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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Telecasters / Why is your Tele your go-to guitar?

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Jan 11th, 2016 11:51 PM   Edit   Profile  

Because I can go from a mello-jazzy with the neck to burnout growl with the bridge and a nice clean with both and now with the 4 way switch a boosted lead with humbucking

Because the tone controls just work!

Because I can take it to any gig and cover everything and not change guitars all night.

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American Patriot

I'm on guard these days.
Jan 12th, 2016 08:41 AM   Edit   Profile  

It is simple, like me! Also, a Tele was my first, good, electric guitar. I owned a Gretsch Corvette for about 2 weeks before I traded it for a Tele. Although I know I've owned about 200 guitars in my life, I have always gone back to the Tele.

Guitar Fool
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Sunshine State

Just a pawn in someone else's game
Jan 12th, 2016 01:52 PM   Edit   Profile  


Leo got it right the first time...

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South Florida

Jan 12th, 2016 11:58 PM   Edit   Profile  

Put a gun to my head and tell me I got 15 seconds to grab a guitar and get on the bus to play a gig that I know nothing about....and I"m packing a Tele every time.

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Wichita, KS USA

It's all gravy from here on...
Jan 13th, 2016 06:46 AM   Edit   Profile  

It's simple and it always sounds like what it is regardless of amp, etc.

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It's not just good..

...it's good enough.
Jan 13th, 2016 07:16 AM   Edit   Profile  

With a Telecaster, I know I can always get a great tone that will work for pretty much anything I play.
It's also one of the most comfortable guitars for me to play - a Tele always feels right in my hands.

Plus, they just look cool!



Jan 13th, 2016 01:12 PM   Edit   Profile  

The Tele will stay in tune no matter what.

Stage protection

(This message was last edited by Chris-K at 03:15 PM, Jan 13th, 2016)

Guitar Fool
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Sunshine State

Just a pawn in someone else's game
Jan 13th, 2016 02:25 PM   Edit   Profile  

that was great!!

another reason to love tele's!


Look at my hair ...

Jan 15th, 2016 09:27 PM   Edit   Profile  

Because ... it's a Tele?

Doc Sarvis
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USA/Salt Lake City

Tuned Strings and Tight Lines
Jan 17th, 2016 12:41 PM   Edit   Profile  

Simple and stable.

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Chain Smokin'

Gas Station Attendant
Jan 18th, 2016 06:54 PM   Edit   Profile  

It has everything I need and nothing I don't!

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Redesdale UK

"Still Alive And Well"
Jan 24th, 2016 07:09 AM   Edit   Profile  

Exactly Peegoo, it's a triumph of form and function. There's nothing on a Tele that doesn't have a function, all put together in a beautiful, timeless design.

(This message was last edited by davywhizz at 09:10 AM, Jan 24th, 2016)

Te 52

Laws of Physics

strictly enforced
Jan 24th, 2016 11:45 AM   Edit   Profile  


Or as some sage once put it, "If the army issued you a guitar, it would be a Telecaster."

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Washington DC

Jan 24th, 2016 11:56 AM   Edit   Profile  

Rock n' roll musket.

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Eat. Sleep. Guitar.

Jan 24th, 2016 01:32 PM   Edit   Profile  

Bill Kirchen has a song about the Telecaster on his record Hammer of The Honkytonk Gods, where he sings about the Tele being "born at the junction of form and function..."

Right 'cheer. Bill kicks serious donky on the Telecaster. Nice guy too.


The Free World

The New World Order is DOOMED...
Feb 4th, 2016 09:01 PM   Edit   Profile  

Too many reasons to list. Too many good sounds from this guitar. Too many vibes, experiences, and rabbit holes of discussion on this one (for me)....

I will say that my ways of getting my preferred sound have evolved and my '99 MIM std burst has changed thru the years a bit...

Bone nut replaced broken plastic one years ago..

Thru lots of weird surgery balancing out a Duncan Hot Rails in the Bridge & the stock neck pickup---I now generally keep the switch in the mid position.

This is in to a hybrid modeler Vox amp on the lead channel of an AC15 plus a tube screamer type pedal effect.... Yes---this works nicely..

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Northwest Missouri

Butterscotch Blues
Feb 9th, 2016 05:12 PM   Edit   Profile  

I just need it to be a little lighter in weight. My 88 is about 8.5 lbs., and my back can't stand there with it hanging on for very long. I'm now playing a hollow body with P90s and it is covering my tele needs pretty well.

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Toronto, Canada

Feb 9th, 2016 06:20 PM   Edit   Profile  

It's been said already here, but I love teles becasue they are basic and brilliant. Other guitars are great, too, but if I could only have one, it would be a tele.

(This message was last edited by langford at 02:22 AM, Feb 10th, 2016)

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Denver, Co

Not practicing enough daily for 20 years
Feb 9th, 2016 06:28 PM   Edit   Profile  

I love the tele because it feels like such a "nimble" guitar. I love the hard tail style bridge too. Never used tremolo bars much and it always seemed unnecessary.

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Idaho, USA

There's no money like old money
Feb 9th, 2016 08:56 PM   Edit   Profile  

I grew up playing a Strat and while a Strat remains my go to guitar, I started learning about Teles in my early 40's and acquired a few. While I prefer a Strat still, I do love playing a nice Tele. Right beside me at this moment is my somewhat bastardized '52 Tele RI. I made it from the parts of an older RI, but put on a cherry sunburst WD ash body with a moto pickguard.

There is something about the Tele design, history, and sound that makes it a very desirable electric. When I look at new guitars these days, I don't often look at Strats, I look at Teles. Go figure.

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