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Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by 2HBStrat, Jun 30, 2020 at 10:28 AM.
i barely see teles at all when i see live music.
I think we've already seen a Les Paul backlash. I don't see many pros playing them anymore, but it seems everybody was in the late 90s, early 2000s. Other than Joe Bonamassa, I can't think of many guitarists with them - shoot, even Billy Gibbons hardly messes with them anymore. The Les Paul Junior is having a moment though...
I think its already at least begun. The return of the Jazzmaster and reconsideration of the Stratocaster would point to that. Also, this is a 40 and under kind of phenomenon I think.
.....Aaand I see I spoke to soon!
“Bullroar. Us millennials have a serious penchant for Telecasters”
I guess I don't notice trends in guitar choice in periods of time nearly as much as I notice in genres, but that's an interesting observation. I think part of it is that the Tele has a lot of idiosyncratic features that tend to endear love out of utility, or out of just being as weird as they are. All of this on top of the objectively good features like durability, tuning stability, versatility, etc.
Example: The super simple control setup is something a lot of us love because of how uncomplicated, but broadly useful it is. But, to the uninitiated that kind of almost brutish simplicity tends to inspire some real curiosity in my experience, as people want to see how it can be useful and what they can do with it. I hear a lot of similar thought surrounding things like the "weird giant bridge chunk" and "those saddles that are half as many as you should have" and such. It's almost like a "how does that thing even work right?" type of thing.
Plus, the Tele just has a really weird look to it, in a good way. It's not another Florentine singlecut, it's not just a Strat with one less horn, it's not pointy or offset, and the upper bout has this funky thumb curve on the treble side. And what the heck is up with that pickguard? It's hardly even matches the body shape! It's a weird looking guitar in just the right way to either be really pleasing or at the least charmingly singular to the majority of people.
Man, Leo did it so right.
A good playing and sounding Fender Telecaster is a joy to behold. Simple, iconic, and often copied.
I've been sold on them since the seventies.
In the conservative guitar world, there is a canon of classic designs. The Telecaster will always be one of that small group and is, it seems to me, beyond fashion.
Transient notions of popularity apply....but there is nothing specialist about a Tele. Whatever music you're playing and however many turns your musical journey takes, there is always a use- and a place- for a Tele. This ubiquity is of course, facilitated by the ease with which you can modify and adapt this simple design, to your current needs. Putting a fatter neck on your Les Paul is not an option and slamming a pair of lipsticks into your 335, is a daunting prospect.
Fragile Teles are almost unheard-of, ornate Case Queens seem ridiculous. A Tele is literally an instrument....which enables you to make music, with three chords or a Symphony Orchestra.
I don’t see bands. I want more Teles.
I've always thought telecasters were ugly. I still do, even though I own one and I love it. Perhaps the ugliness is part of the charm. The first time I saw a Telecaster headstock I thought maybe the guy at the factory was drunk and screwed up with the bandsaw.
I certainly find a shift from no used Tele necks to used Tele necks being common but more expensive than used Strat neck, but don’t see the price on used Tele necks coming down to Strat prices.
Plenty of used Telecasters for sale now though where they used to be uncommon on the used racks 15+ years ago.
I haven’t followed auctions recently but a few years ago for example a new classic Vibe Tele sold for $450 while the neck was worth around $250 used, compared to a new MIM Tele neck that was only $199 or less. Odd market.
I think that may be passing but doubt the world will turn its back on the Tele any time soon.
We also had an overly Strat obsessed scene that shifted into an all kinds of guitars scene, not really a Tele obsessed scene.
They do get decked a lot.
Gen x here should have bought a tele i 1989 and aways wanted one. Finally did in 2012. Wondered why I waited so long.
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When the music people listen to, call for a T bridge pickup over an S neck pickup, then people tend to sell Strats and buy Telecasters.
But the truth is, the Strat is still King, in the actual market - in terms of units sold. You see a band with two Teles and I see 4 bands with no Teles. FMIC won't tell us the numbers but I'm quite sure the T is the "less well known choice" 'round this world.
Might take 25 more years, to change.
I'm thinking we're in a guitar effect renaissance, and also so many fender reissue amps, which are good and obtainable.
My point? The Tele lends itself to all these transparent drive pedals pushing deluxes and tweeds.
Buckers and harder rock are on the outside looking in. Hence all the Teles (strats are dad guitars)
So what? At least they have a guitar right? Actually none of this matters but I love Jags and JMs so had to chime in
TELES NEVER DIE. To hell with trends and backlash for that matter....
Well, after seeing all those "Why did I wait so long" post, looks like they are wising up.
I think the Alvarez Dana Scoop and the Peavey Vandenberg are up next in next-big-retro-thing rotation.
Me too! I was disdainful since I was 15, 55 years ago until I finally bought one 2 years ago at the insistence of a very knowledgeable friend. Love it. Best guitar I ever owned or played
I do think they're enjoying some extra popularity, but they won't fade too much. They're like Chuck Taylors. My dad wore em. I wore em. My daughters wear em. They just seem to always stay in.