Anyone Still Have Their First Tele

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

  1. Telecaster88

    Telecaster88 Tele-Holic

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    Finally got on my laptop so I could post a decent sized photo... Here she is...

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  2. Bob Womack

    Bob Womack Tele-Afflicted

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    I'm from Telecaster land but I'm more of a rock and progressive rock type. The Tele had a certain reputation where I came from, a built-in country vibe or stereotype, so I held off buying one until over forty years into my playing career, just because I needed to overcome that stereotype. So, I still have it, a 2013 Tuxedo American Standard that has become a standard part of my studio kit. More HERE.

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  3. cyclopean

    cyclopean Friend of Leo's

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    i still have the one i got when i was 17.
     
  4. Verne Bunsen

    Verne Bunsen Tele-Afflicted

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    Indeed! Mexican Tele Special, purchased new around 1996. I added the Bigsby in 2008 or so, and the pickups are currently a Lollar Tele Special in the bridge and El Rayo in the neck.
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  5. javiersson

    javiersson TDPRI Member

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    Yes! The only one I ever had, a 2016 MIM FSR. I got it on my 1st visit to NYC.
     
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  6. Mexitele Blues

    Mexitele Blues Tele-Holic

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    Still have my first and only Tele, purchased in 1995 at a pawnshop for $200. MIM Standard, assembled on 11/7/1991 by Martina, tastelessly modded by yours truly.

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  7. Vognell

    Vognell Tele-Meister

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    Warmoth telecaster I picked up in 1987. Never gonna give it up.
     

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  8. archetype

    archetype Fiend of Leo's

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    Sorry about the loss of the Tele, but the upside is that you’re still doing remarkably well without a head.
     
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    Fiesta Red Friend of Leo's

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  10. rze99

    rze99 Poster Extraordinaire

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    I’ll bet it sustained though.....
     
  11. AAT65

    AAT65 Friend of Leo's

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    Nope: it was a MIJ Fender Contemporary Telecaster in pewter which broke many a string and drove me nuts with its 3 mini-switches. After 15 years or so I traded it in on a Variax 600 which in turn got sold on about 4 years ago.
    This was it:
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    (The Variax brought me back to Teles though — the Tele models were my favourites. So when I bought another guitar it was my Elite Tele.)
     
  12. USian Pie

    USian Pie Tele-Meister

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    Yep. My Warmoth build is going on 20 years and still electric guitar #1 for me. Over the years, I've had it refretted and put a Fralin P92 in the neck.
     
  13. ClashCityTele

    ClashCityTele Tele-Afflicted

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    Yes, 1976 Standard bought from my friend around 1982. All original inc case.
    Here it is on it's 40th birthday. (It's had brass saddles, 4 way switch & new pots added since then).
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  14. moosie

    moosie Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    No, but I have my second one still. Third one, gone. Fourth one, uh, gone. Dang. But the next five are either keepers or I built 'em.

    That first one was an American Deluxe, 2010 maybe. That's where I realized I'm really a vintage spec guy at heart. All three-barrel saddles from then on...


    Telecasters are sneaky. At first they were hardly on my radar, and only because my son played one. But I didn't want one, nosir...

    Then I started playing his. More. And more. Huh.

    And now I just counted nine of my own? How did that happen?

    Sometimes I *think* I like a lot of other guitars better, but in a pinch, it's always gonna be the Tele...

    Gotta go yell at clouds now...
     
  15. charlie chitlin

    charlie chitlin Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    I still have both.
    The Tele works great.
    The head, OTOH...
     
  16. Southpole

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    Yes. A 93 Am Std that I bought in 2003. Was a Strat player before.

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  17. WingedWords

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    Amazing the effect of a pound and a half of Fender "Thick-skin" high gloss finish.
     
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  18. rze99

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    Makes me smile a bit this obsession with guitar weight. A lot of those early Teles were well over 8 pounds. Even with a thin skin!
     
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    First is an Affinity Tele I bought for $20 in pieces in a grocery bag. One of the prior owners had chipped out the bridge pickup area with a screwdriver to put a bass pickup or something else huge in there, larger than a humbucker, owner I had gotten it from was making a project out of it (hence the pieces in a bag) and gave up on making a pickguard to cover the mess. Neck is a rare Affinity chunky neck. I inlaid walnut and maple strips from scrap pallets. Sanded the finish off and went with antique pseudo burst stain and wipe on poly. Leveled the frets, new pickups, ... and a 4-way switch. It's a 17 kohm hot humbucker when put in series mode.
    One of these days it'll get three brass saddles and a Bubba mod.

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    Here's the one that gets all the mileage lately. MIM Blacktop Esquire'd-H on a 4-way. Sublime chunky neck.

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    She's beautiful. Love the grain on the body.
     
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