#1
Being a telecaster user myself, well i was thinking if pop rock was more of distortion and palm muting, why not get a strat instead? Is it because of the simplicity or the versatility of the telecaster? Any ideas would help
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#2
As you said, it is a good, versatile guitar. They also don't cost too much (comparatively speaking) and since a lot of other people in their genre use them, the up and comers just follow their lead.
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#3
You can get pretty decent distortion out of a Tele. Again though Any style of music can be played on any guitar
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#4
because a standard tele seems to sound good for most "rock" music. in my experience, it also helps that tele's have a brighter tone and cut through nasty mixes really well
#5
and i guess the 3 way knob makes its simpler for lesser technical guitarists
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Lately? Because teles are more suited to that bright cutting sound.
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i find that teles get a better distortion sound than strats anyways.


i agree in the way that its chunkier
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#10
You can't kill a Tele. If I ever toured I would only use teles if they fitted what I wanted.

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#11
Because they're what's trendy right now. Because there's less things that can go wrong with a Tele compared to a Strat. Because they're something that every guitar store will have in stock. Because they often have a little more power to their pickups than a Strat does. Because they're comfortable and their controls are simple to operate and in a sensible position.

Pop is full of Telecasters and LP Jrs because they just work.
#12
I notice that a lot of bands don't actually use standard teles, they use any of the various models fitted with humbuckers - so you get the best of both worlds - the bright twang that the scale on a tele gives you, the power of the humbuckers, and you get a guitar that's comfortable to play and easy to replace if needed. Seems reasonable enough.
#13
Because telecasters are awesome and sound great under gain. (in stock config )
They may not do br00tz(unless its a jim root tele) but they do sound great for most things. It puzzles me why you go onto mention a strat. In its stock configuration a strat is no better then a tele at teh rawk.
#14
People seem to have this idea that a tele's characteristic twang exists outside of the pickups.
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People seem to have this idea that a tele's characteristic twang exists outside of the pickups.


I thought Fender put a mini blackhole inside each tele that sucked out all the bad tone before it hit the pickups

Truth: Tele's are an amazingly versatile guitar, every guitarist should have one in there arsenal for that single coil twangy goodness. My next purchase will probably be a Tele!
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Being a telecaster user myself, well i was thinking if pop rock was more of distortion and palm muting, why not get a strat instead? Is it because of the simplicity or the versatility of the telecaster? Any ideas would help


Because how much distortion could you need for pop rock?

I guess they just want to sound like crap. Yeah, I don't like teles. I'd take a strat over a tele anyday and everyday.
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#17
And Tele's sound is crystal clean and transparent. You can lash on the overdrive and still hear every note. They're light, look nice, Sound nice, feel nice and they can take a beating. And the neck pickup is great for leads. They're a jack of all trades really. Unless you're into whammy bar bollickry.
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You can't kill a Tele. If I ever toured I would only use teles if they fitted what I wanted.


yea you can. proof and point: my tele.bridge pickup died completly. Ive been looking at it with my friend whos in university for mechatronics engineering, and its not the wiring from as far as we can tell. so ill probably have to replace the pickup and redo all the wiring. then again its only a MiM tele but still............
#19
teles have a pretty stable sound. no matter what the settings it's hard to eff up the tone so much that the sound of the song changes, plus some other guitars get way to much output so when they play live, it sounds like crap. teles keep the sound at a good distorted, but clear sound
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#20
Telecasters are cooler than strats.

I also think they're better than strats in every way. I've bought & sold probably about 50 guitars over the years, I currently own 12, yet the oldest & most played of all of them is my tele.

I had a strat for a little while (Fender MIM, so admittedly probably not as good as an American one) and just found it to be dull & bland compared to my other guitars and I didn't keep it for long. It also made me decide that I'll probably never spend the money to get an American made one, no matter how many guitars I end up buying/selling.

I'm sure strats work fine for other people (lets face it, there are loads of guitarists out there who are better than me and wouldn't play anything else), but they aren't for me.

My telecaster can do everything I've ever needed it to, and it's the only guitar which features on every recording I've ever done (except the acoustic ones obviously). I want another one.
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#21
My favorite quote about the telly goes "it rewards the clean player", ie. the guitarist that has good ability and clean technique.

I can think of no other stock guitar that keeps it "note definition" while under gain than the tele, it's the last guitar model to get muddy.
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Telecasters are cooler than strats.


No, strats are way cooler then teles.
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#23
The real question here is not why do certain people love telecasters, it's why doesn't everyone love telecasters?
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I notice a lot more indie/alternative bands use teles actually
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The real question here is not why do certain people love telecasters, it's why doesn't everyone love telecasters?


Because they are as ugly as heck. They sound thinner then paper, and only really fit a few genres, like blues and softer rock.

All these are a matter of personal taste, so some people like them, and some don't. I'm one of those that don't.
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The real question here is not why do certain people love telecasters, it's why doesn't everyone love telecasters?



Your question may have been meant to be rhetorical, but I agree with the sentiment. I once read an artist stateing the the tele was probaly the hardest guitar to get to sound good, I immediately thought What?? , but after a little thought I realized what he meant.

The same qualities that it has to keep notes and chords clean also highlights any mistakes, so if a player has sloppy techique or is mistake prone it will become immediately apparent.
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Because they are as ugly as heck. They sound thinner then paper, and only really fit a few genres, like blues and softer rock.

All these are a matter of personal taste, so some people like them, and some don't. I'm one of those that don't.


I think your avatar description says it all really.
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Because they are as ugly as heck. They sound thinner then paper, and only really fit a few genres, like blues and softer rock.

All these are a matter of personal taste, so some people like them, and some don't. I'm one of those that don't.



You better tell that to Jeff Beck and a few more I can think of offhand.

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I think your avatar description says it all really.


What, my opinion doesn't count because I'm a metalhead? I didn't say it was a bad intrument, I said I didn't like it and it was ugly. But some people might like the way it looks and plays.
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#32
didn't mean any offense. But generally, Metallers are not for teles. 3 years ago I was in the same boat, Hated Teles. Then one day I got a hankering for one. Bought one, Now I want another one.

Yeah there's Jim root, but he's not really a metaller is he? Slipknot are really just a pop band in Drop B.
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didn't mean any offense. But generally, Metallers are not for teles. 3 years ago I was in the same boat, Hated Teles. Then one day I got a hankering for one. Bought one, Now I want another one.

Yeah there's Jim root, but he's not really a metaller is he? Slipknot are really just a pop band in Drop B.


Yeah, that's pretty much it. I don't really have a problem with them except that I don't like the way they look, and I'm VERY particular about looks. Also, teles with humbuckers are out there, but they're rare. teles are more suited for classic rock and blues than metal.

I'm more of a fan of strats and pointy shaped guitars.
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#34
I used to be more or less the same. Never liked pointy, but was always a sucker for carved top superstrats Teles just kind of grew on me all of a sudden. Getting old...
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I think your avatar description says it all really.


I thought the same thing!
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