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Jazz on a Tele ?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by DOC DYA, Mar 25, 2013.

  1. Jimmy R

    Jimmy R Tele-Meister

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    I'm going to go ahead and assume that's a joke.
     
  2. Bickert Fan

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    Egads. There is all the information you could ever want regarding jazz on a tele through Google. In fact more than you could ever want. There are countless threads here if you put some effort into the search.

    Jazz on a tele is a well documented facet of telecasters. Not only are there quite a number of professional, famous players who use teles...(ssome of which you already mentioned) and have their rigs documented on various websites, but there are a lot of people on the forum.

    I had the same question, but just searching this forum will brings up hundreds of matches for jazz on a tele.


     
  3. Belhade

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    My axe is an SX Furrian with a P90 neck pup for playing jazz. I use a Roland Micro, on the JC Clean channel with the P90 and tone rolled back and it is smooth and warm.
     
  4. Geo

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    The jazz players that used Tele neck or whatever just used what was there
    on the guitar. Did not require a special pickup or have to delve into what
    magnets or wire was how wound on the pickup.
    Tele neck pickups sound great for jazz when adjusted properly with amp.
     
  5. PaddyWagon

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    I play poorly, on a setup very similar to that. P90s in a semi-hollow and JC55, I can't agree with you more :!:
     
  6. Belhade

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    My playing is beyond poor, I don't even know enough to get to 'poor' yet. It really sounds like rubber bands draped across a 2x4, but that's another matter entirely. :lol:
     
  7. Belhade

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  8. nosuch

    nosuch Friend of Leo's

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    The neck pickup of the tele is often misunderstood. Rock and blues players complain about muddy tones while it is originally voiced for jazz and western swing. IMHO one of the best jazz pickups if you are looking for a transparent tone - think early kenny burrel, grant green.
    I'd rather go to bigger strings and/or flatwounds than putting a bucker in the neck slot. YMMV.
     
  9. Beachbum

    Beachbum Friend of Leo's

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    Check out the Jazz Forum. Lots of advocates for Tele Jazz. A lot of love for Twins for Jazz as well. I'm mostly a Blues, Country, and Southern Rock player but for all of that plus Jazz and Western Swing as well I couldn't ask for more than a Tele and a Twin. Well, maybe throw in a Gretsch for good measure.

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  10. mechtech

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    A 30W Roland cube is outstanding!
     
  11. MichaelAa

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    I think it`s mostly about how you play, and not so much about the instrument. Of course, I play differently when I use my archtop and not my tele. But I hope that no matter the instrument it still sounds like me.

    So jazz on a tele, of course. Here`s some jazzy noodling on my `74.

     
  12. cocoboudin

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    In my opinion Jazz is a Style of playing, what ever guitar or amp you choose you'l get the jazz tone you wont the trick is, how you play and how you set your amp. I play jazz whit all my guitars and my amps, it could be my tele's, my esquiere(1 bridge pup), my strat's, my sg or even my acoustic guitar. There's a old saying who say's PRACTICE MAKE'S PERFECT, so what ever style you play just get decent gears and practice and you'l get the tone you wont. Cocoboudin
     
  13. Jake D

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    Thanks! That was about a couple years ago. I have lost about 50 pounds since then too.
     
  14. teleNtweed

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    I love to play jazz (well not really "jazz," more like smooth chord melody with extended chords and the neck pup) on my telecaster through my Tweed Champ with a 10" speaker.

    I really enjoy listening to guys like Johnny Smith, Kenney Burrell, Ted Greene and .......
     
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  16. Jake D

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    I will check him out!

    You're right! I am going to have to look a little deeper.
     
  17. scrimmer

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    I get some great clean jazz tones with my Squier CV Thinline on the neck pup through my SWR Strawberry Blonde acoustic amp by rolling off the highs on the tone knob and using the treble cut switch on the amp.
     
  18. Oakville Dave

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    Jazz on a Tele? Two words... ED BICKERT!
     
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    Do you like Ralph Towner ?
     
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    when I hear Albert Collins I hear shattering icicles.

    when I hear Ted Greene its like delicate sprinkles of diamonds
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