What speaks to you about the Telecaster ?

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  1. matmchugh

    matmchugh TDPRI Member

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    For you, what makes the mighty Telecaster stand above all the other guitar options out there ?
    What is the thing that makes you want to pick one up instead of something else ?
     
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    Comfort and tuning stability. Simplicity of design, sturdy and easy to maintain.
    No pointy bits to stick you or break off.
     
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    Haha. Those are beautiful reasons. Let’s just wrap the thread up now /
     
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    Chunkocaster Poster Extraordinaire

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    Wait until the tone factor comes into it. This could go for 10 or more pages yet.;)
     
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    On the Fender side of life, I was a Strat guy for 30 years. Now I own a Tele. Both are American Vintage.

    The Strat has more versatility in some regards, with the trem, different in-between sounds, more pickup combinations - but the traditional Tele approach gives a much more powerful voice in the bridge position and has a more full voice.

    To test this, I did some frequency spectrum analysis between my '59 AV Strat and '64 AV Tele. The Strat filtered out harmonics more than the Tele and had a more pronounced decay after the attack. That "hollow" Strat sound is subtractive.

    The Tele showed strong, bold, steady and more pronounced harmonics right from the 1st and up.

    Seeing this made what I was hearing understandable.
     
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    Tim S Tele-Holic

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    >What speaks to you about the Telecaster ?

    The simplicity and purposefulness of its design & execution -- everything you need and nothing you don't need.
     
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    Wow. That’s an interesting experiment. Do you still play the Strat. Do you divide your time ?
     
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    A tele is cool, but having two P90s is also cool :)
     
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    the fact that it will scold you very hard if you play without intention ... it's one of the most revealing instruments i've ever had, the no "frill" attitude it has it what's the most appealing to me, there are no shortcuts here ... even more so with an esquire ... which hopefully i'll be able to get one day ....

    ;)
     
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    simplicity - no trem, one volume control, one tone control, 3 distinct sounds, clarity.
     
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    Why do you think that is ? What is it that is unforgiving ? I agree, but I can’t put my finger on it. Is it the clarity ?
     
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    well yeas that might be the right word for it, ( i'm not native in English ), but i would say that it's without "filter" :), hope you get what i mean :).

    Elaborating a bit on that, in my personal own experience, it's an instrument that if you just put down your finger slightly "off" it won't mask it, whatever you touch and how you touch it brings out a pletora of sounds, noises, and tone which can be a great advantage of expression if you're a good player, on the other hand if you're not so good, it won't mask anything and steer you in the right direction, more of all ... there's really little room to be distracted on a tele....

    and yeah .. the tone it has .. !
     
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    many things, but a lot of it is the workmanlike lack of pretension, and the naked emphasis on function. A les paul has a fake carved top and a bunch of thing derived from things that it's not. They're pretty, and they work well. But the tele is direct and less captive to the past.
     
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    Feel, tone, and looks. All are good to me.
     
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    Hellopike,
    Thanks for the reference points. I bet I’ve read most, if not all of them. I’ve read this forum for a long time but have barely spoken. You guys seem like a great bunch, mostly, and I guess I just like the idea of having a discussion in real time about a subject I enjoy talking about. If every subject that had been entertained was off limits it would be a quiet old World to live in. I understand your frustrations and am hoping my enthusiasms aren’t received in the opposite spirit to which they were given.
     
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    As a learner, nothing in particular - yet.

    I've bought a variety of guitars and I'm seeing which I like the sound and feel of best. I have a Tele because it seemed churlish not to - particularly as they have been so popular for so long and have been used in a very broad spectrum of musical genres.

    On a positive note (no pun intended) they are very simple and uncluttered and that appeals to me in many ways. That said, I'm 57 and have no desire to play in public, so having a bit of variety (to both the ear and the eye) is also a nice distraction.

    I may end up with just the one Tele, or more, or none.
     
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    A simple Precision is my go to bass and a Telecaster is my go to guitar, so the simplicity of each must play a role. (I should buy an Esquire.) ;)
     
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    I love the simplicity, stability, versatility, and appearance of the Telecaster.
    I have had lots of them.
    I’d estimate about 20 since my first one, in 1978.
    It was a banana pudding (blonde) 1971 model, and I modded it constantly.
    My avatar has been the only “keeper”, though.
     
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