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Why Does a Tele Sound Like a Tele?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by LarryM, Oct 29, 2010.

  1. wattsupnow

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    I own 2 Hamer T-51's and both have slightly different sounds yet retain a Tele family sound.
     
  2. Mark Davis

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    Check out the first part of this clip where it just shows his face and if you didnt know Jr was playing a guit-steel you would swear its a Tele it sounds exactly like the Bakersfield sound twangy Tele tones to me.

    THis is Jr's second Guit-Steel Ole yeller is in the Country Music Hall of fame.
     
  3. Dan German

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    Too cool, Mark!
     
  4. Monster Mike Welch

    Monster Mike Welch Tele-Meister

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    Modern bridges kill the Tele sound? Decide for yourself:



     
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    Wow..Ive never seen that guy before..he can play his a$$ off, huh?
    And I feel sorry for his drummer..the dude looks so uncomfortable in that stuffy suit playing drums..haha
     
  6. LarryM

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    "Check out the first part of this clip where it just shows his face and if you didnt know Jr was playing a guit-steel you would swear its a Tele it sounds exactly like the Bakersfield sound twangy Tele tones to me.

    THis is Jr's second Guit-Steel Ole yeller is in the Country Music Hall of fame." - Mark Davis

    Wow! - Sounds more like a Tele than a Tele does!
    Maybe a Tele is a pure,uncolored guitar tone - the sound of amplified steel strings, so any other pure guitar will sound like a Tele too?
     
  7. Mark Davis

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    That was a sorta sloppy performance he usualljy does better than that.

    Every Tele player needs to see Jr he has the Tele sound.





     
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    He's amazing. I've had 12 Shades of Brown since it came out but I never actually saw him play before. Wow!

    :D
     
  9. Mark Davis

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    Ive seen Jr live 8 times now more than Ive ever seen anyother act than local club bands.

    He always sells out here in Bakersfield as you might imagine.
     
  10. Mark Davis

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    What about guys that play Teles that dont sound like Teles like early Zep?

    There were people for years that thought Page played a Les Paul on those early Led Zep songs and were surprised he used a Tele.

     
  11. electricjr

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    Back to the OP's question, I do think that while the classic tele bridge setup does a lot to create the character of traditional tele tone, I do think that a 25.5" scale length, a maple bolt-on neck and any hardtail string thru body bridge have a lot to do with it as well. I also have a Custom II with 'buckers, and it's still got some tele twang and spank. Also, when I pick up any tele shaped guitar, i just tend to go for tele style riffin'. If I pick up a Les paul, (or even a strat) I'm not likely to play the twangy stuff; it just doesn't react the same way.
     
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    Hey bud, this sounds like a Tele.
     
  13. Andy Summers

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    My goodness...Im not even a country music fan...but chalk me up as a new fan of Junior Brown!!!

    And that Zep video is killer...they DO NOT make 'em like that anymore!
     
  14. LarryM

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    Jr. is frighteningly good!
    1:55 into Sugarfoot Rag=Manic Depression!
    I can assure you it's all in his hands, no need to track down a Bullet neck or Mustang pups!

    As for Jimmy Page's Tele, I would think it sounds like a Tele when the fuzz box is off.
    Same goes for Paul's Esquire on Good Morning...
     
  15. Mark Davis

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    The folks at Gibson even said Page sold more Les Pauls for us playing that Tele on the 1st Zep album than any advertising campain we could have ever dreamed up.
     
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    Mark is correct. Number one, Junior Brown could pull a GREAT "Tele" sound of a piece of bologna. The man has "Tele" in his blood, it don't matter what he playes....it just oozes out of him. The other being that most people "Listen With Their Eyes" more than they do with their ears. If they see a Tele......they hear a Tele.
     
  17. Mark Davis

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    I agree when the overdrive is on it doesnt sound like a Tele. When its off it does.

    When any guitar is heavy overdriven you cant tell what it is.

    Check this out 2 Byrdlands played by 2 different people with 2 different playing styles and amp settings same basic guitar 2 very different sounds.



    In this one its how you would expect a Byrdland to sound.



    In this one it doesnt sound how you would expect a big jazz box to sound.
     
  18. Mark Davis

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    +1

    More proof its not the guitar itself here are 3 different people playing Jr's guit-steel Jr Jimmie Vaughan and Redd they all sound slightly different on the exact same guitar.

     
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    Redd for president!
     
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    I think the pickups, scale length, and bridge design have more to do with the Tele tone than the woods. I have an all-rosewood Tele, and it has the Tele tone in spades!
     
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