Rib cuts

Rib-cuts....for a tele, or just at a butcher shop?


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oregomike

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I gotta say, I cannot stand rib cuts on a tele. To me a big part of the aesthetic beauty of the Telecaster is the symmetrical thickness of the body. I understand many people like rib-cuts for comfort, but why can't it be an OPTION rather than something we're forced to buy? I mean, between the neck dimensions, pickups, and color, I'd probably buy TWO of these player plus teles in green if it wasn't for this....ok, rant over. o_O View attachment 906551

No cuts for me, but I'm in the "who cares?" catagory. The cuts don't bug me, and there's nothing aesthetically unpleasing about them IMO. I just don't need them. The body is small enough. Now if the Stratocaster had no cuts way back when, that'd be a different story.
 

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I prefer Telecasters without the tummy/rib cut…I like a little push-back from my guitars…Slab-bodied Teles, LP Jrs and Specials those work best for me…but the presence of a tummy cut not a deal-breaker for me.

I have a 72-reissue Telecaster Deluxe with a tummy cut…as I mentioned, it would be better without it, but it’s still in the top three rotation of guitars.
 

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when I'm wearing one of my umpteen teles, I'm more likely thinking pulled pork & beer. For Prime Rib & a Nice Cabernet, I'd feel under dressed without my Strat.
 

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I gotta say, I cannot stand rib cuts on a tele. To me a big part of the aesthetic beauty of the Telecaster is the symmetrical thickness of the body. I understand many people like rib-cuts for comfort, but why can't it be an OPTION rather than something we're forced to buy? I mean, between the neck dimensions, pickups, and color, I'd probably buy TWO of these player plus teles in green if it wasn't for this....ok, rant over. o_O View attachment 906551

I don't like rib cuts on a Tele because I prefer the way the guitar hangs without a rib cut. My picking hand rests in the right place without the cut (and without a Strat-style forearm bevel). The rib cut changes things just enough to make me want it not to be there.
 

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Well, I've never had a "belly cut" so I've never missed it. I guess people are saying it should be an option offered by Fender. o_O I've played for years and never thought about it but whatever spins your propellor.
 

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Comfort is overrated. Honestly, I don't even notice the slab when playing my Teles. Also, it's never even discussed regarding acoustics, where it is an actual issue.
Comfort is not overrated for this 70-year-old Tele player who has had two shoulder surgeries and can only play sitting down. (I’ve been playing jazz, etc., for 55 years.) After tone, the weight of the guitar is my next priority. I think Tele’s are the coolest looking guitars in the world… the belly cut makes it look even cooler because I know I can play it. (Before I discovered Tele’s, they were the ugliest twang machines on the planet.) The correct answer above is: “Who cares?” When I was a kid, I was inspired by those “geniuses,“ who could play by ear. That was my only goal as a guitar player… it took about 40 years to become confident in my ability to allow the music to play me. And that’s what it does today… through the grace of God. Even though I was a music major for two years (smoking dope, not studying... but hours of sober practice.), and know the value of the pentatonic scale and the circle of fifths… 99.99% of ALL my learning was turning on the radio and seeing if I could find a right note. Now there’s context for a discussion… “Tummy cuts,“ not so much. I’m actually just jealous that I need contours and you don’t.
Dios te bendiga.
 

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Who crosses their legs when playing?

This guy? But what does he know...

And no, there's no belly cut on that Tele. You can tell by the look on his face. It's SO uncomfortable.



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I like vintage spec, and that includes flat-body Teles.
 

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I do, but I play mostly jazz and pop music so I usually sit while playing which makes the Jazzmaster the most comfortable and balanced from the Fender line up.
ALTHOUGH... my choice was the G & L Doheny V-12... I am a dyed in the wool Tele player, but at 70, this is the first guitar I can truly call a masterpiece of tone, comfort… and aesthetics (looks cool).
 

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I think contours for the Tele are a great thing - - if you find they make the instrument more comfortable for you. And even for those who fancy themselves Leo purists, you've got to ask how many changes and innovations he'd have made to his products by now. You can't tell me he wouldn't have had interest in the new bridge designs that have appeared, for instance. I don't think the Tele has ever stopped evolving. Most of the "modern" features were simply responses to things players wanted. Like in the old days.
 

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Many people are able to play arch top and acoustic guitars sitting down and there is no need for a bevel on the back. I play a J45 sitting down with no discomfort.

I don’t understand the “dig into your ribs” part… y’all must be shaped differently than I am or you are gripping the guitar in a death grip bear hug.

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Tummy cuts and hollow body guitars don’t work well together... lest you get a, “tummy hole.” (Now that will dig into your ribs.)
Pic: Best SS amp (with Raezers Edge cab), you can buy imho... using it 15 years without one problem. Not completely true… I had to blow the dust off the pots once ;-)
If too expensive, Quilter might be an alternative.
 

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Comfort is not overrated for this 70-year-old Tele player who has had two shoulder surgeries and can only play sitting down. (I’ve been playing jazz, etc., for 55 years.) After tone, the weight of the guitar is my next priority. I think Tele’s are the coolest looking guitars in the world… the belly cut makes it look even cooler because I know I can play it. (Before I discovered Tele’s, they were the ugliest twang machines on the planet.) The correct answer above is: “Who cares?” When I was a kid, I was inspired by those “geniuses,“ who could play by ear. That was my only goal as a guitar player… it took about 40 years to become confident in my ability to allow the music to play me. And that’s what it does today… through the grace of God. Even though I was a music major for two years (smoking dope, not studying... but hours of sober practice.), and know the value of the pentatonic scale and the circle of fifths… 99.99% of ALL my learning was turning on the radio and seeing if I could find a right note. Now there’s context for a discussion… “Tummy cuts,“ not so much. I’m actually just jealous that I need contours and you don’t.
Dios te bendiga.

Well, my comment was somewhat facetious. But the point is that a slab Tele is much more comfortable to play, both against ribs or where the forearm meets the body than most any acoustic. Same with my 335. So I don't see a reason to modify the tool. I do appreciate the feeling of how well my Strat hugs my side due to the contours, and wouldn't replace it with a slab body Strat style body for anything. So I guess i just tend to adapt my playing style to the guitar in hand rather than vise versa.
 

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Part of the appeal of a tele is the slab body. I don't find belly cuts more comfortable and arm bevels are usually in the wrong position for my preferred playing position.
 

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I'm totally indifferent to "rib-cuts, belly-cuts, tummy-cuts"....whatever you want to call it.
However, I almost require a "forearm bevel or cut" on my Teles. It doesn't have to be as pronounced as a Strat's, but just enough to not cut into the underside of my forearm. Here's my self-assembled mongrelcaster.....
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Looks nice, if you like why not. Can you tell me about the tortoise guard? That looks really nice.
 

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I gotta say, I cannot stand rib cuts on a tele. To me a big part of the aesthetic beauty of the Telecaster is the symmetrical thickness of the body. I understand many people like rib-cuts for comfort, but why can't it be an OPTION rather than something we're forced to buy? I mean, between the neck dimensions, pickups, and color, I'd probably buy TWO of these player plus teles in green if it wasn't for this....ok, rant over. o_O View attachment 906551

likely because options = higher $$$
 

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I vote for don't care. I tried a bunch of 'em with and without, and find that the rib/belly cut is a great deal more comfortable, and I found one I liked a lot that had it, so bonus, I thought. I'd have another Tele without though, 'cause obviously comfort ruins the tone. If it isn't hurting it isn't working, and I need the old "guitar digging into my side blues".
 




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