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Postby U2Bono269 » January 12th, 2009, 6:12 pm

Now before I begin let me say I realize this question is open to tons of interpretation and ultimately nonsensical. But, it has been bugging me a little so I want to listen to what you all think on the matter. maybe it will help me, maybe in the end it will all be just for fun.

I've thinned out the herd, a little bit. Sold of the Ibanez, the Squier '51 and some other random bits and as a result have the cash for either a Fender Standard Tele or Strat. Now, I already own a Strat and find it to be the greatest thing ever. I've played Teles before and found them to be equally great, albeit less versatile.

So my question is, if you were me, what would you do? Get the tele? or nab another strat?

Remember this is mostly just for fun, so don't get too into it.
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Postby Ricochet » January 12th, 2009, 6:50 pm

Tele.
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Postby crkt246 » January 12th, 2009, 7:05 pm

Go with the more versatile guitar get the Tele :wink:
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Postby ksac32 » January 12th, 2009, 7:18 pm

Strat or Tele?

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Postby Dan T. » January 12th, 2009, 7:35 pm

Seeing that you already have a Strat, I'd go with the Tele so you'll have one of each. :D

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Postby Vic Lewis VL » January 12th, 2009, 9:18 pm

I'd say Tele - not that I'm biased in favour of Teles, perish the thought! - for the same reason as Dan - a little variety rather than two of the same. You're bound to find subtle tones and nuances in a Tele that you won't get from a Strat, and vice-versa. Personally I've always thought of the Tele as MORE versatile than the Strat.....

:D :D :D

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Postby bloos66 » January 12th, 2009, 9:46 pm

telecaster - and for a bit of difference, you could also look at one with a humbucker in it.

I went to a shop yesterday to look at some teles and strats, and for the price, the Standard MIM Tele felt really good and played great. The quality varies so it's best to try them out. Strats are not for me, I always try them out and hope to find one that I connect with, but so far no luck.
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Postby gnease » January 12th, 2009, 9:51 pm

Tele -- trem aside, I've no problem using either Strat or Tele for the same songs. equally versatile, but different in feel, sound and vibe. the Tele's the one with all the hip and spunk.
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Postby Ricochet » January 12th, 2009, 10:56 pm

The classic Tele's all single coils. The fat Tele would be a great second Tele, IMO.
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Postby U2Bono269 » January 13th, 2009, 1:40 pm

that's pretty definitive. well, i'm going to get a Tele then. now the only problem is what color hahahahaha
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Postby Wes Inman » January 13th, 2009, 2:03 pm

Well, I see I'm late, but I was going to say get the Tele simply because you already own a Strat. They are really quite different sounding guitars. With the Tele you can get that famous Country twang. But the Tele can also get lovely jazz tones, and it is one of the tightest sounding guitars when using overdrive or distortion. With a Tele you hear every string in the chord. While you can't get a Metal type tone, you can get great Punk type tones with a Tele. They stay in tune all night long unlike a Strat. They have a very fast neck with great access to the higher frets.

What color?

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Postby gnease » January 13th, 2009, 2:09 pm

I recommend the Lite Ash Tele -- a Korean variant on the Tele. The SD pups are very sweet. I usually pop at P90 into the rhythm position of my project guitars (one of my Teles has one -- nice), but these SD alnicos in my Lite Ash sound sweet enough to leave as it. I have the clear finish (natural), and only mod so far is a graphite nut, and copper shielding under pickguard. also considering Wilkinson compensated brass barrel bridge saddles and tortoiseshell pickguard. have both, just need to do them.

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Postby Vic Lewis VL » January 13th, 2009, 3:19 pm

Wes Inman wrote:There's only one color.


Sorry, Wes, I beg to differ.....

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Hmm, wonder why on earth I'd buy a white Telecaster?

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And as you can see from that last photo, they come in green as well.....Frank Rossi must have about fifteen of those. He was using a brand new one on the last tour - he must buy them and get someone to age them about 20 years, but the new one wasn't aged underneath....

Same with Rick Parfitt's white Teles - he must have a few. Same thing - buy 'em new, get someone to sand down the top edge so's it's showing bare wood!

BTW, can anyone possibly shed any light on why Frank's green Teles always have a hole drilled through them? Below and behind the bridge, just above the tone knob? He's also the only person I've seen who has three p/u's on his tele, although I have heard other people have had an extra one fitted, sort of like a Strat configuration.....

:D :D :D

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Postby Moonrider » January 13th, 2009, 3:24 pm

Wes Inman wrote:ts.

What color?

There's only one color. :D


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Postby CitiZenNoir » January 13th, 2009, 4:19 pm

Well, I'm late as well.... Have to chime in though :P

Ya see, it's just not as simple as saying - I have one Strat, so I'll get a Tele.
Cos I have two Strats, and they don't sound anything alike.
Although, there IS such a thing as a definitive Strat 'sound'.

In my mind, Strats are the Female Fender guitar.... Not that they are FOR girls, they just have
what amounts to a feminine sound as compared to the Tele, which has a more Masculine sound.
Strats are transparent sounding and wavering, while Teles are solid!
They both 'twang'.
And if You've ever heard Jimi Hendrix live, then you know that Strats can be used for Hard Rock sounds,
tho I think Teles are far better sounding thru a Marshall than a Strat.
I prefer Strats nice and clean - American Tweed amps.

I agree with the Status Quo (for you Vic :wink: ) here, Teles are VERY versatile.
Country/Jazz/Oldies/Hard Rock/Blues/Slide - And they LOOK way cooler than a Strat (IMO).

I'd say that every aspiring electric guitarist should start with a Tele and go from there.
So If you don't have one - My short answer is: TELE

The Lite Ash that Greg mentioned is a nice guitar.... Those SD pups are AlNiCo II's!
Always been a fan of AlNiCo II pups.

I dunno.... I'd better not get into it :twisted:

Anyway - Here's my Ideal Perfect Tele:
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Ash Body
White Blonde (Nitro Lac)
Stock Pup config
Three Brass Barrel Saddles
Single ply White pickguard
Vintage tuners
Brazilian Rosewood Fretboard (21 vintage frets)
CLAY DOT markers
Vintage tint on maple neck (Nitro Lac)
Tweed case

To me, THAT is a Tele.... if they made them any other way than that....
Well - That'd be like calling Jack Daniel's, Real Kentucky Bourbon :wink:

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