After tele.... 2nd electric?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by natec, Feb 20, 2019.

What next?

  1. Another Tele

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  2. Another Fender

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  3. Another non-fender electric

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  4. None of the above - practice more

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  1. Treadplatedual

    Treadplatedual Tele-Holic

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    The real question is, what do you play, and what do you play through? What do you want to sound like, and what will make you play more?

    I've currently got 2 strats (one sss one hh), a prs clone with alnico 2 hh, an LP with shreddy pickups, a Tele with noiseless single coils, a Tele/lp hybrid with vintage paf style humbucker, and I'm building an hh Tele with alnico 5 higher output paf style pickups. All of them do different things, but I gravitate toward hard rock and metal guitars, since for my daily playing I lean into the heavier stuff.

    If you don't want to shred, but want bluesy/classic rock vibes, that will change what guitar you're after. If you have a monster half stack with insane gain levels, single coils may not fit the bill.

    That said, you know the guitar theorem, right?

    The number of guitars one needs = X + 1
    Where X = the number of guitars one has.
     
  2. perttime

    perttime Tele-Afflicted

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    What do you like about the Tele?
    What are the less favorite things?

    Strats are in the same ballpark, soundwise, as Teles - but they have all sorts of nice shapes, one more pickup, and usually a vibrato bar (Leo called it tremolo). I found the vibrato to be a distraction - so went for a hardtail strat.

    If you want more power and "darker" sounds, something with humbucker pickups would give you something very different from a Tele. Everybody has an LP. I'd go for an Ibanez Artist series guitar, in that vein.
     
  3. bumnote

    bumnote TDPRI Member

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    A Epi Casino or 335 type. You won't have to break the bank to get a great guitar in either of these styles and it's The perfect bridge between the tones and feel of a solid body and an acoustic.

    I'm a HUGE fan of Ibanez 335 styles, they're a great band for the buck.
    A Casino or other hollow body P90 guitar style guitar is, IMO, one of the most unique guitars out there. P-90's kick ass, have a tone like no other single coil...they can growl like mad, twang, or do clean jazz tones with ease. Hollow bodies also play pretty well unplugged...I always get the urge to pick up an acoustic after playing around with my Casino unplugged. So your Taylor might get a little more use.
    I'll echo what some others have said...don't sell the Taylor. I guarantee a week after you after you sell it, all you'll be thinking about is buying a new acoustic.
     
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  4. CK Dexter Haven

    CK Dexter Haven Friend of Leo's

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    Oh and consider adding a Bass and a appropriate amp, you can lay down lines and play over them, it's fun to have when friends come over, and it can actually be a useful writing too/rut buster, I have a P-arts that I put together for @ $100, and a MIJ Mustang that is short scale and often used at jams.
     
  5. natec

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    Thanks all for the responses so far (keep them coming). To answer a few of the questions:

    I'm a long-term-beginner, that is to say I started in the 80s, didn't get a lot of formal instruction and then put it down. I've never completely walked away, but also do *not* have 30+ years experience, at all.

    I'm not going to get rid of the Taylor. Whether I play it much or not - I feel like I will always own at least one acoustic.

    I mostly play just to hear myself play - maybe with one or two friends, not in front of an audience.

    As to the remainder of the setup at the moment - I have a Orange Micro Terror plugged into a homeade box that houses a single 10" celestion G10 vintage. No pedals, no effects.

    I know deep down I totally need to play more. I also have the bug for another one.

    Thanks again,

    Nate
     
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  6. CK Dexter Haven

    CK Dexter Haven Friend of Leo's

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    The one thing I miss on a Tele is the "trem"; for surf/spy type stuff it's nice to have. A Strat w/ a bucker in the tail is a very versatile guitar.. you get the traditional neck PU which is different than a Tele and the "in-between quack" plus a heavier sound w/ the bucker. and Affinities w/ that set up are very inexpensive second hand, a little looking should turn up something well under $100 might be a good way for the OP to explore various things for short money. The Yamaha Pacifica 112 is a very nice budget guitar w/ similar set up, that is about the same money.
     
  7. Martinp

    Martinp Tele-Afflicted

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    My first guitar was a Gretsch Anniversary 6124, so , uh, two was a strat, and three four and five were Teles. a couple of weeks ago I sold the strat for this ...

    [​IMG]

    it's a Gretsch 2622, it played way better than the Epiphones they were pushing.

    After a month or so I'm still happy with it
     
  8. fendrguitplayr

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    P90s!
     
  9. perttime

    perttime Tele-Afflicted

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    So far, I have not developed a liking for the strat "quack". The strat neck pickup is great. I have one on my tele(ish) guitar too.... :eek:
    But tele seems to be the ultimate in single coil bridge pickup sounds.
     
  10. Crobbins

    Crobbins Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

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  11. adjason

    adjason Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    What amp do you use? If it is sub par then I would get that next
     
  12. AxemanVR

    AxemanVR Tele-Afflicted Ad Free Member

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    Buying just to Buy is not a good reason to Buy.

    As happy as I am about having multiple guitars, I would be sad if I couldn't play them - so I voted "None of the above - practice more"...


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  13. Scottz

    Scottz Tele-Holic

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    This! I recently picked one up with a Roadrunner polyfoam case for $280. I'm amazed at the quality of such a budget guitar.

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  14. Bob M

    Bob M Tele-Afflicted Ad Free Member

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    Gretsches and Teles go hand in hand. Doesn't everyone require an orange 6120?

    Chet Atkins 6120-1959.jpg
     
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    Karaokesquirrel TDPRI Member

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    Hi Nate,
    Your comment may be a hint:

    “ I find myself thinking more about accumulating another electric than I do about playing the one I have (which is awesome... I can't find any flaws with it).”

    I suggest playing the ones you have more for a while, it sounds like you haven’t had the new Tele long and you might not have found the corners yet.

    I went through a GAS phase when I was working a lot and had little time to play. Now I think I was compensating, and I resolved to play’em, don’t buy ‘em.

    Once you’ve explored the Tele more thouroughly it will be easier to pick another guitar to compliment what you have already.

    KS
     
  16. RadioFM74

    RadioFM74 Tele-Afflicted

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    1. If you buy another guitar, I say Strat. Strat & Tele are like peanut butter & jelly.
    2. This only applies if you already have a good amp. If not, a good amp is the priority investment.
    3. Whatever you do, play more :)
     
  17. jim777

    jim777 Tele-Meister

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    Get decent on the Tele before buying another guitar. If you absolutely have to buy a guitar buy a used one. But you have a Tele and a Taylor, I think I would go for a teacher next.
     
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  18. Uncle Butch

    Uncle Butch Tele-Meister

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    HSS Strat
     
  19. LGOberean

    LGOberean Doctor of Teleocity

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    Yeah, that can really limit your progress as a player...
    [​IMG][​IMG]

    I'm (mostly) kidding about that. Redd's been known to play an LP...
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    ...and Jerry has donned a Strat before...
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  20. JL_LI

    JL_LI Friend of Leo's

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    After a long hiatus my first electric after buying a Telecaster was a Gretsch Anniversary, followed by an SG and then a Strat. My Strat now gets the most playing time because of its great variety of tones, followed by my Telecaster. My Telecaster is no longer a Nashville. The Strat obviated the need for that configuration. I now have N4’s in the Telecaster. What I like about what I have now is that there is very little tonal overlap between them.
     
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