I am not to knowledgeable on the electric guitar, so those with more experience may be able to help. I have two electric guitars, a Stratocaster and a Epiphone Les Paul, and they are both great guitars, and play and sound totally different to one another. The question is, yesterday visited the local guitar shop, and was seriously looking at a Squire Telecaster in racing green, think they are great value for money guitars only £180. would getting a Telecaster guitar give me anything extra compared to the two guitars I already have.
I've always had a bit of GAS for a Les Paul myself... The guitar player in our band has a Tele -- though his has a bad buzz unless he keeps his fingers on the strings. Some grounding issue. He doesn't play it much; he usually has a Strat.
But one thing I can say is that you can play a Tele like you can play like an acoustic guitar. It's bright tone and string through body construction make it very suitable for standard chording. But you can obviously most other things electric.
The other thing is that if you string it with 11 gauge strings and roll off the tone, you can make it sound pretty chunky. It doesn't need to be overly bright with a bit of tweaking of the amp tones too.
If all that appeals to you, and the budget is right, go for it.
Last Edit: Oct 19, 2017 10:49:47 GMT -5 by El Gull
The plot thickens, I can get a Squire Telecaster, model Classic Vibe, in absolutely mint condition, looks like it has never been played, for only £220 (new £450) that's only £40 more that the Squire Affinity, but hell of a lot better.
Nothing wrong with an upmarket Squier. Looks like a nice instrument with very classic looks. But I would go and play one, just to make sure you like it.
The best thing about a Tele for me is the static ashtray bridge plate. I far prefer it to the typical Strat system which has a vibrato style bridge. But I don't play much lead guitar at all, so a hard tail makes sense for me.
Yes first thing I did when I got the Strat was take off the wammy bar, the second thing I was going to do was block the bridge, but it seems fine as it is now, I'm not a really hard player, and can't get the bridge to move even if I wanted to.
Yes I have already tried the classic vibe Tele, and really like it, the only reason that I am hesitant is, is it going to be that much different than my vintage modified Strat ?
My very amateur impression is that when neck or bridge pickups are selected, they are in the same camp. But there are subtle nuances in difference of sound. Obviously the strat has the middle pickup, which gives you more variability. That middle single has quite a unique sound that is difficult to emulate with another kind of guitar.
There are some really good comparison YouTube videos. From most of those, my impression is that they are more similar than different.
Yes I think you are absolutely correct. I really like the look of the Telecaster, and almost everyone who has one, raves on about how good they are, also when I played it I liked it. May try it one more time today, and make my mind up. Pity the Stratocaster and Telecaster are so similar, you never know when I get to the guitar shop it may be sold, if so end of nice problem. And thanks for your input. 😀
Found this guitar comparison video on YouTube. And as you have said big difference in sound between the Stratocaster and Les Paul, but not so much difference between the Stratocaster and Telecaster.
Again, I hear very little difference between the Strat and the Tele, and a BIG difference with the Les Paul, which has a lot of 'color' in its sound... and I far prefer the sound of the Les Paul. It makes me want one.