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VH1 with a stock ‘52 Telecaster?

Discussion in 'Vintage Tele Discussion Forum (pre-1974)' started by Richie Cunningham, Feb 10, 2021.

  1. Richie Cunningham

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    How would the history of rock have been different?
     
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    I beg your pardon, but, I don't think that I fully understand the question.
     
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    I think he’s asking how things would have been had Eddie used a stock Tele on the first Van Halen album.

    The answer is the only thing missing would be the whammy action. Eddie would have sounded like Eddie on a Lego and some unraveled barbed wire fence.
     
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    Sorry, went over my head. If the question had begun with EVH, as opposed to VH1, it might have sunken in.
    I read somewhere that he played a flattop that way.
    Again, thanks for setting me straight.
     
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    Well he would've torn the pickups out and painted over the finish and THAT woulda pissed off a lot of users here.
     
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    I think of VH1 as the old music TV station. I understand now. Yeah, it would have changed things. But I imagine he would have gravitated toward a Strat or other guitar with a whammy.
     
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    Think of how history would have been changed if he was playing a late-60s maple cap blonde Tele with Bigsby and if the country pickers of the day switched to Kramers? It would be like The Man in the High Castle.
     
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    Perhaps we'd have not seen the rise of the super strat in the 80s? Depends where he'd have gravitated after that album I suppose. I agree that if he played a tele he would have eventually hacked it and modded it in a way that would have made the purists blood boil. We'd also probably have less un-molested vintage telecasters haha.

    Ed did have a Ripley telecaster, which is a pretty far cry from a stock 50s tele. A very cool guitar, with panning capabilities for each string.
     
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    Steve Ripley, later of The Tractors.

    He passed a few yrs ago.
     
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    If we are talking about EVH

    It’s freakin EVH! It would be exactly the same!

    Maybe even more gnarly!

    Well yeah... @Funkysmell is right maybe the super strat thing wouldn’t have happened
     
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