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Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by dscottyg, Jul 25, 2021.
If you can't decide, I would be glad to hold one for you until you choose. Especially the Silver Sparkle.
Keep the Hot Rod. PM if you decide to sell it...
Others have mentioned selling all three and trying something new - not a bad idea. What about a custom made guitar?
It's your decision.
Yes! Very well said, and correct.
I'd keep them all. They are not similar. Thinning out guitars has always left a hole in my heart. Always.
I think the obvious answer is the one that plays, feels, and sounds the best to you.
I am going through a similar culling of my herd and my opinion with your parameters (one of each) is that Id want a classic tele to fill that role. The ultra is an awesome guitar but you dont really need the versatility, the hot rod is cool but the les paul gives you the bucker thing, and the sparkle is rare and fun but texas specials dont scream classic tele to me. Id pick my favorite era (blackguard personally with early 60s being a close second) and buy or build one based on that design. Add in a 4 way switch for an extra zing and be happy. Honestly if you take out the sentimental value of some guitars i could easily be happy with only a mim standard with a pickup swap and 4 way mod, plus an acoustic.
I like the blonde, and the mini-humbucker gives you a some Keef vibe. I agree it's also the best looking.
Easy decision for me, as far as I’m concerned the only one that actually qualifies as a Tele is the ‘52 because it has a Tele bridge and will sound like a Tele, even though it has a ‘bucker it’s still a proper Tele and will play like one.
I really love the 2021 Ultra, it’s an awesome instrument but in my mind I simply do not class that as a Tele, between the more modern pickups and bridge it simply doesn’t play or sound like I like Teles to………
I like the idea of a guitar that fights back... that would be an interesting thread. I just built a partscaster with a thick ebony fretboard that is harder to play than my vintage neck. I gotta work different.
Anyway, not to hijack, but helping someone whittle down their Tele collection? What have we come to? Are we not Tele?
I know what you mean about “downsizing”. Can you try to imagine how you’d feel about each guitar, if it was voted ”out” to make your mind up? My opinion does not count, but I’d choose between 1 and 3. 1 as a vintage, 3 as the most technically advanced. What I don’t like about 1 is the humbucker, but again, that’s just me. 2 does nothing for me personally. Good luck!
I'm not a fan of sparkles, so... keep the hot rod 52.
One view: All is vanity. It’s just stuff. The Austin Lounge Lizards ask: “Can We Have your Stuff When You’re Dead?”
Next view: ditch the Texas Tea Ultra. Yeah, unusual color, but ho-hum, really. Keep the other two and find out which one wins the knockout rounds.
It’s up to you which one plays/sounds best.
I would keep the Hot rod 52. I would take out the mini bucker and throw in a Lollar P-90. PERFECT. 1 piece bodies are hard to find, plust it has the maple neck.
“Herd” - that made me laugh.
I would keep the hot rod.
I'm glad it's you and not me trying to make that decision. As stated, they're dissimilar guitars and choosing one is a difficult enough task in any scenario.
I'm a traditionalist, so I immediately leaned toward the AVHR 52, SD p'up notwithstanding, but if there's a different Tele out there that combines all of your preferred attributes in one guitar, sell them all and get THAT one.
Give them all away. You have a Strat and a LP so you don't need a tele.
Keep the one you play the most and like to play the most. Looks be damned!!
Obviously #1 is your #1.
I'll pay you $250 for the sparkly one, if you need any money to help get rid of it.
You should keep ALL your Teles............Yeesh !!!
I 100% support this option.
Selling them all offers an opportunity to get something truly special that would perhaps otherwise out of reach………