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Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by scouse2000, Jun 24, 2009.
It's the comfortable consistent logical extension of my arms.
Why ask why? Just play it!
Mine makes me look right, even when I'm dressed for the beach, playing in a basement, soloing in C over the key of G.
I am now a litigation attorney in NYC who previously worked for some of the biggest country bands in the world. I was actually in the Music Mill Studio with Alabama and RCA President Joe Galante as the band finished the song Mountain Music. I have seen the way those studio musicians on Music Row just worshipped their Tele's and the Tele history. Just got my first and I can't play that well but I am having a blast.
From the Tele bible:
No one chooses to love a Tele. The Tele chooses them. In unassuming fashion it thrives unentangled from the preconceived notions of the unready masses and beckons its devotees with truth and character. For those who have ears to hear, let them hear.
I love my Telecasters & Esquires and they love me back.Such simplistic beauty,feel,tone and attitude. No other guitar feels right in my hands nor have I ever connected with any other guitar. Works for me.
Cause it's in tune when I take it out of the case. That funky Strat with a trem is a pain. with no body contours it changes my arm angle and just feels better. Like a great pair of old jeans..just feels right.
Here we go again. For me it just feels right. The looks come after that.
I like the simple design and the fact you can work on the pots and switch without having to remove the strings.
Leo got it right the 1st time.
Teles do it for me aesthetically, ergonomically, and tonally/sonically. I haven't pickup another guitar that I love as much as a tele.
Don't know why I like 'em ...mostly the sound I guess.
It's like Fender took a hunk of wood and steel, and carved away everything that wasn't essential for an electric guitar.
Leo Fender was the best thing that ever happened to electricity.
I think it was Merle Haggard that said "There is no hiding behind a telecaster!"
I like the Tele for what it is as a guitar (the “feel” –whatever that means, the simplicity of it, the sound when plugged straight into a good tube amp, the looks, etc.), AND for its historical importance in the music I love (country, blues, rhythm & blues, rock’n’roll, soul,… well, you name it).
Good question! I think I have a very strong love/hate relationship with my Teles. Sure, I have tried out some other models and brands but I always ended up selling them and getting back to Teles.
I guess you all have said it already; great looks, great & distinguishable tone, great feel... the list goes on.
Edit: Hey, when did I become a Tele-Meister..?
AMEN to that!
That was one of the reasons I got rid of my silverburst LP.
That and the weight...ugh.
such sexy curves, and a voice to soothe a hardened heart.
yet also so tough, so dirty, and so honest.
a vision of beauty.
That is SO true. I guess we're among the lucky chosen ones.
I've been gigging a Tele almost exclusively for almost a year. At this point, I have a really hard time playing anything else.
The day I bought my first Telecaster, I'd gone into the store looking for anything but a Telecaster.
Walking out, I'd already forgotten my dreams of Stratocasters and SGs. Why wouldn't a blues guy want a Tele?, the salesman had asked, hooking me up to a well-traveled Marshall head.
All those years, I'd thought Telecasters were just for country guys. Not that I had anything against country dudes, but I didn't even own a single western shirt.
Funny to think about that now, watching my nephew shred the Tele he got on graduation day. Who knew Telecasters could do speed metal? Worked just fine with the lip rings and tattoos.
I think engineers refer to this as form following function. Right thought, right design, right execution.