I played a Tele..

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lonestarlonestar Frets: 1638
... the other day for the first time in over 3 years. The last time was in Dublin for about 10 minuted and prior to that it would have been over 10 years believe it or not. For some reason, they never registered with me to buy one in all those years of buying and selling (blind, I might add). The guitar in question was one of mine I had built for my brother n law. The overall experience wasn’t too shabby at all.... as I was playing it into this Rift PR18

https://i.imgur.com/R2gfWkk.jpg

I spent a lot of time on the neck to get it just right. The fretboard has damn near no finish on it at all and the back is nicely broken in. 

https://i.imgur.com/PjI6tmN.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/WVmPl4Z.jpg

It weighed in at a nice 7 1/2lb which seems to be a good weight for me. It certainly had some twangy low end thump going on. Over the years I’ve owned many a Strat and superstrat so to compare the tele to the Strat, in person for the first time ever was interesting. 

Feel wise, it was all there for definite. But given how much time I’d spent on this build I’d like to have thought that I hadn’t missed anything. One thing that caught me out was the position of the pickup selector... I’d need time to get used to that tbh. And a more interesting find was the neck pickup. At full whack I didn’t get on with it too well. I had to roll the volume back considerably to find my happy place. Maybe the bridge twang is where the action is on a tele? I had about 2 hours with the guitar through the Rift and tbh I’m In love with the amp. So much so that the Lonestar is going up for sale soon. 

When we were testing the tele it didn’t become apparent how much of a tele it was until we compared it to the Strat. The difference was incredible and at that point I knew it was a job well done. The tele sounded twangy, rocky as hell while the Strat sound much more “quacky” and defined. Interestingly there was only 1/2lb between the two guitars so I believe the mass of wood and the Pickups have played the main roles here. What I found cool was the tele offered my left hand some new inspiration. I was playing differently and I was finding new riffs and shapes. 

Its a shocking thing to say, considering I’m surround by teles daily but I can’t believe it’s been so long since playing one properly. I’m definitely feeling more committed to building my own one now. I’ll probably have to spend more time figuring out a neck pickup to suit my style but that’s something that can be tweaked over time.
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  • pintspillerpintspiller Frets: 458
    I've been saying for years t hat I will get a Tele next. There have been very few I liked as I already have several guitars, while it's a bass I play semi-professionally. I am obviously being over-fussy deliberately because of this.
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  • munckeemunckee Frets: 939
    I have a 335 copy which I couldn't part with and I tried to limit myself to two electrics but couldn't as if I only have a strat I just want a tele and vice versa.  Everyone needs a strat and a tele and a semi hollow I've decided.  
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  • Phil_aka_PipPhil_aka_Pip Frets: 8425
    I've got a Strat but use it only once in a blue moon. I tried a Tele and didn't get on with it. But I lurve my 335. Everyone should have a 335, I don't mind keeping a Strat for when I need the sound of it, but I'm damned if I'm ever getting a Tele.
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    Seriously: If you value it, take/fetch it yourself
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  • Lovely job! Cracking looking guitar! I'm in the process of assembling one myself- next to this it will look like a tennis racket with some sticky backed plastic on it!! 
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  • FuengiFuengi Frets: 509
    Looks amazing @lonestar great job. 

    I bought my Tele on an opportunistic whim, best guitar I've ever owned. Love 'em. 
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  • paulphoenixpaulphoenix Frets: 55
    Absolutely awesome looking guitar @lonestar ; ....i sooo want a telecaster, but i've yet to find "the one"
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  • Adam_MDAdam_MD Frets: 2720
    I wouldn’t be without a tele after having the same epiphany about 7 years ago when I had gas funds burning a hole in my pocket and bought a classic vibe.
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  • RockerRocker Frets: 2570
    @lonestar I much prefer the switch plate reversed - the selection switch at the rear and volume control at the front on a Tele. Oddly enough I like the middle switch position.......
    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. [Albert Einstein]

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  • lovestrat74lovestrat74 Frets: 236
    That Tele gets a big fat WOW from me ;)
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  • 57Deluxe57Deluxe Frets: 5406
    is OK - you don't have to feel guilty!
    <Vintage BOSS Upgrades>
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  • FunkfingersFunkfingers Frets: 2776
    I'm damned if I'm ever getting a Tele.
    Somebody will now berate and/or belittle you for this comment. ;)
    I fear the Geeks, even when they bear GIFs.
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  • lovestrat74lovestrat74 Frets: 236
    Thought this was the new Katy Perry song thread: I Played a Tele... and I Liked it
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  • lonestarlonestar Frets: 1638
    Tbh I’m definitely thinking that Strat, tele and 335 will certainly form a good solid footing for getting a varied mix of tones. 
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  • RolandRoland Frets: 1652
    lonestar said:
    ... I’ll probably have to spend more time figuring out a neck pickup to suit my style but that’s something that can be tweaked over time.
    That’s grounds for a thread in itself.

    Rocker said:
    @lonestar I much prefer the switch plate reversed - the selection switch at the rear and volume control at the front on a Tele. Oddly enough I like the middle switch position.......
    Yep, IMO the control sequence is something Leo got wrong. Volume, Tone, Switch is much more usable.
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  • Phil_aka_PipPhil_aka_Pip Frets: 8425
    I'm damned if I'm ever getting a Tele.
    Somebody will now berate and/or belittle you for this comment. ;)
    Some people don't know any better ;)
    "Working" software has only unobserved bugs. (Parroty Error: Pieces of Nine! Pieces of Nine!)
    Seriously: If you value it, take/fetch it yourself
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  • ESBlondeESBlonde Frets: 2227
    I went decades without owning a Tele until just a few years ago and now I own two. I also have a strat, 335 etc. but the Tele is that important and perceft third ingredient to cover all the classic basis. Knock off a bit of tone and add a smidge of drive/dirt for a wonderful tone that can fit a whole plethora of styles and sound 'right' to the ear.
    I used to find them basic and lumpy to hold, but the sound is the thing, too many great recordings feature that sound to ignor it.

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  • RockerRocker Frets: 2570
    lonestar said:
    Tbh I’m definitely thinking that Strat, tele and 335 will certainly form a good solid footing for getting a varied mix of tones. 
    Any one of those great guitars will be sufficient if you use a lot of FX pedals in the chain*





    * Rocker last seen heading for the hills, carrying a dustbin lid to ward off attacks by the FX police
    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. [Albert Einstein]

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  • That's a great looking Tele! I've wanted one for years but I could never find one that I liked, I didn't get on with the necks, and the pickups weren't really any good for the stuff I play.
    Got myself a Modern Player Plus a couple of years ago though, and I love it! I've upgraded the pickups but that's all.
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  • JonHoskerJonHosker Frets: 163
    Tele...fave guitar!!
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  • JEPBLEPJEPBLEP Frets: 183
    Have a "Wow!" - that looks incredible. Great write-up, too!
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  • lonestarlonestar Frets: 1638
    Thank you for your compliments chaps, I swear I wasn’t spamming for them so i sincerely appreciate it :)

    Im really looking forward to my own build now. I’ll have an update in the making and modding section soon. The colour of the body debate will rage on. Pickup wise I’m debating using some locally made ones. 

    I think the fact that I was playing a new guitar into a new amp really opened my eyes to the plethora of tones available. One thing is for sure... I’m very glad I put a treble bleed in the circuit.
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  • stevebrumstevebrum Frets: 3795
    Good stuff. Don’t rule out a thinline- mine has stayed in preference to two solid body Teles.
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  • lonestarlonestar Frets: 1638
    stevebrum said:
    Good stuff. Don’t rule out a thinline- mine has stayed in preference to two solid body Teles.
    My own first build is going to be an alder solid body model with a bigsby so I’ve kinda gone the opposite direction. But that’s a rather lovely excuse to do a thinline next ;)
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  • DominicDominic Frets: 3311
    Dang........How you gonna play any moosik without a tele..boy
    I would imagine teles outnumber any other guitar by 5 ; 1 in Nashville
    Essential kit for Country but can do so much more.
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  • RockerRocker Frets: 2570
    @lonestar what value cap did you use for the  treble bleed? Thanks. 
    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. [Albert Einstein]

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  • munckee said:
    I have a 335 copy which I couldn't part with and I tried to limit myself to two electrics but couldn't as if I only have a strat I just want a tele and vice versa.  Everyone needs a strat and a tele and a semi hollow I've decided.  

    I have ended up with this and am a happy chappy.
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  • lonestarlonestar Frets: 1638
    Rocker said:
    @lonestar what value cap did you use for the  treble bleed? Thanks. 
    Bloody good question... it was purchased from that man@sixstringsupplies . Can you help out here Ed 
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  • lonestarlonestar Frets: 1638

    Dominic said:
    Dang........How you gonna play any moosik without a tele..boy
    I would imagine teles outnumber any other guitar by 5 ; 1 in Nashville
    Essential kit for Country but can do so much more.
    And in Northern Ireland the only thing to outnumber a telecaster is a bible. Proper yeehaw over here y’all 
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  • @lonestar depending on when it was purchased its a 1000pf (0.001uF cap) with either a 130k or 150k resistor. 
    Wiring Kits, Prewired harnesses and quality electronic components: www.sixstringsupplies.co.uk
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  • Jack_Jack_ Frets: 2877
    You're getting pretty damn good at this, your relic work is some of the best around. It's been interesting watching your work develop.
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