when you were young .. what did you think of the telecaster ?

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  1. John How

    John How Tele-Meister

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    When I was young, I thought tele's were just ugly, twangy, old people guitars. My first real guitar was a Strat, 1967 sunburst with a rosewood fingerboard. Many years later when I was approaching "old people" status, I made my own Tele style guitar.....
     
  2. birv2

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    I remember seeing the 60's band Rhinoceros live, and they had a very cool dude playing the heck out of a Tele. If you've heard Apricot Brandy, you are familiar with that snap and twang. Along with Michael Bloomfield, i didn't have the sense that it was "old people's guitar".
     
  3. cdb1961

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    In my youth I always looked more at twin horned bodies. My first good guitar was a Mosrite Ventures model (should have kept that one) and then on to many years of acoustics. Then 10 years ago, I picked up a used MIM Strat (Jimmy Vaugh model) at a pawn shop, kept trying to find that tone that I immediately found in my Tele. Strat is gone but the Tele is a permanent addition. Humbuckers are in my PRS but the single coils SO good in the tele.
     
  4. PeteGalaxie

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    My first "good" guitar was a Telecaster. Must have been around '73 or '74. I didn't keep it very long because it wasn't
    "cool" enough. Only Country music players used them like Buck Owens... None of my guitar heroes used a Tele - at the time I didn't know Page and Beck had both used Telecasters/Esquires.

    I'm a lot older now and I have have two Telecasters. Love 'em.
     
  5. PJ55

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    What I remember the most, is that Clarence White, Carl Wilson and Jeff Beck played them. It was an
    odd-looking thing to me at first, but it looked retro, even in the 60s. Very un-Strat and SG looking.
    Best thing was, it sounded great for rhythm guitar, which was the way electrics were used in early rock & roll. The lead segment in most tunes, was a short fill-section. Chording was the main component of most songs and in my mind, the Tele excelled with a jazzy rhythm stop and a brighter middle position. I liked the tone in comparison to the other guitars available. Except for the 335. That would have also been a pick for me. For the price of my '70 Tele, it offered what I was after. 46 years later, I'm still hooked on the Tele and have quite a few that are all a little different, but all with the familiar Tele feel.
     
  6. Ira7

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    Damn, this is my favorite thread of all time.
     
  7. BillNeaves

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    When I was a kid, I saw Waylon playing his tele and it was instantly cool to me. Has been ever since.
     
  8. lammie200

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    My first couple of solid bodies were Fender Tele's. They were early 80's models. I kind of thought that Tele's were somewhat masculine and my hormones were in full swing back then. I have always liked hardtail solid bodies and I liked the simplicity and purity of Tele's. Later I switched to hardtail Strats but I assembled my own. So I have never owned a Fender Strat. But I moved onto Strats for the comfort and versatility. Now I see that Tele's are being offered with contours. Good idea but not quite as pure anymore.
     
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    Roy Buchanan got me interested in them.
     
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    I would guess I thought of Pete Townshend's Schecter teles - I would have read about them in Ralph Denyer's Guitar Handbook, which is the first book I put folks onto when they want a good read/reference.
     
  11. Larry Mal

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    I guess I'm a little different, I always thought they were cool. I knew I loved the Fender sound because Jazzmasters are my favorite, and I didn't want to be just another ******* with a Strat. So a Telecaster was a natural choice.
     
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    I really enjoyed reading your post, because it was in Ralph Denyer's book that I first realised how beautiful Teles are. It's been many years since I read the book, but I remember a shot of a bound red Tele - perhaps the same one you're talking about - and it was perfection to my young, covetous eyes! Up to that point it had to be a strat for me because that's what Mark Knopfler played.
     
  13. Larry Mal

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    Ralph Denyer's book is great.
     
  14. Clifton C

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    I had noticed that Joe Strummer and Andy Summers played them. Then a friend of mine who lived across the street got a 70's natural Tele custom. Once I played it, I knew I liked it!
     
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    When I was a kid I though Teles were the cheap sister of the sparkly, "comes-with-everything-you-can-ever-think-of" Strats.
    Similar in concepts, but not quite as cool, versatile (where is the 3rd PU, the trem?)

    ...and then I found I liked how Muddy Waters' sound cut through a stage full of instruments playing. So did Steve Cropper.
    And then I watched Dylan's 30th stage anniversary on TV (live at 3am in Europe) - and there were SO MANY Teles played in so many different ways by so many different people... :)
    (Neil Young played an LP and was still the coolest dude that night though ;-) )

    I knew I was gonna have one.
     
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    I started paying serious attention to guitars at around 10/11. Checked out a bunch of Big Guitar Books at the library and ogled everything. I had a fascination with Strats of course, but even then I felt they were too ubiquitous. I wanted a Jazzmaster more than anything. I didn't have a clue they were so cheap then, and they were far from being an up-an-coming trend. I just loved the shape and look. Teles? I skipped over those pages on my way to the Strats and offsets. I came around so late to the Tele game: how could I??? Now nothing feels so good or sounds just right. Now I have 4 and working on building my 5th.
     
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    I've seen a bunch of new members lately tougth to give a bump to this thread to have more stories collected, id' love to hear more !

    Cheers
     
  18. Owenmoney

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    My first guitars were just MIJ copies,,but then I graduated to a Fender Mustang, the an early seventries Les Paul Deluxe, then in about Seventy seven I got two Japanese Teles, one Penco and One Ibanez, gave both the Keef mods, left one standard tuned and one open G, I've had Teles ever since. Right now I have two FSR special run BSB with noiseless pups, and tow Bajas, one BSB and one Desert Sand. The DSis my number one, so I've been a tele guy for almost forty years
     
  19. Mr Scallywag

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    When I was a kid it was Strat city, everyone I knew had one. But I would always see Keef and his Tele and be intrigued by the simplicity, it looked cool, and I'd think of it as "the other Fender." I especially liked the pickguard. Now the Strat is "the other Fender."
     
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    I'll be telling this to a close friend who plays the other fender ... haha I really want to see the look on his face :p
     
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