How Do You Feel About Signature Telecasters?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Digiplay, Jun 9, 2019.

How do you feel about Signature Telecasters?

  1. Like them.

    60 vote(s)
    43.5%
  2. Don't care for them.

    78 vote(s)
    56.5%
  1. soulman969

    soulman969 Telefied Ad Free Member

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    I think the poll lack a choice. Something like who cares or not an issue.

    I don't buy them or play them because of whose name is on the headstock or even what famous person may have played one just like it. I play them because I like their playability and/or tonality.

    So I have two that are either signature models, a Matt Freeman PBass and Robert Cray Strat, and a Casino famously associated with John Lennon.

    The Matt Freeman just "feels right", the Robert Cray Strat has that same "quack" I always loved in his solos and a nice thicker neck, and after trying several semi hollowbody models with humbuckers I couldn't live with the full hollowbody Casino w/P90s rung all the bells. They all fill a desire and fill it well.
     
  2. Jay Jernigan

    Jay Jernigan Tele-Meister

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    I'm another one who didn't vote; I fall into the "doesn't matter" category. The only signature guitar I own is a J Mascis Jazzmaster bought purely for specs because I had no idea who J Mascis was, or is.
    Seeing someone's signature on a Les Paul always seems strange to me. Joe Bonamossa got it right with the "inspired by" series: not a signature, exactly, but different.
    As it pertains to Telecasters, it's a wide open field, I suppose, but I have not seen one that I would prefer to the ones I have. Not yet.
     
  3. aksaiz

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    I'm not particularly thrilled about a signature model just as a nod to the artist BUT there are certain aspects like Harrison's rosewood for the look. I also like the Jim Adkins tele but because it is a thin line with a set neck, SP90 PUs and the top hat knobs. couldn't care less about Jim Adkins but a cook looking different axe for less than $900, may have to check it out
     
  4. Jimmy Dean

    Jimmy Dean Tele-Afflicted

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    I don't use signature anything. I watched a video last month of Robin Trower & his new signature Strat. He was very happy with the oversized radius of the neck, high action & extra heavy strings. Just the way he likes it. Total non starter for me & probably most of the players on this forum.
     
  5. Obsessed

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    They seem to be good marketing tools, but to me it would be far too pretentious to play one. It is that poser thing like the relic models.

    That said, I do lust over the Hendrix Monterey and traded an amp to my wife for a "signature" bass (too heavy for her) that really isn't your classic signature instrument anyway. I just don't see ever shelling out for one. The best local guitarist plays a signature guitar at all of his gigs, so perhaps they do inspire some sort of channeling, but he can rock it and get away with it.
     
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    My God isn't she a beaut!
     
  7. Geo

    Geo Friend of Leo's

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    It would all be about the guitar itself rather than the signature. I have two signatures of
    sorts, a James Burton Standard and Robert Cray Standard (Strat). I bought those as liked the
    characteristics of the guitars. The signatures are fine though and actually kind of interesting
    and fun. I have gotten inquiries as to "who are those guys?".
     
  8. macc213

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    Love my mim Muddy Waters Tele.
     
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  9. Pechorin

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    I don't feel anything about them one way or the other. There have always been signature or artist editions of many products and guitars are no different. Having said that, if there was one that included all the features I prefer in a guitar I'd probably buy it, regardless of who had their name of the headstock.
     
  10. LGOberean

    LGOberean Doctor of Teleocity

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    My first reaction when seeing your poll was “You don’t have enough poll options.” But I can see that the thread/poll has been around for more than 2 months, so at this point I don’t expect to see other poll options added.

    So my second thought was my reply should be “Don’t care for them,” since I share some of the same reticence as the OP (not into hero worship, a signature won’t make me play better, etc.). Plus, certain features/specs on certain signatures would not at all be to my liking or comfortable for my playing.

    But as I then reflected on what signature Teles were out there, I realized that more than a couple of them did appeal to me. Certain specs/features on most any signature would not be to my liking, and the price of most of them is off-putting, but still, the appeal is there.

    The George Harrison, G. E. Smith, Merle Haggard, Brad Paisley and Ritchie Kotzen models all appeal to me in varying degrees. Even Eric Johnson’s signature Thinline Strat and the newly released Eric Clapton Blind Faith Telecaster have a certain appeal.

    So I had to choose one of the two options, and realized I couldn’t honestly say, “Don’t care for them.” So I voted “Like them.” My real answer, had I been given the option, would have been, “I like some of them…sorta…but I won’t pay custom shop prices for one.”
     
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  11. Tony Forman

    Tony Forman Tele-Meister

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    I'd take a Scotty Anderson Tele in a heartbeat if Fender could get their act together!
     
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  12. LGOberean

    LGOberean Doctor of Teleocity

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    Oh, yeah! I'd add that one to my list posted above! :D
     
  13. Sax-son

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    If it plays and sounds good in your hands, I'm for them. If not, who cares!
     
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  14. cyclopean

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    the joe strummer one was offputting.
     
  15. Stratwrangler

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    @bettyseldest lovely collection there sir and love the wilko tele. Dr feelgood are awesome and have stood the test of time , evenfairly recently they were gigging in and around Essex.:cool:
     
  16. Irondog

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    You could almost extend the question to manufacturers label.
    How many people would be embarrassed to have a fender logo on their guitar.

    I just want a guitar made of wood and wire, I don't want the logo. I don't want anyone to know that I purchase a Fender. I don't like their environmental policies, I don't want anyone to know that I'm forced to play their guitars, Because they're so well-made.

    This has occurred in other industries you don't want a giant label on the front of your house saying built by Billy Joe the house contractor.

    So there is a certain level of social acceptability And/or lack of thought built into certain commercial products.
    I'm okay with the Signature of the manufacturer ( Leo Fender signature guitar) but I'm not okay with the signature of a musician.

    So if you're not okay with one signature you shouldn't be okay with any signature.

    LOL;)

    If it sounds and plays awesome, looks And logos are sort of on the bottom of the list.
    But it should look nice, And not a distracting signature or distracting logo.
     
  17. coloradojeff

    coloradojeff Tele-Holic

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    I like the neck on the Paisley Tele. (I've got a similar neck on a CS Stratocaster)... I'd buy one in a minute but just can't handle the silver sparkle and the relic-ing
     
  18. Clifton C

    Clifton C Tele-Holic

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    My wife bought a Gibson Arlo Guthrie signature model because it's nice and small, but the guitar turned out to be kind of a dud--no matter which strings or setup, it sounded kind of dead. We ended up selling it. Her Eric Clapton Martin that she bought about fifteen years ago is another story. Lightweight, responsive, fun to play, and sounds great! I love herringbone trim on Martins, too.
     
  19. jim777

    jim777 Tele-Meister

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    I'm always up for trying a signature anything. Sometimes its just marketing, but other times there are changes that a practicing musician would want or need that suits wouldn't have though of (or something). The Ibanez Jem is a great example of a guitar whose changes are now all over that whole genre of guitar making and building (and I have two of those and they are amazing instruments). I've played both the dUg Pinnick and Geddy Lee preamps as well, and those are a ton of fun.

    I'm looking forward to getting a Donahue Tele because the one I played felt great in my hands and I dig the finishes :)
     
  20. Kezzell

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    I have only ever had 3 signature editions. I have the two Jimmy Page Tele's because i am a huge fanboy of Page. When His Les Paul's were being made i could not afford them at the time. They cost too much now. The other signature i had was the Gary Clark SG. It did not have his name on it anywhere and was tastefully done IMHO. It was a screamer with its 3 p90's. I just never bonded with it. I would like an SRV Strat, but i believe i would change the pick guard if i was to gig with it. The Dragon tele is a play at home guitar. I will probably gig with my mirror tele but it does not have the mirrors installed.
     
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