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    Quote Originally Posted by curbucci View Post
    Going to be picking up a Squier Pro Tone Fat Tele tomorrow. These guitars were only made for a couple of years from 96' - 98'. Made in Korea and they seem to have a good reputation on some of the forums. $325 which seems to be in the ball park on what has sold on Reverb.
    Neck humbucker on this one.
    Natural finish ash body.
    Looks like this...
    Squier Wiki | Pro Tone Fat Tele

    Anyone tried any of these before?
    Picked up the Pro Tone Fat Tele last week. Well constructed Squire. Only needed a slight truss rod & low E saddle adjustment. Wiring under the hood looks clean. Electronics & neck humbucker seem pretty decent for a Squier. According to some forums it came from the Cort factory and soon after the short 2 year run of these sounds like Cort started making the G&L Tribute series. So far not any issues adjusting to the neck. I got the pickup dialed in with with GHS boomers 10's. Might give the Brite Flats a whirl later. Will revisit this post after a couple of months of gigging with this.

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    Mine, 24.75" scale. I have Bardens in it now.

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    Started getting the Tele bug awhile back. I’ve had Telecaster-ish guitars in recent times, but this 2008 Baja is the first proper Tele I’ve bought since 2004. Arrived with a perfect setup, and not a ding or scratch in sight. I’m even digging the round wound 10s. If I had to nitpick I’d probably choose a thinner finish, although this finish is not nearly as thick-feeling as the G&L Asat Special I had for awhile last year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by marcwhy View Post
    I'm diggin' my tele thinline from RAM Guitars in Chicago -- yes, it's not a "classic" tele, but it's mighty nice!

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    Now THAT'S an exciting looking variation on the T-style. I like it a lot. I have a Sadowsky T-style with splittable HBs. It's a cool guitar. This one...

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    Quote Originally Posted by marcwhy View Post
    I'm diggin' my tele thinline from RAM Guitars in Chicago -- yes, it's not a "classic" tele, but it's mighty nice!

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    That's a really unique and interesting version of a T-style guitar. I like that a lot.

    I have a Sadowsky T-style with splittable HBs, this one...
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    Quote Originally Posted by croth View Post
    Ah! The Sadowsky I just posted has an ebony fretboard and a 1-3/4" nut as well! I guess we think alike. :-)
    I suspect mine was cheaper
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDaddyLoveHandles View Post
    I suspect mine was cheaper
    I've learned not to judge things by money: more money spent does not always better make. But regardless, I love the design of yours and it's greatly possible that you're a better player, which would count for more! :-)

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    Here’s another one, 24.0” scale, Korina.

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    This thread is absolutely excellent !
    Being an acoustic archtop player I haven't touch any of my personal guitars since I borrow from a friend his '52 tele reissue "true vintage" and an old tweed champ. Perhaps the Julian Lage effect ??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tatayoyo View Post
    This thread is absolutely excellent !
    Being an acoustic archtop player I haven't touch any of my personal guitars since I borrow from a friend his '52 tele reissue "true vintage" and an old tweed champ. Perhaps the Julian Lage effect ??
    I hear you Tatayoyo! A ’52 through a tweed champ is totally it!

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    Here's my '52 Tele Clone...

    I built this from an MJT body w/ Musikraft Neck and Seymour Duncan Antiquities... I tried to make it as close as possible to '52 spec... anyway, she plays like a dream!!

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    One more. 24.0" scale.
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    Quote Originally Posted by r_o_b_s_o_n View Post
    Here's my '52 Tele Clone...

    I built this from an MJT body w/ Musikraft Neck and Seymour Duncan Antiquities... I tried to make it as close as possible to '52 spec... anyway, she plays like a dream!!

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    Ahhh the beauty of classics. I think it looks especially well with that little tweed amp behind it ;D

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    SVL Supernatural, Simon Law's take on Robben Ford's 1960 Telecaster. Simon has looked after Robben's guitars on tour for a few years now. He built this for me 7 or 8 years ago, it's a wonderful sounding tele, very lightweight, ash with Brazilian rosewood board.



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    I'm 76 years old and retired after 60 years of gigging. I also had about a zillion guitars. Only two really did the job. My number one axe was always a telecaster. Always a fender. No copies ever did it for me. The other was an Ibanez GB10 which I sold last year when I went through a terrible illness which I believed was going to finish me off. I survived and live to regret selling my axe. If you love it, DON,T sell it.

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    Alright, now that I’ve finished (as in: stained and spray-painted) it, I can finally show of my recent tele-built in this discussion as well.

    So for those of you that haven’t already seen it in the dedicated topic, here’s my JazzTele 24.75” P90:







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    I had a gift card for the LMS. They had an inexpensive MIM FSR Tele - sort of your basic 52 Tele - that played as well as any guitar I’ve ever played. I didn’t need another guitar but it was really a superb guitar. So I cashed in the gift card and financed the balance. Beautiful jazz tones.

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    Closest thing to a REAL Tele I've had in years and it sounds like one. Allparts ash body, my trusty Musikraft neck, and a set of custom shop 'No Caster' pickups. A little heavier than my chambered bodies but not bad. Playing it through a Quilter 101R head - exact speaker TBD.

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    I have a broad definition of "Tele" or "T-style". It doesn't have to be a Fender or a Squier.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDaddyLoveHandles View Post
    I have a broad definition of "Tele" or "T-style". It doesn't have to be a Fender or a Squier.
    Heck, for me it doesn’t even have to have a 25.5” scale or the tele headstock with 6 in a row tuners... ;-)

    But it does have to have the Tele body shape for me, that’s my minimum requirement :-)

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    I stumbled across Macmull Custom Guitars on instagram. No affiliation, but they make great looking Teles with a nice vintage vibe to them:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Jay View Post
    I stumbled across Macmull Custom Guitars on instagram. No affiliation, but they make great looking Teles with a nice vintage vibe.. ]
    Looks nice, but pretty pricey!

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    I had this one built to order, but with playing jazz more in mind than rock or country. To that end, it has an ebony fingerboard, a 1.75 nut width but with rounded/tapered edges to make it feel narrower, and splittable HBs.

    As marcwhy noted about the Macmull guitar, above, "pretty pricey" but it fulfilled an idea I had for a long time, along with a preferred liking of the Tele form.

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    Hmm....Julian Lage requested a guitar at age 4, so his father made a plywood facsimile that could be nothing other than a....


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    Cedar tele by Chris Forshage:

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    Quote Originally Posted by cosmic gumbo View Post
    Hmm....Julian Lage requested a guitar at age 4, so his father made a plywood facsimile that could be nothing other than a....

    That looks like a shot from a recent tour?

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    Quote Originally Posted by marcwhy View Post
    Looks nice, but pretty pricey!
    Oops... I hadn’t even checked their prices, but 7k (euros) for a tele is not “pretty pricey” anymore, that’s just ridiculous!

    And I doubt it sounds and plays better than mine!($150)

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    just picked up a new G&L semi hollow blues boy asat classic for my daughter shes 18 in her last year in high school , been playing since she was about 9 and lots of jazz and into blues lite rock , she wanted a semi hollow . thin line , tele , and the g&l was about the same price as a second hand mim or a squire thine line she did not want any thing with squire on it so blip on that , we tried a lot in the shops and the g&l won for fit play ability weight etc a week on now and she really likes the low shine stain finish on the neck and finds it very smooth to play also the body is not that straight grained but not to bad i would call it a lovely looking piece of swamp ash with quite a bit of black in it she likes the sound , so still happy , i read about straight grains sounding better and that the Indonesian guitars not being up there but it is a really well finished nice guitar, does any one really think straight grain makes much difference especially in a double chambered guitar like the blues boy thin line she will be playing her tele for meany years its going to be her main jamming small gig guitar and possible the one she will use if she gets to study music at university which is what shes aiming for in the next couple of years so i think i have done ok with the G&L with what we could find in our price range here in new zealand at this point in time , we tried to get her into a strat but she was not interested the tele won she also plays arch top and nylon
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    Got some serious Tele GAS this week. I will know in about 5 days if I will be getting it. I have an SG, and a shitload of archtops, but I am totally consumed by this guitar and owning my first Tele type. I will keep you posted.
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    No, straight grain in a solidbody guitar is up there with paper-in-oil capacitors as far as tone goes- just internet malarky.
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    Despite my recent efforts to reduce my tele footprint, they seem to proliferate. Here's a quick shot of, er, ah, some of them, along with a shot of my second Monty telecaster, which I am selling. I'll post more info about it in the for sale area soon.
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    OK I wanted to bid on a rusty well used '90's Tele type by Sadowsky that was in the auction of Walter Becker's guitars. It was a favorite of his and there is youTube video of him playing it on The Late Show with David Letterman in 1995. So I had about $2500 set aside, but it ended up selling for $20,000!

    So I decided one of his other less famous guitars would be a good conciliation prize. I ended up with this '52 replica by 30th Street Guitars of NYC, who eventually created the Rust Series. I think it is pretty cool looking and can't wait for it's arrival. Not sure at this time when it was made. It has provenance that it comes from the Walter Becker estate, but full disclosure - Walter Becker had at least 650 guitars and probably over 350 amplifiers.
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    Ah, the Telecaster. Never has such a design been so simple but so perfect. Later improvements took it to a different level, just like sliced bread! But every now and then I hanker for a crusty farmhouse loaf that has to be cut into bite sized slices and then I'm dumbstruck at how flavoursome the original is and left wondering why I ever strayed away in the beginning!?

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    '62 sliced bread, perfect for club sandwich!

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    '52 crusty farmhouse loaf, soul food!

    Of course there are artisan breads out there that follow the original recipe, but with a twist! But there's something about making your own bread at home, the smell of freshly baked bread that gets your tastebuds salivating.

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    Limited Edition red onion, cheddar and hot pepper, perfect accompaniment for a single shot caramel mocca latte!

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    Jazzbow homebaked special, kneaded, proved and baked at home using quality ingredients. The flavour is....... yum.

    Now I'm not fussy, any bread will do when I need feeding. Adding layers of additional flavours can fill you up, but damn, just get that fresh bake with butter and a simple cup of tea/coffee and I'm in heaven.

    Of course your tastes will differ.......
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    I just dug up my trusty old Telecaster from 72' from the basement

    Testing a Gibson ES335 vs Harley Benton HB 35 (very inexpensive semi hollow body guitar)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8fGMIs1wNEA&t=185s

    Jamming the Jazz standard All the things you are
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUzDEct613g&t=3s

    Playing a solo over my friends tune Cookies and Cream
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    Greveost,
    Fine playing and great tone - thanks for sharing. Something about a Tele for jazz that just seems right.

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    @jazzbow -- love the pics, and love the descriptions even more! I'm hungry now ...

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    Anyone play the new Fender Rarity Tele's. If so, which one is better for Jazz.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QAman View Post
    Greveost,
    Fine playing and great tone - thanks for sharing. Something about a Tele for jazz that just seems right.
    Thanks a lot man! Yeah, the Tele is great, I have lots of em
    Testing a Gibson ES335 vs Harley Benton HB 35 (very inexpensive semi hollow body guitar)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8fGMIs1wNEA&t=185s

    Jamming the Jazz standard All the things you are
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUzDEct613g&t=3s

    Playing a solo over my friends tune Cookies and Cream
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJHqt_lpyKM

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    Quote Originally Posted by greveost View Post
    Thanks a lot man! Yeah, the Tele is great, I have lots of em
    Im looking to get one for chord melody work - do you have any recommendations for wood choices , weight - pick ups etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QAman View Post
    Im looking to get one for chord melody work - do you have any recommendations for wood choices , weight - pick ups etc.
    Depending on your hand size, many like having a 1 3/4" nut width for that (or bigger!).

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    Quote Originally Posted by marcwhy View Post
    Depending on your hand size, many like having a 1 3/4" nut width for that (or bigger!).
    I know your right . I’m finding that most Tele necks are 1.650 which is too small for me - but some are 1.685 , the later of which would be adequate.

  43. #1692

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    Quote Originally Posted by QAman View Post
    Im looking to get one for chord melody work - do you have any recommendations for wood choices , weight - pick ups etc.
    talk to rick kelly at carmine st guitars nyc...hes made teles for kirchen. dylan, walter becker,etc etc...for frisells tele,he used old reclaimed pine for body & a one piece padauk neck...padauk is used for marimba bars..ie. resonant!!...and lollar cc's...nice!

    have fun deciding

    cheers

  44. #1693

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    Quote Originally Posted by QAman View Post
    Im looking to get one for chord melody work - do you have any recommendations for wood choices , weight - pick ups etc.
    As someone recommended earlier, something a bit wider in the nut would probably be preferable, in terms of wood, it depends on what kind of sound you want to get out of the guitar.
    Testing a Gibson ES335 vs Harley Benton HB 35 (very inexpensive semi hollow body guitar)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8fGMIs1wNEA&t=185s

    Jamming the Jazz standard All the things you are
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUzDEct613g&t=3s

    Playing a solo over my friends tune Cookies and Cream
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJHqt_lpyKM

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    Quote Originally Posted by QAman View Post
    I know your right . I’m finding that most Tele necks are 1.650 which is too small for me - but some are 1.685 , the later of which would be adequate.
    This post (currently) has 35 pages of tele examples and comments, many of them from "non-Fender" makers who will make whatever you ask them to make, and for reasonable prices. There's also the easy option of buying an inexpensive Squier, and then a Warmoth replacement neck with a 1 3/4" nut. The only problem here is there are too many options!

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    Quote Originally Posted by marcwhy View Post
    This post (currently) has 35 pages of tele examples and comments, many of them from "non-Fender" makers who will make whatever you ask them to make, and for reasonable prices. There's also the easy option of buying an inexpensive Squier, and then a Warmoth replacement neck with a 1 3/4" nut. The only problem here is there are too many options!
    Well said. The choices are endless. When I get a chance I’ll visit Music Zoo and play a bunch. From a design standpoint - this is a very simple interchangeable build and thus the numerous offerings and options.

    The key for me will be a lighter guitar with a nitro finish which has a lively resonant vibe - - nothing too heavy. Since I’m an acoustic Archtop guy - the unplugged vibe will be my deciding factor.

    I know this is a Tele post - but I remember reading an article with Dicky Bett’s and he said the best way to pick out a Les Paul ( or for me a Tele) was in a quiet room unplugged. The better ones just ring like a bell with clarity and sustain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QAman View Post
    Well said. The choices are endless. When I get a chance I’ll visit Music Zoo and play a bunch. From a design standpoint - this is a very simple interchangeable build and thus the numerous offerings and options.

    The key for me will be a lighter guitar with a nitro finish which has a lively resonant vibe - - nothing too heavy. Since I’m an acoustic Archtop guy - the unplugged vibe will be my deciding factor.

    I know this is a Tele post - but I remember reading an article with Dicky Bett’s and he said the best way to pick out a Les Paul ( or for me a Tele) was in a quiet room unplugged. The better ones just ring like a bell with clarity and sustain.
    [and don't forget budget: the teles in this post range from $300 - 3,000 (and more!) USD!]

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    Quote Originally Posted by QAman View Post
    I know this is a Tele post - but I remember reading an article with Dicky Bett’s and he said the best way to pick out a Les Paul ( or for me a Tele) was in a quiet room unplugged. The better ones just ring like a bell with clarity and sustain.
    Paul Reed Smith expressed the same sentiment to me. He's absolutely right.
    Best regards, k

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    Yup, no matter what guitar you are playing if you can feel the notes vibrating through you know you are onto a winner.
    “When a wise man points at the moon the fool considers the finger.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by jazzbow View Post
    Yup, no matter what guitar you are playing if you can feel the notes vibrating through you know you are onto a winner.
    I don’t think that there could be a more obvious point to reinforce. Funny though. On one of the Fender-type solid body forums there was a fairly recent thread started about how the unplugged sound of a guitar had no bearing on the plugged sound. A lot of people were buying it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lammie200 View Post
    I don’t think that there could be a more obvious point to reinforce. Funny though. On one of the Fender-type solid body forums there was a fairly recent thread started about how the unplugged sound of a guitar had no bearing on the plugged sound. A lot of people were buying it.
    And yet the attack/decay envelope is there, amplified or not.
    Best regards, k