Derick , here is my favourite comparison video. Very well done.
What's the point of a video comparing 2 instruments, neither of which have the original pickups? My favourite solid body players seem to use Teles. Ever since I saw/heard Mike Bloomfield on the first Butterfield album I've wanted a cream coloured Tele with a rosewood board. Amos Garrett and Roy Buchanan were also influences.
-1962 Martin D-21 -1950 Gibson LG1 -1958 Goya M-26 -1974 Yamaha FG75 high strung -A number of banjos, mandolins, Autoharps, ukuleles, dulcimers, mouth harps, a Tele clone and various other stuff. -I own a fiddle, but only play it when Maggie and the cats are all out of the house.
Post by johnnyguitar on Oct 23, 2017 8:17:54 GMT -5
A Strat and a Tele definitely have similarities sound wise. But there are definitely differences. As another poster stated a Srat middle pickup sounds like nothing else. Also a Tele bridge pickup is a force to be reckoned with! I've never had to ride the volume and tone controls as much as with a Tele. But there is so much you can get out of that one pickup. With a low wattage tube amp and a Tele you can go from spanky clean to overdrive with subtle adjustments of the controls. It can get ice pick bright if your not careful but turn the tone down and it can be the nicest clean tone I've ever heard out of an electric. There's a reason it's the choice of a lot of country players.
sleigh, I agree that the difference is pretty subtle to most people. I really needed to concentrate to hear the difference.
But johnnyguitar makes some good points on the bridge pickup and the low watt valve amps. It's why the AC15 sounds so great with a Tele IMO.
I never use the bridge pickup. It's much too bright and twangy for me. I use the neck 80% of the time and roll off the tone. A healthy dose of spring 63 reverb and some light overdrive - Then you are in Tele heaven.
Well back up to the Guitar shop today to try out the Squire Classic Vibe model Telecaster. Was a bit disappointed, the shop owner told me the price was £220, but today he said the price was £245, anyway had a little play, first noticed the input jack socket was very loose, no great deal, but was not that impressed with the overall sound quality,the guitar is second hand, but it didn't sound as good as the new Squire Affinity Telecaster that I tried at another local guitar shop recently, also the neck on the Affinity model felt nicer to play, and the price new of the Affinity model is only £187, but supposedly is a lower grade model. Think I'll have to think about this one a little longer, but quite sure I won't be getting the second hand Classic Vibe model, 😣 A new Classic Vibe model would be very nice, but at over £440 compared to £187 for a new Affinity model, for my couch only playing think the Affinity would suit me better. ?
Well when I started this thread, the question was, do I need a Telecaster, not to sure what the answer is, but I have just gone and done it, bought a new Fender Standard, Telecaster,made in Mexico, in Candy Apple Red. I traded in the Epiphone Les Paul, for the Fender Telecaster. Thought the Epiphone Les Paul was a great guitar but not really the sound I was looking for, more suitable for Heavy Metal type sound, was looking more for a Country, Blues type sound, and think the Telecaster has just the sound I am looking for. Anyway I've put a vidio that I found on YouTube, of the same Telecaster that I have just bought, the video is a bit long, but shows a large range of tones that are available. 😀
Congrats Derick. A great choice of colour too. I'm sure you will be very happy with it. Did you go with maple or rosewood fretboard? I see this one has the strat-style Gotoh 6 string saddles , and not the traditional 3 vintage Tele saddles. Quite interesting. I'm assuming its still a string through body design?
My dream Tele is a Candy Apple red MIA Custom, with white double-binding, and a rosewood fretboard. I havent deciced on the pickups yet.
Yes I really like the colour, looks far better for real than in the video, got a very slight metallic look. I had made my mind up to have a rosewood fretboard, but the shop only had the Maple freatboard, and they said they would order me one if I really wanted one. But the fret board and neck looked and felt great, high gloss fret board, with a satin type of finish on the neck, could not have liked a rosewood fretboard any better. Yes it has the Gothic 6 string saddles, that is my preference, think they look good, and better for setting the intonation, if required, but for some reason I don't know, it seems to be the first modifications that some new owners do, fitting the 3 brass saddles. Yes it's got the string through body design. I really like this guitar, and sure this will be my keeper Electric Guitar. One good thing I have noticed is, it's quite loud and pleasant played Acoustically. Anyway think your dream, MIA Custom Telecaster, is the ultimate Electric Guitar (I would like one also), but it's at least three or four times the price of my new guitar, and in reality far to good for me and my playing ability, but would still like one. One last point, the pick-ups on the new guitar sound brilliant, and are all I could ever ask for, but haven't compared to the MIA Custom Telecaster, maybe one day. 😀
If I didn't know you better, I would have thought you were a mind reader. Now what I have to weigh up is. It's brand new and very pretty. It would be a lot cheaper than buying a Mia Custom Telecaster. Sure it would reduce the resale value. But it would be really nice and comfortable to play. Could just put a nice bit of soft packing between the rib cage and guitar, when playing in the armchair. Decisions decisions, all the time. 😀
Due to the fact that I really like my brand new mim Fender Telecaster, in Candy Apple Red, I thought I would put one more, promise the last vidio, that I found on YouTube, it looks like my guitar, it sounds like my guitar, but unfortunately I don't play the guitar like that.
Derick , congratulations! That's a classic, and I'm sure it will bring a lot of great playing.
I was always a Strat player, but convinced myself for years that my next electric would be a black Tele. For the last few years, that moved into two classic Gibson guitar styles... an ES-335 or possibly a Les Paul (I got an Epi LP for my son, and it's much more comfortable to play than I recalled!). If I get another electric, it may be this one: www.eastmanguitars.com/thinline-t486b-rd
I really like my Acoustic Guitars, only recently got into Electric Guitars, not saying I like one better than the other, like them both. A few reasons I like the Electric Guitar, can play it in the same room as the better half, with my headphones on and we both live in harmony, it's easy to get almost any tone you ever want, just by the turn of a knob or flick of a switch, I can do Barr chord's that I can only dream of on the Acoustic Guitar, and last it's ok to play unplugged just for a bit of practice. A few reasons I like the Acoustic Guitar, still don't think you can beat the sound of the Acoustic Guitar, the simplicity of just picking the guitar up and playing. The most important to me from the Acoustic Guitar is the final output is, more of you, your personal soul, and feeling. The Eastman thin line guitar, looks real cool, with a 1 3/4" nut width. I've got a Stratocaster also, think they are a great guitar. As I read back though this post I began to realise my nice problem, that is, I like all guitars. 😀
Well said, Derick. I was always an electric player for those same reasons. And I switched to acoustic for the reasons you explain... simplicity, personal input, etc. Plus, with a couple of young kids, putting on headphones isn't the best idea, except maybe later in the evening.