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Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Digiplay, May 19, 2019.
To me, this.
Wow!! I was just going to post this
That album is one of the best “study in toanz” ever.
The tele has a ‘sound’ of its own for sure and yet it is one of the most versatile guitars there are. Since Eljay stole my thunder I’ll have to offer this as an example of tele sound and its versatility:
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I love all the sounds but if you ask me what is THE Telecaster sound it's definitely the bridge, maybe with the tone knob rolled a hair back, and the guitar is plugged into an amp that is on the edge where you can pick clean or get some breakup depending on your attack. It's a muscular & aggressive "clean-ish" sound.
Bill Kirchen's sounds already in the thread are a good example of "that sound" but there are countless other examples of it. Practically all the country "chicken pickin" fits into it for me. It's the sound that instantly telegraphs to the listener that someone is playing a Telecaster.
I think it was about the time of this video that I saw Robben at The Caravan of Dreams.....at least it looks like the exact same suit he wore. He did play his Tele some, but most of the show was the Fender Esprit.....completely different guitar, but he STILL sounded like "Robben Ford".....
….after being a Queen fan for years and a big fan of Brian May's "Red Special" sound, the first time I heard this song I thought, "Oh my God--Brian got himself a Tele!"
The quick answer....
Closer to the complete truth....
I think the thing it does that other guitars don't is the twang, which I attribute in part to the bridge plate
Yes, exactly this. Especially with a lot of A/B testing now, you can really see how much BS the guitar marketing engine has been feeding us for decades. And yet, to this day people will defend what's been ingrained in them from marketing
But to me, the "Tele sound" is bridge and neck pickup together, because few guitars will have that sound. Guitars with two P90s or Strats that can do the neck and bridge combo sound fairly close.
I always reference "Soul Man" by Sam & Dave.
this first tele
all about the snap for me, which is compression, but nothing gives it FAT snap like a tele
sounds like Brent Mason in that second example (but not the guy playing the tele in the video)
Tele sound- chime in the neck/middle position, twang and shout in the bridge.
that Duke Levine video is great, a '53 into a '66 Princeton
can't get much more Grail than that
It's funny how wildly different opinions are about things like top loading vs string through and fretboard wood sound even just on this board. Only have maple board teles (so far), so can't speak to that. But did recently topload my #1 recently just for fun and while I can tell a major difference in the string feel, I can't help but wonder if the extra metallic clank I keep perceiving is real or made up. I should do both and record on my next string change and a/b to see.
Good idea!.....you also might try doing some kind of "blind" A/B test, maybe with musician friends also listening and judging. Having extra "ears" can be helpful.
I'm always reminded of a friend of mine, killer guitarist, and Hendrix aficionado, who began "studying" Jimi when we were in high school in '67 or '68. He always "claimed" he could tell what gear was used on recordings, especially amps, and he could definitely tell when Hendrix was recording with Marshalls. He was dismayed when, sometime in the eighties, it became known that on MUCH of his stuff Jimi was using a Twin Reverb.......proving HEARING can be DECEIVING......
Yup, that's Brent. Instantly recognizable tone and style.
When I'm driving, I like to put on a country station and see how many Brent songs play in a row.
Buck Owens & the Buckaroos
Marty Stuart & the Superlatives
That should keep you busy.
I think what the OP is getting at is when we hear one and say, "that sounds like a telecaster", what is the "that" that we're talking about?