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Is it just me, or is a Telecaster a fantastic jazz guitar?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Richie Cunningham, Jul 18, 2020.

  1. Hari Seldon

    Hari Seldon Tele-Meister

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    Sorry, it's not the fingers. Tone is in the gear.
    I can easily get the same tone with my CS nocaster, but I can't surely play like Larry.
     
  2. Willy-son

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    I play mostly jazz on mine.

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  3. capecoda

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    My point is Larry sounds like Larry whether he's playing his 335, Tele or Valley Arts. Jazz is is style & not dedicated by gear.
     
  4. Hari Seldon

    Hari Seldon Tele-Meister

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    Larry plays and phrases like Larry.
    He sounds different on a Tele than he does on a 335.
    That's why he sometimes chooses a Tele and sometimes a 335.
    And that's why you can hear whether he plays a Tele or a 335.
     
  5. TeleStricken

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    Aaahh, the one thread that will bring me out of lurker mode. I got a Tele because of Ed Bickert, after I heard Pure Desmond.

    I was going to post Gilad Heksleman who in my opinion is one of the best young guitarists out there. Julian Lage is right up there with him.

    Let me make my contribution by reminding everybody that Mr. Sco went through a Tele phase himself.

     
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  6. capecoda

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    Yeah, I remember watching this one few years back.
     
  7. Telewielder

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    I was about to buy a semi-hollow guitar the other day because I've been getting into jazz lately and then I came across this:



    I gave up the purchase and set up my 52 RI for standard tuning (had been playing it in open D for a while).
     
  8. Butch Snyder

    Butch Snyder Tele-Afflicted

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    That's just magic.
     
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    David Clayton Thomas owns both a Fender Telecaster and a Fender Stratocaster. If I remember correctly he played the guitar on Go Down Gamblin.
     
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    darylcrisp Tele-Meister

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    I love flatwound strings on my other guitars, but IMO they ruin the middle and bridge positions on a Tele.

    I'm not sure if any of the guys posted play flats on their Teles, but they all sound pretty good!

    Maybe I need to try flats on my Tele again.
     
  12. nosuch

    nosuch Friend of Leo's

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    I switched between teles and archtops for jazz now for years. Like 15 years ago I had a beautiful hand carved, all massive woods archtop. Great tone especially in my trio with double bass and drums, But anytime we got a little louder it would howl (low frequency feedback). In a mood I took the tele for a recording session and never looked back. Friends told me they wouldn't have noticed the difference anyway (when listening). But I noticed the absence of the bloody howling which limited me in note choice.
    Then like 3 years ago I got an Ibanez JSM10 and used that in my current trio (drums, organ, guitar). We play muscular funk jazz. I took the tele to a rehearsal but it wouldn't cut it for that band – I missed the punch I got from the Ibanez. Stupidly I sold it to get a Gibson ES 335 which didn't work for me at all. Eventually I fulfilled the guitar dream of my youth and bought an Ibanez GB10 and that's what I'm using mostly now. To me it's the best of both worlds. I didn't run into any feedback problems so far even in loud sessions. The tone isn't that much different from a tele neck pickup, but the hollowbody construction adds some complexity to it IMHO. And the punch I need for Benson style licks is there. It may be the heavy flatwound strings though – must try some of these on a tele.

    Most examples of jazz players using teles posted here are more on the atmospheric side of jazz, using a bit of overdrive, delay, reverb etc. For this I also still prefer the tele – overdrive doesn't sound too good with an archtop guitar IMHO. For the muscular style we play I prefer the clean and punchy attack of an archtop or semi hollow.
     
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  13. Tonetele

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    Yes. Just play that front pickup.
    Also a Mike Stern Yamaha is a very good Telecaster type jazz guitar - also very expensive.
     
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  14. Jon C

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    a good one is good for way more than one thing ... :cool:
     
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    that's just unbelievable

    the DEPTH of that guy
     
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    We were up in San Francisco a few years ago walking around Ghirardelli Square and saw a jazz trio playing outside. The guitar player had a MIM Standard and it sounded fantastic.
     
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    just one of my all time favourite clips..
    tele tone and a superb player... having some fun!
     
  18. Winky

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    I can readily get tones that would work very well for jazz on my Tele (if I knew how to play jazz, I guess). In that sense it's a great jazz guitar. But there are tones, also suitable for jazz, that I can get from my Montreal Premier that I simply cannot get from my Tele. So they're both great jazz guitars - but just different.
     
  19. Winky

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    This.
     
  20. Hari Seldon

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    That's why my "jazz"-Tele is a thinline...


    ;-)
     
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