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Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by thunderbyrd, Aug 21, 2019.
I was on board with this thread until you brought Devo into it. Now I feel sick!
Yeah, it's funny, he's been playing the Music Man guitars for more 30 years now, but I think a lot of people think of the mongrel that he played up until the mid 80's. I remember reading an interview in Guitar Player in 1989 where he said he had put it out to pasture, because he didn't think there'd be any fingerboard left if had it refretted again. Also, he was worried about the guitar being stolen (he apparently already had one guitar left on the road), and didn't want to risk losing that guitar.
Anyway, I'm not sure what the OP wanted. If he's asking for guitarists one doesn't normally think of when you say "Telecaster", and if we can accept guitars that aren't strictly off the shelf guitars that were actually built in a Fender factory, there's always circa 1979-1982 Pete Townshend:
How about Townshend and Daltrey playing Telecasters (well, Roger's playing an Esquire, but ya know):
In the early '90s I bought an early '70s Tele cheap because it had a Schecter decal replacing the scraped off Fender Telecaster decal.
Seems when Townshend played Schecter Tele's he influenced a lot of players to choose the Schecter version over Fender, and even to mod Fenders to look like Schecters.
Gregory Kochory! Tele through an amplification device
mike stern, john 5, Eugene Martone
I’d say this is the nearest we’ve come to unconventional in this thread, by a mile!
Always liked telecasters, but about twenty-five years ago, I walked into Daddy's Junky Music and saw this cat playing some really far-out jazz-on a Telecaster through a Deluxe. I walked out of there ten minutes later-with a telecaster, a Hotrod Deluxe, and a Jazz bass. I now own about twenty-four "Telecasters" (Most I built myself, so I will qualify by saying "Tellie-types").
Just saw a clip on TV of Stuart Adams playing a Tele ... Loved the big sound of Big Country, Stuart you went too soon.
Not often, but John Mayer and his rhythm guitarist, David Ryan Harris, play Tele's.
AS for unconventional... David Ryan Harris did get a Fender Custom Shop Strat made up, but, around 3:15 he talks about his Baritone Telecaster.
Does that count as unconventional?
Discussion over. We have a winner.
As many times as I’ve watched this I still can’t figure out where the guitar lands!!!
If Pete Townshend's DIY Schecters gets a pass for being Tele, I think Prince should also be recognized as a Tele player too.
I'm surprised that no one has mentioned Jimmy Page. (I don't recall seeing his name in this thread). Stairway to Heaven was famously recorded on a Tele, a 12-string and a Harmony acoustic. The tele was supposedly the solo.
Actually, this is better:
This thread is basically now - post anyone who ever picked up a Tele.
I guess I interpreted the premise as unconventional guitarists not normally associated with Telecasters, but that's OK. I mentioned Gary Green of Gentle Giant because he's not a typical "rock" guitarist, and he's usually associated with a Les Paul. Jimmy Page is connected mostly to LP's as well, although he has a long history with Teles. (with Yardbirds and early Zep.) Actually Page was named in the original post.
Another good thread would be: When does a Tele cease to be a Tele?
Neither of my tele’s are flea according to some purists I know. One a Nashville. One with a fideltron.
Also I tried for unconventional players which, like the punks and guys like Bill frisell. It becomes I tersting. John 5 I think is unconventional as is Johnny greenwood.
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Esa Pulliainen, one of the the best known guitar players from Finland, is usually known as a Strat guy. However he's been known to pick up a Tele on occasion...
how did he like it?