What makes a Tele a Tele ?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Mahogany, Jul 31, 2008.

  1. jkingma

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    Agreed. And the typical Tele sound is from the pickups which are a unique design... plus the fact the bridge pickup mounts to the bridge plate. That's where the Tele sound comes from. IMHO. ;)
     
  2. Volitan

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    screw it, I'm in it for the shape and necks anyway.
     
  3. Chucksolo69

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    I tend to agree that if it isn't a Fender is isn't a Telecaster. Call it what it is, a Tele poser and no more. If you buy a cheap clone, it is NOT a Telecaster; it is usually a cheap chunk of wood with a neck bolted on made to look like a Telecaster. Usually made for those who can't afford the real thing.
     
  4. RomanS

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    I agree!!!

    You have to differentiate between "Telecaster" (which is anythingy made by Fender that has that word on the headstock), a "Tele" (-style guitar) (=anything with the body shape shown above, no matter what pickups or construction method), and a "typical Tele tone" (which can also be achieved by other guitars that have a Tele-style bridge and pickups - what about those Reverends and Peavey Generations that are equipped like Teles, and have a typical Tele tone, despite variations in body shape?)
     
  5. twangcaster1

    twangcaster1 Friend of Leo's

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    Vibe makes a tele. Pure, sexy, twangy vibe.
     
  6. Gary in Boston

    Gary in Boston Friend of Leo's

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    I once posed this question here a long time ago on this site. To me it is the original design (with the three way switch selecting front , middle & back) that's it. Really that's it .
    All other combos aren't really.

    Gary
     
  7. kelnet

    kelnet Telefied Ad Free Member

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    Who would not call this a Tele? And be careful with words like "cheap chunk of wood."
    Check out Ron's site for more of what someone who doesn't know better would call "posers."

    http://www.ronkirn.com
     

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  9. drummerdarko

    drummerdarko Tele-Meister

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    Someone on here once said that if you drop it on your foot and your foot doesn't break, then its not a Telecaster....:D or some variation of that statement.;)
     
  10. Rocks

    Rocks Tele-Afflicted

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    I hate to even ask this, but its been on my mind for some time now. I'm not asking this to start a war, I am just curious. My question is did Gibson design the les paul based on the tele body style? I mean lets face it, the body shapes are very close in design, just a slightly different lower horn and where the lespaul meets the neck on top at a 90 degree angle, the tele angles in a little more.
     
  11. bluesjuke

    bluesjuke Tele-Afflicted

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    I've often wondered that myself Rocks.
    I'm sure there was some influence as it had to marketed too.

    It's also interesting to note that many LP players favor Teles when it comes to the Fender department.
     
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  12. 13ontheB

    13ontheB Tele-Afflicted

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    STUPID question!!
     
  13. petebradt

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    AMEN!!!!!
     
  14. Rocks

    Rocks Tele-Afflicted

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    When you make a statement like that it would be useful if you told us which question you felt was stupid. Seeing how there are a few questions on this thread we are not sure who you meant to offend.
     
  15. Rumble

    Rumble Tele-Afflicted

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    The essentials, IMO:
    -made by Fender; anything else is Tele-style copy or Partscaster
    -traditional Tele body style (no half Jaguar/half Teles, or half Strat/half Teles, etc.)
    -Fender neck (Strat necks like on the Deluxe & Custom Tele's are okay)
    -two pickups, not three, not one, although P-90's and humbuckers are fine

    As long as those things are in place, it can have any combination of finish colors, pickguards, bridge plates, tremelos, B-benders, or just about any mods and it's still a Tele.
     
  16. RomanS

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    Nope, I don't think so - after all, Gibson tried to make their solidbody electric as un-Fender-ish as possible (arched top, glued-in neck, angled headstock, trapeze tailpiece, etc.) - I guess they simply down-scaled the shape of their archtop hollowbodies for the solidbody Les Paul...
     
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    +1 surfoverb
     
  18. Sterling Indigo

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    According to Fender Musical Instruments Legal Dept (and I quote): "It's the Butterscotch and Bakelite".
     
  19. Duffman0733

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    A tele is a guitar we should be playing right now instead of argueing on the internet :)
     
  20. Hafner

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    Everything on and in it makes the Tele and the items must match:
    the design, body, neck, headstock !!!. Pickups, the bridge with the string-through-body-idea, Control-assembly with the Knobs, jack-cup on the side. and and and and ......... Bridge-Pick-Up.
     
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