Anyone Still Have Their First Tele

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  1. psykobilly

    psykobilly Tele-Meister

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    9219E595-CDB5-4DFB-B13B-D19969621EE8.jpeg Here is my first tele. As was the thing in the early 90’s, I put the middle pickup in it that is turned on and off by a second toggle next to the stock one. As with all my guitars I eventually got rid of it on a trade, but this is the one that I really regretted getting rid of because my daughter used to crawl up in the case and sleep when she was little. 5 years later I was trolling on eBay and there she was, it had made it’s way 80 miles to Memphis and was on auction. I knew it was mine from the ding on the bass bout and pups. I called my wife and told her I was buying it. She asked if I was sure it was mine I told her I was as sure as I would be if it was one of my kids!!!! I feel very lucky to have it back and it will be my daughters someday. I never play it anymore, but it holds some great memories.
     
  2. El Tele Lobo

    El Tele Lobo Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    I wish. Early 90's Mexican Tele Special was mine. I customized it with a Barden bridge pickup, Sperzel locking tuners, a vintage-style 3-saddle bridge with brass saddles and 6105 fret wire. It was a blues machine. Handsome Crimson Transparent finish too. Miss that guitar. Should have never let it go.
     
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  3. charlie chitlin

    charlie chitlin Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    I guess this is the only pic I have of it.
    I had it before I had a digital camera or a phone that does anything other than make calls! 16219_2616349506144_1705003116_n.JPG
     
  4. PlainAllman

    PlainAllman Tele-Afflicted

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    My first Tele is my only tele and stories like these reinforce to me that I shall never let it go.
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  5. dogmeat

    dogmeat Tele-Afflicted

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    my brother has it. a '53 I bought in 1970, for I think.... $75. missing the neck pickup
     
  6. jamesepowell

    jamesepowell Tele-Meister

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    My first Telecaster is pictured to the left. It's a 1977 all original except for the bridge. Currently set up in open G. I call it my Keef guitar even though I haven't removed anything. I don't know any details about the pickups but I feel like I just got lucky.
     
  7. Dan German

    Dan German Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

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    Technically, yes. I had a Peavey Reactor, but that's just mostly tele-like. Then I built an Esquire, but that's an Esquire. My Logan is my first "proper" telecaster-like guitar, and I'm not even thinking of replacing it.
     
  8. FuzzWatt

    FuzzWatt TDPRI Member

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    Unfortunately no, but sure wish I did. Was a 2002 Highway One with a chunky maple neck in 3 tone sunburst. My first American made guitar. Bought is used from a store and sold it to a good country player.
     
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  9. Andy_White_83

    Andy_White_83 TDPRI Member

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    Wish I did. First tele was also my first electric. Late 90s MIM in midnight wine. I immediately put a pearloid pickguard on it and played countless hours on it. Played it in my first band. But alas, I was 16 when I got it and it didn’t survive the broke college years :(
     
  10. MrCairo46

    MrCairo46 Friend of Leo's

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    8244C093-CD16-4327-A09C-F6E213803A9E.jpeg Yup,
    Bought from Bill’s Music house in Catonsville , Maryland in 1986.
     
  11. Telecaster88

    Telecaster88 Tele-Holic

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    Sure do. It's the one in my profile pic. '88 Am Std, bought new in early '89. It's home to me.
     
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  12. David Barnett

    David Barnett Doctor of Teleocity

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    I still have my first Telecaster. It's a '66 "3FEB66B", I've had it since 1979.

    It's also my only Telecaster, unless my Esquire counts.
     
  13. GibbyTwin

    GibbyTwin Tele-Meister

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    Still have mine - 2005 Standard

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  14. James Hall

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    Not here!!! Sure do wish I did. Big ol' James Burton Sig.:(:cry:
     
  15. SPUDCASTER

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    Yes, bought in '67 or '68 for $200.

    A '51 Nocaster.

    Sell it. NEVER!!!
     
  16. Obsessed

    Obsessed Telefied Ad Free Member

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    Yup, slow to warm up to telecasters and the last of the common types of electrics for me, I purchased my MIM FSR BSB RC in early 2013. I went almost 7 years before I bought my next electric. Acoustics is a different story ... and a different thread.:rolleyes:

    Life has been great since finally getting a tele. My strat is off and on now. My Sheraton is still a major contender for my playing time, but I love my tele. Since buying it, I have really enjoyed playing any Baja that I can get my hands on, so I put the twisted tele/Broadcaster set in it and it came with a thicker than normal neck, so it is a lifer now, but someday it will most likely get a Baja neck.
     
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  17. Otis Fine

    Otis Fine Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

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    If an ASAT counts, yes. If you just mean a “Telecaster”, no. I had a Squier Classic Vibe Custom a few years ago that I sold to a friend. If it has to be a FENDER Telecaster, then also yes.

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  18. LOSTVENTURE

    LOSTVENTURE Tele-Afflicted

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    I don't have it anymore, but I know who owns it now. It was a rare all maple, body and neck, 1972 Tele.
    I pretty much gave it to a friend who fell in love with it and really could not afford it. I guess I was a soft touch back then.
     
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  19. alnico357

    alnico357 Tele-Holic

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    Yes. The single one I've owned, since Oct 2013. It's my new guitar.
     
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  20. joebloggs13

    joebloggs13 Tele-Holic

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    Yes. It's a keeper!
     
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