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Famous Guitarists That Turned me on to Telecasters!

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by TeleOrLes, Jun 15, 2017.

  1. SaintSilas

    SaintSilas Tele-Meister

    Tom Petty
    Ritchie Kotzen
    Waylon Jennings

  2. 2 Headed Goat

    2 Headed Goat Tele-Holic

    Jul 28, 2012
    Here & Now

    Last edited: Jun 22, 2017
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  3. Lead2Fan

    Lead2Fan Tele-Meister

    Jan 7, 2016
    East Coast
    As a kid I loved seeing Buck Owens playing his Red/White/Blue sparkle Telecaster while watching TV with my dad. Even all these years later it's still a spectacular finish, "patriotic" and "timeless", wish I could afford one.
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  4. Jim85IROC

    Jim85IROC Tele-Meister

    Mar 17, 2009
    Readsboro, VT
    For me, I'd say it was a combination of Bearnie Leadon, Joe Walsh and Brad Paisley. I'm a huge Eagles fan, and most of their early stuff was all Bernie on his Tele, but my favorite song is Hotel California, and I wanted a tele to get the sounds from Walsh on that song. I'm also a huge Brad Paisley fan, so when the FSR Black Paisley guitar came out back a few years ago, I just had to have it.
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  5. littlebadboy

    littlebadboy Tele-Afflicted

    Jun 25, 2016
    Midwest, USA
    Stephen Carpenter of Deftones
    Richie Kotzen
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  6. dkmw

    dkmw Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Mar 30, 2016
    Florida USA
    I wish I could remember... And the funny thing is that it was only three years ago when I developed a Tele affliction (or maybe that's affection, but it seems more like a disease).

    Whatever it was, when I returned to guitar after 40 years of not really playing much at all, I had to have a Telecaster. It really bothers me that I can't identify the source of this inspiration. Maybe it was an amalgamation of players I'd always enjoyed who used Teles - Albert Lee, Keef, Strummer, Waylon, Buchanan, etc.

    I keep thinking that one day it will come to me in a flash, but even if I never recollect I'm glad it happened. The utility, versatility, variety of possible configurations (partscaster disease), and ergonomics make the Tele the guitar I pick up the most.
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  7. Howie22

    Howie22 Tele-Meister

    Oct 1, 2015
    N Carolina
    The first "tele moment" I ever remember was hearing Michael Houser play at a Widespread Panic concert my friends dragged me to in the mid-90's. Didn't care for the band, but his tone was massive

    It was probably 20 years later before I ever got one, and by then thinking I had given up electric guitar in favor of acoustic

    The country twang and chicken pickin' guys are who really made me want one and ultimately end up buying one later in life. Guys like Pete Anderson, James Burton, Vince Gill, etc

    Though usually more of a "humbucker band," Clay Cook with Zac Brown Band can flat out lay it down a tele as well

  8. Jim W

    Jim W Friend of Leo's

    Mar 17, 2003
    Ray Davies, John McNally (Searchers), Justin Haywood

  9. Rich B in Tempe

    Rich B in Tempe Tele-Holic

    Apr 20, 2016
    Tempe Arizona
    When i was a kid (1960's) i got a-hold of jonny cash at folsum prison. Of course, its a live album & he had a tele player in his band " the Tennisee Three" that was the twangies player i had heard! Also i think my dad had a record of Jimmy Bryant , he was playing a blond tele & it sounded alot like the guitarist in Cash's band. Later, Vince Gill & Jimmy Mesina- saw him live with Loggins & he plays a blond tele! Awesome!!

  10. Humbuster

    Humbuster Tele-Meister

    Aug 11, 2009
    en route.
    The greatest player to ever rock a Tele.... the late, but great Danny Gatton.

    + Marty Stuart.
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  11. Sollophonic

    Sollophonic Friend of Leo's

    Oh, where to start......?

    Wilko Johnson
    Syd Barrett
    Lynval Golding
    Robert Quine

    Then Hugh Cornwell

    And Joe Strummer


    So many others

    Sheryl Crow
    Steve Cropper
    Mike Bloomfield
    Chrissy Hynde
    Graham Coxon
    That Petrol Emotion
    Screaming Blue Messiahs..........
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  12. Chicago Matt

    Chicago Matt Friend of Leo's

    Aug 23, 2014
    For me in chronological order it's been:
    • James Burton with Ricky Nelson on The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriett
    • Keith Richards
    • Andy Summers
    and more recently,
    • Guthrie Trapp
    • Redd Volkeart
    • Tab Benoit
    • Marty Stuart
    • Kenny Vaughan

  13. Gdolly

    Gdolly Tele-Meister

    May 9, 2017
    Pretty much anyone that has ever played a guitar solo in a country record with a tele. When I was young, I would sit for hours listening to my parents country albums.

  14. Tony Forman

    Tony Forman Tele-Meister

    Early on:

    Rick Parfitt
    Francis Rossi
    Roy Buchanan
    Danny Gatton
    James Burton


    Ted Greene
    Bill Kirchen
    Redd Volkaert
    Jim Campilongo
    Waylon Jennings
    Don Rich
    Jimmy Bryant
    Scotty Anderson
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  15. oceantracks

    oceantracks TDPRI Member

    Dec 7, 2010
    Boca Raton FL

    James Burton....about 45" in. Hooked ever since!

  16. DonM

    DonM Tele-Afflicted Ad Free Member

    Apr 21, 2016
    James Burton
    Roy Buchanon
    Steve Cropper

    Later on, many of the same already mentioned.

  17. Mercyfulfate

    Mercyfulfate TDPRI Member

    May 14, 2017
    Tornado Alley/OK
    James Burton did it for me.

  18. Slip Kid

    Slip Kid Tele-Meister

    Dec 21, 2011
    I'm a Strat guy from day 1 but the following pushed me towards the Tele:
    Danny Gatton
    Pete Townshend
    Chrissie Hynde

    Honorable mention to Bruce and the "Born to Run" album cover. I'm not a big Bruce fan but it was a definite inspiration in my pre playing years.

  19. jimification

    jimification TDPRI Member

    Mar 24, 2017
    Danny Gatton, definitely! (I'm enjoying his biography: "Unfinished Business" atm)

    But recently it's been Mr Roth - can't get his tele tones here out of my head (I presume this is his '53 he's playing?)

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  20. littlebadboy

    littlebadboy Tele-Afflicted

    Jun 25, 2016
    Midwest, USA
    I have to say that it is the guitar itself that turned me and the artists just confirmed my liking.
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