Where Does the Tele Get It's Twang?

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  1. EsquireOK

    EsquireOK Friend of Leo's

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    Yup...along with an understanding of e.q. and distortion.
     
  2. Alamo

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    VU Twang Meter.jpg

    :lol:
     
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    It‘s the whole package from nut to string ferrule. Every part influences the final tone, one part more, one part less. The biggest part of „the twang“ is the (neck)wood, the bridge and the bridge pickup, at least to my ears. Her basic tone is born in the neck thickness I believe. But it‘s not „twang“ in general, think of Gretsches...It‘s that special Tele-tone you‘ll only get from a Telecaster. It is the most dynamic and most responsive guitar. It is bright and clear and it is absolutely direct. She forgives no mistake :rolleyes: but no other guitar is that pure „you“, so to say.
     
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    I would say it's the string through the body, the bridge, and most importantly the bridge pickup. When the Tele was originally designed, Leo put a steel guitar pickup in the bridge, because he had a lot of them in the shop, and the no-caster, and Esquire were born. Leo Fender's first guitars from about 1948 were steel guitars. The original Esquire's had just the steel guitar pickup in the bridge.

    They later added the neck pickup, and were going to call it the "Broadcaster", but Gretsch threatened to sue, because they were making drum kits with the Broadcaster name, so they christened it the Telecaster. Leo, started the Fender Musical Instruments company as an amp designer, then he began building steel guitars, and wanted to sell guitars, and amplifiers as a set. Anyway those original steel guitar pickups had a lot of trebly bite to them. They sound twangy because of Leo's experience based on building those early steel guitars, and using that design to make a solid body electric guitar.
     
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  5. DrPepper

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    I imagine that it comes from the same place on any guitar, twang is not limited to Telecasters...

    Buck Owens and Don Rich during the Gibson years comes to mind...
     
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    If we don't know by now, we never will.
     
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    In secret lost notebooks from Leo newly discovered, he confessed 99% of the tone is from the strap buttons, the rest from the inlay dots on the neck.....

    Although I still go with the bridge and PU's giving 90%...

    :)
     
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    Isnt there a metal base plate on the bottom of the bridge pick up.
    Thats where i think the twang is hiding
     
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    I always thought it was Leo's magic shirt buttons. :D
     
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    That should have killed this thread with it's 100 percent accuracy,
    but the other responses are just too damned funny not to read.
     
  13. GreatGaudy

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    I don't disagree that 'twang' is not limited to Telecasters' but geeze ' their Gibson years ' other than lap steel, had no 'twang' at all.
    ..could be the case in point with 'twang'
     
  14. Tonetele

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    I believe it's a combination of things. Ash body, Maple neck, btdgeplate and Alnico 5 magets,
    saddles, stainless steel or better , brass. A whole lot of these and other factors I can't think of.
    Also the playing style if you pick near the bridge.
     
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    Hope you didn't abandon your "noble quest" on my account. Seriously.

    As long as you seem to be in the mood for advice offers, here's some for you:

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    liked it so much, hope you don't mind if I borrow it for an avatar for awhile...
     
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    My Les Paul and Peavey Firenza p90 boxes can twang/cluck one’s face off...check out Frank Reckard When with EmmyLou Harris for spectacular examples...

    I’m thinking mystical “twang” is the player’s hands and amp choice/settings. Said twang is an “either you got it or you don’t” sort of thing. Just a thought.
     
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    I changed all my pickguard, bridge, neck and strap button screws to stainless steel and my baja player really twangs now.

    I also pick closer to the bridge pickup.
     
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    Well, Twang Meters are indeed rare, but that has to be a photoshop. I assume that everyone knows that the real Twang Meters correctly use the natural unit of Twang - which is of course Twangstroms, not dB.
     
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    Real twang comes from taint...
     
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