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Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by Piggy Stu, Mar 16, 2017.
It wasn't any one song.
In fact, having my first Telecaster, several years ago, was quite accidental. Found it while we were acting as assistant supers and we were cleaning out an abandoned, and horribly filthy, apartment. It was a partscaster/clone of a 72 Deluxe,with the strat neck and wide range humbuckers. Basic rule was once someone fully turned in their keys and left the property, anything they left behind was finders,keepers.
Now, what got me longing for a traditional tele was going back and listening to a lot of old country, particularly the Bakersfield stuff, Buck Owens, Don Rich, and the like.
And I was going around youtube, looking at demos and other videos of old telecasters, particularly Broadcasters and nocasters, which I love.
Since buying one of those, or even a modern interpretation of one, is beyond my means, I bought an inexpensive Affinity and, over time, gave it the nocaster treatment, including winding vintage style pickups. It gets the job done..........
If I had to pick songs that were definitely driving that decision, there's a few:
This reminds me - who was the guy who posted that he has a Muddy Waters Tele to sell? Can anyone tell me how to search for it?
In my early guitar-krazy youth, the telecaster was synonymous with anything Cropper backed on (which was a lot), then I heard "good times bad times", information was pretty scarce back then but it was almost inconceivable that Page was getting those sounds with the same guitar SC was playing.
. . .but yeah, probably either "soul man" or "sittin on the dock of the bay"
Manish Boy. Always thought telecasters were ugly until I seen one in the hands of Muddy.
Bruce Springsteen made me recognize the Tele.
Dave Edmunds made me want one.
Jon Fratelli made me get one.
The first tele I think I really noticed was Andy Summers'.
But the sounds in this solo grabbed me from the first time I heard it. And the hook is pretty amazing too.
That's a definitely maybe for me too.
The original of this was by Geoff Mack and he played a Maton solid body of some sort, I worked with him quite a bit back in the early 1970s
Roy Nicholls on this one
Well this one does it for me ...
Jim Messina, Angry Eyes.
It wasnt a song. It was a feeling.
Life has never been the same.
Not so much one song or one player or even one genre. I mostly blame all you guys.
I grew up in the 70s when there really only Strats and Les Pauls to be seen. I was aware of Teles because that's what all the guys on my dad's records used.
Later a few cool people started playing them (Keef, Chrissie, etc) started playing them.
Thus, it leads me back to y'all for really driving home the coolness factor.
(15 or so Teles on)
'In the back room'- Van Morrison
Arguably the best example of Tele ( and rumored Dumble) ever recorded.
I knew I'd get a Tele ever since I started playing, but once I learned that this guy and that guitar were making the sounds I heard on Randy Newman's Twelve Songs, I knew I had to have one right now.
when i saw this, i knew i would get a telecaster some day:
though it was a long time and many other guitars before i finally did.
Kinda creepy, really, but the Cropper/Page combination was what sealed the deal for me as well, including the part about "Dock Of The Bay" as a specific song. Cropper's tone on that tune has been one of my favorites (as well as one I gravitate toward in my own playing), and then discovering that the first Zeppelin album was done with the same guitar, well, sign me up for one of them bad boys.
I heard it and bought my second Guitar. I was nineteen years old. It was a cheap Vester Tele, wich I still own.
I'm addicted to that Twang and looking forward to see Dan Baird and homemade Sin, later this Year, in a small Club, in Frankfurt, Germany.