Is a Fender Tele anything to get excited about ?

Donnie B.

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Love how Kotzen came around to one.

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blackba

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My 2nd guitar was a fender contemporary tele from the mid 80s with dual humbuckers and a locking tremelo. Super versatile, but not really a traditional tele sound.

This year I got a used American pro tele and I will say it took me a bit to get on to it as a long time fat strat and les Paul player, but now I am loving it. It’s a maple neck butterscotch blonde, I even like the pickups. I did change the tone to a push pull so I can have the pickups in series, which I like to fatten things up but don’t use it as much as I thought.

The clarity, chime, and snap of the tele is something that I just don’t get with my other guitars.

I watched this recently and it was good. Mine sure does not sound as aggressive like dan’s red tele, it’s more on the sweeter side.
 

Exo-metal

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The only one worth mentioning in heavy music that plays one is in the band the whores. Other than that I can think of no one else.
 

japetus

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What a collection of SUCK.. LOL
All of you resign your accounts..
Someday, you are gonna be sitting there and think "Man, I wonder what it's like playing a real mans guitar.". And you will take your fanned fret 7 string to Guitar Center, and trade it in for a Telecaster. And that, my friend, is when your life will truly begin.
 

dirtyfunkg

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I dislike the Tele look. This attitude delayed my intro to a Tele until earlier this year when I bought a SDOTD G&L ASAT Classic Tribute. Alnico pickups instead of MFD, so pretty darn close to being a normal Swamp Ash Tele.

I can take or leave the neck pickup. It's not BAD... just kind of meh. I now understand why people put humbuckers in the neck and keep the bridge as a single coil.

The big takeaway is this: I wish I'd have gone with a Tele as my first guitar. That or what ended up becoming the Squier/Fender '51 (which wasn't around when I started).

They're easy to use (no tremolo related tuning issues to worry about), and they're versatile enough to hang in any context where an electric guitar is necessary.

The amount of time I wasted as a kid trying to figure out why my guitar kept going out of tune before realizing that the bridge was lifting, then having to figure out how a vibrato really works so that I could balance the tension... all of that.

Then you read the laundry list of albums, solos, etc that were recorded with a Tele. Even if they weren't really using it live, the Tele was foundational to the Led Zeppelin (as already mentioned) and Superunknown/Down on the Upside sounds.

Played a gig last month using that G&L. In the context of playing with a group, the great thing is that the guitar really cut, and the versatility of tones between the two pickups, tone and volume, etc... kind of mindblowing for such a simple instrument.

Again, not a big fan of the look, but I might make a Warmoth Tele that would be more my style. A gut cut would be nice also...
 

midnightlaundry

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Someday, you are gonna be sitting there and think "Man, I wonder what it's like playing a real mans guitar.". And you will take your fanned fret 7 string to Guitar Center, and trade it in for a Telecaster. And that, my friend, is when your life will truly begin.
Start holding your breath now...
I'm fine that you all love it, but it is not for me..
 

Speeddemon

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I dislike the Tele look. This attitude delayed my intro to a Tele until earlier this year when I bought a SDOTD G&L ASAT Classic Tribute. Alnico pickups instead of MFD, so pretty darn close to being a normal Swamp Ash Tele.

I can take or leave the neck pickup. It's not BAD... just kind of meh. I now understand why people put humbuckers in the neck and keep the bridge as a single coil.
Dude, throw a DiMarzio Twang King in the neck and thank me later.

I did that to my G&L ASAT Tribute, added tons of spank and character.
 
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