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Love for the ashtray!

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by rhinocaster, May 7, 2011.

  1. rhinocaster

    rhinocaster Friend of Leo's

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    I LOVE the look of the ashtray on a Tele!

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  2. looney77

    looney77 Tele-Afflicted

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    Just seems like a sign of good taste, doesn't it?
     
  3. rp1138

    rp1138 Tele-Meister

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    I have a hard time getting comfortable playing a Tele without the ashtray on. Just doesn't feel right.
     
  4. Buxton

    Buxton Tele-Meister

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    Looks cool - just can't play the bloody thing with it on!
     
  5. Sleph

    Sleph Friend of Leo's

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    I think it's a great bit of design...but I prefer the bridge naked.
     
  6. spook69

    spook69 Tele-Holic

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    Good for smokers!
     
  7. Loco

    Loco Tele-Afflicted

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    Looks good, feels awkward...

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  8. Hiflyer

    Hiflyer Tele-Afflicted

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    I love the look of it. I have one for each of my Telecasters, and I put it on when I don't play the guitar.
     
  9. Telemarkman

    Telemarkman Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    I agree. But if you have the vintage bridge, you should have the ashtray cover to go with it. I never use it while playing though.
     
  10. Old Mr. Wilson

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    Well, one good thing about it is that it hides that horrifyingly awful bridge pickup. Maybe one made from nice wood (matching the guitar) would be even nicer.
     
  11. Spunky

    Spunky TDPRI Member

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    I love mine and am happy to play with or without, but when my teles are on the wall I need them on. They look too cool,

    Spunky
     
  12. rhinocaster

    rhinocaster Friend of Leo's

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    I really dig the way it feels. Of course it prevents palm muting and picking over the bridge pickup, so that's a deal breaker for most, but I find that I just play a bit differently when it's on and that's fun.

    The guitar just looks SO good with it on! :D
     
  13. TeleGS

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    I have found with the ashtray on there is really no way for me to rake my knuckles over the bridge and cut up my fingers on the unfinished sharp edges. :-W
     
  14. rhinocaster

    rhinocaster Friend of Leo's

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    Another downside. No more "Tele Knuckle".

    Without those wounds, people might assume you play a Strat or, heaven forbid, a Les Paul! :D
     
  15. sacizob

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    Part of playing a tele is playing near the barrels and palm muting which are taken away with the ashtray on.
     
  16. rolling56

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    hmmm i wonder if my lefty '52 AVRI tele ashtray will fit on a righty guitar :lol:
     
  17. Loco

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    I used to own a dreadful no-name Tele copy that I bought secondhand in the early 1970s (it was all I could afford in those days). The saddle height adjustment screws on that piece of junk were so dangerously sharp, you had to leave the ashtray cover on if you didn't want to run the risk of slicing your playing hand to ribbons!

    Maybe I just need to believe that I'm playing that rubbish old guitar again...?
     
  18. rhinocaster

    rhinocaster Friend of Leo's

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    The ashtray didn't hamper Albert Collins!

    It's funny, you DO lose the tonal change of playing over the bridge pickup or right in front of the saddles when you have the ashtray on, but you also lose the ability to choke off the notes with the heel of your picking hand so notes ring and sting more consistently with the cover on.

    You end up with a different sound, but it's VERY much a Tele sound.
     
  19. Gary in Boston

    Gary in Boston Friend of Leo's

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    I always thought of it as the hood on a car, or a dragster in this case.

    Gary
     
  20. ADK Teleman

    ADK Teleman Tele-Afflicted

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    I play with the cover on when I am doing straight finger picking. I love it. When I use a pick I can go either way. I love the look!
     
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