How many Teles do you need?

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  1. Ydwen Jones

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    I currently have only one Tele and I absolutely love it! I play it every day and I think it sounds and looks great. So, no problem so far, right?

    But here's the thing. I’d like another. You know, just because. Maybe a thinline or an HS, an HH or maybe one of those nice CV ‘50s or a MIM Player? Maybe get an Affinity or Bullet, for upgrading? Or maybe a Standard? Or should I just buy a bunch of parts and try and start my own project/build? Not sure if I’m ready for that, yet.

    Anyway, I don’t know. Why can’t one great Tele be enough? And how many do you need?:eek:o_O:rolleyes::)

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    Folks here can give you their opinions but only you can answer your question. I’d ask myself why I want another Telecaster first and then I’d ask myself if another Telecaster is what I really need. I have four electrics with little sonic overlap, a Telecaster with N4 pickups, a Strat, an SG, and a Gretsch Anniversary. These are good choices for me. What will be best for you only you can decide.
     
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    At any time you need at least one more than you actually have.
     
  4. bblumentritt

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    Just one more.
     
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    because there are many great tele's
     
  6. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    I seem to only need one.
     
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  7. Dennyf

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    Don’t do it. Because once you have more than one, then you have to make the decision about which one to play. Currently, you’re free of that worry.
     
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    zero
     
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    Same ol story. Had one. Joined tdpri. Next thing ya know... there's 8 teles in the music room and 3 more in cases.

    [​IMG]

    Now after moving most on and even selling my beloved lpb av64 (BLASPHEMY!), I'm back to just the one.

    '08 rw50s blonde.
     
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    Asking for it...
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    The min required... 5
    52 style butterscotch blonde, black guard... because that is where it all started.
    A Tuxedo... for those formal occasions.
    Pink Paisley... otherwise how cud u remember the 70s.
    American standard... need a benchmark.
    Thinline... for those poor old men that can't hold up a real guitar.
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  11. Seasicksailor

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    It's not an issue of how many I need... it's an issue of how creative I can get with excuses for justifying one more. :cool:

    It starts with "I need a tele with a neck humbucker"... it can progress to "Surely, everyone needs a different tele for each month of the year".
     
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    I will let you know.... for any gig, only one of the three I own as they are all setup the same.
     
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    Mike Bloomfield, Roy Buchanan, Danny Gatton, and Muddy Waters each owned just one. I own three. Make your own conclusions ;-)
     
  14. Old Deaf Roadie

    Old Deaf Roadie Tele-Meister

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    I need this one because it's fun to play, I need this other one because Keith Richards is pictured with one like it, I need this one over here because I pitched a fit to get it so now I can never let it go in my wife's lifetime, and then I thought I needed a red one so I bought it & then found out I didn't really need it but I'm keeping it anyway...
     
  15. FenderLover

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    standard tuned with 11's
    standard tuned with 9's
    one tuned to G
    one tuned to E
    one with P-90's

    so, about 10 or 11....
     
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    You don't NEED more than one.....however you may WANT another, and that's your own concern.
    I have one that's almost perfect, especially with its Warmoth "fatback" conversion neck. I find my other guitars less comfortable to gig with because I love this FAT neck so much.
    The only way I would get another would be to get another (identical) Warmoth neck, but have radically different pickups, etc, so it was a different sounding guitar. Another possibe reason would be a "clone" to back up my #1 in the event of a calamity.:( So I guess there's always some rationalization to getting another one.....so why not? GO FOR IT!!!! ;)
     
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    An ash one, an alder one and a pine one.
    A blackguard, a whiteguard, a tortoiseguard.
    A made in USA, a made in Mexico, a made in China.
     
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    Ah,we will all be a long time dead,so do what makes ya happy,works for me.

    I have around half a dozen Teles,mostly homemade partscasters,which all had their turn when I was playing live. Now that I just use guitars for fun/recording,I find I use three,two of them Teles.

    One partscaster with Rob's roaring pickups and a Nashville strung Tele with Keystones. My homebuilt Strat with more Cavalier pickups gets a fair bit of use too.
     
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    I think you're asking the wrong question...

    "need" isn't the proper word...
     
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    I play with a blues duo and help with another couple of bands. Baja is great for the blues gigs cos it's so versatile. For the other work a Cab has a bit more grunt. Then of course you need back up versions just in case.

    That's probably all I need and in all honestly I could manage with one of each. I recently bought a MIM Standard in Lpb. It adds absolutely nothing sonically or in terms of playability but it's very pretty and it's mine.
     
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