Three Cheers for the mighty Telecaster !!

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  1. parker

    parker Member

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    Well, I picked up a USA Telecaster two days ago after watching a Greg Koch DVD, and I ask myself, "Is there anything greater than Leo's first design"? It is beyond compare....... a great sounding Telecaster is a thing of beauty...Soul and tone beyond compare !! Are there any other Tele-philes in here? What amps/pedals do you like with them?
     
  2. mainsale

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    Teles....you can't own just one!
     
  3. John II

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    Every time I play out I am reminded of how much I love my 1990 MIJ Fender Tele. I would be heart broken if something were to happen to her.

    ~John II
     
  4. skeeterbuck

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    Tele's are the King's of the Fender line IMHO, and the Esquire is the Crown Prince. Everything else is just peasants.

    Just kidding about the peasants, but nothing in the Fender line ever had the initial bite to it like the Tele. The rest of the Fender line is just a little to refined. I'll bet I gonna hear some s*%t about this.:rolleyes:
     
  5. DonW

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    The more teles I hear the more intrigued Iam. I'm coming up on a guitar shopping trip and I've been looking seriously at 70's tele's. 60's if the price is right. Something appeals to me about a well worn, but decent tele. I had a red '65 tele back in the 70's but I didn't know squat and traded guitars like crazy back then...:rolleyes:
     
  6. Claytone

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    I love them. I have an original '52 that I've managed to hang onto through thick and thin. I still play out in clubs with it, very carefully! Teles as rhythm guitars cut through a band like very few other guitars. A great simple design. I've played Anderson, Suhr, G&L Teles and they're all great, but give me a beat-sweet one any day. There's nothing like honest playing wear.
     
  7. parker

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    Wow ! a real '52 played out ....... you do it proud! Yeah, no offense to the amazing guitar builders we have here, but nothing beats the real thing. I'd love to hear some clips. What amp are you runniing it through?
     
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    I've been through many phases: Les Paul, ES335, Strat, SG etc... Pretty much only Teles these days.
     
  9. Johnny Raz

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    OK - dumb question: What is the difference between the Esquire and a Telecaster?
     
  10. skeeterbuck

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    Exactly 1 PU!!!

    Think of a Telecaster with only the bridge pu... that's a Esquire. The neat thing is that they still have the 3 position switch to give you 3 distinct tones.

    Switch towards the rear=Wired directly to the output jack with only a volume control for a hotter output - no tone control

    Switch in the middle= Volume and tone work as usual

    Switch towards the neck=PU is wired through 2 capacitors and a resistor to a pre-set bassy tone - no tone control.

    A little different animal from the tele for sure.

    I'm sure that some here will tell you the the Esquire is King and the Telecaster the Crowm Prince!:D
     
  11. fatback

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    Hip...
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    Hooray!
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    ...and for something not so completely different...
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    ...a prototype Grosh baritone loaded with Kent Armstrong lipsticks, for some deep down Dano-tele twang.

    Tele #5 is on the way... Al's Kelly Tele from off the Emporium.:)

    yeah, I like tele style guitars.:D
     
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    Esquire = 1 pickup (Bridge only)

    Tele = 2 pickups

    -- Barr
     
  13. parker

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    Sweet guitars Fatback, here is my current tone infatuation....

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    And I believe another difference is the Esquire typically came with the 'top loader bridge' instead of the string through body config. of the Tele. Love em all!
     
  15. Teleman

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    Teles Rule!

    A simple classic design that has stood the test of time and many musical styles.
     
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    :eek: What kind of wood is that? That's some serious figuring.
     
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    In my next life, I want to be a three-saddle bridge. :cool:
     
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    Quilted Swamp Ash with a lightly flamed koa racing stripe. Makes it play faster ;)

    Here's the back:
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    It's a touch on the heavy side at ~9 lbs, but well worth it.
     
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    Grew up in South Georgia, live in Atlanta now, but
    Can't go wrong with swamp ash, does the koa make it sound significantly different?
     

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