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Love for telecasters vs age

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by bancika, Mar 4, 2015.

  1. bancika

    bancika TDPRI Member

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    Telecaster used to be my least favorite of the classic guitars...but as I turned 30, it started being increasingly appealing. I started appreciating the spartan simplicity of the design and "honesty" of the tone. What used to look like a plank of wood now looks like a classy plan of wood. I hated thicker, narrower necks, compared to shred-style necks I had on Ibanez. Now I like the feel of neck filling the hand.

    Anyone else had similar experience? Any younger telecaster fans? Is it true that tele is a grown man's guitar :)
     
  2. Telepi

    Telepi Friend of Leo's

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    I didn't appreciate a Tele as much until I turned 50. I'm still working on the growing up thing.
     
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  3. JD0x0

    JD0x0 Poster Extraordinaire

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    My first guitar at 15/16 was a tele. I still use teles.
     
  4. hemingway

    hemingway Poster Extraordinaire

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    Got my first tele at 44
     
  5. Obsessed

    Obsessed Telefied Silver Supporter

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    I have felt the same way. It wasn't until I had most of the other classic electric guitar designs that I finally "got" what the tele was all about. Why? I don't know, but I have attributed it to maturity of guitar appreciation. The value of the tele seems so obvious to me now.

    But I am a slow learner and refuse to ever grow up.
     
  6. songtalk

    songtalk Friend of Leo's

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    The first nice guitar I bonded with was a 98 deluxe tele my uncle let me play on when I was 14 or 15.

    Since then I have become smitten with fatter necks, single coils, 3 saddle bridges and other "pickier" details...but telecasters had me at "thwraaaaannnnnng!"

    I have tried to love other guitars but I can never bond with them so I just sell them and look for cooler teles it seems like.....I even played around with some nice sounding humbucker stuff and I just missed my 4 way series sound (the kinda neck bucker sound I like to work with) and Bridge pickup dimed with the tone rolled off a hair (my favorite bridge humbucker sound ;) sounds the whole dang time.

    I can do what I need and more with teles and they feel right to my almost 30 year old hands and ears.
     
  7. fendertx

    fendertx Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

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    I got my first Tele when I was 21 years old. I liked it, but traded it for a Strat. Why, because Texas needed another young punk playing crappy versions of SRV licks.:oops:

    I got my second Tele in my early thirties, now I have 4.
     
  8. soulman969

    soulman969 Telefied Ad Free Member

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    If you refer back to the polls that were done on the ages of TDPRI members you find that 75% of those who responded were 40 years of age or older so I think that provides some insight about who plays Teles.

    I'm sure there are some younger fans of these guitars as well since a few of the younger high profile guys like John 5 also play a Tele but for the most part based simply on the age of posters here I'd say many guys come to the Tele a little later in life.
     
  9. Dan German

    Dan German Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

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    I haven't grown up, but I've wised up. Hence my later-years adoption of the Telecaster.
     
  10. Fred Rogers

    Fred Rogers Tele-Afflicted

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    I was playing Teles back in my 20s.
     
  11. TelekineticBoss

    TelekineticBoss Tele-Holic

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    My first electric at 16 was a tele. Still one of my favorite guitars. Only surpassed by my newly acquired '65 Magnatone Zephyr.
     
  12. 5ive1ne4our

    5ive1ne4our TDPRI Member

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    Owned a tele since I was 21. Switched between MIMs and ended up with an MIA. I'm 24 now and will always have a tele in my repetoir. I've heard it from others a million times, but I'm starting to see myself how versatile the damn thing is.
     
  13. BigDaddyLH

    BigDaddyLH Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    Man-o-pause can still hit you and make you buy a pointy guitar.
     
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  14. Antoon

    Antoon Tele-Afflicted

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    I used to think a Strat could do the same things as a Tele, plus a Strat had an extra pickup, a whammy and a contoured body. And so many players used a Strat, so I used a Strat as well. But my changing music taste made me try a Tele in my late twenties. It was not a very fashionable guitar then. Now it is, although recently I am seeing Strats making a comeback again in the live music scene overhere. But I am sticking to my Tele now.
     
  15. Mur

    Mur Tele-Afflicted

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    As one of the tools in my tool box ...it definitely does some stuff better than others.
     
  16. FredDairy

    FredDairy Friend of Leo's

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    I got my first Telecaster when I was 15.

    I first heard James Burton when I was 3 on the Ozzie and Harriet Reruns on the Disney Channel.

    But I'm also an old soul. I grew up during the 90s grunge years and remember pointy headstocks of the late 80s. I thought those guitars were goofy.
     
  17. flyswatter

    flyswatter Friend of Leo's

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    Tele player since age 22 (now mid-40s)... I kinda went the opposite way because when I was younger I was "Teles, yes; Strats, NO!". More recently, I've learned to appreciate the Strat on its own terms as well. I'd consider myself lacking an important tool to be without either.
     
  18. memorex

    memorex Friend of Leo's

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    I didn't get into Tele's until I was almost 60. What I need now is a Tele with like an Ovation round back, but with the bowl turned inside out.
     
  19. Marshall_Stack

    Marshall_Stack Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    First Tele at almost 50.
     
  20. vintage clubber

    vintage clubber Friend of Leo's

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    built my first partscaster tele at age 36. Have more teles in my collection than anything now!
     
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