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Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Richie Cunningham, Jul 18, 2020.
When I use the neck pickup on my AO ‘50s, all I can think about is Diana Krall’s Love Scenes.
It certainly can be. If it's good enough for Frisell and Julian Lage to play jazz on, it works. Then again, a lot of guitars can get a very nice jazz tone, so I think it's really down to which feels right to you.
Julian is playing a guitar I haven't seen him use before, with a P90 in the neck, but you can find lots of stuff on YouTube with him playing a Nacho-caster with a smaller single coil in the neck.
Perhaps the one thing a Telecaster neck pickup is good for.
There really is no such thing as a jazz guitar. As ES type guitar is IMO ideal, but I happily play jazz on my Tele and SG.
I play jazz on my Esquire, so even a tele bridge pickup works nicely. That’s why a tone control is a wonderful tone shaping tool, provided you use a cap value that suits your needs.
And jazz is not really about tone, unless you really want to embrace the archetype.
Listen to some Ed Bickert...
Or Ted Greene
That one’s got Alnico poles btw. Different sound.
In the right hands, absolutely.
I don't even play jazz but I'm on the neck pickup 80% of the time. Warm, clean, articulate, and just enough chime if you dial it in right. It's incredibly versatile.
Not only is it a fantastic jazz guitar, imo...I happen to think a telecaster is a fantastic ANYTHING guitar. I have many, many guitars...but the one that stays out and gets played,. is the telecaster. She can fit into most places with the right player attached.
I think that's right...a Tele CAN be a good jazz instrument in the right person's hands, but I don't think it is typically thought of first as a jazz instrument...
Not only CAN you play jazz on a Tele, it’s one of my favorite instruments for jazz. I love an archtop, but they can be expensive, bulky, easily damaged and prone to feedback (steels himself for the impending flame war). Teles are quite the opposite...plus I just love the tone of them. In fact, you can cop a fairly convincing archtop tone with one if you have the right touch...Tim Lerch demonstrates this in one of his videos. Added bonus, they’re modular, so you can customize them with your choice of neck, pickups and controls. Archtops are beautiful and sound glorious in the right hands, but a Tele is a win-win every time.
^ This, right here. Jazz is how you play.
I like Tim Lerch's tone on the Tele. I think having set up specifically for the style helps a bit, but regardless, why the heck not?
Check the clip above, Julian Lage is the present master of the Telecaster.
Maybe you‘ve got the wrong neck pickup?
The Barfuss Stratotone is an unbelievable transparent and dynamic pickup, close to an old vintage P90 but with the Telly quack. I love it endlessly, a piece of art.
Not sure but I guess that’s also a Nachocaster. Listen to Julian is always a good lesson in dynamic playing and real sophisticated Teletone, always at the sweet spot of his amp. I listen to him everyday.
Mike Stern, too!