Anyone Still Have Their First Tele

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by psykobilly, Jan 23, 2020.

  1. Loaded Goat

    Loaded Goat TDPRI Member

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    Yes..2010 mim fsr bsb
     
  2. DHart

    DHart Friend of Leo's

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    I was teaching guitar in a music store during the seventies - the guitar was ordered into the store (I don't think I ordered it, most likely the store just got it in - but I bought it there - Primo Music, Walnut Creek, CA. 1976)

    1976 Blonde Hardtail Strat
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    Just after buying it, I removed the tuners and installed a set of 1976 Shallers. I didn't keep the original tuners. :rolleyes:

    At the time, I also installed an Alembic Stratoblaster, which was a 9v battery powered booster that replaced the output jack. It did what Clapton's Strat does, simply boost the signal from the signal coils.

    I removed the Alembic about 10 years ago and re-installed the original output jack. So, everything is original, aside from the Shaller tuners, but they date back to 1976, just as the guitar does. :)

    I DO have regrets, though. During that time I also bought a walnut brown Strat, a wine red Gibson SG, a Gibson LG-0, a natural Gibson ES-175, and a Martin D-35. I sold all of those guitars when I quit teaching there in 1980, and entered the corporate world. :( I only kept the blonde Strat hardtail.

    Teles had no appeal to me, whatsoever, until I finally opened my eyes and bought my first Tele in 2013. Since then, Teles have totally eclipsed my love of Strats. Yes, I still love Strats, but Teles have become my favorite solid-body guitar of all time.
     
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  3. 650thunderbird

    650thunderbird Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    This was my first*. It's gone through a few changes, but I still have it.

    '90s Monterey "Stage Series"

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    *Not technically a Telecaster
     
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  4. PastorJay

    PastorJay Tele-Afflicted

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    I had a cheap Tele copy in the 70s. Should have kept it but I sold it to buy an Aria SG copy.

    My first real Tele is a 1995 I think MIM half fat (aka hot rod) Telecaster. I hadn't owned an electric for years. A friend of mine gave me a BC Rich Bass, and I traded it plus a little cash for the Tele. I was looking for the most versatile electric I could find, thinking foolishly that I might only need one electric. My current number 1 is a Clapton mod Strat, and the half fat Tele is my backup. I've also had a couple other electrics since then, and currently also have a P90 equipped LP Special, but the Tele is still the most versatile electric I own. If I had to sell guitars for financial reasons, I'm not sure if I'd keep the Tele or the Strat.
     
  5. Deeve

    Deeve Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    While technically a Sortacaster, yes, the avatar guitar arrived in the early 90s, courtesy of a timely inheritance gift from Grandma Dot.

    The Bigsby arrived later, when I couldn't resist any longer.

    I hope to sell it last or never.

    Peace - Deeve
     
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  6. EspyHop

    EspyHop Tele-Meister

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    I do, it’s a ‘91 MIM. However, I traded it for something and bought it back two and a half years later. I was finishing up my undergrad degree and then was in grad school during that time and I didn’t play any of my guitars, so I really don’t count that. I bought it back with my first or second paycheck after grad school.
     
  7. Andy B

    Andy B Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Yes! My bought new black 1971 Telecaster.
     
  8. Fretting out

    Fretting out Friend of Leo's

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    Are there photos of this instrument?
    Please
     
  9. TelecasterSam

    TelecasterSam Tele-Holic

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    Sure wish I had mine. It was a 1970, blonde with a white pick guard. It was fading out beautifully, sounded great. The frets were worn out and dressed down real low which made it hard to bend strings. Being a dummy, I didn't want to put money into new frets so I sold it to a guy in our band. This was in the 80's. Another regret!
     
  10. smoothrecluse

    smoothrecluse Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    E60F5ABB-4B16-46F2-A4CA-F03B28CB2CD6.jpeg 90’s Tele Thinline, right before they discontinued them in 2000. Still got it.
     
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  11. Rob77

    Rob77 Tele-Meister

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    Due to life financial woes, I had to sell my very first Les Paul, Strat, (gave away my acoustic) but still have my first tele!
     
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  12. Andy B

    Andy B Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Here is my 1971 Telecaster:

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  13. jwp2

    jwp2 Tele-Holic

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    Yes I do, it’s a 92 AM ST.
     
  14. leonard d rock

    leonard d rock Tele-Afflicted

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    no fender tele yet but i still own my first and second tele styles both peavey generation modded to Hh
     
  15. Mur

    Mur Tele-Afflicted

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    Amazing how many still have their first. My first was a thinline new in 1970 ...but only had it a couple years.
     
  16. TelenTubes

    TelenTubes Tele-Meister

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    The sunburst was my first one. It's not going anywhere, although I don't like the saddles and they're eventually getting swapped back out for some brass ones.
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  17. JBurton

    JBurton Tele-Meister

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    Don't care for the "graphics", EXCEPT the Maico sticker! That right there would tempt me to buy it.
     
  18. JBurton

    JBurton Tele-Meister

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    My first was a '72 original Telecaster Deluxe in brown. Long gone now. :( ...(the dumb things we do)
    Since then I've only had an '06 American Series and a '10 Partscaster I put together.
     
  19. harpdog

    harpdog Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    My first was a Samick and I traded it off. I wasn't well versed in Tele tone so I can't say if it sounded right or not, but it was a sweet solid build.
    My second was a Deluxe Nashville because I thought I'd get the best of Strat and Tele - it wasn't really either. It went down the road.
    Happy now with my Player Tele.
     
  20. MrCairo46

    MrCairo46 Friend of Leo's

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    Well , it’s not for sale
     
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