What makes a Tele special?

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  1. Gavin12345

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    I am just curious why some people like the telecaster so much. This is not a insult by any means, just genuine curiosity as to why people enjoy them so much. I have only played one, it was just a squire classic vibe, but I loved the look and feel. I also loved how it sounded until I switched the pickup selector to the bridge postion. In my opinion, it's just too treble heavy and twangy to my ears. I know that sounds kinda ridiculous because that is one thing teles are known for. Tell me what you guys like about teles!
     
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    telekaster1999 Tele-Afflicted

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    Guess I'll go first, first time I picked up a tele it just felt right my in hands, that was 30 years ago, still does to this day. Maybe the neck, the way the body is shaped, idk. The tone of the neck pickup and definitely the bridge, if your having trouble with the twang, dial the tone control back a touch.
     
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    Zoso420 Tele-Meister

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    The no frills aspect of it. It all comes down to your hands. As for the bridge pickup being too bright that's what the tone control is for.
     
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    been listening to Roy Buchanan have you?....:D

    the tele bridge pu needs a band around it.... where it fits in nicely...:twisted:
     
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    northernguitar Friend of Leo's

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    nojazzhere Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Obviously it's the tonewood. ;)
     
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    superjam144 Tele-Afflicted

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    I've put a lot of thought into this and my answer is simple.

    The telecaster has a duality to it. Like the yin and yang. The pickups are essentially opposites, neck bass, bridge treble.

    This aspect of this guitar is not only simple but extremely expressive and versatile.

    It is also portly, and just feels balanced and "just right" to play.

    Cosmetically, it's perfect to be blunt.
     
  8. Lockback

    Lockback Tele-Meister

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    It’s simple.
    It was the first commercially successful solid body electric guitar.
    The bridge pickup still sends a chill up my spine (you can dial back the ice pick treble.)
    I think it’s cool looking.
    I love the placement of the controls.
    In my opinion, the Les Paul is the most beautiful electric guitar ever designed.
    But the Tele is my favorite.
     
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    monkeybanana Tele-Holic

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    It’s just so dang versatile yet dead simple.
     
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    Archtop Bill Tele-Holic

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    To quote Obi Wan, “It’s an elegant weapon. “
     
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    Archtops Tele-Holic

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    For me it’s that iconic shape. From the simple outline of the bouts to the understated shape of the headstock.
    Another lure for me is the history. Put all that together with the incredible tones it produces and you really do have the perfect guitar.
     
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    Why are blue jeans still selling in record numbers?
    Why is Otis Redding the best Soul Lyricist ever?
    Why is water so popular?

    Because the simple classics are dang near impossible to improve upon or replace.
     
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    because it has no more and no less than what we need

    plus, best modding platform out there
     
  14. Mr. St. Paul

    Mr. St. Paul Tele-Holic

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    It's a simple, timeless design. The neck pickup can do authoritative bass lines and jazzy comping, the bridge pickup can cut through whatever else is surrounding it. Then you can combine the two of them for a lush, but bright tone. It's compatible with almost any genre of music you can imagine. And it was created nearly three-quarters of a century ago!

    And because Leo modeled the construction of it on Henry Ford's assembly line, it's a starting point for practically anything your imagination wants to take it to.

    As the t-shirt says (and MAN, do I wish I'd snatched one up when they were available), "Leo Got It Right the First Time".
     
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    I came back to playing guitar after an extended hiatus. When I came back I wanted to play country and decided I wanted a Telecaster. Now, 12 plus years later, I’m playing more than country and I find I can use my Telecaster for most everything. I have other guitars. But my Telecaster still gets its share of playing time. Besides, my dog likes it.
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  16. El Tele Lobo

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    Let's see...

    1. 6-saddle vintage-style bridge
    2. Humbucker in the neck
    3. 5-way switch
    Yup...think that covers it. I used to own one in Crimson Transparent. Here's a vid:

     
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  17. El Tele Lobo

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    Oh wait...you weren't talking about the Telecaster Special MODEL, but Telecasters GENERALLY. Ok, here goes:

    1. Tone-wise, one of the most versatile electric solidbody guitars ever made (also the first)
    2. Used in every major genre of music over the last 70 years
    3. Durable
    4. Simple
    5. Elegant in design
    6. Modular construction for personalized customization/modding
    7. Easy to work on, even for laymen
    8. Infinite number of combinations of body and neck woods, hardware and electronics used over the years
    9. Doubles as a cutting board in a pinch
    10. If it's not simple enough for you, there's the Esquire
     
  18. Obsessed

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    I basically cannot answer your question. I started out on a Les Paul copy, then a strat, then an acoustic, then a semi-hollow 335ish. All along, I kept trying teles, but they did not impress me. Then one day in a store, I tried yet another tele as usual and … it bit me. Bit me hard. I have been playing my tele virtually daily since early 2013. I play it more than any of my other guitars. Why? I don’t really know. Something raw about it. Laying your palm on the edges of a metal plate. Simple. Ergonomically perfect to play in any position. The single coils seem very easy to tame. Finger style seems ideal. But why did I not notice all of this much earlier in my guitar playing? I just do not know.
     
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    Obviously many things make teles special. My favorite things about a tele is the simplicity and no other guitar does raunch as well as a tele. I use mine for tons of stuff but the raunchy tone is awesome for blues, rockabilly, rock, etc. It simply cannot be replicated by any other guitar. Imho
     
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    Pedals!
     
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