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How Loud is Your Tele?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Injam, Sep 24, 2020.

  1. Injam

    Injam Tele-Meister

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    My fairy new Mod Shop telecaster is very loud acrostically. I was wondering if that is common for telecasters.
    I like it. I can just pick it up and play. It is loud enough for my iPhone app tuner to hear.
    Happy playing y’all.
     
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  2. Telecastoff1

    Telecastoff1 Tele-Afflicted

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    Yup, there's really a difference between all of mine, un-plugged. It could have alot to do with the age of the strings though. Although, my strings generally don't stay on long enough to die a slow, corrosive death.
     
  3. Stanford Guitar

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    Much louder acoustically than my other electrics.
     
  4. SomeGuyNamedRob

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    The body on mine is semi-hollow, so I get a good enough volume to be able to plink around unplugged if I wanted to.
     
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    My tele is kept with newer strings than the strat or the toronado, so it would be strange if it weren't louder. I think its louder than those even when strings are new though.
     
  6. Crobbins

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    What is this "acrostically" you speak of?:D
     
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  7. Chud

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    Really loud when plugged into my twin
     
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  8. String Tree

    String Tree Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    image.jpeg Mine is fairly Resonant when unplugged.
    She's a home brew, I chose the wood with a tuning fork.
    When I put it on a particular Poplar 2x8, it SANG!

    Once plugged in to an Amp, it doesn't make any difference.
    ;)
     
  9. SomeGuyNamedRob

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    When you strum across the strings in an artistic way.

    Big flourishes, but pinky out because you're classy kind of strumming.
     
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    I don’t have a twin. I’m an only child. I’m trying to figure out where you stick the plug in your twin:lol::lol::lol:
     
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    depends whether you want vibrato or not...
     
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    Mine is actually pretty quiet at the moment, sitting over there in it's stand.
     
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  13. jrblue

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    How a guitar sounds acvoustically absolutely does affect its amplified voice. Body resonance and response affects the string's vibration, and that (movement in a magnetic field) is what generates the signal in the pickup. Anything that affects what the string does, counts. It's a question of how much, and in what ways. On an amplified guitar, I'd say the acoustic volume is nearly irrelevant, but other tonal characteristics can surely make a difference. However, with the pedals and other devices so many of us use now, we really don't have to rely on that "string sound" to really make our tone. I have a crappy Affinity Strat among my guitars, and I can readily produce a convincing Santana-style smooooooth tone via pedals. (Straight, it sounds like my dentist's office.)
     
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    Today I changed strings in my main tele.
    They were old and practically dead (around 10 hours of actual playing time which is the maximum life span of a non coated string set anyway).
    After changing them with nice bright fresh ones the guitar became twice as loud "acoustically".
    It also sounded like a proper electric guitar should when plugged in and not like a muffled horn.
     
  15. Stanford Guitar

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    I actually prefer less loud electrics.
    Works great with more loud amps.
    I hear a less sharp attack from a more resonant electric.
     
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    It's as loud as I want it to be.
     
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    You’re Tele’s as loud unplugged as it is with an amp? Jeez, all the work Leo did wasted!
     
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    My Tele and Les Paul are my loudest when unplugged. Unsurprisingly, I think, they're also my two hard-tail guitars.

    My only trem-equipped guitar that comes close is my Reverend Tricky Gomez, which is semi-hollow with a (not f-shaped) f-hole.
     
  20. Wrighty

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    Absolutely does and this is one of the best explanations I’ve read as to why. It’s still only the strings vibrating that alter the volume, but that they are affected by, among other things, their anchor points and the surface to which tgey’re anchored. Les’s log probably sounded exactly the same before and after he added the guitar shaped bits to his railway sleeper.
     
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