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What makes a telecaster a telecaster?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by grat, Nov 11, 2011.

  1. StraightNeck

    StraightNeck Tele-Holic

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    Thanks.I am out of here.
     
  2. Krex1010

    Krex1010 TDPRI Member

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    To me a Fender telecaster is a telecaster, if it isn't made by fender or assembled out of fender parts I wouldn't call it a telecaster. I am by no means degrading or taking shots at the Telecaster styled guitars or parts that other companies make, it doesn't have to say fender on it to be a great guitar, but it does have to say fender on it to be a telecaster.
     
  3. DeepDrummer

    DeepDrummer Former Member

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    For me it's the square cut plank and the two single coils. Anything else goes in my opinion.
     
  4. Toto'sDad

    Toto'sDad Telefied Ad Free Member

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    For me it's the square cut plank and the two single coils. Anything else goes in my opinion.

    You might need a neck on it too.:D
     
  5. Esquire59

    Esquire59 Tele-Holic

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    My thoughts exactly...
     
  6. Toto'sDad

    Toto'sDad Telefied Ad Free Member

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    Fender does have a copy-write on the name. So, if you build a T-style guitar and call it a Telecaster, then you are?
     
  7. Mark Davis

    Mark Davis Telefied Ad Free Member

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    A Telecaster is a guitar made by Fender that says Telecaster on the headstock.

    Anything else is a copy.

    Many Japanese cars look alike bur they each have different brand names Toyota Nissian etc.

    Whatever it says on the headstock when it left the factory is what it is.
     
  8. Micromet

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    Many forum members have commented on pickups without really specifying which pickups they mean. Pickup specifications have changed back and forth from the 1950's right up to the present. And it is not clear to me whether the changes were to cure apparent sonic faults or to just change the sonic flavour? While most other aspects of the Telecaster are visibly apparent (type of bridge, body wood, scale length, tuners) - the important parts of the pickup are largely hidden. What type of Magnet used, wire size and number of turns, enamel coated or otherwise, DC resistance, etc.
    So my question is - which of the many Telecaster pickups does the forum regard as iconic and providing the classic Telecaster sound?
     
  9. AJBaker

    AJBaker Friend of Leo's

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    Good question, I'd say it's worth having its own thread.
     
  10. AnArmyOfJuan

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    Depends.

    For it to be a Telecaster™, it just has to be made by Fender (or Squier), and say "Telecaster" on the headstock.

    For it to be a tele, the way I think of a tele, it has to have something similar to the Telecaster™ body shape and at least a tele-style pickup mounted to a bridge with a plate.

    My homebuilt guitar, the Jensen Mjöllnir, has a tele-looking body, but it's made of mahogany and black walnut, with a neck-through maple neck, an ebony fingerboard, strat-like headstock, a Kahler, and an EMG 81 in the bridge. It's certainly no Telecaster™, and it's hardly a tele either, even though it has the body shape of one.
     
  11. cynic79

    cynic79 Tele-Meister

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    Let's take a look at that headstock there...

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    Yup, that's a Telecaster.
     
  12. Guitarist4u36

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    Tele....whatever style or model..that's made by Fender = "Telecaster" guitar.
    Tele....whatever style or model..that's made by ANYONE else = "tele style" guitar.

    The word "tele" has become the epitome of what this style of guitar is, just as the word "strat" has become the epitome of that style. Just as a Gibson Les Paul or SG, etc, in their style of guitar. Same with a Martin D model acoustic or a Stradivarius violin.

    When you're the father/creator of something so legendary, you'll always own the right to it. No matter what anyone else builds or how good or even better it might be, if it's built complimentary close to the "original" it's still a "copy of the original".
     
  13. xagyg

    xagyg Tele-Holic

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    +1
     
  14. Cymro14

    Cymro14 Tele-Afflicted

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    So a MiM inc Baja is a genuine tele...?
    Or does it have to be a USA??
     
  15. AnArmyOfJuan

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    If it says "Fender Telecaster" on the headstock, it's a Telecaster.


    Of course, if we're being anal about it, that means that the Lite Ash Telecaster I used to have wasn't a Telecaster at all, since it just said "Fender" on the headstock..
     
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    mishek Tele-Meister

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    That's not always true; check out a '59 tele, or Jim Campalongo's signature tele (which is based on a '59)...
     
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    The name on the headstock...




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  19. Delta Blues

    Delta Blues Tele-Afflicted

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    I'd say it's a combination of the maple, single coils and ashtray.
     
  20. Sleph

    Sleph Friend of Leo's

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    Fender brand - single cut body - Ashtray bridge with single coil - tele headstock... without all these things it's not a real tele IMO
    :rolleyes:
     
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