Keep Tele or Strat?

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

  1. Otis Fine

    Otis Fine Tele-Holic

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    I have both and love both. If I could only keep one, I’d keep a Telecaster.
     
  2. RnB

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    Put the Strat neck on the Tele & put a Strat pup in the neck position w/ new pkgd & keep the rest of the Tele as is.
    Part-out remaining Strat parts...
     

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    Keep them both!
     
  4. larsjm

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    Actually, it's an easy decision to make. How fast and for how much do you need to sell one of the guitars? If you need the money quickly and want a fair return on your investment, you have to sell the Telecaster. Telecasters sell much faster and for more money.

    Strats are literally a dime a dozen; a dime a dozen! The market is absolutely over-bloated with every color, configuration, and brand of Strat-style guitar you can imagine. You will have a hard time moving it quickly and will get much less for it than you want, if you need to sell it quickly.
     
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    If you might take a loss by selling either guitar in a quick sale, maybe consider taking a bank loan (not payday...) for the $2000 you need... While you will pay interest for the loan will that be more or less than the financial loss from selling your guitar when time is short?... Also, one day when you pay the off the loan you still be able to look into the room and see both guitars you love sitting there, not just one next to a empty stand...
    Tough choices, best of luck to you!
     
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  6. DonB52

    DonB52 Tele-Meister

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    I might be overly biased, having played a tele for years, but I would keep the telecaster!
     
  7. jiagap

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    Tough call. Love many of the responses thus far. Not only are there the differences, but most people also get some emotional love attachment to one over the other, or to a particular one - not just a strat, but MY particular strat. Thus just selling and buying a cheaper version may not be helpful.

    My experience, and this will not help, but here goes. I have always loved strats and have owned a few over the years. I currently have a G&L Legacy American Made which I love. Never gravitated to Teles. One day I was in Guitar Center's used room. I saw a custom American made G&L ASAT. I picked it up and plugged it in. It called out my name, felt so right, played so well, and sounded so delicious. I bought it. Now I love BOTH my G&Ls and thankful I am not currently in position where I have to choose.
     
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    keep the one you like the most mate
     
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    To keep it short, I had a great Tele that I had for 20 years, but I found that I was playing Strats more because I found rhem to be more comfortable to hold and play.

    Keep the guitars that you play the most.
     
  10. eyesopen

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    There’s nothing else in the house you can sell instead? I’d personally keep the Strat. Aztec Gold is such a choice color, t’boot. Let us know what you decide.
     
  11. Jay Jernigan

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    As someone who played a strat almost exclusively for 25 years, I know how hard it is to break away from them. You either love 'em or you hate 'em, and I still love 'em, but I play a Tele most often now.
    A Nashville type configuration is a good idea; I prefer neck and bridge p'ups on a 4-way with the middle p'up on a separate switch. Best of both worlds, imho. Probably doesn't help much.
     
  12. Gigante_Miguel

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    This is pretty much exactly what I was going to say.
     
  13. Jeff87

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    Keep what is the most comfortable to play and feels the best. You can always change the pups in either if you choose to vary the sound. The Strat is more versatile to play most genres.
     
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    Keep the Tele. It can cover every guitar and every player from every era.
    Add the 4-way switch for LP series humbucking tones, maybe a strat neck pickup to cover the Strat tones.

     
  15. 39martind18

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    Sell 'em both and getcha a Les Paul!:p:eek::rolleyes::lol:
     
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    You should keep the Tele. How much you want for the Strat? MJ
     
  17. mesatone01

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    Keep the Strat. I love my Tele's but onstage the Strat is a lot more versatile.
     
  18. tfarny

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    How are you going to get 2k for either of those? Isn't that what they cost brand new? $1200 each and it might take a while, would be my take. I sold a PRS McCarty for $1400 that goes for $3800 new (I paid even less than that) - the fancier the guitar the bigger the hit.

    If you really need two grand you might have to sell both of them and get a MIM guitar or a partscaster.
     
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    Funny -- I would have said the exact opposite.
     
  20. Concrete Sea66

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    Lots of good points made here.
    I agreed with it may be more of a challenge to replace the Aztec Gold Strat then the Tele down the road.
    I agree with trying some other financing arrangement rather than selling one.
    If one truly needs the money, perhaps advertise both and see which brings the best offer the soonest and then the decision is made for you.

    I'd have a tough time selling my strat as it's the 1st electric guitar I bought.
    I REALLY like my AVRI butterscotch blonde Tele.
    If I had to pick just one, probably my first guitar as I don't know that I could ever directly replace it. The world seems full of butterscotch blonde Teles unless you're connected to the one you own and somehow its unique from any other out there.
    that's my 2 cents !
     
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