How many Teles do you need?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Ydwen Jones, Feb 8, 2019.

  1. telemystix

    telemystix Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

    Aug 13, 2008
    I am down to one GREAT Tele (Glendale black/maple board)


    one GREAT Strat - (Fender CS Krause Master Design 50's -Moss Green/maple board)

    Two great amps (blackface -deluxe reverb & tweed - magic deluxe pro)

    I am set.

    I hope!
  2. TeleFunk Man

    TeleFunk Man Tele-Afflicted

    Definitely ned one, but two is even better:

    1992 Amercan Standard (midnight blue), 2004 American Ash 8502:
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  3. knockeduptele

    knockeduptele Tele-Meister

    Dec 15, 2017
    Yet another Tele body sort of showed up at the house today, but that's fine as I only have one neck left - well there is that chunky one up on the shelf......

    Might need a support group as I pass double figures but perhaps this is not the place
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  4. mimmo

    mimmo Friend of Leo's

    Mar 18, 2010
    Paris France - Rome Italy
    My avatar + one or two: an esquire for example or a 72 custom..
  5. eclecticsynergy

    eclecticsynergy Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 16, 2014
    Albany NY
  6. rze99

    rze99 Poster Extraordinaire

    Feb 26, 2014
    South London UK
    The true answer is probably three or four different formats, eg a 50s style, a 60s style, one with humbuckers....but I like 'em so much I make them and that's been very addictive so I now have ... a lot ... and I'll have to sell most of them. but for now...

    The Tele is astonishingly adaptable as a base - more than any others guitar I'd wager - so only limited by imagination
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  7. TokyoPortrait

    TokyoPortrait Tele-Meister

    Dec 10, 2017
    Tokyo, Japan
    If you *want* a Telecaster, you *need* one.
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  8. RatTail

    RatTail TDPRI Member

    Oct 10, 2011
    I have 2 telecasters. A Highway1 from 2007 and a 52 Re issue. Love them both. Theres definitely a i big difference in the two.
    Do I need more telecasters? Probably not, but I have a secret dream about the Graham Coxon signature tele.
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  9. Ydwen Jones

    Ydwen Jones Tele-Meister

    Jan 2, 2019
    You know, just looking at these, I know I need at least a few more!:)
    [​IMG] Tele Thinline 72 reissue Surf Green 2002.jpg
    Esquire roadworn BSB.jpg
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  10. Texsunburst59

    Texsunburst59 Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 16, 2005
    Texas Gulf Coast
    I have the 5 Teles in my collection:

    '72 Fender Tele Custom
    '78 Fender Standard Tele
    '86 MIJ Fender '69RI Pink Paisley Tele
    '90 MIJ Fender 50'RI Tele
    '15 Fender Mag 4 Tele
    '03 Tom Anderson Hollow T Drop Top

    Some might not consider the Tom A a "Tele",but it's MY best Tele guitar I own.

    I could actually go on the rest of my life with just the '86 Pink Paisley and the Tom A, and I'd be set for life.

    So I guess the answer is 2 for me.


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  11. Beachbum

    Beachbum Friend of Leo's

    Mar 11, 2009
    Sand Land
    One for the money

    Two for the show

    Three to get ready

    And four to go
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2019
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  12. studio1087

    studio1087 Telefied Silver Supporter

    May 10, 2003
    Near Milwaukee
    I’ll say 6 because that’s my situation.

    3 Customs/Deluxes. The burst is a modern Reissue of what I played in high school. I like the 4 knobs because I grew up with them.


    The black Standard is a parts caster and Blondie is a HWY-1.


    Number 6 is the Squier CV White Blonde that’s in my Avatar. It lives in a hard case at our practice space and some day I’m going to convert it to an Esquire and put an Esquire decal on the head stock (and I’m keeping it forever so don’t gripe about the decal please).

    I suppose I need one. It’s not a need thing for me. It’s a passion and joy thing. I love playing; it’s my sanity and joy. I live within my means and my guitars are part of a 40+ year joyful personal thing.

    I don’t have a sports car or a Harley. I no longer have my jet boat....I kayak these days. Outside of music I’m a pretty boring fellow.

    I’m happy when I hear that anyone loves to play music. If 1 guitar fills your heart with joy then that’s awesome. Keep playing!
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  13. chemobrain

    chemobrain Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

    Nov 5, 2016
    oakland ca.
    just one more. I'll buy that beauty and that will be it, this time it's the last tele that I ever buy, thou I like the new player series but this, this is the last one not like the last one.:twisted:
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  14. scottser

    scottser Tele-Afflicted

    Mar 6, 2009
    Two, of course. One standard and one with p90s
  15. Flaneur

    Flaneur Friend of Leo's

    May 24, 2010
    I've got three great American Teles, one Japanese, one Chinese and three Mexican made models. They all play and sound different and are all ready to gig or record. Do I need them all? Of course not- any two would meet any needs I might ever have. I keep them all because I use and enjoy them all. If I ever stop performing, I'll probably give some away and dispose of others.

    The one that works best with my two bands also plays sweetly, so it's accrued the most memories, from great shows and recordings. It cost me very little money and looks like ten thousand others. I'll never sell it.

    Over the years, if you play enough, you compile a shifting list of favourite specs- the feel of a neck and frets, the weight and resonance of a body, the utility and comfort of hardware and contours. Does this mean you should just buy guitars that meet this template? Hell no!

    My '09 Baja is a North Star Tele- a fixed point of reference, a Platonic ideal, just for me. Does that devalue the other instruments? No; I enjoy the contrast, the change of pace and tone, the tiny alterations to technique, to amp settings, sometimes to the way i approach a solo, riff, groove or fill. Could I not improve the Baja- or buy a customised, 'perfected' version? I'm sure everything can be improved - but I'm happy to keep this one close to stock. I tend to wring everything I can, from a guitar, before i think about modding. Apart from peeling the sheets of candy paint from the body, I'm struggling to think of an 'upgrade', for it, after nearly five years of hard use....

    So, to answer the question.... I need my Number One- plus another Tele -from a choice of seven- or seventy-seven! :cool:
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  16. T Prior

    T Prior Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 17, 2003
    Charlotte NC
    well I can't say how many is enough but I can say 5 is not enough !

    To an observer they all look the same, to the player they are not the same. While they each play well , they each inspire me to play a bit differently. To me they are similar but not the same.

    I think most here who have multiple Tele's are not actually looking to add another but when they run across one that they like, it becomes the "next one".

    How many Hot Dogs can you eat because one is never enough ! :eek:
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  17. DougM

    DougM Friend of Leo's

    Jul 5, 2017
    Honolulu, HI
    I don't know if you can do any better than what you've got. I love the Yosemite pickups in my Performer Strat so much that I never play any of my other Strats since I got it. And I love it so much that I've been considering getting a Performer Tele also, in the same exact color as yours, 'cause I prefer rosewood boards over maple ones, and my Strat is the Honeyburst, so if I get a Tele I don't want the same color. And I love Sonic Blue. I have two Strats in that color.
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  18. Ydwen Jones

    Ydwen Jones Tele-Meister

    Jan 2, 2019
    It's not that I think I can get a much better Tele than the one I've got. I would just like another one and maybe do some modding. Or maybe I'll just start finding parts an try and build my own Tele. Maybe an HS or HH or a thinline. I don't know yet. I just feel a little restless. That's all.:)
  19. igor5

    igor5 Tele-Meister

    Nov 28, 2016
    Only one, but I can't. :)
  20. kaynray

    kaynray TDPRI Member

    Mar 30, 2012
    How many tele's does anyone need? Just one more.

    Sent from my Moto G (5) Plus using Tapatalk
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