Can You Tell The Difference Between a Tele and a Strat

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  1. drf64

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    Fritz Bros Super Deluxe with Barden Strat neck and middle pickups and Barden Gatton T bridge pickup.
     
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    My Strat and Tele sound pretty different. I attribute that mostly to the pickups because my Strat is wired to give me the neck and bridge combo. The Telecaster bridge pickup has a pretty recognizable sound that I've never heard a Strat duplicate. The Strat middle pickup is also unique. I have N4 pickups in my Tele and VN pickups in my Strat. The Strat is a little darker, almost moody. I like it for that. I manage my Telecaster tone mostly from my amp. I can roll down bass and mids and get a pretty vintage sound or bring them up for a jazzy fullness. Listening to recordings, except for the Telecaster bridge and the Strat middle, I hear the differences between pickups more than any difference between guitars. I couldn't call it from what I heard in the original post.
     
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  3. Mur

    Mur Tele-Afflicted

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    I think they sound different . . there's something odd about Strat sound, lol.
     
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    They are both beautiful at closing time.
     
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    I picked the right one from the first clip. Never owned a Strat, but I've had the same Tele for 15 years. I could tell which one sounded like which.
     
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    Choice!

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    Dig your vids Mikey & your positivity!
     
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    I love you 2 Headed Goat ! You have a G&L for every occasion
     
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  8. LunarSlingShot

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    I disagree. I listened to the video and I was instantly able to tell the difference between the Strat and Tele neck pickups and the bridge pickups. The Strat neck pickup and the Tele bridge pickup, IMHO, are easily identifiable from one another when compared. It would be way different if he only played ONE clip and asked if it was a Tele or a Strat without any other context, but compared AB with eachother, I was easily able to tell the difference.
     
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    There are some tonal similarities, but teles have more of a punch to my ears. Strats have a weaker bridge sound and is impacted by the springs in the tremolo if you have that model of strat. The neck pickup on a strat sounds more open than a Telecaster in my opinion. Good players can make guitars do all kinds of sounds so the model isn't as important.
     
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  10. MilwMark

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    Lace Sensors v. a Tele single coil are not a very close comparison.

    Regardless, I have both.

    If you pick both in the same location relative to the bridge pickup, it would be difficult if not impossible to tell. Due to the nature of this video, we can't see where he is picking, of course.
     
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    We can agree to disagree then. Those Lace Sensors were voiced close enough to Strat pickups that I definitely could tell it was a Strat and not a Tele. The first clip was the Strat neck pickup clean and even without listening to the other clips, as soon as I heard it I thought, "well, that's a strat".

    But at the same time I KNEW that there was going to be a Tele and a Strat. That knowledge makes me listen more intently to try to determine which was which. If the only context I had was the ONE sound clip and then the info that it was "some kind of guitar", without being given any options of guitar to choose from, I may not have been AS confident that it was a Strat. I just know what a Strat neck pickup sounds like, that's why I bought a neck pickup for my Tele that is voiced like a Strat neck pickup, I just like that particular sound.

    I don't have the greatest ear. If my guitar is out of tune, I can tell it is out of tune, but if I strummed a chord, I wouldn't be able to tell you which of the strings was out of tune without a tuner. I can't tell any difference in tone between a maple fingerboard and a rosewood fingerboard. But I CAN tell the difference between Strat and Tele pickups.
     
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    I didn't watch the video and don't need to. I can tell the difference tone-wise.[/QUOTE]
     
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    He's been playing strats since the late 80s. Fender just released his own signature strat (ironically, Pete's strats are just Eric Clapton signature strats that he then adds a piezo and a mixing knob to.)



    I should add, I don't immediately think "strat" when I think about Pete Townshend either.
     
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    My motto (which applies to tele's as well as MM's) is - don't leave home without one. :)
     
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    They are both single coil solid body guitars, so no surprise that similar tones can be produced.

    The big difference to me is the feel. I never feel comfortable with a strat, but a Tele feels right. I can always dial in a good tone with a Tele and like they way it reacts to my fingers and amp.

    All that said I know plenty of players that sound great on a strat, and are not comfortable with a Tele.
     
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    I think I got you mixed up with the g&l guy I still think your music man is awesome though and that case is super cool
     
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    That’s still awesome I knew fenders custom shop would make the Townsend model here and there and always wondered if they’d make a production run


    Oh poo I spoke before watching the video they are custom shop
     
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    Usually.

    But not always.
     
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    No worries bro... tho IMG_20001226_111834.jpg I think the g&l guy you're thinking of is perhaps me...
     

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  20. Mur

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    One reason they sound different is because they have nothing in common ! ! ...except scale length !
     
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