#1
Hey all, so I'm looking at getting a Telecastor to mix up my collection consisting of a Gibson Les Paul Studio, Dean Dave Mustaine VMNT1, Fender American Strat and a Tony Iommi Epi SG. I'm after the sort of early Stones tone, and figured a Tele would be best for this - I'm using a Marshall AVT at the minute, would you guys recommend anything for that Keith Richards tone? No budget in mind yet, just looking into it.

Thanks!
#2
Start with truckloads of booze, dope and cigarettes over a lifetime. Then you'll have laid the necessary foundation.

After that, Keef is famous for playing his Telecasters with only five strings. He cuts the high "E" string off - he simply does not need it. He tunes his main Telecaster to open "G" (well; sort of, since he cuts the string off): G, D, G, B, D low to high. He uses Ernie Ball Slinkies, as I recall. His main Telecasters are Tele Deluxes (or Frankenstein versions of the Deluxe) with a humbucker in the neck position. As for amplifiers, Keef uses old fender tube amps - Twins and Bassmans. Get a vintage reissue of either one and the above-listed guitar; throw in the lifetime of substance abuse and you're set. He's used a tape echo, an MXR phaser and the odd boost pedal and flanger for effects.

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#3
A lot of Keith Richards' sound comes from the bright twanginess of single coils. A Tele would be ideal but for now it would probably be worth upgrading your amp and sticking with your strat.
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#4
how old are we talking? in the early 60s keith used a variety of guitars including a LP and a 335. the stones used vox amps in the early days as well.
#5
Quote by FatalGear41
Start with truckloads of booze, dope and cigarettes over a lifetime. Then you'll have laid the necessary foundation.

After that, Keef is famous for playing his Telecasters with only five strings. He cuts the high "E" string off - he simply does not need it. He tunes his main Telecaster to open "G" (well; sort of, since he cuts the string off): G, D, G, B, D low to high. He uses Ernie Ball Slinkies, as I recall. His main Telecasters are Tele Deluxes (or Frankenstein versions of the Deluxe) with a humbucker in the neck position. As for amplifiers, Keef uses old fender tube amps - Twins and Bassmans. Get a vintage reissue of either one and the above-listed guitar; throw in the lifetime of substance abuse and you're set. He's used a tape echo, an MXR phaser and the odd boost pedal and flanger for effects.

It's only rock & roll...

This is it, sort of. The Telecaster (called "Micawber") that he tunes to Open G (sans the High E) is a normal Tele (Blonde with Black Pick-guard) modified to have a Gibson PAF in the neck (originally the bridge position on a 335). It is not a Tele Deluxe or a Tele Custom; they have Fender Wide Range Pickups and a different Pickguard. Micawber is practically only used for his rhythm parts, though. He also uses a lot of other teles, mostly SS for leads from earlier songs and an actual Telecaster Deluxe for the Stones' later catalog.

EDIT: Yeah, Keef had that guitar before Fender was even making Telecaster Deluxes.

Also; This might help TS.
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#6
ive heard he used a few LP type guitars with P90s in them as well, but yes, the tele would probably be your best bet honestly