It's Telecaster time, what makes a classic telecaster to you?

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  1. USMarine75

    USMarine75 Colorless green ideas sleep furiously Contributor

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    Its a mechanical device on back of guitar usually that allows you to bend the B string. Also comes in G Bender and B+G Bender varieties. There’s also aftermarket ones that are kind of like the EVH DTuna and mount to the bridge. Basically they allow you to play a diatonic or chord and then bend the note up (or down) a whole step changing the chord.

     
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    Spicypickles Sweeps & Mops

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    Ah ok. I love the way teles sound and look, but that stuff is a huge NO for me. Even growing up in a tiny town in Texas where literally EVERYONE listens to country, I never could stand the stuff myself. I can appreciate talent though
     
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    USMarine75 Colorless green ideas sleep furiously Contributor

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    what about these:

    ^dude’s a monster country player that rips finger tapping and 3NPS runs in this song. Plus... That Kiesel is fire.


    ^ Paisley playing everything but country? Too bad the camera work is shit at the end.
     
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    Seabeast2000 Tropospheric Holocenian Contributor

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    Here's a half-assed photo of my new genetically modified Tele.
    EDIT: Point is I guess, its Tele enough for me even though its missing a fixed ashtray and 45 other things not in common with an original design.

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    efiltsohg SS.org Regular

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    chiming in to say I really love the sc neck pickup tones on a stock american tele, nothing really sounds like them
     
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    budda Do not criticize as this Contributor

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    is that the twisted tele neck pickup? Fender changed the american line, so there's no longer an "american standard" model. Performer, professional, original, ultra as of late :lol:.
     
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    Maybe some more vintage rock n roll tele tunes instead of country? Listen to Roy killing it after 1:30 on Further On Up The Road in 1974...



     
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    I mean the old American Standards and haven't been keeping track :shrug:

    probably something current production sounds the same but I couldn't tell you what
     
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    USMarine75 Colorless green ideas sleep furiously Contributor

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    Some of my Peavey Teles... they all have flames maple necks:

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    they come in every flavor. SH Active pickups, tele with piezo, and the first two are modern tele types with 14” radius. Also a SSS with strat switching type. The Omni I posted before has 5 way crazy switching with 2 strat (not tele) singles - you can select in series or parallel with caps to give you strat or tele tones, plus it has 10-14 compound radius and the neck profile radically changes at 12th fret from a round C to V, also with an extended depth neck after nut for string bending behind the nut.

    Nevermind all my Fenders and Warmoth lol... I just really need that Andy Wood Suhr!
     
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    If I had the funds for a Tele it would be one that has the vintage brass saddles and single coil pickups. Classic Tele for me are those two features (brass saddles and 2 single coil pickups).

    Although maybe not 'classic tele' in sound, anything Lari Basilio plays on her Fender Tele or Suhr T's is amazing to listen to.




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    Even better, Lari Basilio with Pete's Purple Custom Shop Tele:
     
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    OP,

    Get a non traditional tele later. Start with the classic.
     
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    Squier Classic Vibe Telecaster, Fender Classic Player Telecaster.


    ...Or a G&L ASAT. :D
     
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    Or a Reverend Kochwork Orange tele!

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    My Tele has a 36mm body, arm bevel and 16" radius. Still sounds like a Tele...
     
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    Ask anyone that owns a Kiesel... arm bevels destroy tone.
     
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    Champion, every single one of you,

    My goodness I have spent the last hour listening to the suggested clips, reading your responses and learning more.

    I do agree with both sides of the argument here though, a telecaster can be whatever you want it to be but if you're after that classic vintage vibe there's a few rules to follow (in my eyes anyway)

    I can't thank you all enough but still.....thank you!


    Final verdict
    I'm thinking I'll go down the heavily modding a Japanese telecaster route
    I'll just need to play a few this week and look into alder vs ash,

    I'll keep this thread and when I've got the guitar and the modding begins I'll post photos and videos of the whole process,

    Thank you again for all your help!
     
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    Damn.. now it's too late for me to post my tele... :(

    Be sure to put up a NGD post. Hope you getcha a good one!
     
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    I love a good traditional tele. I remember borrowing my friend's American Special for my first solo album and ended up using it all over the place. I realised I needed that sound in my arsenal. Ended up getting the Talman tele-esque models, which isn't the same but it works for me in a live setting. Thankfully the studio I frequent has a Fender US tele on standby that I've already used a fair bit.

    And agreed with everyone saying the traditional specs like lack of contour, 21-22 frets, single coils etc, are part of the appeal. Though I'd love to own a thinline one day. I remember playing one at another studio with a 4 way switch and humbucker in the neck, and it was just wonderful.


    Also an interesting quote from Joe Satriani:

    To an extent I agree. It's such a naked instrument and you have little or nothing to hide behind. After playing RGs with humbuckers and trems, every time I go back to a tele or the Talman, it puts me right back down to the ground. :lol:

    Also Satch with a Tele:

     
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    Dude you're welcome to keep this thread going, I'll be posting parts and bits and pieces as I pick them up I'd love to see your tele


    I had no idea that Satch song was with a tele, great find thank you!
     

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