How is it that Teles rock?

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  1. AlanPearl

    AlanPearl New Member!

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    So I pretty much always have a humbucker in the bridge for a bit of 70s rock. I’ve never found a single coil in the bridge of a Strat did it for me when distorted/overdriven, they always sounded wrong (except when played by other people who knew what they were doing, which seems to be everyone but me). But I have a Baja Tele knocking around and for some reason that guitar seems able to handle everything up to metal on the bridge pickup. Anyone know why that is? Thanks!
     
  2. Daddy Do Thang

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    Keep it simple stupid.

    I like strats; I have 3. But the simplicity of a good tele straight into a good tube amp is pretty amazing. 3 positions, volume and tone, no pedals, country, blues, rock, soul, jazz, happy camper.
     
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    I just got my first Tele a few months ago. An MIM LE '51 Nocaster. It's heavy sounding. It has a '51 Nocaster replica pickup in the bridge. It sounds so heavy I can almost play Metallica with it. I don't know why Teles sound so heavy with a single coil pickup?
     
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    Believer7713 The Pink Bunnyman Frankenstein Silver Member

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    It has to do with the steel plate on the bottom of the pickup and the metal bridge plate that its mounted too. They change the magnetic field of the pickup giving it more punch and drive.
    I can't speak to tge science behind it though but I'll bet @Antigua can give some input.
     
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    Nick-O Senior Stratmaster

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    Nothing sounds like a Les Paul more then a tele. I never believed that until I experienced it. I still don't feel comfortable with a tele, never have, but I respect the design very much.


    Now I want one...does it ever end?
     
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    All I know is its my tele on stand #1. Love my strats but the tele eats them alive for most stuff.
     
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    heltershelton Vivamus libero Vivamus duris

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    i hated teles until i played one 5 years ago. then i knew.
     
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    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985

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    Teles rock because they were designed to be a no frills guitar that just works. And when you find a really good one, it's REALLY good.
     
  9. thomquietwolf

    thomquietwolf Dr. Stratster Silver Member

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    Why not Tele

    People have done
    Arch top Acoustic
    Flat top acoustic
    Hollow body
    Semi-hollow body
     
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    Nick-O Senior Stratmaster

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    Yep, I have had 3 over the years, but never felt comfortable....its me...I know...its me....is that what you're saying? :)

     
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    Chipss36 Strat-O-Master

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    The tele is pretty much my #1.

    my les Pual don’t do Strat, my Strat don’t do les Pual.

    my tele can do it all.
    Zeppelin to hank sr.
     
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    Yes...because it's the best Tele they ever made...IMO. Something about that Broadcaster/Twisted Tele pickup combination just does it.
     
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    It’s my favorite jazz guitar
     
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    Baelzebub Dr. Stratster

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    A good way to understand how and why they work for everything, (in a non-technical way), is a day spent in the Smithsonian's Rock and Soul Museum in Memphis.
     
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    dbb541 Strat-O-Master

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    Probably because a Baja tele has a 4 way switch. The extra switch position is both pickups is series (like a humbucker). Gets you fat tone.
    Does your tele have a 4 way switch?
     
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    I’ve got a 4 way laying around and kind of want to put it in my Tele. Should I?
     
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    I'd never risk messing up an already great sounding/playing tele..

    But since you already spent all that money on a switch, may as well build another tele!
     
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    dbb541 Strat-O-Master

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    Sure, I have a tele with 4 way, really like it. Be aware you also need to snip a wire and add a ground to the neck pickup. You'll basically have to rewire the guitar but it's well wort it. There are diagrams online.
     
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    I have a Danelectro U2 I feel the same way about, I can't get it to sound bad.
     
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    well, that's not exctly a low wind bridge pickup... pretty beefy close to 8 on the old multi-meter... and even without hair, its pretty ballsy... and the neck pickup, a twisted tele, is more like a strat neck pickup, so a fuller sound there too... i love the set they put in the bajas... i had a fifties baja for a minute, sold to pay for some parts for guitars i was putting together, dont regret the sale, but of all the store bought electric guitars ive owned, it was hands down the best. a great guitar all the way around.
     
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