Need to Decide Tele or Strat

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by HighlonesomeF5, Oct 26, 2019.

  1. HighlonesomeF5

    HighlonesomeF5 TDPRI Member Silver Supporter

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    Bought my first electric guitars a Tele and a Strat. Planned on A/B them. I really, really want to like the Tele but find it too twangy which is interesting since I like country/country rock way more than hard rock. I find the Strat much more melodic sounding, but can get some twang if needed. What am I missing about playing the Tele?

    Need to make a decision this weekend! Help!!!
     
  2. ricknbaker

    ricknbaker Tele-Afflicted

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    You need both. That is all.
     
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    Fretting out Friend of Leo's

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    You sir have just found out you are a strat player and there is nothing wrong with that.
    I was watching rfd country channel this morning and there was a guy getting the most amazing country sound out of a strat

    Some people like strats some like teles and some like both

    You could always go the changed pickups route and see if it’s just the sound that bothers you
    Also Depends if you like other things about the tele
     
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    thunderbyrd Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

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    on here somewhere there's a thread I started about "unconventional" telecaster players. my idea was to get a big picture of the players who used telecasters for rock and every other kind of music beyond country. I recommend you get on that thread and listen to many of those various players and hear the kinds of things others have done with them. sly stone, chrissy hynde, roger wilco and many others have used them in interesting ways beyond country twang.

    https://www.tdpri.com/threads/who-are-some-unconventional-telecaster-players.972438/
     
  5. stratoman1

    stratoman1 Friend of Leo's

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    Try a Tele with the Twisted Tele/ Nocaster pickups
     
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    El Tele Lobo Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Try a heavier string gauge on the Tele. Trust us...it’s the better guitar. ;):cool:
     
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    It all depends on the amp but I find a strat sounds OK with the tone pretty close to wide open, while in general I find that I need to turn the tone control & volume control on a tele down to 75% or less to keep the treble under control. Try backing the knobs off on the tele -- maybe turn the amp up to compensate -- & see what you think then.

    Nothing wrong with a strat of course. Ideally you want one of each.
     
  8. HighlonesomeF5

    HighlonesomeF5 TDPRI Member Silver Supporter

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    I bought a Tweed Blues Jr, mostly due to cost.
     
  9. nojazzhere

    nojazzhere Doctor of Teleocity

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    "Ideally you want one of each."
    Exactly.....I HAVE one of each, and they each have a specific job to do. I PLAY the Telecaster, and the Strat takes up a space in a closet.
     
  10. Lobomov

    Lobomov Friend of Leo's

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    Nothing really .. In the end it is all about taste. I have both, but I'd get rid of the strat if I had to dump one as I like hardtails better than guitars with floating bridges.

    (Also I happen to like the twang, but the bridge thing overrides that)
     
  11. HighlonesomeF5

    HighlonesomeF5 TDPRI Member Silver Supporter

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    I like the sound of a Tele when I am in front of one. Behind one, not so much.
     
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    CK Dexter Haven Friend of Leo's

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    I’m not being condescending here but..
    If this is your first electric guitar you may not have enough experience to get the most from a Tele, it is a less forgiving guitar than many and will tend to amplify any shortcomings in technique.

    Not to say that many haven’t started w/ a Tele, but just as many have moved on from it.
    It does require a certain mindset & technique that can be difficult to focus on when playing other guitars.

    If you really want to give it a fair shake play it exclusively for a few weeks, then decide. You may decide the Strat is for you, nothing wrong w/ that;Leo saw it as a improvement, the next step in the evolution of the “Fender Guitar” and incorporated a number of things suggested by working players to tame the Tele.

    If the Tele is a straight six w/ three on the tree, the Strat is a V-8 w/ a automatic & power steering. Both have their place.
     
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    Sounds like a pretty easy decision.
     
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    Depends on the pickup selections you make on a Tele. And, the Tele bridge pickup, as "twangy" as it is, is a lot more useful in live situations than the #3 Strat pickup, which is very thin sounding, almost not useful to me. So, a lot of variables in play. I have both and play both and really wouldn't be happy if I had one or the other. But, if I had to have just one, it would be a Tele. Handles rhythm and lead-work better, IMO - clean anyway.
     
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  15. Tommy Biggs

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    I like Tele bridge pickups best and Strat neck pickups best. I like adding a touch of whammy periodically, but I love that Tele immediacy.

    Play what you like best, then buy the other one down the line.

    My .02 is that it’s really good to be able to figure out how to make an iconic guitar work, and make the most of it’s strengths.
    Finally, playing a Tele with some grit is NOT like playing a guitar with a hot pickup through stacked drives.
    It takes a bit of playing to figure it out, but it’s totally worth it.
     
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    Controller Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Tele all day my friend!
     
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    Tele. What's next?
     
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    David Barnett Doctor of Teleocity

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    Depends on which Tele and which Strat. There are many models of each.
     
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    I actually prefer the Telecaster and have both. I get better tones.
     
  20. Milspec

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    If you prefer to play sitting down....Tele. Standing, a Strat.

    If it is the first electric, I think that is all you need to know. Probably 90% of my playing is seated at home or with friends and I hate wrestling with a contoured Strat body which keeps trying to slide away. I always end up hunched over and trying to clamp down on the damn thing to keep it still. Now standing up is a whole different matter as a contoured Strat is very comfy to play and normally lighter than a Tele. I do think that one of each isn't a bad idea (I do as well), but if I had to choose just one, it would be based on playing comfort.
     
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