Multiple Teles- Why?

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  1. bravescoob

    bravescoob Tele-Meister

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    Not trying to flame, genuinely curious. I have noticed a lot of threads about people having more than one Tele, in some cases many more (makes sense given the forum). For those people- why? Not that I don't don't appreciate the Tele obsession; I love mine and think they are perhaps the most versatile guitars out there. Still, I wonder, what makes you want many of the same model of guitar rather than multiple different ones? In addition to a Tele or two, why not expand the collection with other Fender models or even other brand guitars that are more unique to the Tele to cover a wider range of tones? Thanks for the input and happy playing all!
     
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  2. Skamania

    Skamania Tele-Meister Platinum Supporter

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    I own two Teles and would buy a Muddy Waters if one came up. Two Teles are BSB. And I have a Jaguar.

    I have no reason other than I can therefore I buy.
     
  3. Festofish

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    I could see two or three but that’s it. Singles, buckers and maybe some other config but I’m with you...I love Teles but would rather explore the multitudinous options out there. On my wall is an Sx Tele with keystones, Schecter PT Tele HH, Hoyer Eagle Dlx HH and a Schecter Tempest special P90s. I like to have a variety. SX will be getting replaced with a proper Tele once the niece has a place of her own to use it. She doesn’t know that yet but that’s the plan. I need a strat type guitar. Comanche is next on the G.A.S. list.
     
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  4. wtk0315

    wtk0315 Tele-Holic

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    Some possible reasons:

    Alternate tunings (dedicated Eb standard, D standard, dedicated open tuning)

    Alternate pickups (one or more with vintage wound, one or more with modern winding, one with buckers or filtertrons)

    Backups (for gigging musicians who don't want their tone to change when in need of a spare)

    Different neck/fret profiles/shapes (just to change it up every now and again)

    Different bridge types (someone might want a bigsby on one and a standard bridge on another)
     
  5. tery

    tery Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

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    They are different colors .
     
  6. boop

    boop Tele-Meister

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    People collect things. Shoes, thimbles, cats, cars, dead animals they murdered. People are just kinda dumb in some ways. Worse things to collect than guitars in my unbiased opinion.
     
  7. dlew919

    dlew919 Poster Extraordinaire

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    I have two Tele’s and would like three more.
    I have a Nashville deluxe
    And a quiet cabronita
    I’d like a thin line
    And a custom with the Seth lover.
    And a standard Tele.
     
  8. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    I have two now.
    My new one is being modded.
    It’s different from my old (avatar) Tele.
    The new one is black, alder, maple neck(ed), TV Jones powered (Classics), has a 6 saddle bridge, and lacks a tone pot and B bender (so far).
    It’s light, and sounds great!
    It may even move my ol’ Tele from #2 to #3 in my pecking order.
    Often when I have similar guitars, I’ll usually only play the favorite.
    We’ll see.
     
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  9. gkterry

    gkterry Tele-Holic

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    Counting my Reverend Eastsider T type, I have one for each month of the year. Each is different and each is a joy to play.
     
  10. Ripradiant

    Ripradiant Tele-Afflicted

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    I just cant help it.
     
  11. gkterry

    gkterry Tele-Holic

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    Why not?
     
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  12. GGardner

    GGardner Tele-Afflicted

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    I sometimes wonder the same thing when I see "family" photos. But then I remember that I have two Olympic White strats with rosewood fret boards (MIA & MIJ) and i recently saw an MIM Olympic White strat w/ rosewood on Craigslist that caught my eye. Now that's just stupid.
     
  13. LOSTVENTURE

    LOSTVENTURE Tele-Afflicted

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    I have one Nashville, one Baja, one AVRI 68 Thinline, and one AVRI 52. They all have such different personalities that it's really similar to have four different models, rather than four Telecasters.
    Don't ask about the dozen Strats or five Les Pauls. That's a whole different story.
     
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  14. rangercaster

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    HERETIC !!!
     
  15. Bones

    Bones Telefied Ad Free Member

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    1. Everyone should have one BSB telecaster.

    2. Everyone should have one Telecaster with a rosewood board.

    3. Everyone should have one Pink Paisley Telecaster.

    4. Everyone should have one natural ash telecaster.

    5. Everyone should have one telecaster with a humbucker in the neck slot.

    6. Everyone should have one bigsby equipped telecaster.

    So really, that's a minimum of 6 without combining features.
     
  16. toomuchfun

    toomuchfun Tele-Holic

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    I'm with Bones, but will add a few more:

    7. You should have a Thinline Telecaster.

    8. You need a bound Telecaster.

    9. And a Deluxe with 2 WRHB's. They both twang.

    10. If you can find an old one, you will know why you should have one.

    11. If you can't find an old one, then you need a 52 AVRI (yeah, no. 1 covered it.)

    12. And then you should build at least 1 parts-caster to see if you can do better than Fender.

    I've owned 11, now I'm down to 10 Fenders and a parts-caster. They are all unique and suit my many needs.

    Of course you also need a nice variety of Fender amps too.
     
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  17. Sean Mac

    Sean Mac Tele-Meister Ad Free Member

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    I'm not completely convinced by the pink paisley option:)

    The others seem very reasonable...
     
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    Manothemtns TDPRI Member

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    As one person mentions, people collect things...some prescious, some not so much. I collect guitars...though only some are Telecasters or T-style customs. Some are Les Paul configurations...Gibson and custom, and a few are Tele/Les Paul hybrids. I also collect acoustic guitars and have built a guitar or two. Whatever the flavor (brand and model) each is unique when compared to it's siblings and each offers a vastly different playing experience. It's taken me years to come up with my collection...years of fun being "on the hunt". Lots of buying, selling, and trading. To me, collecting is as much a part of my guitar hobby as is playing.

    Sent from my XT1650 using Tapatalk
     
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  19. bftfender

    bftfender Friend of Leo's

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    played on 4 dif guitars & 3 amps today...fun..working on songs requiring different pickups
     
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  20. Chunkocaster

    Chunkocaster Poster Extraordinaire

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    I've sold a bunch of different guitars and have been replacing a few with tele's with a variety of pickups. I feel most comfortable playing a tele and they require nearly zero maintenance. They are easy to string up with split shaft tuners, easy to setup, my fingers are used to where the bridge plate sits and they stay in tune so it makes sense to own multiple tele's.
     
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