Well i TRIED life without a tele but…..

mbkri

Country Gent
Sep 22, 2012
2,944
Chicago
So last year I played the model that i just ordered. I played three of them. One was absolutely superb, one was magnificent and one was so scary good that i have thought about it all year. Any of the three of them would have followed me home if i hadnt just bought a white falcon.
Flash forward 12 months and one came up at the right weight, the right specs and the right price.
IF it sounds and plays like any of the other three I played last year then theres a difficult choice to be made about one of my Gretsches.
There’s just something different that happens when you strap a tele on and dig in.
 

Synchro

The artist formerly known as: Synchro
Staff member
Jun 2, 2008
26,437
Tucson
Synchro, you made me laugh out loud! 😆

I have actually had two Teles. One was an Fender American Standard Tele with 2 tone Sunburst. It was nice, but it was never in the top 5 guitars that I reached for. Then I tried again with a Fender Thinline Tele Deluxe, again in Sunburst. Again, I tried to like it as an attempt to round out the style of guitars in the herd. Again, it didn't stay.

There was one that I thought was special enough that it might stay. I played a Squier Classic Vibe '69 Thinline Tele that felt good and had a great sound to my ears. The body was mahogany back then, but before I made a decision that I wanted one, they changed the body wood, and it made the Tele look so plain, I just didn't like the look (call me shallow 🙄), and the used market didn't have any of the old ones. Bummer.
That was the desired effect. It is interesting that Teles are fairly popular on this Gretsch forum, and I suspect that means that the twang of a Tele and the twang of a Gretsch have a common appeal. But a Gretsch can do a pretty good job of filling the Tele role.

I have three Teles, one of which is a Deluxe Telecaster Thinline, which ticked all the boxes for me. Strangely, none of my Teles has single coils, but the Fender Noiseless in the Deluxe Thinline capture the classic sound. I’m a big believer in Thinlines.
 

scrimmer

Gretschie
Apr 6, 2019
215
North Carolina
In my zeal to downsize and upgrade my collection of guitars I sold my “keeper” telecaster last summer. Ive had and sold several Teles over the years, mostly Nashvilles, but i never thought Id sell my forever keeper.
It was a brave decision, to go tele-less, but one I thought i could survive.
But no. Apparently not.
Just pulled the trigger on something that will make me whole again after a year of sleepless nights, chest-beating, cold sweats, listless behaviour and declining posture.
I shall be a new man when the Fedex truck pulls up next week.
BUT……. I think a Gretsch has to go on the block to make room. We shall see.
You ARE a brave man! I couldn't do it, but got close one time and almost sold my '64 AVRI not that long ago.
Changed my mind and glad I did.
It's really turned into my #1, with my Gretsch very close behind.
Glad to hear you'll be back in the fold soon.
 

Marv666

Synchromatic
Jul 26, 2020
716
Germany
I had long sold the tele i once had, even after several mods couldn´t make it work.
To me it´s one of those guitars that are good in other peoples hands but not mine...
Also never bonded with any other tele i tried anywhere

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And yes this is a lefty bridge, coz i´d rather have brighter Bass strings and warmer high strings and not the opposite
 

Robbie

Friend of Fred
Jun 17, 2013
5,841
Sarnia Ontario Canada
I agree, you need a Tele.

I’ve owned 2 Tele’s (1-American Std. 1-MIM) and ended up selling them both. Not good.

I seldom play Tele’s but always want one around so at the beginning of the lockdown I bought a Squier CV50 as a project guitar. I disliked this guitar for a long time but I wanted a Tele around. Ended up changing the harness to an Obsidianwire, put some Vineham Classic B Broadcaster PUP’s in it and had a local luthier finish up fret levelling etc. (I took it as far as I dared). I played this guitar at a festival a few weeks ago and one fellow came up to me after our set and said “I’ve seen you play a dozen times, you should play a Tele more often” Really? The following day I had a phone call from a person that attended the festival offering me a very decent price for the Tele. I declined….finally did the smart thing.

Hard to beat a good Tele.
 

GAMBLER1234

Gretschie
Jan 18, 2018
395
Henderson Nevada
I'm certain that I don't need four Teles but then what's need got to do with it.

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Humpblock

Electromatic
Jan 28, 2020
72
Australia
I’ve had a few over the years but now my favourite is the cheapest Tele with (backed by) Fender on the (reverse) headstock. And for about the price of a night out on the town you can’t go wrong. I actually really like it, I’m the worst player on this forum but it does the job.
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NJDevil

Country Gent
Jul 9, 2014
1,529
Commack, NY
Did I need one? ...probably not but I love the custom Tele I got last June from a small builder. I did break one rule (I think it's a rule) though in that mine is 24.75" scale, a bit wider at the nut at 43mm, medium/thick C profile in roasted birds-eye maple neck with an incredible thick slab of ebony as the fretboard.

Is it my #1? No, but..... it is the easiest guitar to play in my herd and a wonderfully rich neck pickup. I love my 5 Strats and each one has a different voice. @toddfan Yup, My #1 is a Strat and with 5 of them, which is my favorite? Answer: Yes!😉😎

I have to admit I nailed SRV's instrumental version of Hendrix's "Little Wing" on it the other night. Played it a few more times too just to see if I could screw it up and it was pristine with each try. I love how the Tele seems to dare me to try any genre/material with it and some stuff out of my comfort zone, gets in my comfort zone with that Tele. Not even my LPs do that at the same 24.75" scale so I know it is feel + tone.

Like my 5 Strats, I know I could find 4 more Teles to add to my only 1 and each would be its own personality. I've posted before but I do love her so very much!! eu6h1tmjvgpdfu1tfem7.jpg
 

Craig Encinitas

Gretschie
May 3, 2021
349
Encinitas, Ca
Did I need one? ...probably not but I love the custom Tele I got last June from a small builder. I did break one rule (I think it's a rule) though in that mine is 24.75" scale, a bit wider at the nut at 43mm, medium/thick C profile in roasted birds-eye maple neck with an incredible thick slab of ebony as the fretboard.

Is it my #1? No, but..... it is the easiest guitar to play in my herd and a wonderfully rich neck pickup. I love my 5 Strats and each one has a different voice. @toddfan Yup, My #1 is a Strat and with 5 of them, which is my favorite? Answer: Yes!😉😎

I have to admit I nailed SRV's instrumental version of Hendrix's "Little Wing" on it the other night. Played it a few more times too just to see if I could screw it up and it was pristine with each try. I love how the Tele seems to dare me to try any genre/material with it and some stuff out of my comfort zone, gets in my comfort zone with that Tele. Not even my LPs do that at the same 24.75" scale so I know it is feel + tone.

Like my 5 Strats, I know I could find 4 more Teles to add to my only 1 and each would be its own personality. I've posted before but I do love her so very much!! View attachment 185576

Wow! 🤩 That is pretty much how I’d custom spec a Tele!

-Short scale. Must play like buttah! 🧈
-Purple. Yes!
-Ebony fretboard. Mandatory

What’s the radius… 9.5”?


Regarding my Tele…
It took awhile to warm up to, But my right lower rib doesn’t even hurt anymore. 😆
It’s the one guitar I actually like rolling back the volume and tone knobs on.
She’s heavy and plays best with Ernie Ball 9.5 gauge strings. I put on cobalt 10’s a couple weeks ago, and my tone isn’t the same.

🤘🏻
 

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jvin248

Gretschie
May 16, 2017
204
Near Detroit
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Esquire Teles are fun too ;)


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This particular one has a humbucker that is split with a 4-way switch. Strat neck/middle tones (using tone knob), Strat #2 Quack, Tele bridge single coil, Les Paul humbucker tones.

I also rotate the control plate on my Teles to put the switch to the rear and volume up front.

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Rodi

Electromatic
Feb 17, 2017
55
Connecticut
Back in my day, I hated em. Presently I have 2 that need to be assembled. I went from Les Paul Jr only to loving teles, 25.5 scale is where it is at for me, though my favorite guitar is still my Shishkov jr, pictured with my latest 25.5 0101 guitar
 

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NJDevil

Country Gent
Jul 9, 2014
1,529
Commack, NY
Wow! 🤩 That is pretty much how I’d custom spec a Tele!

-Short scale. Must play like buttah! 🧈
-Purple. Yes!
-Ebony fretboard. Mandatory

What’s the radius… 9.5”?


Regarding my Tele…
It took awhile to warm up to, But my right lower rib doesn’t even hurt anymore. 😆
It’s the one guitar I actually like rolling back the volume and tone knobs on.
She’s heavy and plays best with Ernie Ball 9.5 gauge strings. I put on cobalt 10’s a couple weeks ago, and my tone isn’t the same.

🤘🏻
Ahhhhh sweet....You have the American ProII. I love the neck on that as I do with the American ProII Strat I picked up at the end of March. I do get along really well with the shorter scale like my LPs and my Tele....comfort and feel really helps with navigating the fretboard on most material I play. The Tele actually has a 10" radius.

It doesn't make sense that I also get along really well with the longer scale of my Strats or Gretsch Black Phoenix but a lot what I play on these requires space and "room to breath"....especially for certain chords around the neck on a lot of Setzer material or some jazz and songs like SRV's "Lenny" and "Riviera Paradise".

That Midnight Blue beauty you have is a great guitar though and still have it in my head that "I need one":D
 


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