Best telecaster/amp combo

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  1. Hendrixlvr

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    Hey all. What's the best tele/amp combo in your opinion? I've got my 50's road worn paired with a Hughes and Kettner Tubemeister 18 and I love the tones of the two together. I'm finding the low wattage is key to getting a good tone....what's everyone else's opinion?
     

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    tallpaul Tele-Meister

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    i love my baja through my laney vc 15
    sounds amazing!
     
  3. FredDairy

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    I'll never find a best.
    Where am I playing? small club? outdoors? big band? little band?
    I'd grab a Deluxe, Super, or Twin Reverb depending on the situation.

    Best tele for that combo? Any "good" tele will do.
     
  4. Telemarkman

    Telemarkman Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    I've found that a vintage type Telecaster and a Fender tweed amp is a great combination. Bassman, Blues Deluxe or Blues Junior are all great for the sound I'm after. Another alternative is a Vox AC30.
     
  5. Hendrixlvr

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    I find that the venue doesn't really matter. Anywhere I've played that's any larger than a house party, there's a P. A. and I'm mic'd up. I'm finding that a lower wattage amp gives me the tone that I desire....regardless of the venue
     
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  6. FredDairy

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    You must play some fancy outdoors gigs. ;)
    Not all outdoors shows have a PA for more than vocals(at least the caliber I'm playing). If I'm playing some barn at a car show the Twin is a good bet.

    But seriously I'd NEVER put my sound at the hands of a sound man and a PA system.

    When we had the Surf Band with the Dual Showmans going the last thing we wanted to do was wreck the effect of a cranked amp by playing it through a PA. Sound guys never got that.

    So, venue makes a HUGE difference for me regarding what amp I take out. So does size of band. My Deluxe would get lost amongst the Dual Showman's in my surf band. If I'm playing with a soul quartet in a dive bar the Deluxe should do.
     
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    Totally Subjective, though a Cabronita through my 57 Deluxe RI gets a lot of compliments.
     
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  9. telemnemonics

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    Haven't you heard? Playing loud is totally out these days.
    Jeez, you need to keep up with the current www-wisdom.

    But for best amp, I'd say buy as many classics as you can and get rid of the ones that don't do it for you.
    The H&K you have might cover a lot of classic and modern amp sounds, but it's worth spending some months with a few really good one trick pony's.
    Plus amps over 20w are bargains these days since small amps are all the rage.
    Bassman head or Tweed, Super or Twin Reverb, older 50 or 100w Marshall, maybe an AC30 but hard to say which one.
    And of course Tweed Deluxe, 5f1 Champ, and 18w Marshalls are great amps that respond to playing dynamics more than modern processed amps often will.
    I seldom plug into anything over 18w lately. Sad.
     
  10. Billybob Dylan

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    I love the sound of any of my Teles (or my Esquire) through my 70s Vibrochamp.

    Who needs pedals?
     
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    You are so right about the cost of the smaller amps. My Deluxe is a reissue because I couldn't find an original for a price I couldn't accept. Meanwhile, I can find blackface bandmasters for a song and they sound phenomenal.
     
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    I play a tele with twang kings into a tweed bassman. I love that sound. Sometimes if it is too loud I bring a pedal.
     
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    My Baja Tele through my home made 5E3 clone.
     
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    I have the superchamp XD so it depends what mood I'm in!
     
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    '69 Telecaster with Bardens into a '64 Deluxe Reverb with a Xotic RC Booster or a Timmy as a boost as needed.
     
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    I really like my Dr. Z but a deluxe reverb was classic Fender
     

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    I replaced both my Twin and my Bassman with the H&K. I just found that the Bassman wasn't versatile enough and to get the twin to the point of almost breaking up....well let's just say there were a few ears bleeding lol. Each amp was great but I got old and tired of hauling around 300lbs of amps lol. Unfortunately I've become extremely picky about my drive sound. Getting a good clean tone is easy, but to be able to get a crunch sound that's not fuzzy, and one that growls instead is hard to do. I find, (for my fingers anyway), that what I've got now suits my ear the best, but everyone's ear is different......that being said.....ain't nuthin' sounds better than a Fender through a Fender
     
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    I like the Princeton Reverb-Tele combo but I don't think you could select a 'best".

    That said, I can get a pretty broad palette of sounds from the PRRI with any number of pedals, like the Xotic BB. However, I really like the Fulltone Fat Boost as I can get a really warm tone all the way to some nice dirt.
     
  19. Frodebro

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    Teles work well with just about any amp-even high gain models.
     
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    I like my 15 w Traynor, EL-84 amp, Fendery Cleans on Ch. 1, Brit crunch on Ch. 2. Not terribly expensive used, and made in Canada. Plays nice loud and at lower volumes, and sounds much bigger than it is.

    Teles sounds great through any tube amp.
     
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