So who actually were those "cowboy dudes" that started using telecasters.....?

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  1. cowboytwang

    cowboytwang Poster Extraordinaire

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    During the Dust Bowl years, in the '30s, 2.5 million people moved west out of Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Texas and Kansas. Most settled in California's San Joaquin Valley, and they brought all their music there with them. When WWII brought all the war time jobs to places from Long Beach to Pasadena, millions made their way there for a better pay grade than picking fruit. When all those Western Swing bands were playing around the area during the early-mid '40s there were a dozen ballrooms that held thousands in just a 50 mile radius, and they were packed every night. Leo made a great living off amplifying that music.
     
  2. william tele

    william tele Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    No...it's not a tele...but mostly it's not Don Rich. I have no recollection of ever seeing Don Rich with a Gibson and I wish I'd never seen it. It's just wrong...:confused:
     
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    I know. Hurts the brain, don't it..................
    Like a cat barking, some things just aren't meant to be!:D
     
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    Man, things were expensive back then! That's the equivalent of $3500 today!
     
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    Leo liked country music. A lot of touring bands would stop at the Fullerton shop.
     
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    cboutilier Tele-Afflicted

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    Much like seeing a Les Paul holding down the leads for a while in Merle's Strangers
     
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    swany Tele-Meister

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    59 Fender Telecaster $199.50
    59 Fender Stratocaster (with tremolo) $274.50
    59 Gibson Les Paul $265.00
    I don't think it was the price difference as much as how much a Tele through a Fender amp had that steel guitar tone that could cut through, even at moderate volume.
     
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    He tells the story that him and his brother went to work in the Colorado mines back when they just got out of high school and they saved their money. Back in those days they had miner camps where you lived, ate, hung out and such when you were not working and all that cost was covered by the mine. So they worked a three month shift up at the camps till it got too cold and they shut down the mine for the winter. They took their saved money to the music store and each bought a tele and an amp.
     
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    . . .and a southpaw!
     
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    That's a beautiful photo.
     
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    sorry i have repeated a similar reply
     
  14. telemnemonics

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    Well yeah but an uneducated man could raise a family and pay a mortgage working in a factory back then.
    Money and it's value are not so easily translated.
    Who comes up with those formulas anyhow?
    Finance professionals?
    Maybe we should let them know they have a problem?
     
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    I saw an old Fender ad the other day that had the Tele at 119, but your point is a good caution
     
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