I don't like my Tele


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Staff member
Jul 6, 2014
Carmel IN
That's my problem! It plays nicely, access to the upper frets is good, but as Graham says, if you rely on a Lester to hide sloppy playing, which I do, then everything is exposed.

I realize this is often said in jest but I never quite understood it. Guitar players don’t get any more sloppy than I, but I love my telecaster. Perhaps the difference is I’m not trying to hide my sloppiness LOL. I sound like me no matter what I’m playing.


Senior Stratmaster
Nov 5, 2018
United Kingdom
Strats are definitely too polite!

However I hate to see you lower your guitar count, so here's a suggestion for a replacement: (actually no joke, I've tried one if these and it was very good, especially for £269):

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My brother has that exact guitar. I keep telling him it's not a proper Tele because it's got humbuckers in it, but I secretly want it. :D

If we're all posting pics of our Teles now...



Most Honored Senior Member
Jan 5, 2016
Fort Collins, CO
That's my problem! It plays nicely, access to the upper frets is good, but as Graham says, if you rely on a Lester to hide sloppy playing, which I do, then everything is exposed.

It'll make you a better player if only because there's nowhere to hide. Use it as a way to improve your playing. Be a shame to let a great guitar go.


Dr. Stratster
Nov 1, 2019
State of Disbelief
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It's a Harley Benton TE70.
There's nothing wrong with it except the sound. I gambled £150 on it and lost but I'll get something back for it on FeeBay

If it's the sound that easily fixable with pickup swap. If you're used to LP's get a hotter set of Tele pups, or, hell..purists be damned toss a humbucker in it. You might find just enough difference in the tones to keep it for when you want something different from the LP...but not too much so.

I picked up a cheap(er) Michael Kelly with HB's, (a mini in the neck, full in the bridge), and am thinking of putting some Probuckers I got out of an Epi LP into it, if I can just figure out the wiring. Like yours, plays nice and nothing wrong with it, but I think the PB will make it sing!

have th figure something for the neck since that full sized PB won't fit the p/g and I'm loathe to cut it..but I might just try it with a ring mount.

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Perfecting time travel since 2525
Aug 8, 2011
All over the place!
It'll make you a better player if only because there's nowhere to hide. Use it as a way to improve your playing. Be a shame to let a great guitar go.
I certainly agree with the sentiment but at my level I need somewhere to hide! :rolleyes:

It's not really that so much it's just not the sound I want out of a guitar and I'm not willing to start down the route of swapping pickups when it "only" cost me £150.
I won't lose much on eBay, probably less than if I get a set of hum buckers for it and STILL decide it's not for me. :D


May 17, 2018
Indeed. I think that the Teles I do like are humbucker equipped anyway so I should have done more research before buying. Teles with single coils do sound strident to my ears and I did toy with the idea of modifying this one, but buying a load of new stuff for it seems ludicrous.
Strats single coils always sound a lot more smooth to my ears. Less twang and, dare I say it, more sophisticated! :eek:

I went through 4 teles b4 I found "the one"
Just happened to be an Ibanez


Most Honored Senior Member
Mar 11, 2010
Oklahoma City, OK
My first tele was a Mim I grabbed at GC just cuz I wanted a tele. But yeah, I never bonded with it.

So one day I decided to use it as my first attempt to refinish a guitar, stripped it, lacquered it, put Highway 1 pups in it, vintage tuners, fret leveled. Then got a wild hair and decided to try my hand a relic-ing.

I ain't saying all that turned out great, but now it is my goto beater guitar. It plays nice, and stays in tune great. It is kinda like an old favorite pair of jeans.

So who knows ... maybe give it a little "love" and see what happens.

On the right in this pic.


It goes camping and traveling with me. Been to several Caribbean islands.




May 9, 2020
Peculiar. Missouri
I'm right with you, s5uart. I had a nice Fender American Standard Tele - just couldn't bond with it, so it sat in it's case. I let it go. Then I saw a nice Fender MIM Thinline Deluxe Tele, and I thought maybe that was the sound I wanted. Nope, it sat in it's case, too. I let it go.

To date, I am Tele-less, and I just can't see that changing. I do have 4 Strat, though, so I'm happy. :)


Most Honored Senior Member
Sep 26, 2015
I have a question.. I own two strats, so I have a good idea of how they feel under my fingers.
The last American Tele I played was really stiff.... is this typical?