Tele vs Strat

Discussion in 'Other Cool Guitars' started by Flouswa, Sep 9, 2018.

  1. larryb

    larryb Gretschified

    Oct 29, 2012
    Greenville, SC
    ...and then there is this:cool: telesonic.jpg
  2. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

    Apr 5, 2014
    Never sure if these actually exist outside of the "Freaky Friday" poster.
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  3. Synchro

    Synchro The artist formerly known as: Synchro Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
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    I always thought it was an interesting idea, but I’m not a four-knob kinda person.
  4. larryb

    larryb Gretschified

    Oct 29, 2012
    Greenville, SC
    Oh yeah...they do!

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  5. Bertotti

    Bertotti Friend of Fred

    Jul 20, 2017
    South Dakota
    you know you could contact Eman and see what it would take to get one made the way you want it
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  6. Aaron1061

    Aaron1061 Gretschie

    May 23, 2016
    tele. strats are finicky and overly bright. ive never been able to make a strat sound good. however, ive never been able to make a tele sound bad.
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  7. Flouswa

    Flouswa Country Gent

    There's always that too. I just have to figure out what I want!
  8. MartyT

    MartyT Gretschie

    Apr 8, 2010
    Mount Laurel, NJ
    Strat Mutt.jpg Until my almost religious-like conversion to Gretsch guitars in 2009, I played nothing but Strats and Teles (and ES-335's, but that's a whole different deal) since my early twenties. I still own a Strat, just in case I "need" it in a certain situation. Like a blues jam.
    I think a lot of it depends on your playing style, and the context in which you're playing. Strats are definitely a Swiss Army Knife.
    My perception has always been that Teles require more control and skill, to get the most out of them (This pertains to playing lead guitar) You can't hide or BS when you play a Tele.
    Strats are more forgiving in that regard. But you can make a Strat sound very close to a Tele, but you can't really make a Tele sound like a Strat. I have a Lollar Special S pickup in the bridge of my Strat, and it's a dead-on Tele sound.
    And I agree that you should consider a Jazzmaster. It's a different animal. They are very cool guitars which are very versatile in their own right.
    Ultimately, you have to play a few examples of each guitar and see which one floats your boat. That's THE most important thing.
    Last edited: Sep 10, 2018
  9. toddfan

    toddfan Synchromatic

    Mar 12, 2012
    I have always wanted to like Telecasters...but, my Fender guitar is a Strat! Tele's just always seem too big in my lap and sit awkwardly while a Strat just seems to fit.
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  10. Bertotti

    Bertotti Friend of Fred

    Jul 20, 2017
    South Dakota
    This thread has shown one thing clearly, no one agrees. I don’t agree with a lot of the opinions on these two guitars, never found my strat to bright, never had a tuning issue on my strat can’t say I have lost any sustain with it having the trem etc etc. obviously it is so subjective that you just need to get out and play as many of each as you can. But there are so many variations of both that the inability of everyone to agree is understandable. Then you have these new wierd Fenders. Good Luck.
  11. Gretschtim1

    Gretschtim1 Country Gent

    Dec 4, 2012
    Dundalk, Md
    Strats & Tellys are both great guitars.
    For me between the two of them I wind up using the Telly more
    It just seems to punch more than the Strat. It sounds great through any amp I plug it into. The Strat is more selective and sounds thin through some of my amps.
    That said I do play more rhythm than lead. Lead guitar is where a Strat shines in my opinion.
  12. Henry

    Henry Gretschified

    Apr 9, 2014
    Someone here is selling a jet that otherwise looks a lot like this.
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  13. BorderRadio

    BorderRadio Country Gent

    Mar 6, 2014
    Phoenix, AZ
    Been looking for one of these, love ‘em.
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  14. Bertotti

    Bertotti Friend of Fred

    Jul 20, 2017
    South Dakota
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  15. Dreamtime

    Dreamtime Gretschie

    Dec 14, 2017
    New York
    Nah, VOX doesn't make them any longer. Kind of dumb on their part.

    So here's what happened. VOX's intellectual property rights regarding everything about those guitars expired (or were forfeited...I'm not sure). Therefore those iconic VOX guitars from the '60s - the Phantom and Teardrop - became public domain, meaning somebody else could legally manufacture them. A guitarist from that '80s band Quarterflash - a cool guy named Jack Charles out in Oregon - has the legal right to remake those classic VOX guitars. He started a company PGW (Phantom Guitar Works) and will build you a custom Phantom or Teardrop for just $800.

    And here's the best part: Owners of the original VOX guitars all say those guitars were crap, dogs to play...and they all say the new PGW Phantoms are gems and far superior in every way to their ancestors from the '60s.

    Get yourself a Phantom! Head-turner, conversation starter, unique, classic, iconic...and a great guitar!

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  17. Flouswa

    Flouswa Country Gent

    And exactly why I asked the question here because I knew I'd get all the pros and cons from multiple angles!!
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  18. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
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    BTW .... what are you looking to spend ( or has it been asked )
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  19. Byron

    Byron Synchromatic

    Sep 4, 2009
    Jaguar? Love mine. The last guitar to be designed that was cool (DUCK!)
  20. Byron

    Byron Synchromatic

    Sep 4, 2009
    And I like my American standard telecaster, even with its contoured back, same as a strat back.
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