Please Educate Me: Why Tele Is The Most Versatile

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by omlove, May 7, 2019.

  1. macatt

    macatt Tele-Holic

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    This particular Tele is mighty versatile.

    Tele bridge pickup
    Strat middle pickup
    P-90 (stealth) neck pickup

    Five way switch:
    1. Bridge with tone
    2. Bridge/middle with blender
    3. Middle
    4. Bridge/neck with separate volume controls for blending
    5. Neck

    Bigsby Vibrato
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  2. macatt

    macatt Tele-Holic

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    Why not both?
    Check above post #141 or my avatar.

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  3. macatt

    macatt Tele-Holic

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    A Tele with a middle pickup can get three Strat sounds, but can't get that iconic Strat neck tone.
    A Strat can never get that great Tele bridge sound even with a real Tele pickup installed. It's not only the pickup but the bridge/tailpieces are totally different.
    A big part of that sound comes from the pickup being mounted in the metal Tele bridge plate.

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  4. Wrighty

    Wrighty Tele-Afflicted

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    Since I’ve had my AmPro Tele my 2004 AmStd Strat has remained in it’s case for all but two of the numbers on our gig list. We do quite a variety of stuff and I bought the Tele to better cover the country and a couple of reggae ditties. Thing is, I got to put it down less and less. In truth, I think I only use the Strat in a couple of numbers because I feel I should!
     
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    The MIK BMGs (Brian May) are amazingly versatile guitars, the most versatile I own.....however, that comes at an expense of time spent figuring out just what ya wanna get from it.....kinda the guitar equivelant of a Tweaker amp ….again, incredibly versatile, but at the expense of fiddling to get what ya want from it. Put 'em both together (I indeed have both), and you can spend a lot of time just dickin' around with it all.....which is OK for this rank amateur. At times there's a price to be paid for so-called "versatility," and simple is best.
     
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    I don’t know how versatile I’d say a standard Tele is, but this one has 5-way switching a 0.003uF tone cap, and a push-pull tone pot that puts the neck pickup in all positions. It has twang, honk, jangle, quack…just about anything I would ever need.

    One of the things I love about Teles is their ability to be upgraded and modded. Even with the standard two single coil configuration there’s 4-way switching available.
     
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