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Discussion in 'Vintage Tele Discussion Forum (pre-1974)' started by Richie Cunningham, Feb 10, 2021.
How would the history of rock have been different?
I beg your pardon, but, I don't think that I fully understand the question.
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.
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.
Well he would've torn the pickups out and painted over the finish and THAT woulda pissed off a lot of users here.
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.
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.
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.
Steve Ripley, later of The Tractors.
He passed a few yrs ago.
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