NGD - ok, so I used to hate Teles

Discussion in 'Telecaster/Esquire Forum' started by Gonflyn, Sep 8, 2021.

  1. Baelzebub

    Baelzebub Dr. Stratster

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    That's a great looking Tele. HNGD. And welcome to the "dark" side.....:D
     
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    Stratoman10 Dr. Stratster Silver Member

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    Here's mine. 2016 Am Std

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  3. jackietreehorn

    jackietreehorn Strat-Talk Member

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    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.
     
  4. Scott Baxendale

    Scott Baxendale Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    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.
     
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    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.
     
  6. gt1jimi

    gt1jimi New Member!

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    "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.
     
  7. joe_cpwe

    joe_cpwe Senior Stratmaster

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    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....
     
  8. theJJ

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    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!
     
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    bsman Senior Stratmaster

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    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! :)
     
  10. Scott Baxendale

    Scott Baxendale Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    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.
     
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  11. Chipss36

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    Another good name for a tele is….

    “I told you so”!


    I use a tele about 80% of the time, tracking or live.
     
  12. Ebidis

    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985

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    HNGD

    And welcome to the fold.

    I love my Strat, but it doesn't do what this one does.

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  13. thomquietwolf

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    I'm on my fifh
    Still haven't bonded...
    Go figure
     
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    jrbirdman Senior Stratmaster Platinum Supporting Member Silver Member

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    Makes me want to go out and get another tele, maybe with body contours
     
  15. Chipss36

    Chipss36 Strat-O-Master

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    it did take about 30 years to find “the tele” for me…



     
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    HazyPurple Without stress... my life would be empty Silver Member

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    Every smoker needs an ashtray ;)

    And 3 brass saddles
     
  17. Scott Baxendale

    Scott Baxendale Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    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.
     
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    EC Strat Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    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 11A24F50-FA29-4497-8DE5-E2E663CF1942.jpeg
     
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    soulman969 Senior Stratmaster

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    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.
     
  20. skinnyass

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    I must add, that somewhere out there is a video of Glenn Cambell playing Malgenia on a Tele. FANTASTIC!!