups. As you say, a great blank canvas - Fendery, but thicker than most. And humbucking. I love mine.
     
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