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Why the Telecaster...

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by RetroTeleRod, Jun 9, 2020.

  1. RetroTeleRod

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  2. Irondog

    Irondog Tele-Meister

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    the telecaster is the best!:)

    just think about Ed Bickert:confused:

    so the answer is:

    it's cool
    it's badass
    it's freaky
    it's far out
    it's awesome dude

    Tone over
    tone under
    tone sideways
    tone down
    tone again and again and again every time you pick it up it's unstoppable.

    Generation Z
    its a beast
    it's lit
    it's Swole
    it's buff
    it's dank
    its sick ( borrowed from baby boomers)
    it's hard
    it's boujee
     
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  3. hemingway

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    It's jam and kippers, old boy.
     
  4. Thinline casket

    Thinline casket Tele-Meister

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    Huge plus: if someone rushes the stage, you don't worry about knocking them out. Tele = fine. Angry person = who cares?
     
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    fattboyzz Tele-Meister

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    A better question is .........



































    Why not a Telecaster ? ;)
     
  6. trev333

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    Why?.... because it has no pretense about being a musical instrument.... it didn't try to look like grand ma's fine furniture or an acoustic with rare old Spruce or rainforest wood polished up to a mirror shine..

    . it was a slab of common wood painted with car paint...a removable neck to swap out when worn out...

    Yet, still turned heads and became legend.... and still here... :)
     
  7. Rockinvet

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    It’s so simple even I can assemble one.
     
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    A Tele is so great ... that many famous songs were recorded with Teles even though the bands toured with different guitars (Hendrix, Zeppelin, ...).

    I think that all came down to a Tele stays in tune. Recording studio producers like to have players playing guitars in tune. "Can't fix that in post!".

    One of the PRS folks made the comment they heard players who showed up for a studio session without either a PRS or a Tele were sent home and the next guy on the list called in.

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  9. Brett Valentine

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    If you gotta ask, you don't know. . .

    . . .If you don't know, you better ask somebody. . .

    If you know, you don't have to ask. . .
     
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    Nice looking guitar
     
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  11. PlainAllman

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    I never heard a boomer say “it’s sick” in this context. I think that is a GenX thing. Likely the same for “beast” and “lit”.
     
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    It's the most expressive guitar there is. Period.
     
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  13. blowtorch

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    Yep that's just yet another case of boomer misappropriation
     
  14. memorex

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    No instrument is exactly to my liking. Tele's are easy to mod. But so are Strats. Tele's just feel better to me.
     
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    it may be somewhat regional, I started using the term "sick" somewhere around 1980 while I worked in a head shop in California. Someone would pull into the headshop parking lot with a brand-new metallic paint job on an Impala, and we would all go "Jesus man that thing is sick" maybe because of the nearby surfer culture..... also awesome dude. let's go smoke some weed.
     
  16. PlainAllman

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    At 52 you’re not a boomer. You’re firmly in the GenX range.
     
  17. gridlock

    gridlock Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Jimmy Page played a Telecaster, that’s why.
     
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    Because it is ...
     
  19. Irondog

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    I was 22 in 1980. Just a baby boomer.
    I am now 62. Caught in the transition. I suppose I had friends who were Gen X .
     
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  20. superjam144

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    I love my tele.
     
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