Plain Janes

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Guitar MD, Feb 15, 2020.

  1. Sparky2

    Sparky2 Friend of Leo's

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    I'll knock it, if nobody minds.
    Relic'ing is stupid and unnecessarily destructive.
    It's conspicuous consumption at best, and mental illness at the worst.

    Oh, and that business of rock stars (Pete Townsend and Paul Stanley) destroying guitars at the end of their sets?
    That always pi$$$ed me off as well.

    There.
    I said it.

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  2. Guitarteach

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    My number one for many years is as plain as they can get.

    Some serious work with Naptha lifted a lot of ingrained sweat and grime and other gig contributions from the body.

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  3. dreamingtele

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    I’m not materialistic, and Ive long replaced the attitude of owning things with gratitude, but I’m a very visual person, and if I like what I see, it gives me visual satisfaction at the same time as satisfaction of owning a beautiful thing.

    i guess to me, I like my guitars to look beautiful but also nothing fancy. The telecaster on its own is already beautiful, and I think, to dress it up a bit can elevate it to an even more elegant look, thats why Ive found that a double bound 62 is classiest, most elegant looking telecaster ever.

    don’t get me wrong, I also love plain janes, in my eyes, a white telecaster, chrome parts, maple neck is just as beautiful the way it was originally conceived by Leo and I can look at it the way I look at my ‘62s, but there’s just something those bindings and rosewood board do visually that adds to the look of a telecaster.

    Thats my limit, if you make it any fancier than that, it tends to be a distraction and I wont play it. Fancier in terms of, putting more inlays, maybe some decorative markings on the body (hint: pretty much what FCS Masterbuilder Yuri Shishkov does), to me its not a guitar anymore but a furniture, a display thing never to be played.

    Also, the guitar has to be aesthetically pleasing for me, if I dont like the color, the pickup configuration, the shape, it just wont do it for me no matter how hard I try to look for the positives (good tone, good playability, feel, etc). Its just the way I’m built and the way I think and the way I see things. I know that most go for the feel, tone, and lastly looks, but to me, there’s plenty of guitars that will have the feel and tone so why not try to find a good looking one as well, since I’m spending my money.
     
  4. Steerforth

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    Guitars should look like they’re military-issue gear. You can’t play flashy decoration. It just costs more for no functional effect.
     
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    Military-issue? This one can even play reveille!


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  6. Steerforth

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    I might make an exception for that one, LOL!
     
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    Good if you are a struggling guitar player in a small band that can afford a horn section!


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  8. Guitar MD

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    .....errrr that’s CAN’T afford a horn section....


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  9. teletail

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    I never owned a guitar I wouldn’t take to a gig, including a custom shop Les Paul. Yea, I’m careful with it, it stays in my hands or in the case and I keep an eye on it, but I bought it to play. It just looks like a regular Les Paul from a distance.

    having said that, none of my guitars are fancy. Three of my teles are butterscotch or natural and you can’t tell the custom from the fender.

    I love a natural or butterscotch tele with a black pick guard. Such a classic look!
     
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    My 000-18, probably the most plain-looking instrument I’ve ever owned. But, she sings. I’d swap pickguards, actually, but that’s crazy talk.
     
  11. Dirty Dave

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    Totally get you.
    I was recently coveting one of the Tele Rarities. Blue flamed maple top, lots of this and that for a very healthy price.
    I'd pretty much decided to buy one until I suddenly realised that I'd be too worried about scratching it to ever gig it.
    On top of that, it was too 'nice' and just wouldn't age well with wear and tear, so I bought a sunburst instead.
    Less bling.
    More realistic, playable guitar, which will just get better over the years.

    I'm slightly torn on the subject of relicing.
    I find it difficult to subscribe to pre-reliced guitar bodies ..
    It's a bit like someone buying a brand new AC/DC t-shirt which has been factory distressed to buy the owner some pretend history.

    .. but I quite relicing super-bright chrome hardware sometimes, because it can look too shiny when it's fresh.
    Maybe that makes me slightly hypocritical...
     
  12. Si G X

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    They still look awful though.
     
  13. OldDude2

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    ...don't tell my wife that I just started looking for a parlor acoustic and no sooner than I picked up a PRS SE my wife went nuts over the birds. Granted it's well made with exotic wood and laminate, but it's not one that would have found it's way home with me.

    My 30 year old tak isn't special, but it comes alive. My avatar comes alive and gently caresses your soul.

    The PRS stays in tune.
     
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  14. Si G X

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    I think my missus would like them too .... I'm just a grumpy old 'dots' guy, I don't even like those fancy Gibson trapezoids. ;)
     
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    I’m with you. I only like gold hardware on a Les Paul Custom. Light flame only on a Les Paul, but I prefer plain tops or gold tops. Pearloid pickguards? Never!
    Fenders should never have any of the above.
     
  16. Old Has Been

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    Pretty much plain Jane with my instruments. While I certainly appreciate a fine-looking instrument, I find that I'm more utilitarian when it comes to selecting one for personal use. Action and sound are the prime considerations. Still, I find nothing wrong with a beautiful guitar. I guess I just haven't found one that I want to own....yet.:)
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  17. Chipss36

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    Plain Jain drives me insane!
    My telly is 6.8 pounds of plain Jain and in my hands about 90% of the time.
     

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    I would rather the value of the guitar be in the type and sonic quality of the woods used than in the fancy appointments. I think that if you take 2 acoustic guitars priced at $2000, one plain Jane, and the other with fancy inlay. The plain one will have higher quality woods and would be the one I would gravitate towards. JMHO.
     
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    I'm an admirer of flawless execution.
    Fancy PRS, flametop Paul, cherry 335, Black guard Tele or anything else you care to mention; all equally beautiful if made right.
     
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