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tele vs strat...which is better for blues?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by bluebug, Oct 6, 2005.

  1. bluebug

    bluebug TDPRI Member

    Aug 28, 2005
    Los Angeles, CA
    i'm getting a new guitar for my main style- blues. personlly, i prefer tele's structure and design...i know it's a silly question but is tele for blues? noticed most of great blues guitarists play strats except some like muddy waters and albert collins. some people told me tele is good for country not blues...tele vs strat...which is better for blues, in your opinion?

  2. genelovesjez

    genelovesjez Friend of Leo's

    Mar 17, 2003
    Toronto, Canada
    Is Tele for blues? If it was good enough for him...


  3. KBR

    KBR Tele-Holic

    Mar 16, 2003
    Tele for anything

    It ain't the Guitar that delivers the Blues, or Country, it's the Player.
    Tele's Strats, Gibson's, Dan O's...

    They all have good tones, I play Blues on all of em and so do many Cats.

    :twisted: 8) :twisted:

  4. garcia

    garcia Tele-Holic

    Jan 28, 2005
    Northern California
    I have seen plenty of really good, non-famous blues players absolutely shred on Teles. In fact, one of my favorite local guitar players (San Francisco) is a blues guy who uses a Tele exclusively. IMHO, a Tele is great for blues playing.

  5. Paul in Colorado

    Paul in Colorado Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Mar 17, 2003
    Fort Collins, CO
    Let's see,

    Michael Bloomfield
    Muddy Waters
    Albert Collins
    Steve Cropper...

    Nah, can't see it myself. ;)

  6. Chris S.

    Chris S. Asst. Admin Staff Member

    Mar 26, 2005
    Near TELE-Town (Wash. DC)
    Admin Post
    Re: Is Tele for blues?

    Yes it is, and yes it is. ;-)

    Again, yes, you should. ;-) CS

  7. TG

    TG Doctor of Teleocity

    The only answer to that question is 'it depends on who's playing it'.
    Some players rock on a strat and others are stunning on teles.

    Listen to some Roy Buchanan if you want to hear a tele scream the blues.

    And don't forget 'I Can't Quit You Babe' on Led Zep 1.

  8. Paul G.

    Paul G. Friend of Leo's

    Mar 17, 2003
    Rhode Island
    A couple of things

    1. It's the player, not the guitar.

    2. A Tele can produce tones from cutting to rich and full. Teles also tend to have better sustain and more guts than a Strat. There is an entire stompbox industry out there with products to make Strats sound fatter and sustain better. If the Strat boom should die out, a lot of effects makers would lose a lot of business.

    3. You should get a guitar you're comfortable with. If you prefer the feel and balance of a Tele (as I do), you'll play better on one.

    4. You don't have to be "one of the crowd".

    Of course, that's just my slant, but at least around here, I'm sure there's a lot who agree with me.


  9. Bill

    Bill Poster Extraordinaire Ad Free Member

    Mar 16, 2003
    Here's my overly simple take on it: A Tele has more extreme settings than a Strat. That is, the neck on a Tele is warmer than on a Strat and the bridge is more cutting than on a Strat. So I feel like the Tele has a wider range, unless you need a quack sound or vibrato. Or if you find one more physically comfortable to play--I find the Strat comfier, but prefer a Tele sound.

  10. Dr. T

    Dr. T Tele-Holic

    Mar 23, 2005
    Pittston, Maine

  11. weelie

    weelie Friend of Leo's

    That's my view in a nutshell right there.

  12. stevedenver

    stevedenver Tele-Afflicted

    Jul 31, 2003
    the mile high city
    you should have one of each -there, its settled

    and of course dont forget the les paul or 335 -also very nice for blues

  13. Vince a

    Vince a Tele-Holic

    Feb 9, 2004
    Modesto, CA
    Ditto everyone here . . .

    Besides my Teles, I have a Parker that is also excellent for blues, especially when I pull the coil-taps and turn the humbuckers into single-coil pups.

    It's the player . . . PERIOD!

  14. David Barnett

    David Barnett Poster Extraordinaire

    Whichever one "speaks" to you is the best one.

    My choice happens to be the Telecaster, but I'm certainly not gonna tell Anson Funderburgh that he needs to ditch his Strat for a Tele.

  15. rorschah

    rorschah TDPRI Member

    Jun 10, 2005
    I tend to think there are two schools of blues guitar. This is way too simplistic, but, uh, one school tends to emphasize a manipulation of the instrument (tons of vibrato, constant intense bending, etc.) and the other tends to be oriented towards richer natural guitar tone.

    The former, at least, leads me towards strats, the latter towards things like teles and les pauls with p-90s. (I use all of 'em for the blues, depending on the mood). A 335 tends to straddle the two.

    This is brute oversimplification, and of course most people do both. But they feel different to me. When I'm doing Hendrix-y Buddy Guy-y kinda stuff, I pick up my strat, and it feels like all of the music comes from the technique. If I'm holding a note and not doing *something* to it, it seems dead. When I'm doing Muddy Waters stuff or slower delta stuff, I tend to reach for the tele or the p90 - and sometimes, the guitar seems to crave for me to hit a note and just let it ring for a long, long time, and just be freakin' beautiful.


  16. Tiddles

    Tiddles Tele-Meister

    Feb 15, 2004
    I play blues, & just blues. And I’m pretty serious about it … well, VERY serious actually.

    Any guitar will do for me, because it’s the feel & emotion that matters most … it has to be expressive and has make your spine tingle.

    BUT, I find that always works best with a Tele....because I want the cutting edge of the Tele bridge tone, & I want to be able to hit the audience between the eyes with that crystal clear statement. Switching to the neck pup gives enough warmth & buzz for me (also use intermediate position on stuff like Got To Hurry).

    I mainly cover early Bluesbreakers stuff & I have a very nice old original Gibson Les Paul, but still I favour the Tele …hope that tells you something.

    Good luck, Ian.

  17. fakeocaster

    fakeocaster Tele-Afflicted

    Either will work fine...

    And there are enough differances to justify owning one of each!

  18. Steelpicki'n

    Steelpicki'n Tele-Meister

    Sep 24, 2005
    Ft. Edward,NY
    Open up you soul, open up your heart, blues is a state of
    suffering. Good or bad.Cant play it no matter how much you like it if you dont feel it. You can play blues on a kazoo if you got some to share...if not play anything you like.It wont BE the blues.....

  19. KRZ4TELE

    KRZ4TELE Tele-Holic

    Jul 11, 2004
    Door # 3

    Or you could try a hardtail Strat for more sustain and cut than the trem model. Works for RC...

  20. Colo Springs E

    Colo Springs E Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Mar 4, 2003
    Colorado Springs
    All right then......

    .....I will!


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