#1
what is the sound/tone differnce between hss strat's and tele's/
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#2
I think teles are twangier.

Hss strats have a humbucker in the bridge, which will give it a meatier tone with less hum (When switched to that pickup)
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#3
teles are a little hotter I guess. they have a nice twang whereas the strat...idk just try them both out.
#5
Telecasters have a really really twangy sound, listen to the Crossroads duel (you can find it on youtube) and when the guy with the tele comes in, you'll definately hear the difference. For an idea of what a strat sounds like, listen to pretty much anything from Jimi Hendrix (Little Wing is a good one)
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#6
telecaster-twangy somewhat countyish. strat-clean crispy goodness
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#7
Telecasters = Twangy but they absorb a lot of tone.

Telecaster Thinlines = Twangy and they don't absorb as much tone. They sound better to me.

Stratocasters = Good tone, I'm not sure how to describe it though. Listen to some Jimi Hendrix songs such as Purple Haze, Foxey Lady, Highway Chile and Crosstown Traffic for a good idea.
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#8
Ok i love hendrix and all. one of my favorite guitarist of all times. but he is not the only person to look at for good strat tones guys..
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#10
Quote by Gargoyle2500
Stratocasters = Good tone, I'm not sure how to describe it though. Listen to some Jimi Hendrix songs such as Purple Haze, Foxey Lady, Highway Chile and Crosstown Traffic for a good idea.

Hey Joe and Purple Haze were played on a Telecaster.
#11
Teles can play anything


Listen to a ISIS or Mouth of the Architect.


You hear that? Thats tele.
#13
Listen to SRV then listen to Albert Collins. You'll hear it quickly.
Tele's are a LOT twangier and snappier than a strat.
An HSS strat has a humbucker in the bridge. It gives a fatter warmer sound.
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#14
anyone ever dared to play metal or death metal on a tele? I mean, I know its possible.

But its practical.
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anyone ever dared to play metal or death metal on a tele? I mean, I know its possible.

But its practical.

jim root telecaster
and the john 5 telecaster can do metal easily
#16
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jim root telecaster
and the john 5 telecaster can do metal easily

fender standard telecaster? I think a guitar can play any style if you make it.

Single coils really don't sound as good when it comes to metal but it can work.

Just throw a ****load of distortion in the mix.
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#17
Well the way I see it, the tele can reach twangier sounds, but has less versatility. The strat can reach a decent twang, but has more versatility with three pickups and all. Plus my friend tells me it's easier to swap pickups out on a strat, as they are mounted onto the pickguard. (Assuming the two guitars in question are the standard Tele and the Standard strat.)
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#18
this thread seems useful,
where i am, to even "see" an american made strat or tele means you're lucky,
tio own one means you are specially blessed by god(or filthy stinking rich, which is one and the same anyways)
I once sold a tele to guy who bought it even without trying it because he was so damn sure about the tone.
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#19
Teles are punchy, ballsy, twangy and powerful on the bridge pickup, smooth, mellow and on the neck, and sweet and buttery with both.

A strat has a mellower sound(Except on the neck pickup. The strat neck pickup is ballsier than the tele neck pickup, assumably attributable to the tele using 42k wire instead of 43k, or something like that), can quack where a tele honks(Doesn't seem to make sense, but trust me it does), has the in-between position, and a less biting bridge pickup.
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#20
How would a Tele with h/bs compare to a HSS strat (I'm just curious)

Also...Jassmaster -> Strat -> Tele -> H/B Tele (again I'm curious)
#21
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Hey Joe and Purple Haze were played on a Telecaster.


Along with Little Wing if I recall.

Like everyone said. Telecasters have this real pronounced twang to them, and is the guitar mainly used in country. Stratocasters are more known for their cleans and made their mark with Hendrix. However, Buddy Holly used them before Hendrix and they were mainly used with chords (Hence why Vintage strats have a 7.25" radius). The bridge pickup of a strat (If its in the standard SSS configuration), is somewhat close to the tele's. I like to think of the strat as what the tele could have been. The strat has contours that make it more comfortable, compared to the tele's boxy shape (Some teles now are contoured too), they also have a tremolo arm for surf music (but Jaquars and those after the strats were used more in surf music.).

Some tele examples:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-T6Dp2UAZo&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7y-Ipi1dnng&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGWfLiEoG98

some strat examples:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCHVpDwMS2k
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIgV8COPSzo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WtRk1YSpcKU

As you can see, the first example of the telecaster, Albert Lee, has a humbucker in the neck, and 2 single coils (Bridge pickup being telestyle, middle being strat style). So teles can also have different configurations compared to the norm of Neck + Bridge, just like strats can have 2 Humbuckers and a Single Coil (Dave Murray's strat) and a Humbucker and 2 Single Coils.
#22
Haha it's great reading people try to describe tone. You need to play them both, I think strats have the better sound, it's just a more "authentic" tone. See, words don't do sound any justice.
#23
teles are brasher and twangier, strats are sweeter and glassier, and have a little natural reverb from the trem springs. the HSS version of the strat will be similar to a normal strat, except with the bridge pickup is selected, which'll give you a rockier, more gibson-style, tone.
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#24
Quote by CKYIbanezParker
anyone ever dared to play metal or death metal on a tele? I mean, I know its possible.

But its practical.


Think the guy from wintersun uses a tele.
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#25
Quote by misfitsweare138
Think the guy from wintersun uses a tele.

I recall him doing so as well.
#26
the guys from the good ol swedish band At The Gates used single coils to get their tone but i dont know if it was from fender strats or teles. those guitarists are now in The Haunted and im really not sure if they still do but i doubt it.

ah yes i might add that when you use single coils for high gain apps, its gonna be really noisy so youll need a rocktron hush or something. i dont know, maybe someone with more experience in this can tell you exactly how to silence it.


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#27
Quote by FallsDownStairs
Along with Little Wing if I recall.

Hmm I don't know about that.

According to this, Hendrix borrowed Noel Redding's Tele for those two songs - but this was on the first album. I doubt he would have needed to on Axis (though why he did on Experienced? I don't know), but it would be interesting if you had a source that could verify that.
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Quote by blue_strat
Hmm I don't know about that.

According to this, Hendrix borrowed Noel Redding's Tele for those two songs - but this was on the first album. I doubt he would have needed to on Axis (though why he did on Experienced? I don't know), but it would be interesting if you had a source that could verify that.


I had read about it in a biography of him I picked up at Barnes and Noble. Mitch had said that he recalls Jimi using a tele on Little Wing.