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When is a Tele a Tele?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Double, Jun 16, 2010.

  1. Double

    Double TDPRI Member

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    So if it looks like a Tele; the neck has a Tele headstock and Fender decal, has the body shape and pickguard of a Tele, has a good non-fender bridge with a Dimarzio Area T pickup. Is it a Tele and should it be sold as a Tele?
     
  2. BigDaddyLH

    BigDaddyLH Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    If it quacks it's a Strat; if it twangs it's a Tele.
     
  3. Chewy

    Chewy Tele-Meister

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    The tele only exists in your mind. It is a word and a concept.
     
  4. imsilly

    imsilly Friend of Leo's

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    When someone on a forum says it is! Or isn't!
     
  5. BigDaddyLH

    BigDaddyLH Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    I guess for the purpose of selling the guitar, like on eBay or CL, you can't say "Telecaster®" if it's not a Fender. I guess a Squier would be a "Squier Telecaster® by Fender". And if it has been modded, you have to list the mods.
     
  6. Mark Davis

    Mark Davis Telefied Ad Free Member

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    Telecasters are guitars made by Fender.

    If it came from the Fender/Squier factory and it says Telecaster on the headstock its a Telecaster anything else is a copy.
     
  7. Giacomo Pagani

    Giacomo Pagani Tele-Meister

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    Commercially speaking, you've already been answered by our friends above.

    Philosophically speaking, I use shapes. Body and neck. If the guitar has the body (and the neck, of course) of a Telecaster, it's a Telecaster; maybe a modded Tele, if she has different pickups and bridge. But it's a Telecaster because it was born as a Telecaster, with that body type.

    Same with any other kind of guitar.

    So, if you put Les Paul hardware on a Tele body, here comes the question: is that a Tele with Les Paul hardware, or is that a Les Paul with Tele body?

    The second looks quite wrong to me. I would always answer that's a modded Tele.

    So, body (and neck) type settles it, for me.

    Giacomo
     
  8. slickschoppers

    slickschoppers Tele-Holic

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    I agree with most of the above...

    "I guess a squier would be a "squier telecaster by fender"... LOL!!!! FENDER calls them telecasters in there own advertising. it is perfectly LEGAL to just call a squier a telecaster! and I think it is ETHICALLY correct too. they say Squier on the headstock, but fender considers them a telecaster.

    BUT I also think that you can call ANY GUITAR WHATEVER YOU WANT for the sake of craigslist or ebay. if the heading says "telecaster" and the description says tele copy ect.. I think that's fine.

    and as far as "if it has been modded, you have to list the mods" no you don't. plain and simple, you don't HAVE to do anything. list it for sale and call it good.

    you will see alot of guys list tele copies as telecasters. just like Murphy beds are no longer made by "murphy" company.

    the only reason fender still owns the trademark is that they have used the trademark non-stop since aquireing it and they legally enforce it's protection.

    Telecaster "style" has become a common way to refer to these guitars of ANY MAKE AND ORIGIN.... is it legal "no"... is it deceptive ..... I honestly don't think so ... unless they are trying to claim it is a "authentic fender telecaster"

    I think the odd thing about a fender telecaster is I think of it like a car.

    2000 - dodge - neon

    2000 is the year it was built
    dodge is the manufacturer
    neon is the model

    2000 - plymouth - neon

    2000 is the year it was built
    PLYMOUTH is the manufacturer
    neon is the model

    two different makes with the SAME MODEL of car.

    originally leo fender made the telecaster as a MODEL of fender guitar, over the years they have developed versions of that model guitar.

    so yea, what the OP is describing is a telecaster

    if not,, how much of the guitar has to be fender for it to be a telecaster? just the neck?
     
  9. twangquest

    twangquest Tele-Meister

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    call it t-style and be done with it.
     
  10. KevinB

    KevinB Doctor of Teleocity

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    And both of those cars are manufactured by Chrysler.

    So, 2000 - Fender - Telecaster and 2000 - Squier - Telecaster are both fine.

    But not 2000 - slickschoppers - Telecaster.

    Right? :lol:
     
  11. Pepi

    Pepi Tele-Afflicted

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    It's not a Tele if it has two humbuckers ;)
     
  12. Robert H.

    Robert H. Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    Go practice man....
     
  13. Rob S

    Rob S Tele-Meister

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    +1
    Live is too short to worry about such things! :rolleyes:
     
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