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What makes a tele, a tele?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by sergiomajluf, Apr 8, 2017.

  1. chiefline

    chiefline Tele-Holic

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    Yeah without that original bridge pickup it's just not a tele to me. But that's just the way i feel. I know John 5 doesn't agree with me and not saying he's wrong just the way i feel
     
  2. Mur

    Mur Tele-Afflicted

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    The odd bridge plate and saddle arrangement and screwed-on neck is what I think makes it sound and behave different.
     
  3. FattoneTele

    FattoneTele Tele-Meister

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    The body shape, 2 pups, and that fender style headstock.
     
  4. Owenmoney

    Owenmoney Tele-Afflicted

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    Agree, I hate belly cuts on a tele ! Strat I would like better without the contours too.
     
  5. rigid650

    rigid650 Tele-Meister

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    What in the wide wide world of sports is that?

    mongo like...
     
  6. TexMax

    TexMax Tele-Meister

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    To me, at it's most simplified, the essence of a Tele lies in the bridge - that metal plate with a pickup suspended in it. Three-barrel, six saddle, brass, steel, etc. matters not - if it has a bridge plate, it will sound like a Tele. No other type of bridge on a guitar sounds like it. Everything else is just personal preferences (i.e. pickup type, etc), or aesthetics/cosmetics.
     
  7. Manual Slim

    Manual Slim Friend of Leo's

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    image.jpeg I don't think this qualifies, though
     
  8. nojazzhere

    nojazzhere Doctor of Teleocity

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    Just curious.....do you mean "Macawber"???

    But anyway....if anyone has a guitar that they don't know if it's a Telecaster, just send it to me. I'll send it back (eventually) with my OFFICIAL opinion.
     
  9. PelhamSG

    PelhamSG Tele-Meister

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    Never heard the tuning fork to the eye one, but I generally agree. A Telecaster should be cut just like it was in 52. I guess it's fine for the people that want one, but for me I'll take the 52 design.
     
  10. PelhamSG

    PelhamSG Tele-Meister

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    I'd say shape. But I won't call other brands telecasters. Only a fender (or Fender brand) is a telecatser. Other brands make "tele style" guitars. Not telecasters.
     
  11. MrTed

    MrTed TDPRI Member

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    From my experience, any time you have a guitar with tele-style bridge plate and pickup, you have the unmistakable tele sound. Take a look at Ibanez Talmans... They're telecasters and nobody can ever tell that they're not in a blind test.
     
  12. JD0x0

    JD0x0 Poster Extraordinaire

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    - Tele Bridge Plate

    -Single coil tele style (bridge) pickup

    -T style body shape*

    You need 2/3 to qualify as a tele


    *Note: I am not trying to argue the body shape contributes to the 'tele tone'*
     
  13. Nailhead

    Nailhead TDPRI Member

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    "They put six strings on a maple stick and it stuck to a piece of ash...."

    - Bill Kirchen
     
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  14. jtwo

    jtwo TDPRI Member

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    Bridge pickup. That's the sound of a Tele, and the Tele is that sound. Put whatever you want in the neck or middle positions, but if it isn't a single coil in the bridge, it's no Telecaster.
     
  15. Wrong-Note Rod

    Wrong-Note Rod Poster Extraordinaire

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    yup me too.

    I dont see many guitars on here that I think I MUST HAVE THAT but thats one of them.
     
  16. blowtorch

    blowtorch Telefied Ad Free Member

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    It being a tele
     
  17. William SantAna

    William SantAna Tele-Meister

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    I piece of hard wood with 6 strings and nothing else to ease the playing.
    Thats a tele.
     
  18. Reggie77

    Reggie77 Tele-Meister

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    The sound of the bridge pickup ... nothing else like it
     
  19. Telecasterless

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    Man, that guitar looks pretty cool, but would be so much cooler if it looked more les paul. Put a Gibson bridge and tailpiece in same anodized color as the other hardware, another P90 and ditch the tele switchplate and Remington knobs and that would be one hell of a cool looking rat LP.
     
  20. Telecasterless

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    I couldn't stomach a tele neck on that either
     
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