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Albert Collins Telecaster

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by KyryllK, Nov 27, 2014.

  1. KyryllK

    KyryllK TDPRI Member

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    Is it me, or did Albert Collins Telly's tone was richer than you would usually get on one? I am in the process of choosing one for myself but after a Strat, I want something more humbuckerish. Being a big of Collins I wonder if he had anything special done to his?

    Thoughts? Facts? Inside info? Maybe even preferences on enriching your Telecaster tone. Im beyond certain that I wont find richer vault of knowledge on these things :) Appreciate the feedback
     
  2. sonny wolf

    sonny wolf Friend of Leo's

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    Most of the classic Albert Collins tone we know is his bridge pickup....he didn't actually use the humbucker all that much(not for his lead playing anyways).He would plug straight into his Fender Quad reverb cranked all the way to 10 and just went for it.He might have used the volume and tone controls on the guitar to vary the dynamics.He did pick with his fingers which is little less harsh sounding than using a pick.
     
  3. poirier

    poirier Tele-Meister

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    Albert Collins played with a capo pretty far up. That may partly account for his unique tone. And he hit the strings pretty hard with his thumb.
     
  4. Mike Simpson

    Mike Simpson Doctor of Teleocity

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    He tuned the guitar to open F-minor F-C-F-Ab-C-F, with a capo at the 5th, 6th or 7th fret.
    I have only seen video with the switch in the bridge position.
    Much of the tone was from a Quad Reverb with the treble cranked up.
     
  5. 1hoofer

    1hoofer Tele-Meister

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    His set up was slightly unusual but I would argue that "much of the tone" came from his fingers and his playing style. I have heard what must be thousands of guitarists over the years, but only one that sounded like Mr Collins. I believe his signature model Tele was not a huge seller, but I could be wrong.
     
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    Telemarkman Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Indeed. And man, what a tone!:cool:
     
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    Newbie Brad Tele-Meister

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    I think he dimed all the controls except 2 of them. The reverb I think was something like (4). I think he went hard treble on his amp's tone controls (10), and hard bass cut (0). The Ice Man. I got to see him play in a small club in Nashville.
     
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    Albert Collins most famous Telecaster was a 1966 Telecaster custom. Vintage stuff!!
     
  9. poirier

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    Has anyone besides Albert Collins ever left the ash tray on?
     
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    There are old threads here that provide every possible bit of information about Albert Collins.
    I remember reading that the very long cable also was a big factor affecting his tone.
     
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    Jimmy Bryant
     
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    Albert Collins tone goes from his heart to his hands.
     
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