Keep Tele or Strat?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by The Spanking Six, Oct 11, 2019.

  1. BlackieBlues

    BlackieBlues TDPRI Member

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    Honestly, only you can answer this question.
    Everyone is different as far as preferences.


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  2. raysachs

    raysachs Friend of Leo's

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    The strat has more unique sounds than the tele does. The 2, 4, and 5 positions are pretty specifically stratty and sounds you can't get from a tele. The tele has an amazing bridge pickup sound that you can't get all that close to on a strat, but anything ELSE you can get from a tele, you can pretty much get from a strat. So you gotta ask yourself which of those unique sounds are more important to you. If you can live without the strat specific tones, but you can't live without the tele bridge, keep the tele. If you can live without the tele bridge but can't live without the strat specific sounds, keep the strat. If you really can't live without any of them, sell both and get two really good Mexican strats and you'll have a lot of $$$$ left over.

    I have a Roadworn tele and a Robert Cray strat with a Roadworn strat neck and I payed less for both of them than you paid for either of your instruments. And I've played both American Originals and liked 'em a lot, but I wouldn't trade what I have for them.

    Tough call, or maybe not... But definitely YOUR call... Nobody else's opinion really matters...

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  3. Ricky D.

    Ricky D. Doctor of Teleocity

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    Here's how I break it down, only because you asked my opinion. I started playing in 1964, and I've gigged an awful lot of different guitars.

    I'm about 55% pro Tele for the sound, 45% pro Strat for comfort. Tele gets the edge for looks - I like that stripped down look, like a stripped down Harley hard tail flat head. The Strat is about the most comfortable guitar to hold I've ever played. Love the Tele bridge pickup, love the Strat neck pickup.

    If I was in your position, I'd consider cashing in both of those guitars of yours in favor of less costly versions. You can continue to enjoy the variety of having A Strat and a Tele, you get to shop around and buy stuff :), you cover your crisis, and maybe put away a few bucks against the next rainy day.

    If you just want to keep one of the two you have, keep the one you play the most. That's the one you'll miss the most, and only you can make the choice.
     
  4. GoldDeluxe5E3

    GoldDeluxe5E3 Tele-Afflicted

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    On one hand, you have the holy grail, on the other, the golden fleece. If it's money you need, keep both guitars and sell a kidney.
     
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  5. Dismalhead

    Dismalhead Poster Extraordinaire

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    I just sat here and thought if I had to choose between my MIA Tele or my MIA Strat. Getting rid of either would kill me.

    Is what you're playing more suited to Strat or Tele tones? They sound and play very differently from each other. I think I'd go with the one that fits the music I'm playing at the moment and will be playing in the near future, and then get a replacement ASAP, even if it's a used MIM Standard.

    Another way would be to go with keeping the rarer of the two. My US Strat is a '96 Hot Rod Series Lone Star, and it would be harder to find another of those than my '07 American Series Tele.
     
  6. Texicaster

    Texicaster Tele-Holic

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    Those are both keepers! You have a full range of distinct tones!

    If you need cash NOW you'll be lucky to get $1200 for either. Not sure of the guitar market where you are but rule of thumb is 60% of new; not MSRP and not what you paid but cheapest new price anywhere!

    Here in Tucson for fun I check CL daily and have seen the SAME rotation of $1000+ guitars for MONTHS! I can't get $1100 for a 2012 '58 AVRI Tele! it's been on CL since June!

    If you're smart enough to pick two of the coolest new guitar around you should be smart enough to raise $1000 in less time it will take to sell them.

    Not trying to bust yer balls! I've sold more guitars at loss than I care to mention and consider almost EVERY guitar I've sold a mistake....
     
  7. Tonetele

    Tonetele Poster Extraordinaire

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    I have three Teles and a strat but, if forced , I'd keep the strat as you can get 5 sounds and play more songs with a strat.
     
  8. Stratwrangler

    Stratwrangler Tele-Meister

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    The op is going to well confuse himself asking the same post on strat talk, obviously most there will say strat and most here will say tele.

    "life is really simple but we Insist in making it complicated"
    Confucius
     
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  9. El Marin

    El Marin Tele-Afflicted

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    Keep the Tele and sell the Strat

    Strats are the worst guitar built EVER. shape is wrong and ugly, headstock is wrong and ugly ( I may like the 70's big headstock) , positions 2 and 4 make me puke. Vibrato is wrong, the volume pot is too near the strings, controls are wrong, jack is at the wrong place, too much plastic, too much inane pickups and they make no difference, too much holes in the wood... a complete waste of wood and money
    AND, if ypou buy the cheapest Strat is not going to be any difference as long as you like the neck shape. Wasting money in a strat is the dumbest thing to do when you already ahve a good guitar (the Tele)

    SELL THE STRAT

    Is my opinion :rolleyes:

    You asked :lol:
     
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  10. ClashCityTele

    ClashCityTele Tele-Holic

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    Sell the amp!

    Sorted.
     
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  11. beagle

    beagle Friend of Leo's

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    Sell them both and buy a Les Paul.

    (I do try to be consistent, here and there.)
     
  12. Stratwrangler

    Stratwrangler Tele-Meister

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    Yeah el Marin Leo got it well wrong not … only the most sold and copied guitar of all time the strat.
     
  13. Jimclarke100

    Jimclarke100 Tele-Afflicted

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    Personally I’d go Tele. But I’m not a Strat fan.

    Best way I know when faced with this sort of choice is to flip a coin.

    No seriously: If you are happy with the result, then cool, decision made. If you aren’t then that tells you what your heart really thinks.
     
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  14. Pixie-Bob

    Pixie-Bob Tele-Meister

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    This one would test the wisdom of Solomon. But how about this...
    Keep both guitars and sell the Amp?
     
  15. Fendereedo

    Fendereedo Friend of Leo's

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    Keep them both and buy a Jag!
     
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  16. stevemc

    stevemc Tele-Holic

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    i like the sell both and buy 2 cheaper option but,if you must sell one i'd keep the tele.i love that bridge pick up!
     
  17. gobi_grey

    gobi_grey Tele-Holic

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    Never sell a guitar you love.
     
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  18. Ricky D.

    Ricky D. Doctor of Teleocity

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    I have two good teles and a good Strat, but my #1 for the last year has been the $300 (used) Epi gold top LP Standard my wife gave me for Christmas last year. Of course I'm keeping the others, I play them, too.

    Point is, there are a lot of great $300 guitars out there.
     
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  19. reckless toboggan

    reckless toboggan Tele-Meister

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    Sell both.

    Buy a G&L ASAT Special.

    Strat neck sounds and Tele bridge sounds in the same guitar. Plus a tonne of versatility of other position Strat and Tele sounds (and everything in between) from the neck or the bridge jumbo MFD pickups, depending on how you set the tone and volume knobs.

    Plus you get a humbucking/noiseless middle position that can do the middle Strat sound or a middle Tele sound depending on where you set the volume and tone kobs.

    http://glguitars.com/product/asat-classic-special/
    Special

    http://glguitars.com/product/asat-classic-s/
    StratTele

    http://glguitars.com/product/asat-classic-s-alnico/
    TeleStrat
     
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  20. beyer160

    beyer160 Friend of Leo's

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    Sell both and buy a Jazzmaster!
     
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