Why is the Tele so inspirational?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Ironbird, Sep 23, 2014.

  1. Elmore

    Elmore Tele-Holic

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    I was a Les Paul guy for years. The tele has the clarity of a strat and the girth of a Les Paul. I have not heard that in another guitar.
     
  2. funkyguitarman

    funkyguitarman TDPRI Member

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    Lots of great points so far. I would like to add that the tele in my opinion is also the toughest guitar. I have owned various guitars over the years (gibsons, Prs, Ibanez, and Strats) and all of them were great in their own way but I always felt timid or afraid that I was going to hurt these expensive instruments. It wasn't until I got my 64av this year where I didn't feel I could damage this hunk of wood and just go ahead and abuse the hell out of it. The tele takes what you throw at it and just delivers an incredible sound eveytime. Gigging a lot has taught me that a durable instrument is an asset to have when you can't afford to have back up guitars or techs. I would say it's having faith that my instrument will be ready to deliver when I need it.
     
  3. Blue

    Blue Tele-Holic

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    Do you speak without pausing? BREAK IT UP FFS :eek:
     
  4. simonsp

    simonsp Friend of Leo's

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    Perhaps little verse numbers, in keeping with the biblical vibe? ;)
     
  5. BopT

    BopT Tele-Afflicted

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    I think that once a Tele is your friend it will take you to some special places where only a Telecaster can go.
     
  6. telemnemonics

    telemnemonics Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Dude, he's conjuring Samuel Beckett of Nazareth.
     
  7. idealguitars

    idealguitars TDPRI Member

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    I have had this discussion many times with those who don't play a telecaster and they always end up staring at me with a blank look on their faces. It's the only guitar other than a couple of acoustics that I feel at "One" with, it's just an extension of me, simple and uncomplicated (hahaha): seriously a 3 pos switch, vol & tone knob all the rest comes from the players imagination, heart and fingers. I have full confidence that what I'm looking for is in there. Just love it.
     
  8. goldwax

    goldwax Tele-Meister

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    Simple design, not much more than a plank and some wire. That's it right there.
     
  9. jonny munksville

    jonny munksville Tele-Meister

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    Orpheus sat gloomy in his garden shed
    Wondering what to do
    With a lump of wood, a piece of wire
    And a little pot of glue
    O Mamma O Mamma

    He sawed at the wood with half a heart
    And glued it top to bottom
    He strung a wire in between
    He was feeling something rotten
    O Mamma O Mamma

    Orpheus looked at his instrument
    And he gave the wire a pluck
    He heard a sound so beautiful
    He gasped and said O my God
    O Mamma O Mamma

    He rushed inside to tell his wife
    He went racing down the halls
    Eurydice was still asleep in bed
    Like a sack of cannonballs
    O Mamma O Mamma

    Look what I've made, cried Orpheus
    And he plucked a gentle note
    Eurydice's eyes popped from their sockets
    And her tongue burst through her throat
    O Mamma O Mamma

    O God, what have I done, he said
    As her blood pooled in the sheets
    But in his heart he felt a bliss
    With which nothing could compete
    O Mamma O Mamma

    Orpheus went leaping through the fields
    Strumming as hard as he did please
    Birdies detonated in the sky
    Bunnies dashed their brains out on the trees
    O Mamma O Mamma

    Orpheus strummed till his fingers bled
    He hit a G minor 7
    He woke up God from a deep, deep sleep
    God was a major player in heaven
    O Mamma O Mamma

    God picked up a giant hammer
    And He threw it with an thunderous yell
    It smashed down hard on Orpheus' head
    And knocked him down a well
    O Mamma O Mamma

    The well went down very deep
    Very deep went down the well
    The well went down so very deep
    Well, the well went down to hell
    O Mamma O Mamma

    Poor Orpheus woke up with a start
    All amongst the rotting dead
    His lyre tacked safe under his arm
    His brains all down his head
    O Mamma O Mamma

    Eurydice appeared brindled in blood
    And she said to Orpheus
    If you play that ****ing thing down here
    I'll stick it up your orifice!
    O Mamma O Mamma

    This lyre lark is for the birds, said Orpheus
    It's enough to send you bats
    Let's stay down here, Eurydice, dear
    And we'll have a bunch of screaming brats
    O Mamma O Mamma

    Orpheus picked up his lyre for the last time
    He was on a real low down bummer
    And stared deep into the abyss and said
    This one is for Mamma

    O Mamma O Mamma
    O Mamma O Mamma
     
  10. jonny munksville

    jonny munksville Tele-Meister

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    I should say: not my words, but those of the wonderful Nick Cave (from The Lyre Of Orpheus).
     
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