Need help deciding: a guitar that complements the Telecaster

teleGramPete

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Something with filtertrons or P90's. You'll find anything else with dual PAF style humbuckers muddy from what you described about the music you play
Indeed, I have found most humbucker guitars muddy and not inspiring. (as much as I want to love them)
 

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My Gretsch Anniversary has been getting a lot of live lately. It complements a Telecaster where a Strat competes with it. FilterTrons are also less dark and muddy than Gibson humbuckers. A Telecaster sounds great next to a Gretsch, especially clean because the complementary voices don’t compete for the same space.
Wow, thanks for sharing this.
 

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Line 6 Variax. They are the ultimate swiss army knife for recording. I have two - both the acoustic and electric versions. And I also have over 20 other guitars, but the Variax is a very easy way to play with tones until you find what you are looking for without having to pull twenty guitars out of the middle bedroom.
 

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I’d play a few to see which ones fit your needs in both sound and body size. I have a Gibson ES335 with humbuckers and it’s nice but feels sorta big. My son has a Gretsch Tennessean with HiLoTrons that feels smaller and lighter. Consider whether you want a Bigsby. They look cool but do you really want the functionality of one? Or how about an acoustic?
 

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Lots of great suggestions already. Here are mine.

My first choice would be a strat. I have 3 teles (one HS, one SS, and one with 2 P90s (is that a PP?)) and one strat.

I also have a killer Tokai Love Rock Custom, LP style, from the lawsuit years. A Les Paul might be something to consider, of whatever variety (my has has an Epi LP).

I once had a nice Ibanez Art Star 335 clone, but just didn’t dig the Gibson scale length, and it got sold. I wouldn’t recommend a 335, but clearly it has many fans. Just not my thing.

I always wanted a Jazzmaster, but never had one. Cant go wrong with one, I would think.

Good luck!
 

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Do you have a budget?

Otherwise I would just say that anything with PAF-type HBs or P90s should be different enough to complement your tele. More vintage-type underwound PAFs will be less muddy. Same for P90s actually; underwound ones tend to sound clearer.

Alternatively, I put a TVJones classic+ (filtertron) in the bridge position of a partscaster. Still different from a tele sound but NOBODY would ever call that one muddy…
 

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A D-28. Frequency-wise, it is the most complimentary guitar to electric guitars in general.
Yep. I’m a 28 series Martin man myself. 18 series are equally nice but in a different way.
I find, especially in a recording scenario when tones can be easily manipulated, that a Tele can do as well as most.
I’ve never found a digital electric sound that truly captured an acoustic.
 

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Another strong vote for the ES-335.

It's a great guitar, and it pairs well with a Tele, in my opinion.

I love Gretsches, too, especially with Dynasonics, but tonally they can be quite similar to a Tele, and I interpret the "pairing" request as something ELSE, to cover different territory.

EDIT: though, if the question is what other single guitar pairs well with my ONLY guitar which is a Tele, then I'd advise getting an acoustic, no question. I always assume with questions like this ... doesn't every guitar player own an acoustic?
 

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Another strong vote for the ES-335.

It's a great guitar, and it pairs well with a Tele, in my opinion.

I love Gretsches, too, especially with Dynasonics, but tonally they can be quite similar to a Tele, and I interpret the "pairing" request as something ELSE, to cover different territory.

EDIT: though, if the question is what other single guitar pairs well with my ONLY guitar which is a Tele, then I'd advise getting an acoustic, no question. I always assume with questions like this ... doesn't every guitar player own an acoustic?
Of course I own an acoustic (actually two). :twisted:
 

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Humbuckers. Nothing radical and overdriven modern, something traditional and known to be sweet.

At the low end, a set neck Epi. Gibson if you want to spend. LP is nice. SG is very nice and more comfortable thickness/weight wise, but a slightly different physical feel. LP Junior/Special kind of in the middle: thinner and lighter than an LP.

If you don't want to jump to humbuckers because they sound too warm to your Tele/Strat tuned ears, then run up the middle and get something with mini-humbuckers. the ones with the pole pieces, not flat tops.
 
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semi hollow HH (I got an Ibanez Artcore, fraction of the cost of a Gibson, and a great player). I love it, including for recording.
 

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might also sorta kinda depend on any particular song.

Might be less expensive to swap pickups on one of your existing tele than buying another guitar.

roots rock - maybe a p90
americana - maybe a mini-humbucker or you got a Strat and the glassy clean or slight quack on the 2 or 4 position?
or one of those fashionable single coil gold foils a la cootercaster?
or a hot wound dual rails bridge

there are many, many pickup options out there. I mean, I'd hate to talk anyone out of buying another guitar, but pickups might get you where you want to go.
 

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Edit: Epi 339, decent humbuckers that split to single coils so if ever the tele was off the road, it could fulfill both roles?

The Epi, while not a replacement for a tele, really blew me away with its ability to cover a lot of ground

Love my Epi 339. Really great, really versatile guitar. Contrasts nicely with a Tele.

Personally, I love my Tele playing jangly, chimey chords with my Strat playing single note lines on top.
 




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