Nashville or regular Tele?

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  1. vas182

    vas182 TDPRI Member

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    I'm going to buy a new guitar but I'm not sure if I should get the deluxe Nashville Tele or a standard configuration Tele. I've played high and like both. What do you all prefer?
     
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  2. mnutz

    mnutz Tele-Afflicted

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    I like teles to be simple. 3 pickups looks weird, don't like 5 way switching. Esquire is best tele ever!

    YMMV
     
  3. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    My avatar guitar started life as a Nashville type Tele.
    I gradually, over the 33 years I have had it, ended up "losing" the middle pickup.
    I grew to not like Strat like sounds.
    Your results may vary.
    I played in show bands when I first got it, and it was very versatile.
    If you are a working (cover) player, you might like the Nashville set up.
    Conversely, I'm not hearing those sounds much on newer stuff, anymore.
     
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  4. Tele wacker

    Tele wacker Tele-Holic

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    Plain old Tele. I've played 'em for over 40 years.
     
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    Kerberos Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

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    After playing a two pickup guitar for the past 50 years, when my Jazzmaster went in for service, I bought a Strat. I kept hitting the middle pickup with my pick, just couldn't correct it. I returned the Strat, and bought a Classic Series 60's Tele. I'm glad I did. Simple and versatile, from Jazz to Rock, it does it all.
     
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  6. SoulstormTX

    SoulstormTX Tele-Meister

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    It's not a tele if it has a 3rd pickup. It's also not a tele if it has a humbucker. Go for standard.
     
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  7. robt57

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    One of each of the types best for what you cover and/or compose.

    What each of us thinks is best for ourselves seems superfluous in the context of your question I suppose.
     
  8. stratoman1

    stratoman1 Tele-Afflicted

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    I'm a standard Tele type of guy. Short, sweet and to the point is my favorite Tele sound
     
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    bsman Tele-Afflicted

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    I only own standard teles (i.e. S/S) but I've really enjoyed playing the Nashvilles I've tried..
     
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    fender_freak Tele-Meister

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    I have a few of each in my stable and, if I had to pick one I'd go regular, but the Nashville setup is awesome too. The Nashville thing can do a Tele very well and can also give some Strat tones.

    I'd just go with what plays better. Or get the Nashville, you can always convert it easily.
     
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  11. MRey

    MRey Tele-Meister

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    The Nashville has features the standard doesn't (locking tuners, 12" radius, shaved heel), if you like those features it's easy enough to make it a standard 2 pickup Telecaster.
     
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    DonM Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    I too have decided that I only need two pickups. Nothing against the Nashvilles, but for me it's a standard all the way.
     
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    I have the Glaser/Mason set up; three position switch, volume, tone for the neck/bridge like any other Tele; the magic is in the
    blend knob that controls the center Strat HB stack pu that, with the other settings, gives 'bucker/Strat/whatever sounds. Clang clang clang... who wouldn't love a regular Tele too...​
     
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  14. nicod98

    nicod98 Tele-Afflicted

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    I have a few three pickup telecasters, and a normal 5-way switch setup doesn't do it for me. I love the balance of a tele neck and bridge pickup together. Then again sometimes that middle pickup just asks to be heard.

    I was thinking about regular 3-way switching and a toggle switch to activate the middle pickup in phase or out of phase (no volume). That way I have loads of options.
    But the option above seems attractive too.
     
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    raysachs Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    There's no right answer, just YOUR right answer. I love teles, but turns out I'm more of a strat guy. So if it was gonna be my one and only electric, and if I liked the neck (which I don't on the current version of the Nashville - 12" is just flatter than I like), I'd definitely get the Nashville. As it is, I have a strat I love, so if I was to add a tele, it would be a simple two pickup, three way switch version. As much as I like the Baja neck, I'd probably go for one of those and rewire it to get rid of the S1 and 4-way switch. Actually, if you like having all of the classic tele sounds plus a fuller humbucker type sound plus an approximation of a strat sound, a Baja tele will get you there, so maybe add that to your list.

    To me, the feel of a guitar's neck is the #1 most important thing. My favorite is the softer V-er feel of the Clapton / CP50 strat, with the really beefy Baja tele neck a close second. But that's a highly personal preference. You have to play some to know what you like, or you may be one of those folks who's equally happy playing almost any neck.

    Like I said, no one right answer...
     
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  16. shupe13

    shupe13 Tele-Holic

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    This.
     
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    H. Mac Friend of Leo's

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    If there're an electric guitar that has withstood the test of time better than the plain ol' Tele, I don't know what it is.
     
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    My MIA Standard with two pickups and three-way switching does everything I could ever want. No need to complicate things with a middle pickup. It's a Tele, not a Strat.
     
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    I will say this for The Nash/3 PU cfg. I have never kept the stock 5 way switch configuration for long. Like 2 minutes. ;)

    Give up Tele N+Br combo... Not me, not ever.

    I have switched it up so the Mid and Br PU are in place of each other on the switch most times. I also have a push pull tone on one that puts the middle PU in in any of the standard 3 positions.

    Now something else to consider, 2 PU with 4 way switch. The N+Br in series is bold and beautiful IMO. So should one desire a little bit more than the 3 way tones, this is worth a try. IMO of course...
     
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  20. Telegraphonic

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    I, too, have played high and find my good old 2 pickup Tele all I need. :)
     
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