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Who Are Some Unconventional Telecaster Players?

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

  1. aging_rocker

    aging_rocker Tele-Afflicted

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    Wish I could like this more than once...have some Mick Green( a man at least partly responsible for my tinnitus):





    Yep, that's Mick on the right
     
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    My son and I saw ABR play in Asheville, NC last year. Great band!
     
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    The Young brothers of AC/DC kept a telecaster on stage as their shared backup guitar in the Bonn Scott days.


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    And Gilmour on Pauls right.
     
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    Clifton C Tele-Afflicted

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  10. thunderbyrd

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    well, this has been a profitable thread. I wanted to discover/be reminded of players of telecasters that went beyond the country twang and here they are by the dozen. Chrissie Hynde, Sly Stone, Roger Wilco, Andy Summers, Mike Stern, Joe Strummer, Bill Frisell, John 5 are all players I knew about but had forgotten.

    I had never heard of Mick Green, Hugh Cornwell, or Graham Coxon, their music is very interesting and exciting.

    I don't usually think of Robbie Robertson as a tele guy but it is true that he played a tele a lot. I think of Robbie as a strat guy from watching "the last waltz" too many times. I wonder if he moved the middle p-up on his strat to the bridge to try to get it to sound more like a telecaster?

    so I see pretty much every kind of music is played on telecasters. i'm not really surprised.
     
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    Was an unconventional Tele player. R.I.P.
     
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    I suppose I ought to explain what I mean: when I was a kid, my uncle started up a local country music show. among the guitar players, it was mostly telecasters (that was the first model name of a guitar I ever knew). gibsons and the occasional strat or mustang would show up, but mostly teles. and that came to be the sound of country music guitar to me: tele played through a fender amp with a generous splash of reverb. So that's "conventional" to me. no disparagement meant whatsoever to the many folks who play in the tradition.

    after hearing that for so long, I can tell you it was a powerful revelation to hear Roy Buchanan, back about 73 or so.
     
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    I'm going to amend my former comment suggesting that Jim is the only player on this list that plays outside of what we think of as Telecaster convention.

    Roy was most certainly unconventional in his time, and remains a unique guitar player and musician.

    Yet at the same time, Tele playing convention has expanded since he laid his particular foundation, and the Tele convention really embraces and exemplifies his bright pure toned hot licks, unique yet pedal steel like bending, and "everybody be quiet for the guitar solo" self indulgent displays of virtuosity we also associate with great Tele players.

    But Jerry, Redd, Bill and Danny are the stuff a Telecatser planet would hold up for the alien invasion to exemplify what Tele players do that merits continued existence!
    They are some of the greatest ambassadors of Telecaster playing.

    I certainly didn't mean calling them "conventional" as a slight.
    I wouldn't choose that word outside of the question here.

    A thread asking for "unconventional Telecaster players" seems to me to be based in having heard those great Telecaster players already, and wanting to hear something we don't associate with the Telecaster.

    Jerry and Redd in particular are our community's national treasures...
    Sad what's happened to Jerry.
     
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    As a kid I used to see Hee Haw and also got to see some great Bluegrass style music live, even set up equipment for a guy who played guitar, banjo and mandolin and sang from that old time catalog.
    I had arranged to work for him doing small engine repair for the summer, two days a week, and on the way to the shop we would set up his PA if he had a gig that night. After a while he let me set it up, and he ended up being a formative Father figure as well as formative in my love of music. My favorite tune he sang was "Goin up cripple creek".
    Can't find a version quite like his.



    But while I loved that music, I never wanted to play that music.
    And when I took up the guitar, I had no interest in the guitars I saw on Hee Haw!
    In the '60s I just didn't know of anyone who played a Tele outside of that convention.
    Even Leo wanted the Tele to sound like a pedal steel, and the early movement to the Tele came from that music.

    That brings me to a Tele player I forgot despite his being formative to my playing, because while he played Tele a lot I just don't think of him as a "Tele player". And didn't know he played a Tele until many years later.

    The music I chose as my style when I was a kid was The Band, and on the albums at least, I wasn't hearing the typical endless hot licks on guitar. I was more interested in music that supported vocals than in music that supported hot guitar licks.

    So I'll add Robbie Robertson as an unconventional Tele player.
     
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    Many at Newport took umbrage and found this Highly Unconventional

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    Bill Carter!

     
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    years later, the Dear, Trusted Tele remains:

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    What is an unconventional telecaster player?
     
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    About as far away from convention as you can get.

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