Juice Face
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#1
Which guitar is the hardiest; what is the Nokia 3310 of guitars?
T00DEEPBLUE
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#2
Telecaster

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Roc8995
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#3
Yup.

Steinberger and Parker are probably stronger by most physical measures, and there are plenty of other guitars out there that are made with super strong materials, but of the most common, popular guitars it's pretty hard to argue with the Tele.
dspellman
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I'd probably pick a neck-through guitar (Carvin DCs, Agile AL-3200s, Yamaha SG2000, etc.) over a set or bolt neck. I'd also pick a guitar with a straight-pull headstock that doesn't have a lot of back-tilt.

The tele offers nothing over any other bolt-neck guitar.

The two most common headstock breaks are the LP style (#1 by a good margin) and the "tilted pointy" inline headstock typified by the Jackson style.

In the tough materials category, it's tough to beat the Travis Bean, with a solid single piece aluminum chunk from tuners to tailpiece, and a (usually) solid koa body wrapped around that.

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#5
My american tele has dealt with tons of abuse and still plays/sounds and look wonderful. I have never had to replace anything other than strings which is more than I can say for my strat and my ibanez
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#6
Who doesn't love a bang-around tele?

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#7
I'm with Roc, there are special cases of course, but of all the normal guitars out there a Tele is just a good, solid guitar, they can really take a beating. Strats are tough too but I have broke the trem arm on a Strat more than once.
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#8
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Telecaster

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^ End of thread right there. The swiss army knife of guitars.
HvyMetalKing
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#9
wasn't there a user on this site that made a line of solid metal guitars? I remember seeing advertising threads with pictures and stuff.

seems like they'd be pretty tough.
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#10
I've never seen a telecaster break. EVER.
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#11
Heck I killed a grizzly with a telecaster. Tex-Mex pickups too. Imagine what I could have done with twang kings or something like that.
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#12
Chuck Norris once kicked a telecaster. The only one with a broken neck afterward was Chuck.
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Heck I killed a grizzly with a telecaster. Tex-Mex pickups too. Imagine what I could have done with twang kings or something like that.



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#14
Quote by dspellman
I'd probably pick a neck-through guitar (Carvin DCs, Agile AL-3200s, Yamaha SG2000, etc.) over a set or bolt neck. I'd also pick a guitar with a straight-pull headstock that doesn't have a lot of back-tilt.

The tele offers nothing over any other bolt-neck guitar.

The two most common headstock breaks are the LP style (#1 by a good margin) and the "tilted pointy" inline headstock typified by the Jackson style.

In the tough materials category, it's tough to beat the Travis Bean, with a solid single piece aluminum chunk from tuners to tailpiece, and a (usually) solid koa body wrapped around that.



goddamn homie I really really want one of those
Juice Face
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#15
So the tele seems to be the consensus for the guitar you'd keep in a zombie apocalypse. What about the most fragile mainstream guitar, one that should it drop, it would be in slow motion while you dive to try to catch it before it hits the ground?

And breaks when you catch it.
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#16
Quote by Juice Face
So the tele seems to be the consensus for the guitar you'd keep in a zombie apocalypse. What about the most fragile mainstream guitar, one that should it drop, it would be in slow motion while you dive to try to catch it before it hits the ground?

And breaks when you catch it.


Yeah I was just about to reference that. For the most part, I don't think there actually is a guitar that can't withstand a good rough and tumble. You'd have to make an honest effort to destroy most if not all the usual guitar makes out there. Except maybe, like, custom builds, I can't guarantee the sturdiness of those.
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#17
Quote by Juice Face
So the tele seems to be the consensus for the guitar you'd keep in a zombie apocalypse. What about the most fragile mainstream guitar, one that should it drop, it would be in slow motion while you dive to try to catch it before it hits the ground?

And breaks when you catch it.



Les Pauls.

A wise man once said, if you drop a Tele, you pick it up. If you drop a Les Paul, you get it repaired.

LP's are quite fragile, so I'm very careful with mine.

Strats are also fairly sturdy as well. I'm willing to jump around and be reckless with my strat, but when I gig with my LP I stay the **** still
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#18
the greater the headstock angle the more fragile it is.
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Telecaster!
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#20
Tele.

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#21
Les Pauls' headstocks just fly off like they were designed to do that.
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