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Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Wrighty, Dec 15, 2018.
Mmm, there’s a whole new thread in that statement!
I play rockabilly on a headless Steinberger.
I wish I had a Steinberger or Keisel headless!
Now that's an interesting thought. Just added a Strat after a few years with a Tele and totally get what you're saying. Still settling in to the new hand positioning.
i agree the picking style and where you pick has a bunch to do with it as my PRS with a steve vai evo bridge humbucker twangs pretty strong.
but i think a tele bridge pickup is cornbread fed and the easiest to twaaawanngg with.
As far as tone, the middle pup on my '76 hardtail can get very Tele-like. Twangy snappy and bitey, but none of my tremolo equipped Strats get as close. Part of that reason could be the pups.
But country licks on a Strat is just wrong.
Tele's force me to play different,more country and careful, you cant hide mistakes so easy
playin a tele
I can make my Strat twang
I own and play both Strats and Teles.I am mainly a Blues and old school Rock n Roll player but I find a Strat to be a great choice for Country guitar although I don't really play much Country.I find the Strat bridge pickup to be very twangy and ideal for that style of music.If you lay your hand to palm mute on the bridge saddles of a Strat and pick in the area just in front of the bridge pickup you get a very bright and twangy tone that sounds great especially for chicken pickin' style.Sure a Tele is the go to guitar for most Country pickers but let's not forget that the Strat was designed around the Telecaster and many Country pickers were the first players to use it and give Leo feedback.Compared to a Tele bridge pickup,I find the Strat bridge just a bit thinner with a bit less midrange and bass...it has slightly more brightness and quack but still a very usable tone for a Country context.Also the 2 position of a Strat(bridge and middle)is a common tone used in Country(especially 1980s era).I think getting a Country tone on a guitar has more to do with the right picking technique.So whether it's a Strat,Tele,Gretsch,Les Paul jnr ect...I think the critical factor is how and where you pick to get that twang and control of that phrasing.
You can play anything on any decent, playable guitar.
We sweat the minutia around here, I am guilty of it too.
WE as players hear all the different sonic footprints of the guitars.
But, the audience doesn't have a clue, nor care one bit, as long as you play what you are playing well.
And as Sonny put so well above, there are ways to coax different tones out of guitars. Just gotta know how to do it.
Thanks! Great playing, but is that audience alive?
I really enjoy playing the same song on a strat, tele, and Gibson, regardless of the type of music
That Music Man Albert Lee has something many Strats and Teles do not have.
BONA FIDE TUNING STABILITY.
Glen Campbell played a G&L Comanche
I have two of both.
The strats are afraid of the Teles, but much more polite when in a group situation.
Well...I've seen the legend Reggie Young probably 14 or 15 times in my lifetime and I never once saw him play a Telecaster. If there is a more country guitar player than Reggie Young, I never heard of em.
Seriously though its all in the fingers man.
I think teles and strats sound pretty different from each other. I can't get the tele neck sound on a strat, or vise versa. I can't get the tele bridge on a strat, or vise versa. A Tele can't really sound like a Strat's switch position 2 or 4, although a Nashville tele can get close--maybe real close depending on pickups.
A tele can't do trem dive bombs, but it's more useful for clubbing zombies.
They're just different tools, and they have different uses. Not that there's anything wrong with chicken pickin' on a Strat or blues on a tele.
They also both have their own aesthetic style. A strat is...well, mid-century modern. It's 1950s futurism, a Jetsons guitar. The tele looks simpler and more rustic.