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Tele players that changed your life!

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by skinny ted, Sep 26, 2006.

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  1. mad dog

    mad dog Friend of Leo's

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    The first -- and still a top favorite -- tele guy for me was Jesse Ed Davis. I'm still trying to get 5% of that guy's feel and sound. Once I became aware of the unique personality of the tele. starting hearing other cool tones, like the remarkable Steve Cropper, and later Kief.
     
  2. Tele295

    Tele295 Poster Extraordinaire

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    Hmmmm, a Tele & 295? That gives me an idea......;)

    Tele players that changed my world:

    GE Smith with that damn blackguard on SNL!

    Danny Gatton, of course. I don't know what I would be without his influence

    Roy Buch
    Steve Cropper
    James Burton
    Bill Kirchen
    Arlen Roth
    Paul Burlison
    John Jorgenson
    Luther Perkins
     
  3. Sea Devil

    Sea Devil Friend of Leo's

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    Wilko Johnson

    A lot of these guys are more wide-ranging, but Wilko Johnson of Dr. Feelgood was one of the first I heard and I still love his style. He plays one because of the Pirates, and it shows.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXqm8epQPDI
     
  4. byrdbrain

    byrdbrain Tele-Afflicted

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    I hear you! Just the other day I realized how many of my favourite records Jesse was involved with.
    I'm listening to Gene Clark's fantastic "White Light" album right now.
     
  5. PeterUK

    PeterUK Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

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    In no particular order

    • James Burton
    • Steve Cropper
    • Keith Richards
    • Bruce Springsteen
    • Bill Kirchen
    • Graham Croxon
     
  6. Veitchy

    Veitchy Tele-Afflicted

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    Joe Strummer.

    not opnly a great man and a great frontman but a devoted tele player all his life. i think he only had 2 actual stage guitars, both teles.

    i started listening to the clash when i was getting into punk and just guitar in general. i saw this battered old tele in his hands and thought "arent teles for country musicians?". i was amazed at hearing him play hard rock (as well as others) on this tele with single coils (at a time when i thought humbuckers were king). i allways liked the shape and this just sold it for me. it proved that teles could play anything.
     
  7. JohnK24

    JohnK24 Friend of Leo's

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    brought me back to country music... with his songs and God given chops...and oh that tone on "Long Sermon" !

    Cheers to Brad...
     
  8. Kingtone

    Kingtone Tele-Holic

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    Roy Buchanan in the 70s /Albert Collins in the 80s/Tab Benoit in the 00s
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  9. collinsman

    collinsman Tele-Afflicted

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    Amazing - you're a man after my own heart, but don't take that the wrong way :lol:
     
  10. Kingtone

    Kingtone Tele-Holic

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    I hear ya, Tele brothers to the end...
     
  11. Douglas_Holt

    Douglas_Holt Tele-Meister

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    In 1970, Firebase Libby, War Zone D, South Viet Nam, Special Services did a show for us grunts. There was this guy playing a 1953 Tele that his father bought when he was 3. Can't remember his name now but he let me play that guitar and I was hooked. Sent money home and told Mama to buy me a Tele. Been playin'm ever since.
     
  12. cletus

    cletus Tele-Holic

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    Redd Volkeart.

    And the nicest guy i ever met!!
     
  13. Boogie

    Boogie Tele-Meister

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    Don Rich
    Buck Owens
    Pete Anderson
    Luther Perkins

    Who made me want to buy my first Tele? My friend Dave when he brought his Squier over and I plugged it into my Twin for the first time. First words out of my mouth: "I'm GETTIN' one of these!"
     
  14. Radioheads

    Radioheads TDPRI Member

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    Johnny Marr !
    Black Francis
    Jonny Greenwood
    Thom Yorke
    Syd Barrett
    Ed O'Brien
     
  15. bobthecanadian

    bobthecanadian Tele-Afflicted

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    Keith Richard

    Steve Cropper
     
  16. Teddy Salad

    Teddy Salad Tele-Meister

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    Albert Lee, Danny Gatton, Steve Cropper, and Roy Buchanan fer sure!
    Oh, and I'm really happy to see some love for Jesse Ed Davis! He was, unbeknownst to me at the time, a huge influence on my playing.
     
  17. glenndeb

    glenndeb Tele-Meister

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    Have to say Redd Volkaert, Brent Mason, Albert Lee, also have to say a good friend Bill (Tonehead) a fantastic tele player, musician and friend !!!!!

    Glenn
     
  18. Vark45

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    I'll never forget the first time I heard "Wreck of the 'ol 97" (Luther Perkins), "Tiger by the Tail" (Don Rich), "Working Man Blues" (Roy Nichols), and last but not least, "Amos Moses" (Jerry Reed). These folks are why I play a tele today...

    - Shawn
     
  19. BritishBluesBoy

    BritishBluesBoy Former Member

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    Aren't we forgetting someone kinda important...???

    Muddy Waters!!
     
  20. jato

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    Man,
    For awhile there I thought NOBODY was gonna mention Jerry Reed.
    He was IT for me, back when I was a kid. 'Amos Moses' became the song to learn, and the Tele the guitar to play it on. "Make it count, son!". :D
    After him, it was Jim Messina in Poco, and later with Kenny Loggins. I still love his tele tones and phrasing today.
    Then, the country manglers entered the picture...Brent Mason, Vince Gill, Ray Flacke, Ricky Skaggs, Jerry Donahue/Will Ray/John Jorgenson, Bill Hullett, Brad Paisley, and Mr. Danny Gatton.

    'nuff said,
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