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Blackface or Tweed for a Tele- which is better and why

Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by tjmicsak, Feb 27, 2018.

  1. tjmicsak

    tjmicsak TDPRI Member

    84
    Jul 3, 2010
    Webster, NY
    On some newer country stuff, and some older, there's that Tele technique thats popping the strings and getting the Tele to really talk with a country accent. Think Justin Moore and similar.
    Is that style done best with a Tweed deluxe or a Blackface deluxe amp?
    Is there a preferred rectifier with more sag in one or the other?
     

  2. h4ck.b0x7

    h4ck.b0x7 Tele-Holic

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    Nov 29, 2011
    United States
    Chicken Pickin’ and Blackface Fender are pretty much synonymous.
     
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  3. h4ck.b0x7

    h4ck.b0x7 Tele-Holic

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    Nov 29, 2011
    United States
    A lot of that early country is all about clean headroom. A Blackface Twin is heavenly when it comes to clean headroom.....not so much when it comes to lifting the damn thing!
     

  4. Axis29

    Axis29 Poster Extraordinaire Ad Free Member

    Jan 2, 2007
    Virginia, USA
    When I think Country, I am always thinking classic Country. I'm not much on modern stuff. So, to me, it's that snappy Blackface tone.
     
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  5. h4ck.b0x7

    h4ck.b0x7 Tele-Holic

    778
    Nov 29, 2011
    United States
    If it's the 70's stuff you have to add a Phase 90 into the mix.
     
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  6. 8barlouie

    8barlouie Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    May 9, 2015
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    When it boils right down, it’s like, “which is better, chocolate or vanilla?” Chocolate being the tweed, of course. :lol:
     
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  7. Uncle Daddy

    Uncle Daddy Tele-Meister

    425
    Sep 26, 2015
    Maldon, England
    I love tweed with single coils. The mid range push from a tweed amp seems to complement the missing mids from a Tele.
     
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  8. Il Duce

    Il Duce Tele-Holic

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    NYC
    Tele into Peavey! Lol
     
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  9. thebowl

    thebowl Tele-Meister

    294
    May 19, 2014
    New Jersey
    Blackface and ceramic speaker, for me at least.

    And it's not like there is no role for a tweed amp with a Tele. If you want to play early blues, push that tele through a 5E3 or a 5E5. Voila; you are in the Delta.
     

  10. screamin eagle

    screamin eagle Poster Extraordinaire

    Oct 9, 2008
    S. CA
    Lots of folks have and will talk about chickin' pickin' country and blackface amps. No doubt that there is historical context there, but the more forward mids of the tweed amps do it for me. Tweed cleans have more texture.

    My vote is for tweeds. They complement just about everything a tele can do.
     

  11. powerwagonjohn

    powerwagonjohn Tele-Meister

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    Apr 30, 2013
    minnesota
    I thought chocolate would be a brown face amp. There is something special about my Tele through my 62 Pro. Especially when you add in some reverb.
    Thanks John
     

  12. tjmicsak

    tjmicsak TDPRI Member

    84
    Jul 3, 2010
    Webster, NY
    This is the sort of tone I'm asking about. Dirty clean, almost rubbery, some sag and compression, and an almost woody midrange warmth. Is this more a Blackface tone or a Tweed tone? Maybe even a AC30 tone???

     
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  13. joe_cpwe

    joe_cpwe Tele-Meister

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    Nov 27, 2017
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    Funny. I saw this video on YouTube yesterday. Look at all the Peaveys! Looks like BB has a Fender on his right side but I count at least five Peavey's in that shot

    jerry reed and PV.jpg



     
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  14. Old Tele man

    Old Tele man Friend of Leo's

    May 10, 2017
    Tucson, AZ
    Old school = Tweed & Tele.

    New school = blackface & Tele.
     
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  15. H. Mac

    H. Mac Friend of Leo's

    May 26, 2012
    Atlanta, Georgia
    If there’s a better sound than a Tele plugged straight into a tweed, I have it heard it in the 50-plus years I’ve been playing.
     

  16. coloradojeff

    coloradojeff Tele-Holic

    643
    Feb 17, 2012
    Colorado
    I've got a Vibro King. I feel your pain....and felt my own!
     
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  17. bftfender

    bftfender Tele-Afflicted

    Dec 21, 2017
    York PA
    yupp !!! 50's tele.jpg
     

  18. h4ck.b0x7

    h4ck.b0x7 Tele-Holic

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    Nov 29, 2011
    United States
    I don’t have a Twin. I’ve played, and “lifted”, my fair share though. I have a ‘65 Deluxe Reverb and a ‘64 Vibroverb.
     
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  19. JazzboxBlues

    JazzboxBlues Tele-Holic

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    Dec 6, 2014
    Crook County IL
    Impossible question to answer. Both flavors sound right. That’s why I have one of each. P90s sound great through both as well.
     

  20. tjmicsak

    tjmicsak TDPRI Member

    84
    Jul 3, 2010
    Webster, NY
    So,
    Based on what I've seen so far my thoughts are to actually get a Tweed Deluxe and a Blackface Deluxe.
    Is that the best options for gigging volume in relation to stage volume and average drummer volume, or would that wattage and output be not quite enough? What Im trying to do is narrow down that sweet spot volume- specifically for the Tweed, that will be adequate for stage against a drummer- assuming that for the FOH the amp(s) will be miced into FOH.
     
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