Anybody else, cringe just a little when people talk about "Twang"?

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  1. RevMike

    RevMike Poster Extraordinaire

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    Ok, so great if you like country music. I really like it too. This is not an indictment of Country at all. Its just that when I hear the term "twang" associated so closely with the Tele it makes me feel like people believe its such a one dimensional instrument. Where as to me, its the most versatile thing going.

    I have literally played a Tele in just about every genre of music, and with some minor tweaks gotten the sound I was looking for. But then, I'll go into a shop looking at a Tele and hear, "Oh, you like that twang, don't you?" Or, show up for an audition with a Tele, and before I play a note, get asked, "Do have a guitar that isn't so...twangy? "

    Ahhhhhh! No, I actually don't. I do play some country. I also play rock, blues, pop...whatever. I also have a Tele with a humbucker, a Tele with a Strat middle pickup, and a couple straight up normal Teles. The only thing I don't have is a Tele with a whammy bar. Otherwise all bases covered. I've said it before that a Tele is like the "Mr. Potato Head" of guitars. Don't like something? Change it.

    I dunno, maybe I'm a little nuts, or just being over sensitive. I just find the term "twang" to be a little limiting to the what is to me, the simplest, yet most guitar design ever.
     
  2. texastengu

    texastengu Tele-Holic

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    I expect the critics are stuck in they're little cover band world.
    Small minds think alike.
    Strangely the tele gets some distain here in Ga.
    'We' want Les Pauls.
    'We' all want to ride in the same sonic soup of thick mids.
    It's lovely all those band sound the same, as I stand out by default.
     
  4. blowtorch

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    I often prefer clang over twang.
     
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    William is late......
     
  6. the_lyall

    the_lyall Telepathetic

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    I'm more of a chime than clang or twang person myself.
     
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    cboutilier Tele-Afflicted

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    It's not that the Tele can only twang, it's that the only the Tele can twang.
     
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    You are hereby exiled to the Ricky forum. :lol:
     
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    LutherBurger Friend of Leo's

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    I once asked a local dealer to recommend a set of strings:

    "What kind of guitar do you have?"

    "A Telecaster."

    "Do you want to tone down the twang?"

    "Hell no."
     
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    Me too. My Teles don't twang, or at least I don't make them twang.

    Can someone post a video or clip of a Tele twanging?
     
  11. unixfish

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    Twang is relative - and a style thing.

    When clean, unless you (or maybe it's just me) pick hard, no twang.

    When overdriven, that "twang" translates to note attack - you get a nice bite to notes.

    Yeah, the "twang" thing used to make me cringe a bit. Then I realized it's just a term, and the Tele gave me the attack I was looking for. Country-schmountry, I rock and that Tele thing makes it work for me.
     
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    I play many different guitars, but.
    When it comes to Teles, I sometimes
    think 'not twangy enough', if anything.
    They make earplugs for naysayers.
    Many say how Teles are versatile, ..and, they are.
    But I strap one on for one thing and one thing only.
    Twangy bite and snap.
    I get the versatility from the semi hollows and such.
     
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    Any Volkhert or Paisley.
     
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    Twang is in the fingers.

    About 1:30 in, twang city, baby!

     
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    How's he getting the bending sound in there? Is that a B Bender?
     
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    I prefer spank.
     
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    People who have never played a Tele often tend to associate it with country, and twang only.

    I blame ignorance.
     
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    Twang is just a label which could mean different things to different people. I've always associated it with intensity.
    Duane Eddy, Link Wray, Lonnie Mack, Roy Buchanan. Danny Gatton definitely Twang! Stevie fer sure!
     
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    The can all be annoying when used badly.
     
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