Telecasters and Les Paul Sound Alike...

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Gretev1, Mar 21, 2020.

  1. trev333

    trev333 Telefied Ad Free Member

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    Merely an observation, AJ... that's where the similarity ends for me...;)
     
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  2. Stu Cazz

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    Some similarities at least with my 2014 Traditional, the 59 Tribute HB's are on the bright side for sure!

     
  3. Jared Purdy

    Jared Purdy Friend of Leo's

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    I have found that they sound similar only when overdriven in the bridge (what some also call the lead position) position. Having both of them, and a Strat, the Les Paul has way more mid range and bottom end, especially in the middle and neck position.
     
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  4. CCK1

    CCK1 Tele-Meister

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    On many of the Merle Haggard videos on YouTube, Roy Nichols is playing a Les Paul, a Custom I think, and when he takes a solo, it sounds just like the original recording when he used a Telecaster.
     
  5. charlie chitlin

    charlie chitlin Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    It's because, which guitar you're playing is pretty inconsequential.
    Get the one that looks and feels coolest and makes you want to play it all the time.
    Then, find the AMP that sounds great.
     
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    That Cal Webway Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    A strong humbucker ain't going to sound like a single coil

    But like Greg is doing in the video he's picking softer and he's picking in a Tele type of way.

    I guess it can be said that unless you EQ the hell out of a Tele or boost it, it won't sound like a humbucker pickup

    But you can kind of sorta get a humbucker guitar to sound single coil like by you're picking, EQ and volume too


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  7. Chiogtr4x

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    I've come pretty close ( with the right level of boost from OD) to getting that.' Sweet Dickey Betts LP' tone using my stock Standard Tele with both pickups ON. Now the scale length, Fender vs. Gibson IMO, definitely changes how you actually fret/bend/ vibrato and that influences tone, but I hear can hear similarities between an LP and Tele

    Side:
    Years ago, a friend ( guitar student of mine, sort of- also a collector) actually gave me his Agile '56 Gold Top LP copy ( P-90's and T-O-M bridge) that I really liked, as a wonderful Christmas present.

    Since the guitar was free, I basically ordered some Lollar P-90's installed and they were incredible.
    With the Tone controls cranked, with Volume knobs ( you could hear it!) I could roll those pickups from almost Tele twang > P-90's> PAF sound.
    Between that solid ( heavy!) LP and those Lollars, this guitar had a fantastic versatile tone.

    Had to sell ( $$!!!) as usual....
     
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    A strong Tele bridge pickup can sound like a Les Paul bridge pickup IMO. Especially a Les Paul with a P 90. However, an "old style" humbucker, where the coils are slightly mismatched and have a good hint of "single coilness" to the sound also can be very Tele like. Gerg Koch indeed has made that comment on a few different videos, including playing Mike Slubowski's original 1960 Les Paul.
     
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    JMHO but I think they sound similar in the middle position on both guitars.
     
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    Anything put through a Big Muff will sound exactly the same, even an acoustic guitar. :D
     
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    Our ears hear what our eyes see and our minds expect.
     
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    The Angle Tele-Holic

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    Watched a video of Joe Bonamassa in concert. He switched around between a LP, tele, 335, strat, and others. At even moderate gain, they all sounded alike to me.
     
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    ChickenKiller Tele-Meister

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    Tele or LP either one can show my sound needs to improve...

    Tele makes it sound more interesting.
     
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    I like teles. I also like turtles.
     
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    If I turn my tone knob down, boom les paul with all the fixin's.

    You can get the same effect by playing underwater at a friend's pool.
     
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    Lol... not agreeing.
     
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    +1 I’ve had a 4-way switch in my American Deluxe Tele for a few years now and love the neck/bridge series sound for leads.
     
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    Which part? That they sound the same under heavy fuzz or that LPs with flame maple tops are puke worthy? :D

    I kid, I keeed.
     
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    Jackroadkill Tele-Meister

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    Well, it worked for Kurt, that's for sure!
     
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    carpenter Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    You mean to tell me i did not have to spend all that money on my new 60s standard.
     
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