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  1. #101
    Quote Originally Posted by christianm77 View Post
    The feedback would be the issue. Archtops sound fat through a bit of drive. Great for the studio - although like you say flatwound/heavy strings do tend to dampen down on the histrionics....

    A lot of posters here have their Tele's set up with flats by the sound of it. I'm playing a set of .11 round wounds on mine, not quite ideal for bop...
    I can play quite loud through a dumble tone without feedback on the bridge pickup of the kessel and if I tape the F-Holes, it's a non issue. The problem is that the guitar is too fat for rhythm playing.

    11s on a tele should be no problem for jazz. Lots of guys are playing straight-ahead jazz with that setup. The issue on the tele is that if you have the action set low for chickin' pickin' it doesn't sound good for clean jazz.

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    I was very attracted to the Larrivée Bakersfield a couple years ago, but I did not move fast enough I guess. Since then, they have become very rare and hard to find. Moreover, at the time, $ CAD was about on par with $ US; it's a different story now...

    Richard

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    Quote Originally Posted by jzucker View Post
    my barney kessel actually get a killer fusion tone. With my kemper set to a dumble tone the tone on my kessel is as good as any standalone fusion axe I've ever owned. The only real problem is that the shared string set (.012 flats) makes it hard to bend notes and then there's the feedback...
    Oh I haven't seen that BK yet Jack, you wouldn't mind posting picture would you?

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    Just remembered why I wanted to play jazz on a telecaster my hero: go to 2:00 for a killing solo.


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    Oh and Ben Jones too 1:00 for solo

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    Quote Originally Posted by 55bar View Post
    Just remembered why I wanted to play jazz on a telecaster my hero: go to 2:00 for a killing solo.

    Ah, Morrisey Mullen at the Half Moon in Putney! Thanks for reminding me.

    Jim Mullen is the man, check this out. CM77, I hope this video is allowed? It features an A*****p.


    I love the fact he plays an Aria now.
    “When a wise man points at the moon the fool considers the finger.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by jazzbow View Post
    Ah, Morrisey Mullen at the Half Moon in Putney! Thanks for reminding me.

    Jim Mullen is the man, check this out. CM77, I hope this video is allowed? It features an A*****p.


    I love the fact he plays an Aria now.
    I make exceptions for Jim.

    I remember him telling me he liked to play a telecaster because he could 'get a swing with it' - for defending himself against hells angels etc in rough 1970's music venues.
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    Quote Originally Posted by christianm77 View Post
    I make exceptions for Jim.

    I remember him telling me he liked to play a telecaster because he could 'get a swing with it' - for defending himself against hells angels etc in rough 1970's music venues.
    Brilliant, and I would say typical Of jim's humour, what a lovely interview too great guy so humble and soulful.

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    Many more with the Organic Trio.

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    I had a really clean all original '72 Tele for a while, but I let it go a few years ago. It was a cool guitar and I really wish I had it back. Since this thread is about tele's I thought I would post a picture of it.
    Keith
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    Quote Originally Posted by wherearemykeys View Post
    On my facebook feed today I see a video of Prince and his band playing Footsteps at a soundcheck .... on a Tele!
    Prince is a wild cat with guitar – and that's why his tele is Hohner MadCat! Cheapo but still tele.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Herbie View Post
    Prince is a wild cat with guitar – and that's why his tele is Hohner MadCat! Cheapo but still tele.
    Cheap in the 80's perhaps:

    H.S. Anderson Guitars ? Mesa Boogie Hollywood

    EDIT: Although, these get good write ups - Prince Tele for $150 anyone?

    http://www.thomann.de/gb/harley_bent...uxe_series.htm
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    Quote Originally Posted by floatingpickup View Post
    I had a really clean all original '72 Tele for a while, but I let it go a few years ago. It was a cool guitar and I really wish I had it back. Since this thread is about tele's I thought I would post a picture of it.
    Keith
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    You should never have let her go! Ah, regrets....

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    I wonder if in 30 or 40 years what currently budget guitars will become the sought after vintage guitars?

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    Quote Originally Posted by medblues View Post
    Many more with the Organic Trio.
    ha ha ... as a Scofield fan I bought my AS200 about 15 years ago ...
    And now, John rediscovers the tele ... puh - but as a gear head I have no problems with that ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by GuitarWalter View Post
    ha ha ... as a Scofield fan I bought a AS200 about 15 years ago ...
    And now, John rediscovers the tele ... puh - but as a gear head I have no problems with that ...
    Three of the most rugged, useful, real-world practical, and great-sounding tools ever created, all in one place.

    The sheer grooviness is off the charts. Throw in a Shure SM-57, and the Earth could start wobbling on its' axis.

    Oh wait...
    Best regards, k

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    Throw in a Shure SM-57, and the Earth could start wobbling on its' axis.

    ha ha ... can you feel it



    oh wait ... I forgot to switch on the amps

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    My DIY Tele, just completed a few weeks ago. Got the body at the Dallas Guitar Show from some guy in Ohio who had a bunch of CNC bodies, this one was a second for $40 because it is a 3-piece body, can't remember the type of wood. Had a set of old Tele pickups & tuners laying around, bought the rest of the HW from Stewmac & Allparts. Got an unfinished neck from Musikraft, 1 3/4" nut, ebony board, meduim C carve, Gibson scale length (24 3/4"). Took a rasp file to the body & did an arm rest & body bevel, makes it a lot more comfortable. Had to do a little drilling for the string ferrules & the Sperzel guides. Finished the body & neck with Tru-Oil. Was going to try nitro, but after doing some research, it sounded like some pretty nasty stuff, a lot of guys on the various Tele forums spoke highly of Tru-Oil. It really worked out good, used one whole small bottle, I think 7 coats in all. I also did a non-standard wiring that I got from here:

    https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/...-WayOoPTBX.jpg

    It gives me a bunch of tone options from the standard Tele sounds, to a Strat like out of phase sound to an almost wah like sound.

    The only thing that is not quite right is the low E is very close to the edge of the neck. I usually don't have a problem with the string rolling off the edge, but I'd like to be a littler better centered. Using Elixir 11's roundwound.

    Here is the body before:

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    And fully assembled after:

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    Telecaster love thread, no Archtops allowed-image-jpgTelecaster love thread, no Archtops allowed-image-jpgHere's my G&L semi hollow Bluesboy and my Fender Fat Tele, and my age old dilemma, I got a Gibson head on a Fender body what to do?
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    Telecaster love thread, no Archtops allowed-asat-egnater-small-jpg
    As much as I continue to love the American Deluxe Strat that was my original dream guitar, the ASAT (Leo's last take on the Tele) was my first "where have you been all my life" guitar. If I ever let this one go it will be for a semi hollow version of the same.
    It's only a flesh wound.

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    I like the Tradition Jerry Reid telecaster clones, the middle and neck pups add a bit of flexibility over standard telecaster wiring.

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    Regards,

    Gary

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    Quote Originally Posted by christianm77 View Post
    I got a Tele. A 10 year old US tele American Deluxe. Classic configuration, neck and bridge single coils (noiseless on mine).

    I plug it into my Princeton Reverb '65 Reissue

    I am a very happy man. It is the ultimate gigging guitar. The neck pickup has such a great sound for jazz with just a touch of roll off. Why did I ever waste my time playing things with f-holes?

    Other people are invited to say nice things about Telecasters.
    I can only try to image the vibes you get, I am also quite hyppy when I plug my cheap Tokai to Peavy and hear that bell like sound.

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    I own a Peavey Omniac JD, based on the Tele but built to Jerry Donahue's specifications.

    Great range of tones, from the traditional Tele twang, to the out of phase qStrat uack, and a "woman tone" position as well.

    The neck is the most comfortable one I have ever played for bending work, with a sharp V in the lower register which gradually flattens as you aproach the body.The headstock is slightly extended to allow you to do behind the nut bends more easlily - something I had never really thought about before seeing JD play, but which opens up a whole range of vistas and opportunities (particularly on harmonics)

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    You all have beautifull guitars. Mine is Squier:

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    my Van Wyk Custom build and my Engl tube amp .... combo sounds fab for jazz really huge clean tone and the 50W Engl tube amp offers tons of headroom in a package as small and light as a princeton ....but with triple the power and headroom i'm gigging this all the time, my archtops stay at home

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    Keira Witherkay performs as a "Solo Instrumental Fingerstyle Jazz Guitarist"
    & guitarist with the "Retro Jazz Duo " & Indie rock band "The Bad Sheep"
    and is a music tutor....
    last but not least is an avid world traveller
    "have guitar will travel"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keira Witherkay View Post
    my Van Wyk Custom build and my Engl tube amp .... combo sounds fab for jazz really huge clean tone and the 50W Engl tube amp offers tons of headroom in a package as small and light as a princeton ....but with triple the power and headroom i'm gigging this all the time, my archtops stay at home

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    Nice setup ! Did you swap the speaker ? (otherwise that amp is much-at least ten lbs- heavier than a Princeton)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vladan View Post
    You all have beautifull guitars. Mine is Squier:

    Nothing wrong with Squiers at all! I've tried several that I thought were better than an American standard. The best one I've ever tried is a friend's '52 reissue squier (made in Japan). Absolutely fantastic guitar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlainJazz View Post
    Nothing wrong with Squiers at all! I've tried several that I thought were better than an American standard. The best one I've ever tried is a friend's '52 reissue squier (made in Japan). Absolutely fantastic guitar.
    I totally agree, mine is also a Japanese '52 reissue ('82 JV) ... in Japan they sold it for the domestic market with a 7ender decal and in Europe with a Squier logo ...
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    Mine is also MIJ 1986-7, bought it in Feb - Mar 1987. I think that was the year when they dropped in quality. I kind of love it, but also hate it sometimes. The fact that I hold it for 28 years must be saying something. Either about Tele, or about me.
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    Scofield plays an old MIJ Ibanez Tele...and sounds...well...like Sco!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 55bar View Post
    Guthrie trapp literally changed my life and mind about country guitar once I worked out a few of his solos I discovered a few commonalities with jazz funnily enough "triad pairs!"



    This was my first introduction it melted my face! I immediately slowed it down and learned it. There is also a great interview online look up Greg V and Guthrie trapp short film you will find it...

    Happy picking
    Being a frequent visitor to Nashville during their annual Guitar Show, Roberts Lounge , where this was filmed has become our must visit destination. The Don Kelley Band always features great country pickers of the Tele twang, chicken pickin' genre. Prior to Guthrie's tenure , Johnny Hiland and before him, Brent Mason performed guitar duties. I would sit, set after set , mouth agape , while they would peel off super solos all with customary aplomb ! Do yourselves a favor, fellow members and check out these guitarists on YouTube. I guarantee you'll be glad you did !

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    Guthrie trapp literally changed my life and mind about country guitar once I worked out a few of his solos I discovered a few commonalities with jazz funnily enough "triad pairs!"
    I am too lazy and too untalented for working out some G. Trapp stuff - but I really like his style. Its much more than "country"... here is a cool piece of music

    And here you can find some more ...
    https://www.youtube.com/results?sear...ic+City+Roots+

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    I worked that out too, could write it out, or teach you it. Pm me if interested I'll put a video up.

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    Every home should have a Telecaster.

    This is my neighbour's Tele-home:

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    I have been planning a Les Paul vane to balance the guitaristic situation in our neighborhood.

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    Here are my two Teles. An American Vintage '52, no mods, and also a '72 Custom Road Worn with some major upgrades like the Creamery Classic 71 PU in the neck
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    Quote Originally Posted by eigenbart View Post
    Here are my two Teles. An American Vintage '52, no mods, and also a '72 Custom Road Worn with some major upgrades like the Creamery Classic 71 PU in the neck
    Both stunners! I have a real hankering for a black guard tele!

    This didn't help!

    Or this


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    I was in a local guitar shop the other day and ran across these teles... the one on the left is priced around $4700.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scotto View Post
    I was in a local guitar shop the other day and ran across these teles... the one on the left is priced around $4700.
    Yikes! The good news is that you can pay a lot less and still have one that plays well. Teles (or T-styles) can be such good bargains that every guitarist should have one in their harem.
    Build bridges, not walls.

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    Finally got another tele. I found a super deal on a used MIM Standard. I had an original style 3 saddle brass bridge that I added because I like the look better than the newer style 6 saddle bridge. I never have had a problem intonating the 3 saddle bridge.

    I am convinced that, if some people didn't expect to see an archtop for jazz, I would use the tele for everything.

    It would definitely be my desert island axe. (I think)
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    Quote Originally Posted by rsclosson View Post

    I am convinced that, if some people didn't expect to see an archtop for jazz, I would use the tele for everything.
    You could be the Anti-Nuge!
    Build bridges, not walls.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDaddyLoveHandles View Post
    You could be the Anti-Nuge!

    Easily! But for reasons best not mentioned here.
    Eastman 810 7 string
    D'Angelico Premiere Double Cutaway with Stetsbar Pro II
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    Frankenstrat Controller With Midi Pickup For Vintage Roland VG8
    Roland Cube 60 amp
    Acoustic AG-30 Acoustic Amp

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scotto View Post
    I was in a local guitar shop the other day and ran across these teles... the one on the left is priced around $4700.
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    Hey, Scotto. Where is that shop? Looks like a yen mark, so I assume the shop is in Japan.

    I'm in Japan too. Hamamatsu, the self-anointed Music City Japan, I suppose because Yamaha, Tokai, Roland and a few other gear manufacturers are here.

    The local players here seem to love Fenders and especially Gibsons. And PRS.

    It's kind of funny. My telecaster is a "vintage" 1980 Tokai Breezy Sound built here in Hamamatsu. (See post #6). Cats here don't much want 'em. But I love them. Some of the best Teles I've ever played.

    Which is weird, because I went to high school near Fender in Fullerton.

    I guess the grass is always moto midori, ne?
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    Go Telecasters! (and G&L Telecaster-like guitars also designed by Leo!)

    Alas, I've got nothing to show, right now. I sold my '52 Reissue and gave my '83 to my son. (wipes away a tear) Zero Telecasters in the Greentone home, at present.

    Surely the wife will understand if I remedy this by tracking down a boatneck Nash T-57, right?

    Gotta have a Telecaster, even if it's a parts-o-caster. FWIW, I happen to favor the Nash parts-o-casters, these days. Go ahead, call me a traitor, but six Fenders down the road, from vintage 60s to 90s reissue instruments, I have moved on and become a Nash fan.

    Oh, yes...Go Tokai! The Japanese versions of the Telecaster are some of the absolute best I have ever played. In the early 90s I was in a country band in which I used a CIJ Fender Telecaster that was retrofitted by Joe Barden with a pair of his pickups. The guitar belonged to a band mate, but he let me use it rather than lug an instrument 75 miles to the gig. (He provided the amp, too.) The guitar was outstanding.

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    All Teles are parts-casters...
    Beauty is as close to terror as we can well endure. -Rainer Maria Rilke

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    Another tele guy over here. I have a us standard and one of those fender bullet teles from 81'. hoping I'll be able to add one of those MIJ 52' teles to my collection.

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    I bought a tele today. It's a 2011 American Standard, natural finish with a rosewood fingerboard. Sure is pretty.
    Keith
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    This is me playing my MIJ '62 Telecaster. I've wired in some Bill Lawrence Micro Coil pickups and love the sound. I'm not playing jazz in this photo, but this guitar sounds great for jazz. The Lawrence pickups are a bit fuller sounding than the stock pickups were, but they still have all the sparkle and twang one would associate with a Telecaster.

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    Hi Flat, that store was in Shinjuku in Tokyo. Funny, I grew up in Redondo, Hermosa area. I recently heard that the "Handcrafted in Japan" fenders are not going to be made after this year. It might be a good time to pick one up before they start going up in ¥¥¥!Last time I took a stroll through LA, I visited the Fender museum in Fullerton, very interesting. There are some great Japanese guitars here. I'm actually looking for a MIJ orange label Casino at the moment. Matane!

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    The jazz guitarist fetish with telecasters is weird and doesn't make sense. There are much better solid body guitars for playing jazz, namely the les paul. It seems that simply because a few prominent players had a personal preference for the telecaster and now every jazz guitarist just thinks "hrmph gotta have a tele to go with my archtops" when teles make horrible twangy tones that suck for jazz, but the jazz guitarist is equally ignorant of solid body guitars and doesn't know how to make a good decision.