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Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Joechrist22, Oct 8, 2020.
Very informative. Thanks!
Uhh... where is OP now after 100+ messages?
But this has been a pretty cool thread, with or without him.
This thread is relevant to my interests. My #1 guitar is an SG Classic with P90s; I have a bad case of GAS right now and am deciding between a Tele and a Les Paul. I haven't made up my mind yet, but what's becoming clear is that looking on the Internet is fun and all, but there is no substitute for lots and lots of playing time with these.
I'll throw a curve ball and say get a 339 or 335.
Have some variety in life.
Get an SG, 335, Casino, LP and a Tele. Or get a Thinline Tele Deluxe or Cabronita.
This is not an "answer" to your question, but I think it's good perspective:
Get whatever inspires you want to play. There are no right answers here, just what works best for you.
It's a tough call, but it depends on your appetite for versatility, your playing style and your tone. I've found the Telecaster to be more of a three or four trick pony, where as my Les Paul is infinitely more versatile -- and my everyday, go-to guitar is a Rickenbacker 330, which sounds amazing anywhere in the mix, clean or dirty.
Even though the OP only posted once and left, this is still an interesting thread. I prefer Telecasters, but do own a Les Paul Standard. If you are performing live that LP gets pretty darn heavy. I'll use it for a few songs, but I prefer the weight of my Tele.
How dare you use common sense on this thread. You are supposed to enable others to buy more gear so we have more used stuff to choose from.
That's my choice....
Telecaster, Gibson SG (With tele pickups) and Gibson Les paul with P90s
Buy Why sound BAD when you can do it good?
Oh, wow. Ask a group of guitarists to help you choose between A and B, and there is always someone who is going to say, 'C'. Straight up, I don't think I'm going to be able to offer much clarity given my background. Every time I pick up a LP, I can't get a decent tone out of it. That's not saying they aren't good, they obviously are. It's me. For me, I really enjoy my Strat (60th Anniversary) and my '63 CS Tele (and yes, they are quite different). But I am really struggling to put down my Gretsch G6119 Tennessean (with single coil Hi Lo Trons). The closest I can come to a suggestion for you is a Gretsch with FilterTrons. They have a sparkle in the sound, a lightness, that may be the sonic place you are looking for. Perhaps a Duo Jet?
The reason I've eschewed most Gibsons incl Les Pauls is - mostly - the distance down to the volume knob. Having grown up on strats, I like the nearby the bridge of the Stratocaster, and does volume swells, and can adjust volume WHILE playing. Now, on a Telecaster, if you swap the control plate so vol and tone pots are towards the neck, then you have a good reach there for volume swells. On a Les Paul you can reach it though, but it's at an awkward angle and you can't keep your picking hand open the same way, but it's in within reach but too far "behind the bridge".
I agree though, that if someone wants to choose between A or B, do not ever suggest C. Because that would render that he should choose neither.
I have both, I think an LP is more versatile, but on other days I think the Tele is, they both cover different spectrum of sound. But here's why I think an LP is more versatile:
The HH setup sounds fuller and you can always take away from that by playing around with settings. If you want it to sound more like a Strat or a single coil sound, flip the magnets and you have some of that sound in the middle position, some LP's come with that setting on push pull knobs. You can also change magnets which make a big difference in sound. An alnico 2 magnet sounds warm and jazzy, alnico 5 bright and rocks! I changed mine from alnico2 to alnico5 and it brought the neck pickup to life.
Given that you already have a HSS guitar and don't have a neck humbucker guitar, If you want a beefy rock sound get an LP. Tele's/Strats won't give you that sound as it comes from neck humbuckers. But if you want twang and you're more of a bridge player get a Tele. Also, if you like the warm sound of jazz, hmm, both are good!
Best of both worlds.
I love my ASATs for that reason! Very versatile.
Maybe some of the owners can chime in, but after watching YouTube demos endlessly, it seems to me that the new Broadcasters can get into Les Paul territory with the right tone/amp settings?