Should I Buy Another Tele?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by colchar, Dec 28, 2017.

  1. richiek65

    richiek65 Friend of Leo's

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  2. tonyj

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    Hi Colchar, I have read and enjoyed many of your posts dating back from the days of our joint admiration of those excellent Muddy Water's telecasters. Like me you don't claim to be the next coming of Hendrix, Kossoff or the new Beck or Clapton. It seems to me that we also have other similarities in that we both dwell North of the border, and with your St Andrews saltired banner proudly held aloft we may even have older links. What we do know is that we both love guitars. For me it is where art and technology come together in an amazing way. Having spent a lifetime in Engineering, both in the UK and then here in Canada, I am also an avid collector of certain kinds of art pottery.

    My guitar addiction therefore, must stem from some hybrid state that exists within me, whereby it allows me to admire a man-made creation from a number of sides; including it's technology and it's art. The electric guitar is a perfect example of this. I am long retired but find I still need these things in my life. I am also in good health - touch wood, as is my darling wife, who is also adorable and happy, and the kids have long flown the nest. A good situation.

    Having read the brilliant reply to your post sent by Teleposer, and knowing that you have this urge to get your hands on an ES335 (a Magic guitar btw) which you can afford, and that you also are yearning for a Baja tele, which you can also afford, it is my feeling based on experience, that you should go get them both whilst you can. You will, as others have pointed out, probably own them eventually - and if and when you tire of them you will move them on. It's what we do. Take your time, and enjoy the search. The silly season for sellers is also nigh! Your stars are aligned.

    I do own a few guitars, including a number of teles, but I still hope to own other guitars which I admire.

    We are also led to believe that we will pass this way only once, so ....... as long as we do right by others, what's wrong with spoiling ourselves if and when the opportunity arises, as it has for you?

    Good luck Colchar in whatever you might decide. Btw, I still have my Muddy tele. I think it's a keeper!
     
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  3. littlebadboy

    littlebadboy Tele-Afflicted

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    For me, I would say one of each would suffice. Each one for a specific job. One tele, one strat, on LP, one with a whammy, and I'm done.

    However, if there's another kind of tele that tickles, go ahead and splurge if you have the means! But... you might start to ignore your other tele.
     
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  4. Controller

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    I suspect you will own both sooner or later. They are getting mindshare and you are hanging around TDPRI, which is the worst GAS inducing agent known to musicians.

    Grab the first example you like and then add the other one.
     
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    chemobrain Friend of Leo's

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    there are far worse options on the list of things that you never-ever want to even think about choosing
     
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    Twang Deluxe Tele-Meister

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    I already have a Mexico Standard Telecaster (BSB, MN, 2000) and I'm also dreaming of a 60s Baja in faded sonic blue. They just look too good!!!!!

    Have you ever thought of buying an Epiphone Casino (Made in Corea). They're nice guitars and aren't that expensive...
     
  7. Kellysintrouble

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    Buy the 335.
    Don't worry about it...after all it is the most popular Gibson guitar. Not the SGs.
    You might have buyers remorse for an hour.
    -----PS --- I am the devil on your collar bone.
    -----So also buy a JTM45 also, to bring out awesome sounds.
    After all, what good are credit cards if you don't use them?
    Seriously buy the Gibson...You can get a very cheap tele too, and have fun with upgrades yourself,
    Peace.
     
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    63telemaster Tele-Meister

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    I had a really nice 90's blonde 335 but never bonded with it. It was just too different from a tele/strat for me to adapt to and I never felt comfortable with it or felt that I got the best out of it.

    Have you thought about a '72 reissue thinline tele? I bought one a few weeks ago and felt immediately at home with it. Sound wise it reminds me of my 335 but has that extra snap to it and a familiar feel to the neck that I always missed with the Gibson.
     
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    Read this article by Justin Hayward as he talks about his first and second ES 335 and his 1966 Telecaster.

    http://www.justinhayward.com/justin-cherry-red-gibson-335/

    Sadly, I don't have an ES 335 but ever since I've heard live bands in the '60's I wanted one, go for it!

    However, I do have a Telecaster which is also a guitar I fell in love with ever since I borrowed my buddies '60's Arctic White Tele in 1969. Too bad I had to wait until I'm an old dude to get one.

    I've had other guitars but these two are the only guitars I really have a desire for, the look and the sound.
     
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  10. Floyd Eye

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    Of course you should buy another Telecaster. What kind of question is that? :)
     
  11. tfarny

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    You should not put too much stock in a guitar that you don't own (335) - you don't even know if you like it until you've owned it for several months. Basically, you don't choose the guitar it chooses you.
    So get the tele, if you don't like then sell it back into the used guitar ocean.
    I have always loved semi hollow style guitars, love the looks, sound, and vibe, and I have owned a few, but in the end I find myself not playing them. I want to try one more before I give up now that I'm older and wiser.
     
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    Vote for an ES339 with coil splitting....
     
  13. Les Paul lover

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    If you can afford a new 335.....


    Just get both!!!! :D
    Buy used, and treat yourself! ;)

    We only live once , and you never know how long for. So long as buying both or either or doesn't bring any financial hardship, go for it.

    I'll add..... if you buy used, and realise the guitar isn't what you dreamed it was..... you can always sell it and break even.
     
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  14. colchar

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    Things have changed a bit.

    I blew some money buying an early '80s JCM800 and 2x12 cab from a friend of mine (although a chunk of that cash did come from selling my Vintage Modern for a $300 profit). But the second Tele idea went out the window.

    That being said, I've got a couple of new 335s ordered. As soon as they arrive at my local store I will be deciding between those two and one that they already have in stock (I quite like the neck on that one). So yeah, I'm buying new but, so long as I take my time and choose the right one, I will never sell it so who cares if I am paying a bit more for a new one? When averaged out over the rest of my life (hopefully at least 30+ more years), the extra cost means nothing.
     
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    colchar Friend of Leo's

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    I'm late coming back to this thread, and your post, but thank you for posting that link - I enjoyed reading that.
     
  16. colchar

    colchar Friend of Leo's

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    Reading back through this thread again reminded me of how great this post was.
     
  17. Southpole

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    Have you spent much time with a 335?

    While they look and sound cool not everyone bonds with them because the body size is quite different than typical solid body guitars.
     
  18. Les Paul lover

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    Things haven't changed all that much..... ;)

    You are living and treating yourself to the things you want. You're keeping up with the plan!!!!! :D

    Congrats!!
     
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    Yes, I have spent time with 335s and have also owned Epi Sheratons so am used to the size and shape of the body.
     
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