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when you were young .. what did you think of the telecaster ?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by brogh, Mar 1, 2016.

  1. Lord_Ingipz

    Lord_Ingipz TDPRI Member

    May 13, 2015
    Cicero, IL
    I hated telecasters and thought they were grandpa guitars, but like a lot of you, the tele was THE tone. I always favored hollowbodies and semihollows, and I still do. As soon as I picked up an American Tele I was disappointed in how it sounded stock. So I tried CV and MIM tele's and they were a match made in heaven. So now I'm playing through a standard squier tele in CAR and a humbucker in the neck with a rosewood neck, and a fender esquire that gives me tone for days. It helps that I'm playing through a 93 Blues Deville.

  2. mamm7215

    mamm7215 TDPRI Member

    Dec 11, 2008
    Wow great thread. I didn't like them for years, I thought they were a "country" guitar and I really don't like country music. Started out as as strat snob. Got a Casino for the Beatles retro vibe. Then got a Les Paul to round out the collection. Recently I started noticing, especially since watching youtube clips of my fav players and lessons etc. that many many great players at some point always were playing Tele's and the range of sound was awesome. Finally picked up a new American Standard Telecaster this year and sorry I waited so long! Love it!
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  3. Nightclub Dwight

    Nightclub Dwight Tele-Meister

    Aug 12, 2016
    I started playing in 1980. A family friend gave me a long term loan of his 1968 Telecaster (my birth year!) and I played that guitar for a few years till got my own.

    So I have always loved Telecasters. Since it is the guitar I learned on I always just thought they were the way all guitars should be.

    When I got a little older I made forays into Gibson, Gretsch and Rickenbacker territory, but it didn't take me long to go back to my first love. Till death do us part!

  4. BradL

    BradL Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

    Feb 9, 2009
    Sussex, UK
    I was a Clash fan from back in the day and from memory other groups I followed at the time such as The Specials and Echo and the Bunnymen had guys in them playing Teles. However if I'm honest I didn't think anything of Teles per se. I liked the groups not the guitars they played.

  5. Sollipsist

    Sollipsist Tele-Holic

    Aug 25, 2016
    When I was young, I saw Prince on the Purple Rain tour... playing a Tele. And he was the exact opposite of my grandpa in pretty much every way.

  6. NorCoastViking

    NorCoastViking TDPRI Member

    Sep 9, 2015
    Unfortunately, when I was in high school ('71-'75) there was this kid who's daddy owned the local recording studio. This spoiled brat punk of a kid was an evil antagonist towards me, and I hated the ground he walked on--his daddy also bought him a brand-spanking new Tele (blonde/black/maple) and, he played it fairly well--he was in a couple of bands that played at school, and gigged locally. He could do Stevie Wonder's "Superstition" riff in his sleep, as well as a lot of the hot Rock of the time. I, regrettably, made a correlation between him and Teles, owing to my own jealousy and immaturity, and shunned Teles outright--I leaned toward Jazzmasters, Strats, LP's, and SG's. It took me a lot of years to appreciate what I was missing; now, finally, saving the shekels towards an upper-end Tele...

  7. Bakeacake08

    Bakeacake08 Tele-Meister

    Jul 23, 2016
    I never cared for them. When I was in college, my friend's dad gave her a really nice Strat (she didn't even play!), so that inspired me to upgrade my J. Reynolds Strat copy to a MIM fat Strat (HSS). Telecasters always looked off to me compared to the elegant curves of my Strat. A little clunky. The ashtray bridge deal looked--unfinished. Liked they gave up trying to design it and just threw on whatever they had lying around.

    Then the worship pastor at my church bought one and I played it. Then I decided that I liked them. A lot. The aesthetics have grown on me now that I know how they can sound. I still haven't gotten one (in about half a decade), but it's definitely on my short list if I ever find a deal on one (which right now probably means a cheap squire someone's trying to dump off).

    Moral of the story: Never liked them cause they looked funny. Now I love how they sound so what they look like is irrelevant; consequently, I like how they look now.

  8. ted j. kale

    ted j. kale Tele-Meister

    Jan 27, 2009
    This is the pic that I first saw as a teeny bopper and then was told I'd never be able to afford it so I investigated and found the Shadows all played fender strats but Bruce did do a few gigs with the Tele as recently I found on youTube a clip that proves Bruce told a little fib and for years he was saying it was a prop for the Record cover and who say's you can't afford it, I now own six, seven, eight, oh I don't know!!!!!!!!! I Love 'em.

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  9. boris bubbanov

    boris bubbanov Telefied Ad Free Member

    I remember when Steve Stills (big time hero of mine) was said to have called Springsteen a lot of hype. The thing was, Stills was not wrong; not entirely.

    I guess what we learned is, if you have a heart of the best kind of humanity (as Springsteen does) a lot of the other things we musicians sweat over really don't matter all that much. I don't care if he can't write, can't sing, etc. He's a treasure to our culture and I'm very proud to live in the same country and time as he does.
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  10. boris bubbanov

    boris bubbanov Telefied Ad Free Member

    One thing I thought I needed to be careful about was not to come across in my appearance, etc., as some kind of polished, long time professional. I couldn't trade licks with those kinds of serious players - our appeal was partly that we jumped on stage not really fully knowing what we were supposed to be doing.

    I tried hard to avoid sunburst finish guitars and other "pro" looking guitars for this reason. I knew my chops were not there; I had to offer youthful enthusiasm and the possibility of a more competent musician as time passed. Those "crusty old dudes" could play so much better than me - I had to create as much distance from them as I could.

  11. Widerange Hum

    Widerange Hum Tele-Meister Gold Supporter

    May 14, 2016
    San Diego, CA
    I was a dumb kid. My first electric was a Squier II strat, and it was horrifically bad. Weighed a thousand pounds, and it was a turd. Being a dumb kid, I assumed this meant that Fenders, though they looked super cool, were not proper guitars. So I migrated toward Gibson and Epiphone for a long time.

    But I did slobber on the early 90s Japanese reissues of the rosewood tele and both thinlines. (And jazzmasters.) I just figured they were probably crap, though they looked cool.

    And then I grew up.

  12. ndcaster

    ndcaster Poster Extraordinaire

    Nov 14, 2013
    I'm pretty well over my earlier self, boris

    good for Springsteen for making a pile, raising a family, and perpetuating the traditions he loves

    I guess I'm just more interested in what young people are doing these days

  13. t guitar floyd

    t guitar floyd Tele-Holic

    Feb 4, 2016
    sw US
    I'm sorry to hear that . . . I have always enjoyed both Stills and Springsteen. Fwiw, they both played old Esquires, although Stills has and plays many other vintage guitars. Bruce pretty much sticks to the Fender Tele-style. :) Imho, Bruce can write and sing . . . and so can Stephen Stills. :cool:

  14. noah330

    noah330 Friend of Leo's

    Feb 10, 2009
    I always liked them. The first good guitar I bought for myself was a 1980 Gibson Les Paul Standard (used) for $250 in 1989. Two years later I bought a used 1988 American Standard Tele. It was cranberry with a rosewood board. In 1991 I bought my 73 Tele Custom for $450.

    Most of my friends played Ibanez, Kramer, BC Rich, etc... and thought I was crazy. I still have all those guitars today.

    Lots of people jumped on the Tele bandwagon in the mid 90s. These days everyone and their brother have them.

  15. boris bubbanov

    boris bubbanov Telefied Ad Free Member

    To put this in perspective, Bruce couldn't buy a cup of coffee one day, and then all the sudden he was Today's News. From that point when Stephen spoke, until now, Springsteen has mostly kept his head down and payed appropriate homage everywhere he went and about 40 years have come and gone. In that time, so many "Next New Star" prospects have come and gone and are absolutely forgotten - almost no trace of them remains. Springsteen was different - he never took the throngs and accolades as a sign of his superiority the way "Stars" normally do. Instead (as I pointed out in a post way earlier in this thread) Bruce has been the Textbook Example of How to Succeed in Rock and yet Become a Better Man. Almost everyone else loses track of the 14 year old they once were. Somehow this guy never did. Springsteen is a freak in this way. There's just no way Stills or you or I could've known this guy was That One.
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  16. t guitar floyd

    t guitar floyd Tele-Holic

    Feb 4, 2016
    sw US
    Yes, Boris. I was not disagreeing with you. :)

  17. bsman

    bsman Tele-Afflicted

    Jun 8, 2003
    Santa Clara
    I remember looking at Fender catalogs in the late 60s/early 70s and thinking how cool the teles looked. In the event, I never did own one until I was in college -- in 1977 I bought a Custom Telecaster (with the Wide-Range Humbucker in the neck position) from a neighbor for $150 (a lot of money in those days!) Unfortunately, I had to sell it two years later to help pay for my wedding, but I've rarely been without SOME variety of telecaster since. They instantly feel comfortable to me in a way that no other guitar does.

  18. Ricky D.

    Ricky D. Poster Extraordinaire

    Oct 22, 2006
    Raleigh, North Carolina
    I've been playing since 1964. We referred to them as Trashocasters because they had those skinny little pickups. :)

    Good guitars like Gretsch, Guild, and Gibson had bigger pick ups. They had to be better, right? BTW a friend back then got a gold top LP Standard with humbuckers for $75.00. We poked fun at him because it was gold even though it really sounded good.

  19. fordfanjpn

    fordfanjpn Tele-Holic

    Jun 2, 2009
    For more than 40 years I wouldn't play anything that wasn't a Gibson. My main excuse was that the neck was too long for my short fingers. I became slightly interested when I saw Robben Ford playing one. By that time I had several RF model Fender guitars so I was already in the Fender camp. But I think it was hearing guys like Brad Paisley and Brent Mason that finally got me into Tele's. I went from zero to 10 Tele's in a short amount of time. But when I built my pine Tele, the others all got sent away and I was down to one. And I stayed at one for more than 7 years until a few months ago when I made the mistake of coming back here and being influenced by all you evil Tele mongers. Now I have 3, and I'm thinking ...

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