#1
So I'm in the market for a new guitar, and recently I played a couple of my college/friend's telecasters, and really liked how they felt to play unplugged.
However, plugging them in and cranking up the distortion, it felt like they weren't that capable of the loud, dirty sound I am going for.
#1 is this true? And #2, where can I get a telecaster with humbuckers in it, or do you people have anything else to suggest to me
I saw a couple tele's with a humbucker in either the neck OR bridge positions, but not both.
#2
John 5 Tele is the ticket for Metal shred tone.
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#3
Overall, yeah, singlecoils don't generally match the beef of humbuckers, though there's higher output singlecoils and higher output humbuckers.

There's a few dual humbucker Teles - the first one that comes to mind is the '72 Tele Deluxe which retails for I think about £8-900 (and also has a Squier equivalent in, I think, the VM range? Might be CV), then there's the FMT HH Tele, the HH Standard Tele, American Standard HH Tele, the John 5 sig... Then I'm sure there's a lot of stuff from other companies if you don't feel like going for a Fender. Really just depends what exactly you're after and what you're willing to pay.

So... Budget? Styles?
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So I'm in the market for a new guitar, and recently I played a couple of my college/friend's telecasters, and really liked how they felt to play unplugged.
However, plugging them in and cranking up the distortion, it felt like they weren't that capable of the loud, dirty sound I am going for.
#1 is this true? And #2, where can I get a telecaster with humbuckers in it, or do you people have anything else to suggest to me
I saw a couple tele's with a humbucker in either the neck OR bridge positions, but not both.

The Squier John 5 sig has HBs neck and bridge, and isn't too costly. The Jim Root is about the same price.

You might also want to look at the thinline series, which can have P90s or HBs in.

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Though the American Fender version does cost more than an LP Standard.
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^ Yep, LTD is known for some pretty cool metul Telecaster-shaped models, so I'd take a good look at their catalog in this case (although I think they do have the syndrome of "EMG81-in-everything").
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^ Yep, LTD is known for some pretty cool metul Telecaster-shaped models, so I'd take a good look at their catalog in this case (although I think they do have the syndrome of "EMG81-in-everything").

That one has a 81 and a 60
#9
Fender FMT telecaster, do it. They are awesome.
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I'll look in to all these guitars, thanks guys.

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So... Budget? Styles?

I don't really feel comfortable going over £500 but I might do so, idk. As for style, more punk and less metal, more rhythm than lead, but obviously I want a good all-rounder with a good clean tone and a great highly distorted one
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I don't really feel comfortable going over £500 but I might do so, idk. As for style, more punk and less metal, more rhythm than lead, but obviously I want a good all-rounder with a good clean tone and a great highly distorted one

Well the Squier VM models - the '72 Thinline Deluxe and the Deluxe come in just north of £300 - a friend of mine just bought the Thinline model (in spite of the F-hole, there isn't a huge difference soundwise). Fender also has the Modern Player Thinline which has P-90s and is still Chinese built but pretty nice from what I've seen.

Tele Deluxes are really big with pop punk bands, for what it's worth, so they should be in the right ballpark tonally. And if you've got a £500 budget you should be able to stretch to new pickups if you really needed to.
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There's a few dual humbucker Teles - the first one that comes to mind is the '72 Tele Deluxe which retails for I think about £8-900 (and also has a Squier equivalent in, I think, the VM range? Might be CV),


I wouldn't be inclined to go for that for heavier tones, the pickups are pretty low output and not really voiced for heavy stuff, plus they're wide range-sized so aren't a direct swap for most off-the-shelf name brand high output humbuckers.

But I agree that an HH tele (with regular-sized humbuckers) or tele-style guitar from another manufacturer is the thing if he likes how teles feel and play but not the sound of the stock SS tele.
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My first instinct for a HH Tele would be one of the G&Ls or Carvins. I might also look for a Fernandes/Burny. And there are others out there as well.

But what is available to you depends on your budget...

You should be able to find a Fret-King Country Squire Semitone for under £500.

http://fret-king.com/black-label/country-squire-semitone.html#.VfxVPWK9KSM
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#15
There are quite a few different Tele offerings out there with Humbuckers as have been referenced above. Of course, how accessible those options are depends on your budget. You could always custom build a warmoth and do up a tele-gib style guitar as well.
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#16
OP, what's your amp and what's the loud/dirty sound you're looking for? Do you have examples?
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