Who started playing a different guitar and then got converted to the Tele?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by dmarcus30, Apr 23, 2011.

  1. dmarcus30

    dmarcus30 Tele-Holic

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    I ask because I learned on my brother's '57 T and then I got a 67 of my own and played no other guitar for years. Eventually I went into Strats, ES-335, Les Paul, but I always come back home to my Tele and now my new parts Esquire. What's your story and what was it about the Tele that made you a true believer?
     
  2. paratus

    paratus Friend of Leo's

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    I have played Gibsons since the late 60s, SGs and Les Pauls. (most of this time I was primarily a bass player playing P Basses). I finally broke down and bought an AM STD Strat, cuz that is a real rock and roll guitar right?, and I like it. I picked up a 52AVRI at the music store for the heck of it and fell in love. What a player, and such clear tone! I guess it does more than C&W!
     
  3. dmarcus30

    dmarcus30 Tele-Holic

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    Great story, Paratus! The Tele is truly the Swiss Army Knife of electric guitars. It's amazing how perfect Leo and company got the design perfect right from the gate and made it damn near indestructible too.
     
  4. krapyajleinad

    krapyajleinad Former Member

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    Sorry to break it to you and with all due respect, Im sure everyone or most folks on this forum and in the guitar world started or played some other guitar besides the tele.

    As for me if anyone cares, I dont have a story since Im still in pursuit of a tele (Im currently working on a pinecaster). To answer your 2nd question, Roy Buchanan, Jimmy Page, Danny Gatton, Arlen Roth, Merle Haggard, Ted Greene, Jim Campilongo, Duke Levine, Redd Volkaert, Rory Gallagher, Brad Paisley, James Burton, Brent Mason, Luther Perkins, Kirk Fletcher, Don Rich, and Marty Stuart or any one who plays a tele and has a good tone.
     
  5. Doug C

    Doug C Tele-Meister

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    I use to dismiss the telecaster big time, couldn't see why anyone would choose a tele...You live and evolve I guess. I love 'em now!
     
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    The sound.
     
  7. RodeoTex

    RodeoTex Doctor of Teleocity

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    I never 'got converted' to a Tele. I played many guitars before a Tele and I've played many guitars since my first Tele. A Tele is not mutually exclusive. I slip back and forth between many types of guitars all the time, as I'm sure most players here do too.
     
  8. Censport

    Censport Tele-Afflicted

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    I started with a new SQ-series MIJ Squier Strat and a used Gibson SG (still have the Strat), went through a Les Paul, a Flying V, a boatload of Charvels (hey, it was the 80's) a ridiculous number of Strats, and another Les Paul. In the later years, I had a couple of Teles, a MIM standard I bought new, and a '00 MIA standard ash I bought new. Neither bonded with me. But then, I didn't play them live, except quietly at church.

    The leader of the blues band I played in at night used Teles exclusively. One night, I had to borrow one of his to make it through a gig. He said I played my best solos yet, and should switch to Teles. Even that wasn't enough.

    It wasn't until I bought my third Tele, the '05 Highway One I bought new and have now, that it hit me. And even then, it wasn't until I took it to a blues jam and cranked it up. Then it all made sense. The tone, the simplicity of the controls, the tone...
     
  9. triviani

    triviani Tele-Meister

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    I never liked blues or country so the telecaster sounded like the last guitar I would like to have. Also I don't like how strats sound! But I may have been growing up that the tele shape started to look good :)

    Just last week I got my first tele, and I'm really liking it! I also discovered that it's not the guitar that makes the style, I can play my own indie stuff or rockin' chops with it.. And it feels really good.

    I like the simplicity of a tele, specially after 3 years playing a Jaguar ;). Bear in mind that it's an old Japanese squier, quite cheap, so the day I can play an avri I may end up loving teles..
     
  10. dmarcus30

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    Sweeping generalization, delivered condescendingly. Thanks!
     
  11. looney77

    looney77 Tele-Afflicted

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    I have always thought that teles and lps are the two "closest to perfect" guitars. They both look amazing and have their own sound and feel. I will always keep a few of each around if possible. I like SG's, Strats, some PRS and semi-hollows. But Teles and Les Pauls speak to me. Couldn't choose one or the other.
     
  12. Timbo9799

    Timbo9799 TDPRI Member

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    My first guitar was '68 Tele. Rescued it from a pawn shop. It had been pretty badly abused, but I nursed it back into playing shape. I never bothered with the cosmetics, so it was relatively butt-ugly but boy could it play. Sold it (wish I hadn't) and went the Gibson route for many years. I guess we sometimes come back full circle, cuz now I own not one, but two Teles once again. One's a '53 vintage-spec Warmoth parts build that has turned out to be better than any guitar I've ever owned or played. I'm back in the Tele saddle again!
     
  13. Sleph

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    The first electric guitar I ever heard in person was a tele....my first guitar teacher told me to buy a tele...but it took me about 25 years of owning various guitars including washburns, gibsons, ibanez' and strats before I got finally got one...better late than never I guess.
     
  14. Mr Kite

    Mr Kite Tele-Meister

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    My first 'real' electric was a mim Tele... I kinda drifted away from it and had bought a few others and it had always stayed as my 'backup' guitar... So I went through a epi riviera, a jaguar and a epi casino, before swapping that for a classic player 60s strat.

    That guitar was sooooo much better made than my 2003 mim tele that I realised the reason I'd never really bonded with it wasn't because i didn't like teles, but just that it wasn't that great an example of one... So, even though it was my 18th birthday present, I traded it in for a baja... Haven't regretted it at all!

    Now I swap between the strat and the tele and love both of them... but, if I could only take one guitar to a gig, it'd be the tele...
     
  15. RBBB

    RBBB Tele-Meister

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    For me there is zero nod to conversion.

    I needed a classic type tele for some things that a classic type tele does that no other can quite catch.

    It is another tool in the bag. That's it. All my guitars are tools. That's it for them too.

    Doesn't mean I don't appreciate them all. I'm just practical about sonic needs.

    That said.... I do really dig tele and find myself there just for the joy of playing (which I had been getting away from the joy and making it more of a job) more and more... So the tele arrived on stage in a propitious fashion to rekindle some kicks.
     
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  16. emzc

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    I bought an Ibanez AM50 Hollow body in 1984. It was really great sounding, and still is. I would have liked to buy a Tele at this time, but it was too expensive for me, and the few I've tried in the early eighties didn't sound so great.
    Today, I own two teles, both are great, but i'm so used to the Ibanez...
     
  17. AngryHatter

    AngryHatter Tele-Meister

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    Been playing since 1963 and got my first tele a month ago.
     
  18. Baaford

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    I started playing Strats. I thought that was it, no need for anything else. I didn't get on with humbucker guitars like the Les Paul and had no interest in Tele's due to playing one in a music store which icepicked to hell. Then my bud, who had been banging on about Tele's for years, lent me his Nocaster and I was blown away; so I built a partscaster and it's now my No.1. Poor old strat is under the bed. I still love the sound of a great strat but the Tele pretty much does everything a strat does but with more b***s. I get a great quack out of the middle position on the Tele and the neck is warm and fat. The bridge is something you can't get from any other guitar, period. Tele's are it.
     
  19. thelowerlip

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    My first love is acoustic guitar. The Telecaster with an old tube amp is good to me.
     
  20. timmer114

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    Been playing since about 1977, I got my first tele in 2006 and haven't looked back. I bought and sold off alot of pointy FR equipped day glo guitars over the years before I found my way here. I do have 1 "big hair" guitar left for those days, but I play my tele about 90% of the time.

    I have to admit, I always thought Teles were for Country players. I really didn't consider one until I started playing blues, but I do remember always looking at them in guitar stores thinking how sharp they were with that bridge and diagnal pickup. I always loved maple necks.
     
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