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Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by TeleOrLes, Jun 15, 2017.
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.
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.
Stephen Carpenter of Deftones
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.
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
Ray Davies, John McNally (Searchers), Justin Haywood
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!!
The greatest player to ever rock a Tele.... the late, but great Danny Gatton.
+ Marty Stuart.
Oh, where to start......?
Then Hugh Cornwell
And Joe Strummer
So many others
That Petrol Emotion
Screaming Blue Messiahs..........
For me in chronological order it's been:
James Burton with Ricky Nelson on The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriett
and more recently,
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.
James Burton....about 45" in. Hooked ever since!
Later on, many of the same already mentioned.
James Burton did it for me.
I'm a Strat guy from day 1 but the following pushed me towards the Tele:
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.
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?)
I have to say that it is the guitar itself that turned me and the artists just confirmed my liking.