Keep Tele or Strat?

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

  1. surfandguitar

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    I know the guitars sound similar, but the style of music you play also factors into this decision in my opinion.

    I’ve had both and both are great. Really great in my opinion. That said, I traded an American Standard Strat for my current American Standard Tele which is my main guitar. I have no regret. I play lots of blues and alternative and it works for both. I play metal on my Tele too in a pinch but humbuckers obviously the way to go there. If I played lots of classic rock I may prefer the Strat.

    Only you can make the choice and opinions of others are little help. Play both, close your eyes and listen to what grabs your heart. For me it’s a Tele.
     
  2. RoscoeElegante

    RoscoeElegante Friend of Leo's

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    Pretend that whoever designed the Chia Pet is in your house, pointing a deadly weapon (doom metal ABBA!) at your head. You have choose just one NOW. NOW.

    Go with that.

    My sympathies for your situation. I hope that it improves and you can get back ASAP whichever one you have to sacrifice.
     
  3. 2 Headed Goat

    2 Headed Goat Friend of Leo's

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    Sell both and buy an old school Fender Lead II...

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  4. doobiedan

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    You're the only one who can decide that. Depends on the sound you like best. However, I have a Tele, Strat, Les Paul, PRS and a Epiphone Casino. If I had to narrow it down to just one it would the Tele, it's so versatile.
     
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  5. GibAnn

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    Hi There, Welcome to the Southern Hemisphere of Auckland New Zealand, We love teles & Strats mate, but they cost a small fortune over here. I think the guy in a few threads lower, had the right idea,, Sell them both, do what you have to do with the money for you and your family, then think about something cheaper at a later date.
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  6. bobthegood

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    What our mate said! Sell them both, and re-buy later. O\W, sell the Strat; you'll likely raise more $$$. (To be fair, I no longer own a Strat, but I do own a MIM Tele.) Good luck with everything.
     
  7. Concrete Sea66

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    What end of the country do you live in? I'd buy your tele, put it away and return it for the same$ when you find the money again.
     
  8. kanegon

    kanegon Tele-Meister

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    My deserted island option would be the Tele, for its stability and straight forward tone. A Strat’s always a Strat, lots more variety and texture, but a little less universal. And more complicated if you float the trem.

    Have you posted this dilemma in the Strat Forum? Would be funny if it was just the opposite of what you’re hearing here.
     
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    Long ago, several Fender and Gibson guitars left my care in a period of economic distress. When I was down to one guitar, it was a Tele. Over the years several others have come and gone, but I've still got that same James Burton Standard Tele I bought new in '97. It will probably be with me until I'm not here to play it.
     
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    I own 5 strats and my go to is the Eric Johnson model because the 1/4 sawn neck is just perfect and fits my hand with a vintage chunky U shape. I have owned teles and am looking to buy another one with the U neck. Teles have a great twang no doubt. BUT only a Strat with its bridge and middle pick up on (second position on the 5 way toggle) can get you the Famous Strat tone. Impossible on a Tele. Teles have three positions. With three pick ups and with great variability the Strat is HANDS down the more versatile guitar. And a Boss Blue Compressor can boost your twang and sustain to give you a decent tele sound. Keep the strat if it fits your hand. Playability is very important. If the Tele fits better keep it and get a strat when you can or modify the Tele to Three pickups.
     
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  12. Mur

    Mur Tele-Afflicted

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    I'd keep the one that sounds better. And in your situation, the one that feels more comfortable in the hands.
     
  13. TeleWerner

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    Keep Tele or Strat? - What would Roy Buchanan do?
     
  14. npilger

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    Hello, I have been in the same situation many times. What I invariably do is list them both for sale, and once I receive replies to my ads I make my decision whether to sell or not. If I find I cannot go through with the sale then the other one has to go. It is difficult, but the easiest way to go.
     
  15. lightningflash

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    This!

    If you love both equally, keep the guitar that is harder to find and replace later.
     
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  16. ladave

    ladave Tele-Holic

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    Since you don't have a preference for one why not just list them both and see which one sells first?

    Then sit down and play the crap out of your bitchin fender through your cool tweed amp. Look at all the famous muscians who played mainly one guitar.

    One is all you need. I don't subscribe to the 2 lessor instruments instead of one nice one. But everyone is different.
     
  17. Johnnypops

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    I have a pair of identical twins, both sunburst US one a strat and one a tele
    I love them both equally
    In your situation I would place them both on the market at top dollar and let the baby who finds a new home first be the one you let go. Hopefully at top dollar you might have a few bucks left to afford a classic vibe or affinity to tide you over until you are financially able to go adopt a new baby
    Just for the record both my bursts are in as new condition so I bought myself an affinity strat a couple of weeks ago and I can barely hear ANY difference in how they sound and can detect NO difference in how they feel to play
    The affinity has far better finish to the fretboard than what my old mex strat did
    As such in reluctant to mess with the affinity that I’d bought to relic and throw a p90 and a bucker in
     
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    Whats wrong with keeping them both. As you say. They are 2 totally different Guitars
     
  19. JacksonB

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    When I was 12 I had a friend was a few years older than me. His dad had taught him to play his old guitar. He also helped him start a Band when he was 15. I used to go with him when he was involved with Battle of the Bands under the premise that I would help unload/set-up and break down and load up. After he won a few Comps. His dad bought him his own Strat. Brand spankin new. Many years have passed since then and only recently have I been able to buy my own Stratocaster and Telecaster. Aside from those 2, I own 9 or 10 others. The only other that might compare is the Ibanez. Point being. When I leave this earthly plane. They're going with me. Don't sell either one accept for another of the same as good if not better.
     
  20. manoteal

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    It is hard making a decision about parting with ‘loved instruments’, but guitars come and go into your life like children and you can learn to love anything you have, whether it is collectible or inexpensive. I have sold more guitars than I have now (about a dozen), and they are all different, even when they are the same make/model. They each play and sound different and I love them all as I have loved the ones that were sold to pay the rent or other financial necessities.
    It was always hard to let them go and yes, I have many regrets, but that does not keep me from loving what currently own and play and all guitars are basically replaceable. They are not forever and like the words to a Beatle song say, “The love you take, is equal to the love you make”.
    Put both up for sale and keep the one that doesn’t sell quickly, and if desired, get that model in a less expensive variant or sell both and buy two less expensive models. You can still love them like you do all your ‘children’ and live with the fact that guitars come and go into your life and you might even like them better knowing that you are happy with something less likely to be stolen or damaged, or if that terrible thing happens, it hurts less and you have taken care of a current financial need. Life is about letting go of love to gain more. Hanging on out of fear of loss is a mental conundrum that is a heavy burden- flipping a coin will always tell you which one means more to you- your hope will be realized when the coin lands or just before. Go with the flow and know that hard decisions are a part of living, and not always a loss.
     
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