#2
Whatever you want

The Tele's long been associated with country so there's that. You could do a lot worse than, say, Chet Atkins or Albert Lee.

All kinds of rock have been done on Telecasters. Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top is a big Telecaster guy, likewise John Frusciante of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

This is my favourite Tele album, if it helps:


Depends what you're into and depends on your skill level.
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#3
Tomb Of The Mutilated.

Seriously though, play whatever you like. I have a tendency to go Rolling Stones happy when I play mine, but it's not like I only play that on it.
#4
Like the man says, country, rock, blues, jazz, funk, metal, reggae...telecasters of some kind or another have been used by players in virtually every genre. Even classical adaptations:

Sturgeon's 2nd Law, a.k.a. Sturgeon's Revelation: “Ninety percent of everything is crap.”

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Strap on, tune up, rock out!
#5
Punk and doom.  But that's because I play punk and doom. 

such a rad guitar.  
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#8
pretty much any music that doesn't require high distortion (with discernible notes, anyway) will sound amazing on a good tele
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#10
Teles are versatile. It's mostly just a body style, and you see it with all manner of pickups that sound nothing alike. If you have the classic hot bridge and mellow neck lipstick-style pickups you'd probably want to stay on the lower half of the gain dial, but if you have humbuckers there's no reason to treat it differently than Les Paul.

The biggest distinction in the Tele from other guitars is the neck radius. It's noticeably more round than a typical Strat, LP, or anything with a "fast" neck. If you're used to the flatter neck radius, you may find the Tele a little uncomfortable at first, but you'll get used to any guitar you play regularly.
#11
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pretty much any music that doesn't require high distortion (with discernible notes, anyway) will sound amazing on a good tele


i do brutal death metal on mine thank you very much
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i do brutal death metal on mine thank you very much


i said with discernible notes

the tin man gurgling bees does not discernible notes make
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#13
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i said with discernible notes

the tin man gurgling bees does not discernible notes make


you're just mad because you have the world's ugliest telecaster
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#14
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you're just mad because you have the world's ugliest telecaster


the world's prettiest stratocaster*
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#15
Here is your first Tele lesson.  After you have it mastered we can move on to more advanced technique:

"Your sound is in your hands as much as anything. It's the way you pick, and the way you hold the guitar, more than it is the amp or the guitar you use." -- Stevie Ray Vaughan

"Anybody can play. The note is only 20 percent. The attitude of the motherfucker who plays it is 80 percent." -- Miles Davis

Guthrie on tone: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmohdG9lLqY
#16
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What should be the first genre/songs/albums to play when you get you telecaster? 

Whatever is your favorite genre/song/album that you also want to learn

Why did you even get a tele if you don't know what you want to play?
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Why did you even get a tele if you don't know what you want to play?


a tele-tale sign of a premature purchase
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#18
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a tele-tale sign of a premature purchase


I don't need to use Tele-pathy to know you Tele-graphed that pun.
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#20
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a tele-tale sign of a premature purchase

You should be happy that I don't have rights to ban people.
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#21
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mellow neck lipstick-style pickups
The Tele neck is a bog-standard common-or-garden singlecoil with a cover; it's got nothing to do with lipstick pickups. They aren't constructed the same way, they don't sound the same and the Tele neck isn't even shaped like a lipstick tube. Probably you yourself know this, and ordinarily I prefer not to be pedantic about terms but I hear people not knowing there's a difference between Tele neck pickups and lipsticks all the time because of the use of the term "lipstick" for the Tele neck, so I think the distinction is worth drawing explicitly.

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I think someone needs to Tele you to stop.

Telecaster? I hardly know her!


More importantly, my two cents on the gain thing, as someone who spends most of his time playing Telecasters with singlecoils - it's not really that Telecasters sound bad with high gain; in fact they can get some pretty great tones. The two big things holding them back from being well-suited to that are the amount of hum you get with traditional singlecoils, which can get pretty loud when you turn up the gain, and the relatively little sustain in the upper ranges of the fretboard compared to other designs, which I think is partly due to construction and partly due to the pickups again (it's not like it prevents the guitar being used for high-gain sounds, but you generally can't achieve quite the same singing extended bends you could with a Les Paul or something). There are other reasons they wouldn't be my first pick for djent or shred or whatever, but those are the main things in terms of sound. As in all cases, you can mitigate these aspects to an extent, most easily with pickup swaps, but the consequence is, as always, that you no longer get the sound the model is famous for.
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#22
Remember Jimmy Page played a Tele on both his Yardbirds recordings and the whole first Led Zep album. Jeff Beck played an Esquire (early Tele) all through his Yardbird days as did Eric Clapton.. Tele's are very adaptable to any style. 

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#25
Sturgeon's 2nd Law, a.k.a. Sturgeon's Revelation: “Ninety percent of everything is crap.”

Why, yes, I am a lawyer- thanks for asking!

Log off and play yer guitar!

Strap on, tune up, rock out!
#27
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that would be real pun-ishment
play well

wolf
#28
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Play some Roy Buchanan !


I am sure many players burned their guitars after seeing Roy do his Tele-Magic...one of the best..sad he is gone...
play well

wolf
#30
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that would be real pun-ishment


That was tele--ble.
Sturgeon's 2nd Law, a.k.a. Sturgeon's Revelation: “Ninety percent of everything is crap.”

Why, yes, I am a lawyer- thanks for asking!

Log off and play yer guitar!

Strap on, tune up, rock out!
#31
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This 

Julian is such a phenom.  A one of a kind player.
"Your sound is in your hands as much as anything. It's the way you pick, and the way you hold the guitar, more than it is the amp or the guitar you use." -- Stevie Ray Vaughan

"Anybody can play. The note is only 20 percent. The attitude of the motherfucker who plays it is 80 percent." -- Miles Davis

Guthrie on tone: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmohdG9lLqY