#1
I currently am playing an Epiphone Les Paul through a Fender Hot Rod Deville. I've been playing for a while and I've just found that les paul's just aren't really for me. I play for my worship team at church so I need really nice clean tones out of the neck pickup but also when it comes time I need alot of umph and spank with overdriven tones out of the bridge. Think Hillsong tones (If you don't know what that is think U2) I use alot of delays and light overdrive to a heavy overdrive. I'm debating between a Telecaster, a Strat, or an AVRI Jazzmaster.... I could use some help sorting out my thoughts.

Thanks a ton!
#3
Just like you my main gigging and practice guitar was an Epiphone Les Paul Standard, through a Boss GT8 and a fender FM212. Last month I decided to buy a Fender style guitar for cleans to go along with my raw Les Paul sound.

With my budget (app. 700$), I had to chose between a STD Strat and a Classic Player Jazzmaster.

I chose the Jazzmaster because:
- versatility : 2 alternative circuits, and I have to switch from one tone to another pretty often)
-tremolo : from what I experienced, a lot more stable and has a lock button when downtuning to fix the tuning (but it produces sympathetic vibrations that are audible when playing plugged AND unplugged)
- its look/ergonomy

However, I already borrowed to a friend a MIM STD Strat for a year, which was great (pick ups, tremolo and set up), and had different tone possibilties (not more) compared to the jazzmaster.

It depends on what you need and the prices you have in your area.

If you are after a guitar that is easier to resale after some years and you don't need the two alternative circuits, I would definetly go with a Strat, with maybe a Humbucker in the bridge for overdriven tones, since you use your neck pick-up for your clean tones.

Hope it helps.


I can't say for Telecaster tough, cause I never seriously tried one.
#4
Personally, i prefer Teles, although some might say that they lack diversity in tone, YMMV and were I you, I'd spend a few hours at the shop playing each and then start to decide.
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#6
Telecaster
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Telecaster most definitely.
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#8
i have to agree with what everyone said, get a strat with noiseless pickups. endless tone possibilities
#9
Go with a Jazzmaster. Not because it'll give you better tones, but because the tones will be just as good as Strats and Teles AND you gain massive style points. Everyone and their mother plays Strats and Teles and Jazzmasters are classy axes that deserve the same kind of notoriety.
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#10
If you just need the two straight-forward standard clean neck/dirty bridge tones and want the most dependable guitar possible, go for the Tele.

If you want slightly more variety in your tones and the added option of a little trem action, go for the Strat.

If you want to stand out a bit more and want a slightly more reliable trem, go for the Jazzmaster.

Personally the Jazzmaster is a no-brainer for me. They can do clean tones just as well as any other standard Fender design but they also handle gain a little bit better, I think, since their pickups tend to be that little bit smoother and ever so slightly hotter in the bridge. The trem is also a great design, once you have it set up properly.
#11
tone is always an amp or pickup swap away, you cant change how a guitar feels, for me the tele wins always, over everything.
#12
All I can say is go to a place where you can try them all out at the same time. However, I played a Strat with noiseless pickups yesterday that sounded awesome.
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Go with a Jazzmaster. Not because it'll give you better tones, but because the tones will be just as good as Strats and Teles AND you gain massive style points. Everyone and their mother plays Strats and Teles and Jazzmasters are classy axes that deserve the same kind of notoriety.


A reason against the Jazzmaster (I do love them though) is that they are way too hipster. They give off the impression that you think you're cool because nobody else has a Jazzmaster. That being said, choose the guitar for the tone. I say get a Tele. One of the most versatile guitars ever with the right pickups.
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