Multiple Teles- Why?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by bravescoob, May 2, 2019.

  1. srolfeca

    srolfeca Tele-Meister

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    I’m pretty much with the OP.

    I can see having extras for things like alternate tunings or slide, but the Tele’s versatility is the very reason that you don’t need a whole closet full of them.

    It’s like shoes; having a ton of them doesn’t make you an evil person, but you’re kidding yourself if you think you couldn’t get by with a few less.
     
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    unixfish Poster Extraordinaire

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    I have a friend that was single until recently, and had 6 cars. I don't get that either.
     
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    JL_LI Friend of Leo's

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    I have four electrics, one a Telecaster. My others are a Strat, an Annie, and an SG. My SG isn’t doing it for me. I like playing it but it’s a little too muddy. I’m giving serious thought to an HH Telecaster. I think that those of us who play rather than collect gravitate to guitars that meet our needs. I like to shop for a preloved guitar for value. I’d like to find a Telecaster with original WRHB pickups. I’ll also consider a PRS with a 5 way selector like the original CE. I’m looking for greater clarity in blended pickup tones and maybe a bridge pickup that sounds good on its own.
     
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  4. JeffBlue

    JeffBlue Tele-Afflicted

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    I prefer to build mine because they become exactly what I want.
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    Each sounds different than the next, but all sound excellent.
     
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    As my dad says, you don’t see a stamp collector who only has one stamp.


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  6. zook

    zook Friend of Leo's

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    I have a white Blonde CV Tele, A '62 Custom thast I built, and a '52 reissue.
     
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  7. VillainSean

    VillainSean TDPRI Member

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    All of mine are different, mainly different pickups. and I'm a hoarder ;)
     
  8. nicod98

    nicod98 Tele-Afflicted

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    Completely agree... some people have more than one girlfriend too... I can't even handle one wife... o_O

    But that's besides the point. None of us needs many telecasters, but some people just like to have fun collecting them. There's very little people around that don't do things completely useless just for fun. We all have our little problems... (but it doesn't harm anyone either) ;)
     
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  9. NewKid

    NewKid Tele-Meister

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    I have two Teles: an American Special with jumbo frets that's my number one and a Road Worn 50's with 7.5" fretboard radius that's nice and light.

    I play my American Special 95% of the time but that could change in the future. Having the Road Worn as an option makes me feel safe and secure.

    I wanted an American Professional Tele with a Rosewood board in Crimson Red Transparent for the longest time but I'm happy with what I have now. Maybe in the future.

    I tried really hard to like Strats but just can't deal with those three pickups and that led me to my Jazzmaster.
     
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  10. NewKid

    NewKid Tele-Meister

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    After 3 Teles most wives give up and could care less - about as much as we care about their multiple handbags or shoes.
     
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  11. carpenter

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    Just because i can
     
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    I could see having more than one Telecaster to have different ones in different tunings... I've just been keeping the one I have in Open G lately
     
  13. Swampash&Tweed

    Swampash&Tweed Friend of Leo's

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    They are the best Platform for customizing a guitar. I have a Tele paul.one with P90s, hummer in the neck, set up with 3 strat pups, a Esquire, and of course......the standard.
     
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  14. Skamania

    Skamania Tele-Meister Platinum Supporter

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    Under $1,300.
     
  15. Phrygian77

    Phrygian77 Tele-Afflicted

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    Tele's through the vintage years had a wide variety of configurations, more so than the Strat. Different body woods, pickups with different magnet alloys and windings (and wire gauge and magnet staggers), not to mention the different bridge saddle materials, and neck shapes.
     
  16. telemnemonics

    telemnemonics Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Players that feel "a Tele" covers all the ground the Telecaster CAN cover make me wonder.

    I guess some players want each guitar to be very different from the others?

    For me there is too much of one thing in a LP and not enough in a Strat, but an Esquire is just right, or falls within a range of what I consider just right.
    But within that range there is quite a bit of variation.

    I don't want my guitars to have the too far response of the full size HB, so i just don't use that sort of guitar. But I don't want all my guitars to sound the same either.

    I find Tele bridge pickups, Jazzmaster bridge pickups, and to some degree Firebird bridge pickups, fall within the range I like, and they all fit in a Tele or Strat body.
    I feel no need for a bunch of guitars that look different, they are just the interface.
     
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  17. DHart

    DHart Friend of Leo's

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    Clearly, we each have different reasons, different desires, different preferences. And often, it's not easy to understand (or accept?) people with differences from ourselves.

    Why else would the human populations this planet be so screwed up?

    Good news is, the grand design insures that none of us will be here for very long.
     
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  18. plmici

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    From my perspective the main reason is quite simple: main and backup instrument. I guess that each guitar has to see its tech from time to time, and since proper setup takes time, it's good to have at least one backup guitar in case of a gig/job/show. Good example is Brian May - he has AFAIR three or four Red Specials with him on tour.

    Another reason might be different pickup set/tunings. Right now I have a tele with Chopper T and Area T, but in the nearest future I'm getting a second tele with single coils, and the first will have hot rails set for heavier stuff.
     
  19. Mur

    Mur Tele-Afflicted

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    One Tele is enough. It becomes redundant after that.
     
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  20. Sax-son

    Sax-son Tele-Meister

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    I have several that I have mated up with different pickup sets that I like. I have one with Frailin vintage set, one with Frailin Blues Specials, one with a Cavalier set, one with Twang Kings, one with True Velvets, one with Custom 62's, another with Pure vintage 64's, and one with Custom shop Texas Tele bridge with a strat neck pickup. They all sound different and play a little different. I don't have a favorite because I get in the mood for all of them from time to time.
     
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