What's your opinion on sparkly Telecasters?

bcorig

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I hate the look of a solid flat finish on a standard Tele, especially that empty space between the bridge and the strap button- reminds me too much of flipping through the Musicians Friend catalogue and seeing the cheap Affinity Squiers all in a row. Need something to make it look interesting- Bigsby, sunburst, relicing, stickers, or sparkly finish. Strangely, binding also fixes the aesthetic for me.

With all that said, I always drool over the Brad Paisley Tele at my local store and the purple sparkle J Mascis Jazzmaster.
I agree with binding but whenever I see a Bigsby on anything smaller than an ES 335, it seems like it overwhelms the guitar.
Instead of “guitar with a Bigsby installed” it’s more like “Bigsby with a guitar installed”.
 

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I'd have to count myself in the Tele traditionalist crowd. However lately I've found myself browsing metal flake finished bodies with arm and tummy contours. I guess I've got a bunch of Teles and I'm looking to do something different with one of them.

Anyway, metal flake finishes - yea or nay? What comes to mind? Too country? Too flashy? Cool?
IMO, perfect for some situations. A Buck Owens & The Buckaroos tribute band and Cheech & Chong - Low Rider - Bing video
 

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the Telecasters of Buck Owens and Don Rich were influential in my Esquired Tele's second pickguard makeover to totally outdo the first one i filled and painted so this was IT!

The bronze sparkle cardstock was the only color to go with the natural wood perfectly. Then i topped it off with a Lexan .093" plate i hand-cut carefully for a week and i added a neck pickup silhouette from a scrap piece of cardstock. By this time it was a month before the pandemic hit hard and this was one of the most perfect projects at that time... still loving it!
 

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In the world of Telecasters there's room for every finish. I like the sparkle finishes and the metal flake finishes. The ones that really caught my eye are the G&L models. They look splendid!
 

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I'd have to count myself in the Tele traditionalist crowd. However lately I've found myself browsing metal flake finished bodies with arm and tummy contours. I guess I've got a bunch of Teles and I'm looking to do something different with one of them.

Anyway, metal flake finishes - yea or nay? What comes to mind? Too country? Too flashy? Cool?
 

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I love them! I have a Silver Flake and a Gold Flake along with other guitars in different finishes. I play what ever color kind of fits my music Im playing. Breaks up the boredom of doing the same thing over and over!
 

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Do Fender necks fit on those? I thought about picking this one up in GC. It was only $209. I just wouldn't want another 9.5" medium jumbo pau/rosewood tele. I would want to put the 12" jumbo fret roasted maple that they sell on fender.com. I like the basswood body on this. It's very light.

I like both flashy Teles and subtle classy designs. So I'm open to a sparkle tele in my collection. A Bigsby is a hard clash of Gretschy guitars and Fender's mid century modern car culture thing. Doesn't mix well, but that doesn't mean it doesn't have any appeal. For example I would be down for an aztec gold body and an all rosewood neck and a mirror or metal pickguard. Can't say that's 'tasteful' but I would just like it.
 

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I like them OK in Green, blue, or the more traditional silver or gold. I hate the red ones but then again I hate anything red.
 

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I'd have to count myself in the Tele traditionalist crowd. However lately I've found myself browsing metal flake finished bodies with arm and tummy contours. I guess I've got a bunch of Teles and I'm looking to do something different with one of them.

Anyway, metal flake finishes - yea or nay? What comes to mind? Too country? Too flashy? Cool?
If you are going to be onstage then you want to be noticed. A sparkling finish will do that.

Mark
 




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