I don't like my Tele

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  1. Lonn

    Lonn Mod Admin Staff Member

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    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.
     
  2. HighwayStar106

    HighwayStar106 Senior Stratmaster

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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...

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  3. soulman969

    soulman969 Most Honored Senior Member

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    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.
     
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  4. Baelzebub

    Baelzebub Dr. Stratster

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    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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  5. Groovey

    Groovey Dr. Stratster

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    So your a purist, eh?
     
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  6. s5tuart

    s5tuart Perfecting time travel since 2525

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    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
     
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  7. RoyC

    RoyC Senior Stratmaster

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    I just don't like the look of them, no matter what they sound like. :eek:
     
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  8. thomquietwolf

    thomquietwolf Dr. Stratster Gold Supporting Member Silver Member

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    nutball73 Senior Stratmaster

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    Cast his eyes out! Heretic! How can he say that about the most beautiful guitar shape ever made? :D:D

    Here's one I made earlier...

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  10. Sarnodude

    Sarnodude Most Honored Senior Member

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    I just to play one through a cranked Hiwatt Bulldog 50. It came awfully close. Of course, my ears weren't very discerning back then.
     
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  11. space

    space Strat-O-Master

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

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    …but good! I have. 1952 copy.
     
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  13. Impulsive guppy

    Impulsive guppy Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    If you get a canoe or other small water craft you might appreciate it more!
     
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    rcole_sooner Most Honored Senior Member

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    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.

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

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  15. LivingMyDream

    LivingMyDream Strat-Talker

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    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. :)
     
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    Sarnodude Most Honored Senior Member

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    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?
     
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  17. s5tuart

    s5tuart Perfecting time travel since 2525

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    My mate Geoff had a 71 Tele yonks ago. He still has it. He was the country player in our band.
    I never liked that either :p

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  18. s5tuart

    s5tuart Perfecting time travel since 2525

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    I know exactly what you mean, but I don't know the answer.
     
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  19. Lonn

    Lonn Mod Admin Staff Member

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    My latest Tele has an old MIJ Fernandes neck on it that's fairy beefy, which I like. It's a lightweight guitar but still feels substantial when I play it, which is every day.

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  20. Cerb

    Cerb Anti conformist reformist

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    I thought he said that about the Telecaster..? What am I missing? :whistling:
     
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