Robbie Robertson's Telecaster

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  1. RYAN1987M

    RYAN1987M Tele-Meister Ad Free Member

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    For those of you who don't know...today - September 22, 2019 - is the 50th Anniversary of the release of The Band's second album THE BAND. For my money, it is the greatest album of all time!

    Yes, I suppose you could call me a bit of a fan...

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    Anyways, I wanted to post this thread to share some photos of Robbie Robertson and his main Telecaster. These photos are from Elliott Landy's fantastic book The Band Photographs: 1968-1969.

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    RYAN1987M Tele-Meister Ad Free Member

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    As I mentioned, here are some photos that show the Tele before it was stripped and heavily modified. Yes, this is the same Tele that was played by Bob Dylan when some members of The Band backed him up for his first electric tour. I also included a few photos where I noticed Robbie playing other guitars.

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    lammie200 Friend of Leo's

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    Good looking Tele. Clear finish looks great :)

    Ah, nevermind. I guess you were in process.
     
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    RYAN1987M Tele-Meister Ad Free Member

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    And finally, it seems that Levon must've had a Tele of his very own (these photos aren't from the Elliott Landy book but are random ones that I've seen shared on the internet before) -

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  5. VintageSG

    VintageSG Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

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    Whenever a game of 'Desert Island Discs' breaks out, and you have to pick 10 albums, The Band are the only band to feature twice in my top ten. Yes, 'The Band' is one of my top five of all time too.

    Levon with a Tele?, could he get -any- cooler?
     
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    The Band. The name says it all!
     
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    Great pics, thanks!
     
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    Frank'n'censed Doctor of Teleocity

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    As I’m writing this, I’m sitting in a theatre about to see, Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band
     
  9. RYAN1987M

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    Awesome - hope you enjoy it!

    Where are you seeing it? I'd love to see it ASAP...but I don't think it's doing a wide release until early 2020.
     
  10. Frank'n'censed

    Frank'n'censed Doctor of Teleocity

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    Here in Raincouver
     
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    In those ancient days a vintage tele was available for a low price ... Pocket change. ..
    Compared to today ...
     
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    Does anyone know what happened to his white Tele with Rosewood Fingerboard, which he used with Dylan in 1966?
     
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    cigarman513 Tele-Meister

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    They really where the best.
     
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    Nice post, I love the Band. To me, Robbie Robertson has the definitive Tele tone on those albums. I love his subdued playing in the songs, and now I want a Tele like that, but it's very rare.

    In those pics, you only see Robbie playing that Tele, it is like it is the only Telecaster he's ever had, although we've all see him play the white rosewood on Dylan's tour. I think it sounds great as well.

    His 1965 Telecaster has a maple cap neck, available as a custom order during the rosewood fretboards times. Nowdays, it is extremely rare to find a Telecaster with a maple neck and no skunk stripe. The Elite is the only current one, and Tokai had them on their Pink Paisley reissues, but not Fender! I'm really having a tough time finding one....

    Back to Robbie, I seen one pic where he is playing a blackguard of some vintage sort. Other than that, it's just the black/stripped Telecaster although I've read that he had 3 Telecasters in total during the Hawks days, and 2 of those were used on Dylan's 1966 tour.

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    I'm a sucker for details, I'd love a reissue of Robbie Robertson's Telecaster, but he sounds like himself even on the epiphone, and no Tele is going to make me sound like that!

    Anyway, the Brown album is a special one for me, reminds me of the summertime vacations, and I love the guitar playing on it. The Telecaster doesn't get as much of the spotlight as I'd like but when it's there, it's very special.

    Robbie Robertson along with Nokie Edwards are my favorite Telecaster players
     
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    Frank'n'censed Doctor of Teleocity

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    I really enjoyed it!
     
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    When in his career did he use this guitar? (Custom Shop signature RR). Strat SSS with new pickguard to relocate the middle pickup and a push/pull tone pot to put the bridge and middle in series humbucking mode. One of the mods I'll build someday.

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  18. TelZilla

    TelZilla Friend of Leo's

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    That's the one from the Last Waltz, right?
     
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    I believe he used that bronze strat for the last waltz, although he started playing strats later in his time with the band, then on the last waltz and solo career. So he switched from Telecaster to Stratocaster in the mid 70s

    It was a mid 50s strat that was bronzed specifically for the last waltz
     
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    I liked him way better on a Strat. That's isn't a humbucker in the bridge either. It's just the middle pickup moved out of the way.

    Also, a Dual Showman in the living room?
     
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