Question: does he want to go “toward“ a Tele but keeping in line with what he already has (open up humbuckers, t-types, etc), or does he want your opinion on what to get for a “pure” Tele experience? Two different itches to scratch…
Why not go with him to a shop that has a wide variety of Teles and have him play a bunch. That way he buys the guitar that speaks to him, not the one at the top of his budget.Hey y'all.
I have an old friend of mine who's played on a 1970s Les Paul Deluxe his whole life. He also has a modern Fender Strat but it sits most of the time. He came to me to ask what model he should look into because I'm "the tele guy" in the group of musicians I'm in.
I told him it's all about preference. Everyone can have different opinions about how it feels, plays, and sounds. But he was asking because apparently in his 30 something years of playing, he only got to play on a Tele like a couple of times.
So with that, I let him try my American Standard from 2014, which has that common "C" profile. He loved it and wanted to know more. I asked him what his budget was, which was enough to get any Fender below custom shop. So I told him maybe the Professional II is one to look at, but again it's all about preference. Not sure the point of this post, maybe I'm nervous I pointed him in the wrong direction but he told me he'd try it before he buys it, whatever he's interested in. We'll see haha
Me too I’m a vocalist anyway but play some guitar when it’s needed but I avoided Strats because so many people played one. Then I tried one for a couple of weeks and understood why. Now though a Telecaster is what i more often play.I remember a world, 35-40 years ago, where you couldn't turn around without hitting a Stratocaster and sure, I agree, I didn't buy one or play one then because I didn't like all the "me too" stuff.
This. This is the way.Your friend should try every single Fender Telecaster he can get his hands on. Used, new, all of them.
Mexican, American, Japanese, all of them.
One of them will feel right, play right, and sing to him.
This is a great recommendation, but I'd take it one step further and say look for a "good year" '52 ReIssue, not Hot Rod. He'll get hooked into our club quick.I played an LP '73 Deluxe for many years. Actually I had 2 of them. If your buddy can find an avri 52 Hot Rod Deluxe he will freakin love it. It has a nitro finish, and it has a mini hambucker in the neck that he will love. If he really wants to go the next step, with an SD Little 59 in the bridge and he'll never go for his LP Deluxe again.
The reason I specifically went with the Hot Rod is because of the mini humbucker in the neck. It will give him some familiarity with his mini humbucker LP. However, a lot of teles do have a cavity that will fit pretty much anything under the pick guard so I guess it doesn't necessarily have to be a Hot Rod. Still, I LOVED my avri Hot Rod.This is a great recommendation, but I'd take it one step further and say look for a "good year" '52 ReIssue, not Hot Rod. He'll get hooked into our club quick.