About 2 years ago I decided to move from acoustic to electric guitars, just to stretch my playing ability's. When I first started looking I was really after a Gibson Les Paul because at the time it was my absoloute dream guitar. However I stumbled across a tele and no matter how hard I tried, I could not convince myself that this guitar was not 100 times better than a Les paul.
From the first moment it was plugged into the amp it gave that dull twang and every strum was like recreating 70's Rock And Roll. This guitar gives the best clean sound of anything I have ever heard, even a novice can make this guitar sound just like most mainstream music. Not only that but its very versatile, being able to play not only clean stuff but with the correct effects this guitar can sound like a Jackson or a B C Rich, and can happily replicate the sound of bands such as system of a down.
I would just like to point out, however, that this is not a light piece of equipment and can be quite painful on your shoulder after a while if you don't buy the correct strap, so be warned. Furthermore it's not the cheapest guitar either. I bought mine second hand and even then it was £650, but by god is it worth it.
After purchasing this guitar I don't think i could ever live without having a telecaster as part of my guitar collection, as it is just my pride and joy. I would strongly recommend them to anyone looking to buy a guitar, as the sound the comes from this axe will blow everyone else's gibson's and epiphones out of the water.
And lets be honest, it's beautiful, absoloutly beautiful.
2 pickups, 1 volume knob, 1 tone knob, 22 frets (although I believe the mexican version has 21)
I bought my USA Telecaster for £600 around 6 years ago. When I got it home and opened the guitar case I was hit by a truly wonderful smell (that has sadly gone), I was so excited to play it.
Plugged into my Fender red knob twin amp this thing really sounds amazing. The tones it produces are so familiar, you'll have heard many bands ranging from country to blues to rock that have recorded with that set up.
When I originally bought this I was playing in a Radiohead Tribute band and can safely say that if you want to come anywhere close to replicating the sound of Jonny Greenwood you NEED this guitar.
In the 6 years I've had this guitar I've not encountered any problems, the strings rarely break and the output doesn't make any scratchy sounds as theres no rust or bad connection. Surprising really considering I play 3-4 gigs a month every month and have done for the past 6 years. It has had a lot of use, recording, rehearsing and gigging and has never let me down.
If my Telecaster was to break I would get another one. As much as I want to try a Gibson or a Burns guitar I am happy with the sound of the Tele....that's not to say I wont get a Gibson or a Burns to use alongside my Tele!
A quick tip: If you own or get one of these, be sure to buy a padded guitar strap for it because it is a heavy beast
I personally find Fender guitars the best kind of guitars on a whole. Considering price, quality, aesthetics and sound i believe Fenders are the way forward. Their excellent repuatation as a guitar producer, and all round music-based company also adds to the overall rating of this guitar. Even the Squier copies of this guitar are worth considering as they are also built at a very high standard.
This particular style of Fender, the Telecaster is a superb guitar for all ranges of ability, and it was my first guitar of which i owned. I now own a Stratocaster, which portrays my dedication to this brand!
This guitar has 1 pickup, which delivers a great sound when plugged in to an amp. I have a Fender Frontman 65 watt amp, and I find this suits the guitar perfectly.
The guitar is easy to tune, easy to play, and easy to re-string... which makes it perfect for any guitarist. Overall it is a superb guitar, with a superb sound.
For the past year I have owned a Fender American Special Telecaster and it is by far the best guitar I own, all my friends envy me for having it. The sound quality from the two single pick-ups are superb although I am considering changing the neck pick-up because the sound that it produces is not entirely what I want, but that is my choice, and some people like the neck pick-up how it is. I also think that if you want a heavier sound, but don't want something like a Les Paul or a SG, i really do recommend getting a telecaster with at least one humbucker, as the single coil pick-ups that most telecasters come with are very hard to get a heavy sound with unless you have the correct pedals. Overall i think there is a telecaster to fit everyone's needs, no matter what they are, you just need to discover the right one.
Over my 10 years of guitar playing I've owned over 20 ranging from the standard models to custom shop classics. Of all these guitars there is one that I will never part with - my Fender telecaster.
The telecaster is a real 'guitar players' guitar - it does exactly what it says on the tin. The two pickups offer three settings, each of which is instantly recognisable as a classic guitar tone. The bridge pickup offers a bright twang, the bridge and middle pickup combination gives a smoother twangy tone whereas the neck pickup alone yields smooth mellow tones.
I think that people are often put off the telecaster by it's lack of features. It doesn't have as many settings as the strat, it has a fixed bridge and less controls (tone and volume). However, I honestly believe that it is the simplicity of the telecaster that is it's strongest point. A good guitar player can use this simple instrument to obtain a baffling range of brilliant tones with ease.
Don't be fooled by it's simplicity, the telecaster is a hugely versatile instrument in the right hands.
I have owned a Telecaster '72 custom for a couple of years now after updating my 'poor man's' squire strat. I must say that I got this guitar in a sale for £400 ish and it is the best £400 I have ever spent.
Some people say that the Telecaster is outdated and ugly but when I get round to polishing my black custom with aple neck it just blows me away.
Not only does it look great, it also sounds great. With a below average practice amp you can still get a mean sounds from it.
It is comfortable, although slightly heavier than some other guitars I have played.
I wouldn't change this guitar for the world and would recommend it to anyone, either beginner or seasoned pro, as I cannot recall any other guitar I have played giving me the feeling that my telecaster '72 custom gives me each and everytime I play it.
The Telecaster is an engineers guitar. When Leo Fender first started making electric guitars, this is what came from it. It's a big ugly thing really, the somewhat neglected older, less perfect brother of the Stratocaster.
The Telecaster has this big heavy body, carved from basic lines and very few contours, the pick guard reflects this further, just a big bit of plastic, no style whatsoever, just purely there to serve a purpose. The pickups are basic single coil affairs that buzz under halogen lights, only two of them, a neck and a bridge pickup. There's only one volume control, and one tone control too, and then a three-pole switch for selecting between pickups.
To someone who's in it for the glamour, the looks, the fame and glory, the telecaster has little to offer at all....
And that's what I love about it. You don't need 15 pickups and a whammy bar, or infinite tone controls, not when you can play the guitar properly. It's like this: A distorted guitar sounds good because the dirt covers up any mistakes, however when it's a clean guitar, you've gotta be perfect. This is what the telecaster represents to me. Oh of course it sounds sweet distorted, but turn the gain down and you've got what is arguably one of the most soulful guitar sounds in the world.
Of course I own one. I plug it into a Marshall 4-valve 100w stack, and the pleasure is only matched by that of a Les Paul through the same amp. The Tele isn't quite as easy to play, and perhaps a little rougher round the edges than the Gibson, but it was half the price! Besides, that doesn't matter if it sounds good.
Now back to the looks. They say that Brian May made his first guitar out of a toilet seat. It looks like Leo Fender had the same idea frankly! But that's the thing, this isn't a guitar that screams "look at me!", it's a guitar that just gets the job done, and does it well. It's a workhorse, simplicity is the key. Bearing in mind the design hasn't changed in over 50 years, the guitar now has a sort of retro status, which makes it cool again.
Of course over the years they've tarted it up, put newer, sweeter pickups in there and given it fancy paintwork, but it still remains an engineers guitar, purely there to get the job done.
Mine on the other hand, well, I wasn't just going to have a boring one, was I? I've got a natural finish Tele. The body is made entirely of Ash, and the neck, including the fretboard, are maple. This thing is beautiful. Now, it was over £700 when I bought it, so you'd hope so, but it really was a matter of walking into the shop, the mind goes quiet and I'm drawn to it!
Now, they do make Mexican versions, and cheap american versions too. Both are OK, the Mex is really a little bit poor, it just doesn't sound or feel quite right. The US cheapo (I forget it's real name) is actually quite remarkable, but then let's face it, if you're going to be spending £400 on a guitar, you might as well spend £500 and get the real deal, even if it's a basic model.
All in all then, if I'm feeling in a show-off kind of mood, this one stays in the box. If I just fancy picking up a guitar without being gawped at, no expectations, just a cool guitar, the Tele comes into play. I'm finding that's happening more often these days!
The Fender Telecaster is one of the orginal electric guitars that was first made in the 1950's. Since they were first made they've pretty much never changed! They have 2 single coil pickups, one at the bridge, and one at a slight angle at the neck.
One thing I love about this guitar is the amount of different tone you can get from just flicking between the 3 pickups. Being on the bridge pickup brings an amazingly light almost twangy sound, but switch to the neck pickup and you've got a much deeper tone at your finger tips.
The action on these is very good, which helps to make a quick fret board. The neck itself is quite short, so if you're used to a longer neck it might be a little odd to play to start with, but i've got this and a an SG which has a long neck, and i don't find any problems in switching between the two. I find they compliment each other well, with the different sounds and tones.
Telecasters, and especially the older ones, are like the "Stradivarius's" of the guitar world. I had the pleasure of once owning an "original" '72 Telecaster Custom, that was blonde in colour.
Keith Richards from the Rolling Stones is quotes as saying, "I know guys who hang these guitars on the wall and just stare at them", coming from "The" Telecaster master, this statement is actually quite true. When I sold mine, I really "did" miss it, 4 yrs later when Fender announced the Re-issue of the guitar, I knew I had to have one.
The month it was being "Re-issued", I had already paid the deposit on it. I play through a Vox AC 30, the Tele '72 was Fender's first venture into using 3 way selector switches and "Gibsonesque" like set up where the two sets of Volume and Tone pots were fitted giving both a typical Tele twang, and Gibson humbucking sound but without the sustain.
The pick-guard on this guitar was hard wearing 3 ply (and a nice finishing touch), the action is very low, meaning the strings are closer to the fretboard than that of a Gibson, this makes playing fast, a hell of a lot easier. The plate on this guitar has a thing called "a micro-tile adjuster", that, when turned with a tiny Allan key, can slightly move the neck in or out, again making the action lower still, it would be worth while mentioning that tightening or loosening the adjuster isn't really the done thing, these guitars should be low enough without touching this part, besides, the plate that holds the guitar body and guitar neck together, is comprised of only 3 bolts rather than 4.
The sound of an American made Tele is great, some musicians are adamant in the instruments they choose, like Richards, Kurt Cobain was also a Fender man, alongside Dave Gilmour, Jimi Hendrix,Eric Clapton, Ritchie Blackmore and Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead, naming some of the best in the business, they have all made Fender their choice weapon in the battle of the axes.
Through an amp like the AC-30, the Custom sounds a lot better than through my Marshall VS 100, having bought a good quality guitar, it would stand to reason that you play it through a half decent amp.
I have found that every time I see a good band on T.V, a lot of them are now opting for re-issue Custom '72's, not a bad thing as they have the added bonus of more control over tone and volume. I can't/won't comment on any other types of Customs like the Squier versions, as I have never owned one, or heard anyone playing one.
* Alder body
* U-shape maple neck
* Rosewood or maple fretboard
* Bullet truss rod
* Vintage string-thru Tele bridge
* 3-bolt neckplate with Micro-Tile adjustment
* Wide Range humbucking neck pickup
* Traditional single-coil bridge pickup
* 2 volume and 2 tone knobs
* 3-way toggle switch
* Black/white/black pickguard
* Chrome hardware
The Telecaster once tuned, can be gigged, dropped, set on fire and broken in two, and will still stay in tune (well almost), it takes some serious bending of the strings to budge them, making playing long songs with longer solos no problem.
A string change is always recommended at LEAST once a month, once the strings have stretched and found their natural length, they will not move, a bonus for any guitar player.
An excellent and versatile guitar, where soloing and rhythm are concerned, not as heavy as some guitars, the Tele gets the thumbs up from me. Ask me which one guitar I would spend the rest of my life playing, and I would tell you the '72 Tele Custom, whilst having owned some 26 guitars in my time as a player, my biggest regret was getting rid of this, though the one I replaced it with is going nowhere.
Before I forget, this guitar I spoke about, the Re-issue '72, was 550.00 pounds when I bought it in 2001, if you do decide a Telecaster is for you, make the effort of getting an American one (although the re-issue was Mexican), Japanese Teles, Squier, have never been to my liking, much like Epiphone Electric guitars are too Gibson, for an extra 200 pounds you can pick one up for around 450 pounds.
The Telecaster isn’t exactly a fave among Fenders guitars anymore. Originally it was designed as a budget guitar (although a genuine, especially a vintage, will sell for great prices nowadays), its chunky, workmanlike look lacks the ease of use of the Strat (and the Strat has a far superior sound) and the slinky look of the Jaguar and Jazzmaster models. A few famous Tele fans include Dave Gilmour of Pink Floyd, Graham Coxon, Chrissie Hynde and Rod Jones of Idlewild. The idea of the Tele was never to be beautiful; rather it was designed to be practical. However, it is very easy for a guitar to be both, as the Strat demonstrates (little swot that it is). It does have the prestige of being the first mass-produced electric however (its being going for over fifty years), and it had many fans, as it does today on a lesser scale, however, when the more attractive and easier to play models such as the Strat and Les Paul came out, they quickly eclipsed the Tele in terms of popularity. While it retains its fans today, its main advantage is its chordal punch, which is also its disadvantage in making innovative lead guitar work fairly awry and awkward (although Rod Jones seems to manage well with his!). The interesting thing about the Tele is that despite the fact that it was manufactured as an easy guitar to play, it isn’t at all. Take something like a Les Paul, which, like the Tele, is fairly big and heavy, and difficult to wear at first. Despite these faults, once your shoulder develops enough to take the strain of a Les Paul, it is an absolute baby to play; in fact, a baby could almost play it. The Tele, on the other hand, is hard to wear, wield AND play, as I’m going to discuss. Looks As I’ve mentioned, the Tele is not a particularly attractive guitar. Essentially it’s a lump of wood with a neck and some metal attached (so is the Les Paul, but you see what I’m getting at here), with minimal contouring
, which can cause more practical problems. Its fairly big when compared to the likes of the Strat, although lighter but harder to wield than a Les Paul. Even the variety of finishes can’t give it a sexy look (and Chrissie Hynde’s sparkly Tele just looks ridiculous, like putting a boxer dog in a pink collar with matching boots), but its simple design is its principle charm for some. Most of its bits and pieces tend to be well-made, if a tad crude, sometimes you get slight roughness around the bridge and saddle areas, but the pickups seem to work ok, and all major hardware tends to be serviceable. Sound The relatively poor sustain, and bright “punch” of the Tele, make what is really a chord-playing guitar. Extensive single-note soloing is pretty hard on one of these because of the quick death of its sound, although this makes it good for bouncy, upbeat playing, along with its bright, sharp sound, most famous Tele devotees do have a chordy (not an actual word according to my spellchecker), almost percussive playing style. It does invite some experimentation such as that of Johnny Greenwood and Will Sergeant, and once again Rod Jones’ angular playing and if you are a more experimental player, the Tele makes an interesting, if difficult, proposition. Ease of playing One could argue there is none! I’m a very very bad player, and as such, I found the Tele well nigh impossible to navigate. Even though a Les Paul is bigger than I am, I find those and Strats much easier to manage. The lack of contouring on the body causes problems when wearing the guitar, I found it quite prone to digging into me, and it seems to be made for slightly longer-bodied people. This lack of contouring also necessitates a right arm position that is extremely wearing and unforgiving, and the bridge is not very comfortable for resting the old paws on. The thinline Tele is easier to play in terms of size, and these s hortc
omings resulted in the bloody excellent Fender Stratocaster, but on its own merits, a Tele is a flipping difficult guitar to play. Major advantages Often described as a blue-collar guitar, the price of regular Tele’s rarely exceeds £700 ish. Of course vintage models cost a lot more. Its sound makes it perfect for chord players, if they can get over the difficult arm positioning. It truly is a vintage guitar, being in production for such a long time. Maybe playing difficult guitars makes you a stronger player in the same way riding difficult horses makes you a stronger (or possibly deader) rider. The sound, without considering sustain, is quite nice, very deep and punchy. Has its fans in those who like power chord music. The crude nature of the Tele and its components make it easy to customize or upgrade. It’s pretty damn durable. Do NOT test this theory by allowing buses, rhinos or Vanessa to run over it. Major disadvantages Difficult and uncomfortable to play until you get used to it. There is the possibility you won’t get used to it. Not very comfortable to wear The sustain isn’t good Its not very ‘cool’ if that kind of thing matters to you It’s not very sexy either. Its rough design can cause major problems sometimes in its sound. I’m giving the poor old Tele a three out of five. Owning any kind of electric would make me a very happy bunny at this point, but the Tele just doesn’t stand up to all its descendants, even in its own time it was considered a difficult guitar to play. However, it is worth making the effort to overcome the difficulties concerned in playing if you like its bright attack of sound, and as I’ve mentioned it is a very customisable (hey, my spellchecker says this one IS an actual word!!!!) guitar.
In over 30 years as a semi pro performer. I have had the honour to play some of the best guitars,both vintage and new and must have bought and sold 200 guitars in that time. Im now in retirement but still play regularly and the only guitar Ive every truly loved is the Telecaster. I sold my 67 sunburst last year after 35 years with me,and it took part of my life with it. But the good news is,forget money,country of origin,the hype,the rubbish talked about action,feel,pickups.Fender now make amazing telecasters. Ive got a standard Mexican Tele and its a dream,quality feel and playability are brilliant,it costs just over £300 and I promise this Tele will fufill all your desires as either a chord-basher or a bluesman or country picker. The North American produced standard teles are all vitually the same simple,bulletproof,loud,and as good as anything produced,forget strats,exotic woods,and mega dosh, remember 50% of the tone comes from the amp where again a Fender amp excells. The telecaster in short is so simple and robust it will last you a lifetime. Save you money in repairs and plays beatifully. The all maple neck is slightly brighter in tone, suggested strings for chord work 10-52,lead 9-42. Teles sound best through 1or2x12 speakers,use Fender or Vox amps or older HH combos.
Ok, firstly I assume that we all know what a tele is all about here. I bought my Mexican Standard 60's Telecaster 4 years ago, when Fender first introduced the Mexican range, at which time I paid £199 for it. I have seen them now however, for anywhere inbetween £349 - £500. However, don't let this put you off any. So the question is, what is the difference between a standard USA tele, costing £800+ and my £199 Mexican tele? The answer? Well unless you read the "Made in Mexico" on the headstock you'd never know. Tonally this baby is right up there, seriously you cannot tell the difference. Put this up against a Squire tele, and you'll be getting out the axe to make firewood from your lacklustre sad Squire. The choice of wood is obviously not AS good as a USA, but hey who cares if you've got a couple of blemishes on the neck if it sounds this good. The bridge, tuning heads and pickups are standard telecaster issue. I have played this guitar through a variety of amps, various Marshalls, Laney LC30112, and Fender, it won't suit all varieties of amps, but thats not a quality problem, just the nature of the tele. So if you are a beginner looking to make a first purchase, forget that Squire strat or whatever, pay a little bit more and have a guitar that plays like a dream, and will last you a lifetime. Or if you are an experienced player, on that never ending quest for tonal supreamacy, and don't own a tele, buy one of these and it will take you one step closer.
The first guitar I ever bought was a Squier Fender Tele, which I bought because of the price and fenders reputation. In the set I got an amp, strings, lead, plectrum, video and book along with my guitar for £170.00 from a shop in Manchester city centre. After playing the guitar for about 2 months I began to get a crackling sound when playing plugged in and moving the guitar around slightly, nothing more than playing it stood up with it walking about. Everything in my set was guaranteed for 1 year so I took the lead back to the shop and told them about the problem, and they replaced it without any hassle. I took it home and the crackling stopped for a few days but then started again. I brought a friends guitar round to my house and plugged it into the same amp and lead and there was no crackling whatsoever and so I decided to take the guitar back to the store and explain the problem while it was still under guarantee. I was told that there must be a problem inside it, which I could not fix myself, and they took it in to repair it. I got a phone call from them in about a week?s time telling me my guitar had been fixed and could be picked up anytime. I went and retrieved the guitar and when I got it home it worked fine again. I played it solidly for around 2 weeks and it began to crackle again. I decided not to keep pestering the shop as they had fixed it, and went and bought an expensive lead from someware else. The problem was fixed for around a week but then It hit the worst spot. The hole where the end of the lead is inserted would no longer hold the lead in place, and it just fell out whenever plugged in. Again I took the guitar back to the shop and they fixed the problem themselves. Next thing to go wrong was when the switch for rhythm/lead or high/low pickup control was set to low; no sound came through at all! When I took it back to the shop the guy told me he didn?t have any idea what was causing the problem and decided to send the guitar away to be
fixed. I got it back around 2 weeks later and this seemed to be the end of the problems. It?s taken a while but the guitar plays and sounds just as it should. I?m unsure whether this is an individual case or have other people been having similar problems with their tele?s? I?ll be interested to read the comments.
Well, i have Mexican Fender Telecaster, and to say that it is a pleasure to play would be an understatement. But I'll get onto that later. If you know anything about Electric Guitars, you will know that the Fender "Broadcaster" was the very first marketed electric guitar. Later renamed the Telecaster, it has easily been amongst the most popular guitars with all kinds of guitarists everywhere. From the Beatles to Oasis, Blur to Radiohead, most top guitarists will not have a bad word for the old Tele. Perhaps because its so versatile- all sorts of sounds can be achieved on it. One of the all time greats, Danny Gatton achieved an amazing bluesy sound with a style that was generally unmatched, while Mr. Greenwood, from Radiohead, achieves a soaring screeching rock sound. The wood of the fretboard is always finely selected and with a fine set of strings, "Ernie Ball" being my choice, playing this instrument is just amazing. A really low action makes bending and sliding the srtings just great. I've heard a lot of criticism about the apearance of the Telecaster. True, it is very basic, and i can see how people may think it looks boring, but personally i think the simple layout, especially the ultra-simple tone and volume controls (Retained from the earliest days), make for a very unique look. The thing is, anyone who knows guitars will probably think this when they see someone playing one. A couple of extra additions to the summation- tuning of the guitar is very simple, all the tuning pegs are on the top of the guitar head and are usually very smooth. Stringing the guitar is also a lot easier than a lot of Fenders other models such as the Strat. There are six holes in the back of the solid body where you simply thread the strings through, so no tricky unscrewing of panels is required! Overall, anyone who knows guitars will know that this is the thinking man's guitar.
I bought this guitar for £175 about 3 years ago and I have never had any problems with it which I thought I would seeing as its a cheaply made guitar. The body is exactly the same as the Fender version but the neck is a different (cheaper) wood and it is dark. The sound of the Telecaster makes it definately my favourite guitar of all time and the Squier is not a bad copy. One reassuring thing is that all the Squiers are made by Fender and so you know that there are not likely to be many problems. I also think that the Telecaster looks brillant and it is definately a classic guitar. The Squier Telecaster is in the shops at about £150 on average but it can be found cheaper and more expensive as I found out. If I were you I wouldn't pick it up for more than £150 or you are losing out. I intend to keep this guitar for ever now for two reasons. 1 - It wouldn't be worth selling it because It's not worth enough and 2 - I still like this guitar a lot and the colour I got it in which is Butterscotch.