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Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Johnny_O, Feb 7, 2011.
Which do you prefer?
Strat. You need the whammy bar.
The band needs one Tele and one Strat. Two whammies will make you seasick.
You need this.
Jazzmaster, heavy strings, reverb & tremolo.
Haha good stuff.
What about tonally? Any integral differences?
I used a CV50 Tele for my surf music. You can listen to some stuff-around samples on You Tube - search for Wolf Vasa.
The use of Jaguars (or were they Jazzmasters?) were popular in the 60s - but Teles and Strats also featured from time to time.
My advice would be to go with the guitar that feels surf to you, that usually helps the creativity. If you feel it, you play it.
I believe the heavy reverb usually used in surf guitar will over-ride the tonal differences between the two. Both will work well if you avoid the bridge pups. Vibrato isn't mandatory but if I want a little on my Tele I just bend the neck.
Strat. Good enough for Dick Dale.
God this thread makes me GAS bad for a Strat!
I'd think a Strat had more to give to Surf music, but that is primarily a vibrato bar thing.
The jazzmaster and strat suit are perfect for surf rock.
Got to have the whammy bar.....I like my Strat, but I ordered a Bigsby for one of my Tele's so I could do it right
A Tele with a Bigsby is at least as good as a Strat for surf. You do need the whammy bar unless you're just going to cover Dick Dale.
I vote Strat.
Nah you really don't. Dips and wangs are cheezy, relied on too heavily by those who tout their use in "surf" type music
If you really wont get a jazzmaster then I say tele if it has bigsby, if not then strat.
Telecaster all the way. It was a Telecaster that was used on BBoys Fun Fun Fun.
As long as it's got a bigsby or whammy bar, it doesn't matter.
We had a heated discussion about the historical use of telecasters in surf music on the SG101 forum last Summer, on a thread that tied back to the TDPRI.
I think Elliot Easton is correct. Guys like Tommy Tedesco, Jerry Cole, James Burton, Glen Campbell, Howard Roberts (all "Wrecking Crew" at one point or another) recorded a lot of surf/hot rod/spy music, and certainly teles were often used.
The SG101 crowd is pretty much hardcore for JMs, Jags, Strats and Mosrites.