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Who Are Some Unconventional Telecaster Players?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by thunderbyrd, Aug 21, 2019.

  1. Jim622

    Jim622 Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    I always thought of a Tele as a good instrument for all types of music. 4 pages in, I just see pics of players who know what instrument will get the job done. I don't really think there is an unusual use of a Tele music wise. Are we saying if your not Travis picking its an unusual use for a Tele?
     
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    Ed Bickert.
     
  3. Endless Mike

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    I saw the thread title and got excited. Always being on the look out for players who are different and unusual, who defy convention.

    Apparently the title was meant differently than understood here, or others are misunderstanding or ignoring the OP's request.

    There's hardly a player listed I don't like, or at least respect (John 5, great player, but no thank you) but only a precious few are truly unconventional - Bill Frisell, Jim Campilongo, Tom Morello and maybe one or two others. Ted Greene, a GIANT among musicians of all instruments, but hardly unconventional. Jerry Donahue, Red Volkaert, etc, etc. Great players, but they play well within their idioms. Andy Summers? He's the reason I picked up guitar to begin with. He's certainly unique, but am unsure about him being unconventional.

    It's not very helpful when a person's specific request is ignored.
     
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    exactly... what's conventional Tele playing? and what isn't?....:confused:

    I don't understand the question either...:lol:
     
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    I assumed the OP meant not twangy, not country, and not chicken pickin.
    The idea of Tele twang gets beaten to death and many still assume the Tele sound is a twangy sound.
    That is the convention I see assigned to the Tele.


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  7. trev333

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    like Hugh Cornwell, you mean?... ;)

     
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    That's sort of where I was going with it, but I feel that is selling the Tele short. A Tele can sound like other guitars with help, but other guitars can't quite do a Tele.
     
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    These people
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    already mentioned above: many examples of guitar players we love, that you might not have guessed played a telecaster or they had, one way or another encountered a telecaster, or used it occasionally or it became their favorite, at least for awhile or for certain things...

    Sly has been mentioned and another member of his band played one as well...

    Here's a different direction that has not been mentioned above, (or maybe I just missed it):
    ..and please, not to shoot the messenger...

    polka. Yeah, polka, baby, polka.

    I know.

    Geographically, there's a sort of polka region in parts of Western Oklahoma and Central Texas where czechs and other eastern european folks settled, who have not yet abandoned polka. And the guitar most polka bands had adopted, at least during the random times I've had been subjected to such events, back in those days: all telecaster, all the time.

    Now, yeah, true, more recently, some renegade polkameisters be showing up with a strat...but just in case you're wondering, even Buck the Owens got into the polka business, because sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do to make a living.



    How conventional is polka? Do you really want to know that much about it? As a work hazard, long ago I spent two weeks in the Pittsburgh area on a project with two brothers of Polish origin, who filled me in the vibrant polka scene is far western PA and eastern OH...time has thoughtfully polished those memories from my brain...
     
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    I’d say one could play anything. Ran my Tele Gen4 Noiseless bridge pup through my ProSonic drive channel Gain 1 at 2 Gain 2 at 9 then tried Piece of My Heart. As good as my Les Paul. I was really surprised.
     
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    The OP said he liked the country guys so who else is there. So I keep thinking of tele players out of the realms of country and classic rock. Given that I thought that we needed to see the Tele out of its usual context. And of course is punk unconventional? Or jazz?

    And yep. You can make a tee sound like anything. But not anything can sound like a Tele.




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    Perhaps so. Seems plausible. Expectation played a part on this end, so that was certainly a contributing factor.
     
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    Fred Frith is as unconventional as you can get, but his T-style guitar has little in common with a Tele, other that the shape. Still...
     
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    Tom Morello of Ratm/Audioslave fame. He uses a Telecaster for any songs he plays in drop d tuning. See also “Testify” by rage, and show me how to live by Audioslave.
     
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    Already mentioned (but only once, cmon people!) but Graham Coxon of Blur. He’s great on his tele and definitely not your conventional player:

     
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    Roy certainly was unconventional

     
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    Oh yeah absolutely!

    My preference for the Tele or better still the Esquire is due to the bridge pickup being clear and fat, not twangy.
    Twangy tone and twangy playing are certainly within the range, but are not the best a Tele has to offer IMO.

    I do find that I have to handle the high E string with care, but I deal with that.
    Etc...
     
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    exactly.
     
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    Another vote for Hugh Cornwell.

     
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