"THE" Strat sound versus "THE" Tele sound.

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  1. Digiplay

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    Happy New Year everyone!


    Before I ask my question, I'll start off by saying that I know that only a Strat can sound like a Strat, and a Tele can only sound like a Tele


    But.........................................................................................................................


    Could a Strat pull off a reasonably close "THE" Tele sound easier than a Tele could pull off a reasonably close "THE" Strat sound?


    Does what I just said make any sense? :)


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    This should be good...

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    Happy New Year everyone!


    Before I ask my question, I'll start off by saying that I know that only a Strat can sound like a Strat, and a Tele can only sound like a Tele


    But.........................................................................................................................


    Could a Strat pull off a reasonably close "THE" Tele sound easier than a Tele could pull off a reasonably close "THE" Strat sound?


    Does what I just said make any sense? :)


    Jerry
     
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    The StratoMutt (my partscaster) is a hardtail and can use the bridge + neck together. I *think* that sort of gets close.
     
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    Yes. Both. Sometimes. It depends. You just never know. I have faith YOU can do it!
     
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    Hi StratoMutt!


    My line of thinking (uh-oh :) ) was that a traditional Tele switch will "only" allow:

    1) Bridge only.
    2) Bridge and Neck.
    3) Neck only.


    Whereas a Strat switch will allow:
    1) Bridge only.
    2) Bridge and middle.
    3) Middle only.
    4) Middle and neck.
    5) Neck only.


    Therefore it would be easier for a Strat to pull off just three sounds than it would be for a Tele to pull off 5 sounds.


    Logical? :) :) :)
     
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    PS

    This Thread AIN'T for purists, it's more for those with, shall we say, a more open mind :) :) :) :) :)
     
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    I have a modified "Nashville" style Tele that has a middle pickup and a 5 way switch, so it can get some Strat-ish sounds, but that's probably cheating.
     
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    For decades I’ve loved this song and especially the guitar playing. That lead Tele sound just sounds so killer.

    Imagine my “no way!” astonishment when I found out he’s playing a Les Paul.

    Just goes to show a lot of things you think can’t be done can.

     
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    Hi tanta07!

    Yes, that would be cheating, as you have a third Strat middle pickup, and I have no doubt that it could get closer to "THE" Strat sound than a 2 pickup Tele could.

    But as I alluded to a few minutes ago, my thinking was that a 3 pickup guitar could get closer in sound to a 2 pickup guitar than a 2 pickup guitar could get to a three pickup guitar.


    I know, it's a strange/possibly flawed way to look at it :)
     
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    Sounds like you're saying that IF, and that's a BIG IF, a guitarist knows what he's/she's doing, they can make any guitar sound like what they want a guitar to sound like :)
     
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    Yes, but it is more complicated than that.

    There is some "magic" in the bridge pickup mounting plate. It does something for the magnetic field the pickup produces.

    The Tele neck pickup has a different build layout.

    The typical Strat trem assembly produces sounds the Tele never will. Some say the trem cover alters the tone as well.
     
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    It depends on whether you mean "produce every sound the other guitar can produce" or "produce at least one sound the other guitar produces".
     
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    Purist views are what could make this thread more lively.

    Is also why I mentioned what my Strat can do versus the common trem models. Bridge + neck does indeed sound great.
     
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    I’ve owned strats with blender circuits but even though I never really tried to sound like I was playing a tele, I gotta say the best results I got while playing classic tele songs came from using the strat’s middle pickup. Much better than anything else.

    Just keep it raw and dial in the right settings, you’ll hear enough twang or bark, depending on what you want.
     
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    I already knew that about a Tele bridge, and that's why I initially said I know that only a Strat can sound like a Strat, and a Tele can only sound like a Tele


    But.........................................................................................................................


    Could a Strat pull off a reasonably close "THE" Tele sound easier than a Tele could pull off a reasonably close "THE" Strat sound?


    And that's why I said reasonably close :) :) :)
     
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    "Tone" is largely in the hands of the guitarist.

    Pretty sure a talented guitarist can play the same bit in such a way it would be difficult to tell the difference in guitars.

    I'd imagine there are vids on YouTube demonstrating this or a similar comparison.
     
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    Hi DeMelo, Happy New Year to ya"!


    Hidden deep in my thought process was could a Strat pull off enough Twang/bark, but as you and StratoMutt have said, it sounds like a Strat is more than capable.


    Damn, and now here's the hard part :)


    I'm unfortunately going to have something to do with it as well!
     
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    Full disclosure: I'm not a Tele fan really. They are rather crude in comparison to the all but perfect Strat.

    imwo.

    Been years since I had a go with one and never through my own amps.
     
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    Then perhaps it's ME that needs a more open mind StratoMutt, because I would have thought a Strat purist/lover, and a Tele purist/lover would both say "No way" :)