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ozarkmac

Missouri Ozarks

Sep 25th, 2018 01:29 PM   Edit   Profile  

I play primarily blues with occasional classic rock, country and rockabilly on a Strat and a semi-hollow Epiphone but would like to add another guitar to my inventory. I would like to have some recommendations on which Tele models to consider. Thanks!

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Sep 25th, 2018 01:37 PM   Edit   Profile  

You can play rock and blues on any Tele; even traditional single-coil models are not relegated to country twang. Two good examples are Muddy Waters and Bruce Springsteen. Single coils can sound plenty beefy.

The amp you use matters as much as the guitar.

If you gig with it, a humbucker-equipped guitar can save your bacon because it's not uncommon for electrical circuits in bars and clubs to be quite noisy. If you like the cutting tone of single coil pickups in a Tele, a great way to get humbucking operation is to install the four-way switch mod that gives you a 4th position that puts both coils into humbucking mode.



ozarkmac

Missouri Ozarks

Sep 25th, 2018 02:08 PM   Edit   Profile  

I use a Blues JR IV. Good point on the humbucker. I put a humbucker in my Strat because I got used to the extra umph of the dual humbuckers in my Epi so I would probably want that option in a tele as well.

I noticed in another post where the Classic Player Baja 50s and 60s were given great reviews as the latest and greatest tele. Neither of these have humbuckers but they appear to have a lot of tonal options.



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Sep 25th, 2018 02:27 PM   Edit   Profile  

The Baja Telecasters are certainly not "the latest," but in my own humble opinion are "the greatest." As you've noticed here on the FDP they get great reviews. And justifiably so. Well made, very playable, full-of-tone, guitars. And at a very reasonable price. Personally, I find them to be the most interesting Telecasters in the Fender line-up for a number of years now. My 2 cents...

As Peegoo has recommended, the 4-way switch negates the need for a humbucker, as that extra switch position kicks in some beefy humbucker tones, eliminates noise, AND already comes standard on both versions of the Baja Telecaster.

You can't go wrong with this well thought out and manufactured Telecaster. Great guitars.

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Sep 25th, 2018 02:35 PM   Edit   Profile  

If you don't want to spring for a USA Tele, the Squier Classic Vibe Telecaster ticks all the boxes (great pickups, great hardware, great tones, etc.), at a very decent price.

I know people that gig these, and they are good right out of the box.

Check 'em out at MF and Sweetwater (links above).

Achase4u
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Sep 25th, 2018 06:07 PM   Edit   Profile  

Yea man you can blues on any Tele. Fun times.

They have made good recommendations already.

So do you do the blues jams at the Ozarks? Do you know my buddies Mark Revel and Ben Van Dyke?

pcalu

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Sep 25th, 2018 07:08 PM   Edit   Profile  

I play nothing but teles, modern country, traditional country Blues & Jazz.. throw is a dash of Rock..

All with Overdrive.. I use primarily traditional telecasters using traditional single coils. NO NEED TO GO noiseless, just shield the guitar correctly..

I prefer the tightness of single coils over humbuckers. To avoid sounding thin learning how to work both your guitars and amps tone stack is a must.

Some amps you have to push the mids, some amps you have to push the base while rolling back the treb.. all depends on the amp

When I play Blues a usually go to my Special with the CS Texas Specials. Those pickups are kinda SRV meets Country Twang.. the set is very practical on the stage, & very bluesy.

ozarkmac

Missouri Ozarks

Sep 25th, 2018 09:06 PM   Edit   Profile  

Achase4u, the only guys I know in this area that play are in the Ozark Mountain Oysters group. I frequent the blues clubs in St Louis. I'm just a house player who is not a gifted musician but my passion enables me to entertain me and my cat. LOL!

ozarkmac

Missouri Ozarks

Sep 25th, 2018 09:27 PM   Edit   Profile  

Pcalu, Have you played the Baja series? Just wondering how it compares to your Special for blues playing.

Deep

Kathmandu, Nepal.

Sep 26th, 2018 12:58 AM   Edit   Profile  

One name- Albert Collins!

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As old as the sun

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Sep 26th, 2018 04:36 AM   Edit   Profile  

Gonna need a humbucker and a capo on the 7th fret for that!

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Sep 26th, 2018 06:50 AM   Edit   Profile  

Nah, the real secret to Albert's tone was guitar strap placement. Shhhhh....

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USA/Taos, NM

Sep 26th, 2018 07:55 AM   Edit   Profile  

It's true that Albert had a humbucker in his Tele. But if you really check him out, he rarely used it. He was mostly a bridge pickup player. What a great tone...and sense of humor.

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Sep 27th, 2018 08:09 AM   Edit   Profile  

The other elements would be:

F# Minor tuning... low to high F C F Ab C F
Quilted Ashtray Cover
Thumb and fingers

I use a 2003 Hiway 1 with Bill Lawrence (Custom made by Bill) Keystone pick-ups. Covers all the bases.

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California Escapee

Don't look at me with that tone of voice
Sep 27th, 2018 09:10 AM   Edit   Profile  

Jonny Lang made good use of the Fender 72 Telecaster Thinline reissue in his early live shows and recordings.

(This message was last edited by BobbyMac at 12:58 PM, Sep 27th, 2018)

ozarkmac

Missouri Ozarks

Sep 27th, 2018 12:30 PM   Edit   Profile  

Going to check out a few models this weekend while I'm in St Louis at a couple shops. BTW, if you are near STL and are looking for a great guitar/amp tech/luthier, the J.Gravity Strings on South Broadway is the tops. They've made custom guitars for some world famous folks and have been (formally) in business since 1978. Everyone there is a musician and are not college kids if you know what I mean. I'm 2 1/2 hours away and it's worth the drive to have work done if you can't do it yourself.

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As old as the sun

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Sep 27th, 2018 12:59 PM   Edit   Profile  

The quilted ashtray cover was a piece holographic prism tape Albert bought at a truck stop.

This laser-etched aluminized Mylar stuff right'cheer

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As old as the sun

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Sep 27th, 2018 01:06 PM   Edit   Profile  

Trucking was in Albert's blood. He was a truck driver in Texas for years before he broke big as an entertainer.

He also drove his band's tour bus, and usually did all mechanical repairs on it.

What a cool guy.

Rest easy, Ice Man.

Notice the belt buckle

jefe46
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State of Jefferson

Sep 27th, 2018 02:41 PM   Edit   Profile  

Mylar, that's it, "more mylar".

Achase4u
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Sep 27th, 2018 09:53 PM   Edit   Profile  

Guy was a beast of life.

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