Anyone Still Have Their First Tele

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

  1. skradlee

    skradlee TDPRI Member

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    You digging that Tone Master Twin?? I got to spend 4 days with one at NAMM and it got me thinking...
     
  2. Mike SS

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    26756658_197274820850602_2019506065414164333_o.jpg My Squire Vintage Modified SSH, in Artic White.
     
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  3. skradlee

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    Still got mine. It's been modded so heavily that the only original parts left are the body and the control plate. I got pics, but not at the moment. I picked her up last night.
     
  4. RobbieAG

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    Yeah, but I only got it a month ago, and I've been playing over 50 years (mostly strats, archtops and luthier built)!
     
  5. BFcaster

    BFcaster Tele-Meister

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    Yep! 1996 52RI bought in 97 or 98, after hanging over a year dust-covered on the top rack of the store, in (ugly) butterscotch. Body and neck stripped and refined in all-nitro 2010, neck because it needed re-fretted, which I did myself, otherwise all stock, except for the Strat switch tip and strap locks. Was my workhorse for gigs, then felt I needed a dedicated G-tuned Tele too, so number two (aka Pantydropper), also ash and in nitro, with SD Seth Lover and Broadcaster pups.
    Original as of 2006 and after the refin:
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    Wow...reading this thread makes me realize how old my guitars actually are. So this guitar is 24 years old from its birth, as of 2020. That makes my 1st guitar, a '90 Squier II Strat...aw hell, I'm too old to do the math!
     
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  6. PlainAllman

    PlainAllman Tele-Afflicted

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    How is that 4 way set up on that Esquire? I’m planning a project to revitalize my first Electric, a mid 90’s S type. I’m planning on a single humbucker in the bridge with Esquire style 3 way wiring but still in the planning stage so looking at other intriguing options.
     
  7. idjster

    idjster VERY grateful member Silver Supporter

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    My first was a black MIM Tele that I bought because it sounded awesome! Since then there have been lots of different ones come and go. Besides the nostalgia factor I have to admit the the ones I have now are far better guitars and sound just as good so I wouldn't want to trade them out. I don't have any really special memories attached to that first one other than hours of practice. My wife's first one was a Tele Select from a number of years ago, and I'm sure she'd never part with it except for a very special reason.
     
  8. BFcaster

    BFcaster Tele-Meister

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    ^ James I love the sig!
     
  9. Otis Fine

    Otis Fine Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    Sure am.
     
  10. reckless toboggan

    reckless toboggan Tele-Holic

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    I'll let you know when I buy my first tele.
     
  11. Arch

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    I'm a lifer with mine as well. I'm 2 months older, so it's my job to mentor it!
     

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  12. surfsup1955

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    Still have it. It’s a mid/late 90’s G&L ASAT Special. Bone stock. Still have my first tube amp too. It’s a 1974 Music Man!
     
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    The first and the last at least so far. It's the first guitar I ever built. Still have it. [​IMG]

    Why can't I post pictures on this site???? They are pics I took with my cell phone. Don't know how to get a URL # for them so I can't attach. What am I doing wrong?
     
  14. sdevine_1968

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  15. BillH5256

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    Circa '72 Thinline with Wide Range humbuckers, sunburst, maple, top hat switch cap, knurled knobs...traded on a whim couple of later.
    Glad I don't have a pic. It would hurt too much.
     
  16. sdevine_1968

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    My 1968 Telecaster with Gord Miller Blue Daphne finish. I purchased it in 1980 and have had it since.
     

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  17. guitarsophist

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    My first tele was actually an ASAT that I bought from G&L in Fullerton at the old Fender factory when I saw an ad in BAM that said they were selling off some demo guitars. I played a bunch of ASATs there through Randall amps and also a prototype Comanche. I played it a lot but it had MFD pickups and I kept wanting it to sound like a tele, but it didn't. It's on long term loan to a friend who loves it. So I bought a used tele at Guitar Center, a MIM ash natural finish that came with ceramic pickups and a white pickguard, but now has Tonerider pickups and a blackguard. Here they are, but this is before the pickup and pickguard change on the MIM tele. I still have the tele and play it a lot. It's great:

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  18. rockinstephen

    rockinstephen Tele-Meister

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    My first "Tele" was a Stinger. I think Stinger was a company owned by Martin. It had a Tele neck pickup, a bridge humbucker with coil splitting and a Strat style bridge and whammy. The problem was, it had a plywood body! I ended up parting it out, but I still have the neck.
     
  19. Oakville Dave

    Oakville Dave Friend of Leo's

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    E7FA6FD3-EABF-42CD-B6EF-0F8A8B099A5C.jpeg I do. 1983 American Standard in Lake Placid Blue with TBX control with the original moulded case. 16539394-8FB6-4129-BB64-BA2FA4285AEA.jpeg It has some wiring issues and needs a refret, but I can’t part with it. I have two MIM FSRs that I regularly gig with, a GC Copperburst and a Black Paisley, but this one I’ll someday get playable again. I actually sold it once to a buddy and missed it so much I bought it back. I bought it when I was doing musical comedy in Toronto in 1990 from a pawn shop. I knew nothing about electric guitars but I loved the look and how it played and sounded. It deserves to be played again. I guess I need to start a Go Fund Me page!
     

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  20. jaycoyoyo

    jaycoyoyo Tele-Meister

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    Still have mine and will never let her go. 89/90 American Standard with Fender Custom Shop Nocaster pickups. Purchased used in the late 90s. Played tons of gigs throughout the '00s, and as a result could use some fret work. She's a bit on the heavy side - nearly 10 pounds. Strung with Ernie Ball 10-52s.

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