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When You Return To The Tele From Other Guitars,

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by RoscoeElegante, Mar 11, 2016.

  1. RoscoeElegante

    RoscoeElegante Friend of Leo's

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    what do you first/most notice?

    My FWIW: I notice the spaciousness--the room for the pick and playing hands both. Which is partly facilitated by the simplicity of the design overall. A plank with acreage.

    Also: the inviting ease of the beefy, unbound neck (I have a '52 Hot Rod RI), and the gorgeous bite of the bridge pickup. Even the sweet notes have some grit at their edges.

    All of which makes me attack it. It's not until hours into a playing session that I start turning toward the Tele's sweeter potential.
     
  2. Asmith

    Asmith Friend of Leo's

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    +1 on space I don't get a lot of that on my other guitars as shown in my signature and my tele (technically now an esquire) has as much as possible. Just a field of black from the bridge up to the neck heel. :D
     
  3. Jupiter

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    Scraping my wrist on the ashtray bridge plate.
     
  4. Ricky D.

    Ricky D. Doctor of Teleocity

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    Tele wants to play dirty. :D
     
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    First thing I notice is the twang and just classic tones like no other guitar I got can produce. I think second is how it feels at home in my hands, just seems to fit and wears so comfortably. Third is tuning stability, I think my Hwy 1 holds it's tuning better than any guitar I have. I rotate use of my guitars and the tele is a welcome visit. Platefire
     
  6. Mr. Lumbergh

    Mr. Lumbergh Poster Extraordinaire

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    I notice my Tele seems to want me to dig in a little more. And, it sounds pretty sweet. :D
     
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    Better string separation but more difficult for lead breaks. Maybe it's me.
     
  8. Guitarteach

    Guitarteach Doctor of Teleocity

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    Was swapping Les Paul and Tele throughout a new band project this week.

    Tele got real grit and edge and encourages digging in hard with chord and double stop centred breaks with a breaking up amp. The piercing very top end can be too much of a contrast so I find I centre on the bottom and middle of the neck. The whole 50's Baja feels taught, solid and in tune.

    If the Les Paul is summoning deep thunder and the sustaining smooth voices of angels, the tele brings the sound of a pack of fighting dogs and a demolition derby.

    It's the definitive 'electric guitar' for any young or old rebellious type.
     
  9. El Tele Lobo

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    I'm always faithful to my Tele and don't run around with other guitars. But from what I've seen from other people's comments on here, it seems at least their Teles always take them back. I guess the Tele is a keeper! :)
     
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    +1 on room for the pick & playing hands. Also, when I go from my Les Paul to my Tele I immediately wand to hybrid pick just about everything. A Tele just seems conducive to that.
     
  11. MilwMark

    MilwMark Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    I'm with Lobo. Every time I pick up another electric I remember why I gravitated to the Tele. So simple. So functional. Such varied sounds. All great.
     
  12. jackal

    jackal Friend of Leo's Platinum Supporter

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    There are other guitars??!!
     
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  13. tlsmack

    tlsmack Tele-Afflicted

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    I think a lot of us Tele guys mastered palm muting inadvertently, by keeping a hand on the bridge to kill the hum. :D
     
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  14. JeffBlue

    JeffBlue Tele-Afflicted

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    For me, a Tele is the most versatile of any guitar. I will always do my own guitar builds because my Teles will be distinctly different than all the rest by utilizing a combination of pickup types. For example:
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  15. Frank'n'censed

    Frank'n'censed Doctor of Teleocity

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    What she said...∆∆∆
     
  16. Obsessed

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    Comfort and simplicity makes it feel right at home again ... every time. :)
     
  17. RoscoeElegante

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    That's an intriguing pickup combination, for sure! Post a soundclip?? Also, how did you create that finish/appearance?
     
  18. Coop47

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    Me too. It feels very comfortable and natural from my forearm to the pick. It also feels liberating, whereas I'm usually banging against a Gibson pickguard or a Strat knob and conscious of trying to avoid it. With a Tele, I'm just thinking about music, not mechanics.
     
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    I recently threw my tele back into my playing rotation after spending years between a deusenberg double cat and a guild starfire IV. I have to say the tele beats them both in versatility which is not what I had expected at all. On any guitar, I'm constantly riding the tone knob to get the right feel for each part I'm playing and the tele really gets me where I need to go for anything. The Duce and the guild sound great but when I really need to cut in the mix, they leave me reaching for the sonic punch that a tele really gives. And where the other two shine, in the sweet mellow tones, my tele's neck pup with the tone rolled back a bit still wins competition. As far as feel, the tele doesn't play quite as smooth as the others, but that also adds to the ability to really dig in and get great tones, where as the others start to sound a bit to slappy when I get into it. I really feel like the tele lets my hands do the tone shaping. It's a similar feeling to driving a vintage American muscle car verses driving an suv, both can get you where you need to go, but the former lets you really experience and enjoy the drive just as much as the destination.
     
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  20. Flaneur

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    I never worry about returning, because I never leave.....

    No other guitar feels right. Mine will sting or bite, as required and cut through in any room, in any mix......
     
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