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  • So I finally got a Telecaster...

    Being a strat and super strat player, mostly, I finally bite the bullet and bought a tele because everyone needs a tele in their collection? Well, not everyone I suppose. First off its a cheap used Affinity tele because I didn't want to spend much on something I am not sure I was going to like, and really, did I need another guitar? No, not really. But I have never owned a tele before and the guitar only cost $100, so I bought it...

    And I am happy to report I am glad I bought it. First thing that I notice is how comfortable the neck feels in my hand. Not baseball bat size or too thin. Feels just right and different than any other guitar in my collection. I find even though it has no body contours I don't miss them, or even notice them while playing. The tuners aren't too bad and even the pickups it has don't sound bad at all. It has that classic tele sound. But there is a few things I don't like about it. High E is too close to the edge of the fretboard and I can't do those hammer offs as usual and at the 20th fret the D and G string frets out while bending up. Neck is straight and action is decent, so I suppose the frets need some work. But for $100 I am not really complaining. I am glad that I finally got a tele in my collection after all.

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    A Tele is a great guitar, especially if you are into variety. I like them precisely because they are not just like everything else. Also, you really can play any style of music on them. They just bring their own thing to it.
    I have moderate bilateral hearing loss in the upper midrange and lower treble. I tend to think sounds are quieter, darker, and bassier than they probably really are.

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    • #3
      a good tele can do damn near everything like lpb said. a grind and polish will cost you about as much as the guitar but itll be worth it

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Little Pigbacon View Post
        A Tele is a great guitar, especially if you are into variety. I like them precisely because they are not just like everything else. Also, you really can play any style of music on them. They just bring their own thing to it.
        Yep, I am a little surprised by it. Trying to post a pic of it but keep getting an error. The color is Slick Silver and the fretboard is Indian Laurel.
        Last edited by UnderTheFlame83; 10-11-2021, 05:01 PM.

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        • #5
          Right on. Play it in good health. I gigged a Highway 1 tele for more than 10 years. Played country, oldies, blues, pop, rock, funk, church muzak, folk. It did all of it well. Though I did have a Duncan Broadcaster and Antiquity neck in there, so that helped A LOT.

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          • #6
            I love my teles. I have pretty much every major food group when it comes to guitars, but if I had to drop everything and stick to one guitar for every style of music you'd use an electric guitar for, it'd be my MIJ '69 Thinline RI.

            Yep, it's loaded with real single coils.
            Ain't nothin' but a G thang, baby.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by jeremy View Post
              a good tele can do damn near everything like lpb said. a grind and polish will cost you about as much as the guitar but itll be worth it
              And Im not even talking about a set-neck guitar shaped like a Telecaster with three splittable humbuckers and a Floyd. Im talking about an old-fashioned Tele with two single-coils, two knobs, a switch, and a bridge that wont intonate properly. Thats the Telecaster that does it for me.
              I have moderate bilateral hearing loss in the upper midrange and lower treble. I tend to think sounds are quieter, darker, and bassier than they probably really are.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Little Pigbacon View Post

                And Im not even talking about a set-neck guitar shaped like a Telecaster with three splittable humbuckers and a Floyd. Im talking about an old-fashioned Tele with two single-coils, two knobs, a switch, and a bridge that wont intonate properly. Thats the Telecaster that does it for me.
                I *did* get an uncovered neck pickup made for mine. Aside from that, I agree 100%.
                Ain't nothin' but a G thang, baby.

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                • #9
                  I find myself using the middle position and that's something I rarely do. I assume this guitar has 250K pots and stock pickups. Haven't checked yet. Not much taper on the volume but the tone pot does. Previous owner installed black Dunlop strap buttons.

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                  • #10
                    Five teles in my collection. A 2020 MIM with Fender Gen4 noiseless pickups, a DIY with SD Quarterpounders, a DIY with Hotrails, a DIY with a SD Little 59 bridge humbucker and a SD Vintage Stack neck, and a DIY thinline with SD La Breas.

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                    • #11
                      PS I would look into a Mighty Mite neck. Might be a lot cheaper to do a neck swap then getting a fret job.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by ThreeChordWonder View Post
                        PS I would look into a Mighty Mite neck. Might be a lot cheaper to do a neck swap then getting a fret job.
                        But he already digs the feel of the neck, and a new neck may end up feeling very different and can easily cost twice what a fret job will cost...esp. if it only needs a few frets leveled.
                        Last edited by GuitarDoc; 10-12-2021, 09:48 AM.
                        Originally Posted by IanBallard
                        Rule of thumb... the more pot you have, the better your tone.

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                        • #13
                          During 60 years of playing guitar I never ever even thought about touching a Tele let alone owning one. Now I have a half dozen Teles and Tele-like guitars and love the way they play and sound. They ARE very versatile guitars, but with their own flavor, which is definitely not a bad thing!
                          Originally Posted by IanBallard
                          Rule of thumb... the more pot you have, the better your tone.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by UnderTheFlame83 View Post
                            But there is a few things I don't like about it. High E is too close to the edge of the fretboard and I can't do those hammer offs as usual and at the 20th fret the D and G string frets out while bending up. Neck is straight and action is decent, so I suppose the frets need some work. But for $100 I am not really complaining. I am glad that I finally got a tele in my collection after all.
                            Might just be able to loosen the neck screws and move/angle the neck toward the top of the body a bit to bring the high E string further in.

                            Originally Posted by IanBallard
                            Rule of thumb... the more pot you have, the better your tone.

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                            • #15
                              ive done that on a few guitars. sometimes it works better than others, depends on the root issue, but its worth a try.

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