The magic of the Telecaster

Discussion in 'Other Cool Guitars' started by Stefan, Jul 6, 2020.

  1. Randy99CL

    Randy99CL Synchromatic

    608
    Feb 17, 2020
    Albuquerque
    The Tele taught me a lesson.

    I've only been learning to play and buying guitars for less than a year and still have a lotttttttttt to learn.
    I was naive, uneducated, I saw a cool Squier HH Tele and bought it thinking the HB pickups were an improvement over the single-coils. More modern, more output, less noise, etc. HA! I lacked experience.
    I really like the Squier and the sound and it plays great! But the tone isn't there, it sounds good but different, not like a real Tele.
    I'm trying to learn and experience (and create) these sounds and tones from the music I've listened to all my life. I learned my lesson and bought a Tele with the standard SS configuration, a Squier copy of the 69 year old design, and got that classic sound I was looking for.

    Decided I needed a Strat...same thing. I realized I wanted something like what Jimi and Eric and Stevie blew our minds with. Got a Fender SSS, the variations are cool but let me start with the original, learn to play and manipulate that and there's plenty of time to get into all the mods and endless options.

    Not criticizing any other guitar or player. Many of you have played for decades and long ago went through the learning process I am just starting. I'm just new to this game and had to learn that lesson. In guitars, more modern is not necessarily an improvement.
     
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  2. YouFellowRebels

    YouFellowRebels Gretschie

    228
    Jun 17, 2020
    Minnesota
    Devils advocate, if you changed it to the Fralin you messed with it!
     
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  3. G5422T

    G5422T Country Gent

    May 24, 2012
    usa
    Nah, I started with nothing to mess with, and built a partscaster! Lol
     
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  4. Synchro

    Synchro The artist formerly known as: Synchro Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tucson
    Admin Post
    Humbucking pickups can be dull, although that is far from universal. By having two bobbins, the pickup is sensing the string movement across a wider area than a single coil pickup would, thus giving a less focused sound. The closer the bobbins are spaced, the more focused the sound. Filtertrons are a mini humbucker, and are somewhat more focused sounding than a Gibson humbucker. That’s a big part of the reason that Gretsch tend to be twangy.

    Single coil Teles twang like there was no tomorrow. It’s the classic sound.
     
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  5. Stefan

    Stefan Country Gent

    Jan 20, 2016
    Germany
    Absolutely true. It‘s the bridge pickup and it‘s anachronistic placement in the steel bridge that twangs!
     
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  6. Randy99CL

    Randy99CL Synchromatic

    608
    Feb 17, 2020
    Albuquerque
    Thanks for the technical info, I do like to try to understand things on a mechanical/electrical level. That helps me.
    The first guitar I bought was an Epi SG, great guitar, great neck and I love the overall sound but the HBs are a little muddy and full, not well defined. My next two guitars have good-sounding HBs also.
    Then a Strat and it sounds so different, sharp and clear and clean or smooth and jazzy and incredibly versatile. At this point I prefer the sound of the single-coils. G&L ASAT Tribute with MFDs are fantastic, some say the best sounding single-coils. Then a Squier Standard Tele, then G&L Legacy strat-clone, next a Gretsch G2622T P-90, then a used G5129 with DeArmond 2000 single-coils so I've got a wide assortment of single-coil pickups and they are all fantastic. I've got a few good guitars with excellent HBs but I still prefer the sound of the single coils and want more!
     
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  7. Synchro

    Synchro The artist formerly known as: Synchro Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tucson
    Admin Post
    Do you have anything with Filtertrons?
     
  8. Randy99CL

    Randy99CL Synchromatic

    608
    Feb 17, 2020
    Albuquerque
    No, no Filtertrons. My G2622 has the standard BT-2s, the other G2622 has their P-90s.
     
  9. Synchro

    Synchro The artist formerly known as: Synchro Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tucson
    Admin Post
    Be careful! Filtertrons are very habit forming.
     
  10. Sabato

    Sabato Country Gent

    Mar 22, 2019
    Massachusetts
    Looking for opinions, don't have a tele but like this one:
    Fender Vintera '60s Telecaster Bigsby - White Blonde
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  11. Stefan

    Stefan Country Gent

    Jan 20, 2016
    Germany
    Buy a non-Bigsby 50‘s type Telly- my recommendation.
     
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  12. G5422T

    G5422T Country Gent

    May 24, 2012
    usa

    Have to agree for a first Tele.

    Those 50's Vintera Teles have some nice specs.

    I love Bigsbies, but they are way down on my list of what I want on a Tele.

    Like them basic. That's the "magic."
     
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  13. Stefan

    Stefan Country Gent

    Jan 20, 2016
    Germany
    Or the real thing :cool:

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  14. Sabato

    Sabato Country Gent

    Mar 22, 2019
    Massachusetts
    Thanks, back to looking!
     
  15. calebaaron666

    calebaaron666 Country Gent

    Aug 15, 2018
    Portland, Maine
    I think this is a hot guitar!
    My only reservation is that it has a licensed bigsby instead of an official sand cast USA made B5.
    I’m with the others that for a first tele I’d go with a traditional bridge, and then if you find yourself wanting bigsby, add a real one yourself!
     
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  16. Synchro

    Synchro The artist formerly known as: Synchro Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tucson
    Admin Post
    I’d say, go for it. If you don’t like the licensed Bigsby, that’s easily remedied.
     
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  17. Sabato

    Sabato Country Gent

    Mar 22, 2019
    Massachusetts
    Does Vintera 50s modified fit the bill?
     
  18. Synchro

    Synchro The artist formerly known as: Synchro Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tucson
    Admin Post
    Looks like a great instrument to me. However, I’d go for the Bigsby model.
     
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  19. Sabato

    Sabato Country Gent

    Mar 22, 2019
    Massachusetts
    Ooh, something to think about! Thanks
     
  20. Synchro

    Synchro The artist formerly known as: Synchro Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tucson
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