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Discussion in 'Telecaster/Esquire Forum' started by Gonflyn, Sep 8, 2021.
That's a great looking Tele. HNGD. And welcome to the "dark" side.....
Here's mine. 2016 Am Std
I used to think a tele was too “twangy” for me, then I tried one of those 70s teles with an aftermarket wide range humbucker in it - the kind that was constructed the way they used to make them with magnetic pole pieces (but wrong kind of magnet type), not a humbucker with a big cover, and I bought it on the spot. That was the sound. Then it started to bother me that I didn’t have the same kind of pickup in the bridge, so I pulled the pickup, sold the guitar, bought one with the double WRHB contacted the pickup maker and now have a double. Love it.
Next time try one with the original style bridge and then you will experience the true soul of the Tele sound. The six strat style saddles detract from the Tele mojo somewhat.
Aw man! You gave it a girl pickguard! Anyway I'm glad you came over to the dark side. May the force be with you.
"Just try it". Well, when I plugged it in I knew.
Same thing happened to me in 1982. I wanted a Strat, but I ran into this '54 Tele. I always thought they looked like a high school shop project, but . . . The finest instrument I have ever played. It puts my Strat ('04 50th Annie. SC Masterbuilt) in the shade. Don't look past Teles, man.
That's awesome, congrats. Good looking guitar.
I didn't hate them, but I had no place for them until a couple years ago.
Now, I'll never not have one. Although, one seems to be enough....
Love my Strat! Love my Tele! Wouldn't want to part with either of them, but must always make sure to dote on them BOTH, so neither gets jealous of the other!
I haven't really found that to be the case, but since I wear hearing aids, I certainly can't make a definitive statement that would stand up in court. I have had numerous examples of three- and six-saddle bridges with brass, steel and mystery-metal saddles and in the end they all sounded like teles!
I’ve owned a bunch and worked on hundreds and I notice a huge difference in “Tele Mojo” with the vintage style bridge. For me, it’s not really a real Tele if it has the long bridge with 6 saddles. I tend to think of those as a hybrid design.
Another good name for a tele is….
“I told you so”!
I use a tele about 80% of the time, tracking or live.
And welcome to the fold.
I love my Strat, but it doesn't do what this one does.
I'm on my fifh
Still haven't bonded...
Makes me want to go out and get another tele, maybe with body contours
it did take about 30 years to find “the tele” for me…
Every smoker needs an ashtray
And 3 brass saddles
I played Strats from 1976 to 1996, I owned a 59 that looked pretty much just like SRV’s and a 54 which was my birth year. I had many other Strats as well. Around 1996 I got my first Tele and eventually got rid of all my Strats. The two vintage ones were sold for money needs earlier than that as I would have never sold them otherwise. Anyway, once I started playing Tele’s full time I barely picked up a Strat after that and to this day I find them mostly meh…however I recently got one of my Strats back after a few years on a trade. It’s nothing special just an american made black strat with a white Pickguard. Currently it has a mismash set of after market pickups and I’ll probably install a set of Lollar’s or something similar…….or just resell it.
I know what you mean - I will always be a strat player but my tele is just rude and gritty where my strats are smooth glassy and polite (which I love)
I have a Jerry Donahue Lead pickup in the bridge (it screams) and a PV 64 in the neck and it’s wired 4 way for in series / humbucker. This thing rocks
I'm always amused when reading posts about people who have turned their noses up at Teles for years until one day they finally discover the true value and genius behind such a simple looking guitar.
And it's nearly always, "wow, that's the sound I've been seeking". They may look simple but they are incredibly versatile sounding guitars and not quite the ergonomic disaster they may look like.
I actually find them more comfortable to play than any other guitar I own and they're also so damn easy to modify with aftermarket parts, pickups, pickguards, and even necks they can be whatever you like them to be.
I must add, that somewhere out there is a video of Glenn Cambell playing Malgenia on a Tele. FANTASTIC!!