Originally Posted by dsutton24
I have absolutely nothing to back this up with, but I believe this is true. I also believe that someone with good technique can blur the line between the Tele / Strat sound considerably.
I cut my teeth on Telecaster. I play a Strat a lot these days, but no one doubts that I play it with a Telecaster approach that differs greatly from most Strat players (especially rock guys). That means that I use a pick-and-fingers technique, lean heavily on bridge PUP sounds, and place my right hand between the middle and bridge pickups. Picking closer to the neck PUP is what a lot of Strat players do, and it removes some of the wonderful twangy "hardness" of sound that I shoot for.
I actually like the bridge PUP on my AmStd Strat (a VanZandt Blues set) almost as much as any Tele I've had. It twangs like an SOB, chicken-pickin' sounds just great on that thing. When I play it, I don't miss the bridge on my Tele much at all - it cuts the mustard!
If you heard me play my Strat on the bridge and were blindfolded, you'd have a hard time figuring out which guitar it was. I know I would.