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Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Mr_Martin, Jul 7, 2020.
Saw this video for the first time yesterday, Tele rocks:
Woe there’s the thunderbirds!
The one thing that really stands out to me is he still SOUNDS like STEVIE!
That tone was in his soul!
If I’d only heard it I would not have heard a Tele I’d have assumed Strat. A borrowed guitar? Classic SRV. He looks a bit out of it and not in a healthy period.
I'm surprised by the strat-iness of the neck PU, but that bridge PU is pure tele. It seems to me like he thought it was a bit much.
I haven't listened to SRV in at least 20 years. I actually saw him once not long before he died. I was a big fan, but when people hit the scene trying to sound exactly like him I needed to move away.
That said, all these years later I now recognize things I copped from him that I had forgotten were SRV-ish. I tend to think of my influences as 70% Clapton, 30% everyone else, but I suspect the truth is likely closer to 40% Clapton, 30% SRV, 30% everyone else. I'd like to get the "everyone else" number up quite a bit, but it's dang hard to break those early habits.
Also, I occasionally wear silly hats and a kimono, which may be another SRV influence.
Thanks for posting that vid. I do wish it was the whole show, though that vid is perfect for quick digestion by the forum.
In the hands of a master even a Tele sounds good !!!! LOL, Just kidding but dang he really was special and that Tele, just wow.
Watch closely, he missed changing pickups once .....he smacked it down and forgot it wasnt a strat. Very cool video.
I see a fender custom shop srv signature "thunderbirds" tele incoming, $20k each
Would that be a mid-late 50s tele?
SRV's first guitar was a Tele (called Jimbo):
And he played some more Teles:
The Tele looks good on him. I would of liked to of heard him play a wider variety of guitars . I've seen pictures of him with a Les Paul but no audio. The tele sounded awesome in his hands!
That video - Cool find!
I think SRV would have sounded like SRV on just about any guitar he played . Has no one here ever played SRV licks on a Tele ? I know I have ... but yes , it's a cool video !
I had heard/read that "House Is Rockin" rhythm was an Esquire or Tele. Not sure, but it sounds plausible.
Roland Bolt-60, was my very first guitar amp and one of my big letting go of regrets... the pure sweet sound's still ringing in my ears.
Jimbo just sold for a hefty price.
Also, as if there’s a guitar SRV wouldn’t sound amazing on.
He played a lot of different guitars over the years, sounded great on all of them.
Legend has it and I wouldn’t be surprised if members of this forum could verify this was that his guitars were set up with ridiculously high action. Even too high for guys that like it high.
Buying a fancy strat ain’t gonna make you SRV. True icon and one of a kind.
Still teles look so big with SRV... how exactly tall was he?
I knew he was not tall rather short though (but his hands were pretty big).
The smoking while playing is not a good look. I had a friend in a band who tried smoking while playing guitar onstage and the smoke going into his eyes was a major nuisance.