When I think of a "Country Tele" sound...

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  1. RadioFM74

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    It's Roy Nichols

    And yes, Brad Paisley and Keith Urban are really great "modern" tele sounds. Brad Paisley also excels at "old style" tho… if you go past the Disney association, this tune is a delight and chock full of great country guitar ideas:



    Really, you could do a serious "licks library" just by transcribing this. And he's sooooo classy in his "Western swing" fills on the neck pickup…
     
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    All of these videos are great, but if you listen to the opening segment of Danny Gatton’s first Hot Licks: Telemaster instructional video, it is probably the best example of Tele-ness I can imagine. I think they’ve taken it off YouTube, but I used to watch it frequently in awe. All of it is great, and for me there’s no instructional worth to it. I could never do ANY of it, but it it so great to watch.
     
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    This is a great thread IMO, I am noticing that tones and sounds are all over the place.

    My theory is that Country guitar is really a style and not a sound.

    I'm pretty sure a Gibson played in a particular way would have 90% of everybody saying "That's a Tele".
     
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    The Clarence Tele is the sound of pure country.
     
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    This is country Telecaster to me (and I could have also included dozens f his other performances):

     
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    This is a Little Walter harp tune---nothing to do with western swing.
     
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    Lots of great videos here.
    For me, I always go back to Vince.
    He and Brent Mason on the "Players DVD" is pure country gold.
     
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    By the same token, this is a Rimsky-Korsakov piece and therefore has "nothing to do with" heavy metal?



    :D

    All I meant is that in their interpretation of that Little Walter harp tune, they play in a way that fuses together a lot of styles including some passages that smack of western swing (e.g. min. 1:42). But if it sounds like pure Chicago blues to you, no problem!
     
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    Until the mid-70s, almost nobody used a Tele or Strat in Nashville. 335s/Sheratons were the preferred instrument. There is an old GP article from that period with all the studio hotshots and not one Fender guitar is in evidence.
     
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    People people people.
    James Burton.
     
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    ... I think of the Mama Tried intro played by countless folks over the years ...

     
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    That is interesting!

     
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    Well thank goodness Nashville saw the light! :D
     
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    ...I think, "cliche." I used to love that sound, and the originators mentioned here, but it has been copped relentlessly into a synthetic, crap, insincere, sterile studio "country" sound that makes me gag. Maybe the authentic players will outlast the opo derivatives -- but I doubt it.
     
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    LMAO. Oh man, I needed that laugh!!!!!
     
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    You are kidding right? A LOT of the GUITAR PLAYERS behind AND some of the biggest Nashville stars and songwriters were already using Telecasters / Esquires in the LATE 1960'S during live performances. The Telecaster dominated the LIVE Stages of Nashville musicians in the late 1960's.











    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXCuoYs0MSM
     
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    I seem to recall I said 'studio players.' That's what was on the recordings. Only two of these people, albeit notable, used Fenders...https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Nashville_A-Team
     
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    He certainly wrote the book on chicken picking! And while at first I was completely dazzled by the flash of later players, now that I am really at it learning country I appreciate his wonderful taste and instinct for finding the right hooks to fit the song. "Bottle let me down" and "Mama tried" are just two examples.
     
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