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When does a Tele cease to be a telecaster?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by jackinjax, Jan 27, 2017.

Telecaster or just a guitar shaped like a telecaster?

  1. I'm a purist when it comes to my tele.

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    14.0%
  2. As long as Fender sells them with Telecaster on the headstock it's a Tele.

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  3. If it's shaped like a telecaster, it's a telecaster.

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  4. Can-O-Worms

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  1. Jim622

    Jim622 Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    I'm with you there! I do really like my Thinline, but I can see how some would be on the fence with it.
     
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  2. telemnemonics

    telemnemonics Telefied Ad Free Member

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    Trying to think of something useful to add.
    Nothing's coming to me.

    Hmmm.

    That's a Telecaster.
    Wrong again, that's an Esquire.
     
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    tidalcast Tele-Meister

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    All about the body shape and simplicity. Beyond that, all negotiable for me. I love my knock around "Tele" and wouldn't turn it in for anything at this point. :)
     
  4. Pointmonger

    Pointmonger Tele-Afflicted

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    Oh, man, I had that car, in that color. I miss it. Memories.
     
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    Badspike TDPRI Member

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    Opel GT! What a great Car! 2nd car I had after my Mom wiped out my 2 speed Buick and I collected the insurance money. Yep, memories!
     
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  6. Pointmonger

    Pointmonger Tele-Afflicted

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    No factory AC in Texas was a killer, though. In the summers, I had to bring a change of clothes.
     
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    if it can't twang, it ain't a tele...
     
  8. william tele

    william tele Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    The problem I have with giant headstock strat necks (besides the ugly) on any guitar is that eventually you will have to play in the wind and it turns you into a weather vane...
     
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    Ooh - want one of these please!
     
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    kuvash Friend of Leo's

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    So how does Merle's tele fit in all of this?
     
  11. Endless Mike

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    I'm glad to see someone else feels this way. I really thought those strat saddles were a terrible decision on Fenders' part. What actual, useful purpose did that serve?
     
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  12. Endless Mike

    Endless Mike Friend of Leo's

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    A telecaster is partly recognized by its appearance, but made its mark because of how it sounds. If it sounded like something other than what it was/is, then all of the music it made its signature mark on, would be very different. Thus a great deal of music would be something other than what we know it to be.
     
  13. AngelDeville

    AngelDeville Tele-Afflicted

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    They all say Telecaster....

    Not a tele neck pickup in the bunch...

    When I do get one it will get a big 70's Strat headstock...


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  14. 1955

    1955 Doctor of Teleocity

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    When you put it in the gig bag and drive off into heartbreak. Then the tele becomes you. My mother wore Shalimar, I'd spray my straps with it after she passed.
     
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    Might as well get a reverse and go for the full dorsal fin...:)

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    AngelDeville Tele-Afflicted

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    Holy crap! Even I think that's fugly!
     
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    RyCo1983 Tele-Afflicted

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    Metal bridgeplate with a pickup embedded into it...if that goes, I don't consider it a tele.
     
  18. Howard VA

    Howard VA Tele-Meister

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    I've got 7 Fender Telecasters and as long as they have that Telecaster shape, they are Telecasters. Doesn't matter if there is a Strat like body cut, hollow body, different pickguard, no pickguard, HB PU's, 3 SC PU's, HB + SC PU's, etc. Just my opinion, but it seems pretty narrow minded to think that Telecasters can't come with different attributes. Body shape is Telecaster, Headstock says Telecaster, so it's a Telecaster. IMG_0356.JPG
     
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    Howard VA Tele-Meister

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    Yeah, the double cut Tele is where I draw the line. That's not a Tele.
     
  20. tube.tone

    tube.tone Tele-Meister

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    To me there are no grey areas. A "Telecaster" has to look like a tele, sound like tele and has to be manufactured by "Fender" as per original specifications...

    It's solid body plank, maple neck, 2 single coils pickups, 2 knobs, 3 way switch and a jack.

    Reincarnations, reinterpretations and clones of the original are something else... can't call it Telecaster.
     
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