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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Kid Telecaster, Sep 1, 2019.
Pretty sure it was this:
James Burton playing with Ricky Nelson on the Ozzie & Harriet Show back in the 50's. Thought that was just how an electric guitar should sound, and still think that.
I can't remember what I had for breakfast yesterday let along when I saw my first Tele! Could be James Burton though. I dunno. Age...
First one I remember seeing was a yellow Lero tele copy in the window on a music store at the end of the street, I thought it was about the coolest thing I had ever seen, certainly made in impression on 14 year old me a long time ago.
My first bug concert was Pat Benatar, REO, and Fleetwood Mac on the mid 90s. Fleetwood Mac was on stage, the colorful lights were everywhere, and my grade school self was trying to figure out what color the dang guitar was ("wood color")
That barely counts. I was 10 when I got my strat, and as new players do, I drooled over magazines and such "knowing " I'd be able to play better with a better guitar. But I hated teles. Those were for cheesy country that sucked. Sure, rock and blues people played them sometimes, but that was thier problem not mine. And I was obsessed with offset guitars. My granpas mustang was the most comfortable guitar I'd played ever early on. Kurt Cobain and tons of alt rock people played jaguars, jazzmasters, and mustangs, and surf rock sounded cool. It wasn't until like middle school that I'd even gave them a second glance, and high school, when I was more into punk that I liked them. Joe Strummer, East Bay Ray, both guys from the black crows, keef, every impressive country picker from bigone ages, all played teles. I bought mine for blues, liked the ash and the heft.
Ironically, I dont much like strats now.
When I took piano lessons from a studio in my home town (started when I was 8, continued until I was 16), I remember walking past the wall of Fenders—Strats on one side, Teles on the other. Always thought the Teles looked nerdy compared to the Strats. And now I own 4.
The reason why I have an all black tele:
Same here, although it was probably on HeeHaw.
A classmate, 8th grade, got a Tele Custom and a Deluxe Reverb for Christmas. I had just started playing guitar and had no idea how to set tone controls, thought it sounded harsh and unpleasant.
If youth only knew and age only could!
In 1975 I wasn't the slightest bit interested in having an electric guitar. I was a folkie: though I loved what the electric could do in the hands of people like Clapton I didn't want one.
Then I bought this book
On about page 80 or 81 (I'm away from home at present) I found this picture and fell in love. I have no idea why.
I've enjoyed other electrics since then, but every Tele I've had has been special. About ten years before I could get one and my first was chosen to look like the one in Tom Wheeler's book. Cost me £278 new. But not a very close match - spot the difference!
I got closer at last with a partscaster a year or so back
But aren't they all lovely?
My dad had this EP......
Somewhere along the line I read that Bruce Welch played rhythm guitar.... and I wondered what a rhythm guitar looked like.....
Early on in the 1960's I only had eyes for SG's and LP's. First noticed Tele's somewhere there after with Keith Richards standing behind one. I really took note when I became awash with the Blues, and Roy Buchanan - kinda swept the floor of all guitars and all the playing I had seen before. Thanks Roy...rip.
Probably James Burton with Ricky for me too. Not that I knew it was a "Telecaster." It was just an electric guitar.
Jeff Beck's Esquire on the cover of "Rave Up" was another big "Ah-Ha!" moment for me. Around that time some guys I knew in a band had an Esquire and they let me play it. That was a big deal to me. They had a Jordan Bosstone in the case. I don't know if it fit in the recessed jack of the guitar, but it sure was cool!
I'm almost positive it was Buck Owens and Don Rich. I started playing in 1960. Even though I was into Pop music at the time we still watched some CW TV at the house for the entertainment. I didn't buy my first one until the 2000s and I came here to see what I bought.
The first time I paid attention to the fact that it was a Telecaster, was Springsteen's Esquire on the Born to Run album. I was 13 at the time. Our family watched Hee Haw pretty regularly while I was growing up, and I loved the guitar playing on that show, but I was more focused on the musicians than the guitars themselves. Probably an age thing for me.
It was an Esquire. My band mate in 1966 was playing one he got from his older brother. I bet he still has it too.
This was the first Tele I really ever noticed.
The first one I recall was on this poster - no affiliation w/ seller...
Let me start with saying that as a young child I was absolutely mesmerized by The Bakersfield sound. Buck Owens and his Buckaroos. That is my first memory of hearing music, I was three. In 1969 when The show ”Hee Haw” began that is when I remember seeing Buck Owens lead guitarist Don Rich playing a telecaster and of course that sound that has brought me joy all of my life. Folks always ask me how did you learn to play guitar and I always say By watching “Hee Haw” I am a sponge so as a kid I would just copy what I saw being done on that show. My love for the telecaster began with Don rich.