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Why can Tele = Strat but not Strat = Tele?

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Wrighty, Dec 15, 2018.

  1. Wrighty

    Wrighty Senior Stratmaster

    Mar 7, 2013
    Harlow, Essex, UK
    I’ve got a 2004 Am Std Strat and a 2018 Am Pro Tele. I’d be hard pushed to say which is the better player or my #1. But, and here’s a thing. I’ll play any of the band’s numbers on the Tele, country, pop, blues etc. Yet playing country on the Strat just doesn’t work for me. It’s not just a question of the tone, it just feels weird and wrong to hit a country number with a Strat.
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  2. Andrew Wasson

    Andrew Wasson Strat-O-Master

    Nov 6, 2018
    Vancouver, Canada
    Maybe because Strats are a rock guitar?

    On a more serious note, I know you’re talking more about the feel rather than the tone stack but it seems to me that I can get close to a Strat neck sound with a Telecaster neck and my middle pickup on the Strat can get close to the Telecaster bridge but neither can sound like the other really. I mean, if I let loose on the Telecaster with a bunch of gain on a tube amp with the bridge pickup, it gets that pure early Led Zeppelin bite and the Strat can’t get that. On the other hand the Strat has that flute tone in the neck that my Telecaster can get close to but it can’t quite reproduce it.

    I’ve only seriously been playing Strats and Telecasters for the last 4 years or so, so I’m still figuring out all of the Sonic possibilities so it could be with time, I’ll get closer. Not sure that I want to though. I love the curves on the Strat but I really like the raw, utilitarian shape and feel of the Telecaster too.
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  3. mijstrat72

    mijstrat72 Strat-Talker

    Sep 2, 2008
    What do ya mean?! There's plenty of strats in country that one guy...ummm...uhh...
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  4. Wrighty

    Wrighty Senior Stratmaster

    Mar 7, 2013
    Harlow, Essex, UK
    Your last sentence seems closest to an answer. I think I’ve always preferences the Tele overall, just basic and functional. I’ve never gone for flash or bling in anything, cars, watches, clothes......................Perhaps I just ‘want’ the Tele to be more versatile?
  5. jball85

    jball85 Strat-O-Master

    Mar 16, 2014
    East Texas
    Johnny Garcia (Garth Brooks). Probably doesn't use a strat exclusively, but it seems to be his go to guitar for live shows.

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  6. Bcorig

    Bcorig Strat-Talker

    Feb 17, 2018
    Chino Hills CA
    I always disliked the Tele shape and felt I didn’t like the Tele Sonics until I came down from my high horse and played one.
    Then I bought one and realized most of the music I listen to, Clapton excepted, is played on a Tele.
    Now it’s the only one I want to play.
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  7. 50yearslater

    50yearslater Strat-Talker

    Sep 28, 2009
    FL & NC
    This guy could play some Country on a strat...

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  8. StratoTele

    StratoTele Strat-Talker

    Nov 4, 2012
    Peoria, AZ
    I had always thought of myself as a Strat guy, but now I own one Strat, and three Teles. I play mostly classic rock, but I'm able to cover just about any genre of music with my Teles. 20180511_160522.jpg
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  9. TSims1

    TSims1 Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Aug 9, 2009
    Atlanta, GA
    I always liked when Pete Anderson used Strats with Dwight Yoakam.

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  10. jvin248

    jvin248 Senior Stratmaster

    Jan 10, 2014

    Two reasons why a Strat struggles to sound like a Tele

    - The strap pin is more forward on the body, so the whole guitar hangs further back when standing, you are more likely to pick between the middle and neck pickups, not back by the bridge pickup where it twangs. A Tele you are more often naturally resting your hand on the bridge or just behind the bridge on the body picking by the saddles and twanging.

    - The volume knob is too close. Move the volume to the first tone knob position opening up that playing region. Now it's easier to pick near the bridge and saddles for more twang on all strings.

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  11. Willie D

    Willie D Pentatonic Hack Strat-Talk Supporter

  12. archetype

    archetype Strat-O-Master

    Nov 26, 2016
    Williamsville NY
    Keith Urban, if you consider any of his stuff county.
  13. archetype

    archetype Strat-O-Master

    Nov 26, 2016
    Williamsville NY
    The versatility of a Tele is in the player: picking dynamics, using volume and tone controls with the amp set to the edge of breakup. Beyond that, the crispy thing that cheap, thin bridge plate contributes and that voodoo magic of the bridge pickup.

    I’ve got Strats and Teles. For me, the Strat is a set of distinctly different tones. The Tele has more of a range of tone that i can work with and dial in.
    Last edited: Dec 15, 2018
  14. SAguitar

    SAguitar Senior Stratmaster

    Jun 28, 2014
    I too have Strats and Teles, and I use them for what they are good for. I love the differences between them and their individual capabilities.
  15. Willie D

    Willie D Pentatonic Hack Strat-Talk Supporter

    Vince Gill plays a Strat frequently. Eldon Shamblin of the Texas Playboys was a Strat man, too.

    But I'll admit, when I want to play country I do reach for the Tele.
  16. Wrighty

    Wrighty Senior Stratmaster

    Mar 7, 2013
    Harlow, Essex, UK
    But that’s neither Strat nor Tele?
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  17. Willie D

    Willie D Pentatonic Hack Strat-Talk Supporter

    True, but it's in the Strat ballpark. More strattish than teleish.
  18. Wrighty

    Wrighty Senior Stratmaster

    Mar 7, 2013
    Harlow, Essex, UK
    Get all of the points mentioned. Still feels right for me to pick up a Tele for country and carry on using it for everything else than pick up a Strat for blues and then carry on using it. Just an, I don’t know the word, emotional? thing I guess.
  19. AngelDeVille

    AngelDeVille Strat-O-Master

    Jul 25, 2017
    I play heavy metal on a danelectro with lipsticks, and country on a hot pink reverse Jackson.