Steve Morse Telecaster

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by AlexEP, Mar 29, 2012.

  1. AlexEP

    AlexEP Tele-Meister

    Nov 14, 2011
    Genoa, Italy
    Ok, it's not a signature! :D

    And it has a strat neck!!:confused:

    I'm very found of his sound (here with Mr. Albert Lee!!!!)

    And I'm very curios about his old strange telecaster was wired.
    Someone knows it? Or, otherwise, think how it could be? It's just a curiosity!! :D

    Thanks folks :D
  2. Bernie

    Bernie Tele-Afflicted

    Mar 17, 2003
    SF Bay Area

    SPUDCASTER Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    "Parts is parts"

    Got to see him live with his trio, right after The Dregs. He was playing that "Tele" through a pile of outboard gear and amps.

    Sounded great!
  4. BopT

    BopT Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 6, 2011
    Saw him at Namm doing a demo jam from five fee away just amazing!
  5. Ed P

    Ed P Friend of Leo's

    Nov 9, 2006
    Used to love that tele - still do. I was bummed when he started using the EBMM.

    IPLAYLOUD Friend of Leo's

    Aug 7, 2003
    Long Island, N.Y.
    This guitar lives under a bed on Long Island, NY.
  7. AlexEP

    AlexEP Tele-Meister

    Nov 14, 2011
    Genoa, Italy
    Great folks!!!! This forum is a mine of informations!!!!
  8. Donelson

    Donelson Tele-Afflicted

    May 31, 2011
    Nashville TN
    Love Steve Morse -- glad to see any thread thereto.

    I saw the Dixie Dregs, in Nashville & Augusta, many times, in the 1970's. Even in Cookeville, TN!

    Maybe forgotten now, is that Steve Morse was a cat that was known & checked out by the Nashville country players, when the Dregs used to play at the Exit/In. I personally saw Vassar Clements at one of those "shows". They were a big sensation in the mid-70's; not to a popular audience, but to musicians. That blend of "true" country sounds, and all the other stuff, had a permanent impact on Nashville, IMO.

    Steve always played this axe at that time, which he was apparently tinkering with a lot.

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  9. rarebreed

    rarebreed Tele-Holic

    Jul 26, 2010
    I saw him live in Nashville, several years back during the Summer Namm show. Ernie Ball/Musicman had a promotional show going on at one of the local downtown clubs. Steve Morse was there along with Steve Lukather and Albert Lee. Sometime during the show Rodney Crowell came in and got in the mix as well. It was one helluva jam.I don't remember the name of the club but it seems like it was called the Ace of Clubs or something of that nature.
  10. Tommy Biggs

    Tommy Biggs Tele-Afflicted

    Jun 17, 2010
    Northern NJ
    Thanks Bernie. interesting info.
    Steve's an interesting kind of player - so much skill, and also so innovative with his gear. He's been one of my favorites since the Dregs.
  11. AlexEP

    AlexEP Tele-Meister

    Nov 14, 2011
    Genoa, Italy
  12. shorty1

    shorty1 Tele-Meister

    Oct 29, 2011
    Your bed ?
  13. Blazer

    Blazer Doctor of Teleocity

    Dec 2, 2003
    The Netherlands
    Bringing this one up again because look at THIS...
    Detailed pictures of the old girl and descriptions from the master himself, enough to make the biggest Morse fan drool.

    But he's also VERY brutally honest about Telecasters.
    "At the time, I didn't think too much of it. I kind of assessed it like this: The guitar feeds back; it doesn't tune; the maple neck is too slippery to play when my hands are sweaty; and one of the presets on the three-way switch makes no sense – it has a capacitor, which takes away all the high end. I was baffled as to why people thought Telecasters were so great."
  14. Donelson

    Donelson Tele-Afflicted

    May 31, 2011
    Nashville TN
    I am so glad you found that interview & posted it here. Great info. I was just mesmerized by that guitar when I saw the Dixie Dregs numerous times in the 70's.

    Also I copied Steve & used two fingers to hold the pick, & used the fat end. Decades later, I still do that.
  15. Blazer

    Blazer Doctor of Teleocity

    Dec 2, 2003
    The Netherlands
    I have an old issue of Guitar Player somewhere where Steve Morse is seen with two matching teles, one was the one we're discussing here, the other one looked just like it but had all black pickups. I have to look that issue up and scan in that picture.

    He also had a blue copy of his tele, prior to getting his siggy model with Musicman.

    I found this picture of Morse being joined onstage by Yes guitarist Steve Howe, who's playing Morse' blue tele.
    Too bad that it isn't a bigger picture.

    And here he is with a prototype of his siggy model, note the different shape of the pickguard the built in midi converter and the cream humbuckers.
    He got that guitar in 1985 and used it with Kansas and with the Dreggs ofcourse.
  16. Torz Johnson

    Torz Johnson Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    Jun 9, 2003
    You can see that Tele in action in this video. I think this version was the one on Night of the Living Dregs. It's not a guitar-centric song, but I forgot how much I liked it. Egads, how I wish I could transport myself back to the 70s. :lol:

  17. stinkey

    stinkey Tele-Afflicted

    Apr 4, 2010
    malmö sweden
    Dixie Dregs!!! How much i liked them.
  18. John C

    John C Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Sep 20, 2005
    Kansas City
    I have an old GP with Steve on the cover from August 1982 - Steve talks about having a "duplicate" that he kept at home so he could get it quickly if the original were stolen while they were on the road. No photos of the duplicate though; the photo you're thinking of must be in another issue not the one (maybe in that issue of Guitar World already posted). Interestingly though Steve is also in a Fender ad on the back of the magazine for the Lead III - but it's a photo of Steve playing that "Lead I 1/2" he had - a Lead I with the neck single coil from a Lead II and 3 toggle switches. I think he was using that beast as his "road backup" at the time.

    I believe he got that light blue duplicate once he got the signature pickup deal with DiMarzio - the body parts might also be DiMarzio on that one since it dates to that brief time period when DiMarzio was selling bodies and necks.

    Nice photos of that prototype with the built in synth driver; I had almost forgotten about that one since he was later seen with a synth driver bolted onto one of the production models. Nice shot of Steve with Sterling Ball - is that from a NAMM show jam or something?

    EDIT: I just realized I didn't identify the issue as August 1982.
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