#1
Hello Friends,

I apologyse in advance, im sure this question has been raised countless times but im just doing my research. Im going to buy a new electric guitar and im thinking Fender American Deluxe possibly yet I cant quite decide Telecaster or Stratocaster.

I dont really know much about either and I am just wondering if anyone can help me out with general advice like pro's or con's, what they specialise in, that sort of stuff.

Thankyou!!
#3
Telecaster:
Pros:
-twangy tone
-two very versatile pickups
-single cut-away
-can get decently heavy with humbuckers
-nice quack in the middle position (both pickups activated)
-hard tail bridge for sustain
Cons:
-bit harder high fret access
-no forearm contour, kills you playing for hours
-no tremolo bridge

Stratocaster:
Pros:
-three pickups, 5 pickup configuration = versatility
-tremolo bridge, but ability to blcok it with a piece of wood
-better high fret access because the double cutaway
-forearm contour lets your forarm rest
-many modifications available online
-more choices available compared to telecasters
Cons:
-bridge pickup alone is useless imo without a baseplate or a proper amp setting
-tremolo bridge will cut sustain

uh... what can i say? i'm the founder of the Stratocaster Lovers Group... and i think it would be better off buying a Strat. it's just far more easier to play on, and versatile in many genres.
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#4
Another pro for the tele is the tone knob
And I use the bridge pup on my strat sometimes..
But yeah the strat is a very versatile guitar, you can get tons of sounds from it.
Seriously, try them both out.

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#6
Strat or tele is your choice. They're both very different feeling guitars. Go play both and you'll know which you like better.

I will, however, tell you that I wouldn't bother with the deluxe. Especially if you decide to go for a tele. The upgrades aren't worth all that extra money IMO. I'd rather save the cash and just get a standard then you can upgrade pickups or whatever with the left over cash.

Just my opinion though, I'm not a big fan of the somarium cobalt pickups or the S-1 switching.
#7
ECisthebest.. most guitarists only use the bridge pick up so how does it suck?


and to the topic.

go to a store and play. some people dont like telecaster twang. some people want a whammy bar. so its hard for us to tell you
#8
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ECisthebest.. most guitarists only use the bridge pick up so how does it suck?


and to the topic.

go to a store and play. some people dont like telecaster twang. some people want a whammy bar. so its hard for us to tell you

learn to read.
Quote by ECistheBest
-bridge pickup alone is useless imo without a baseplate or a proper amp setting

most famous guitarists get their techs to put a baseplate under their pickups. ie: Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, those guys. Telecasters have a plate under their bridge pickups, so it gives more bass response and the bit from it.

read here:
http://singlecoil.com/docs/bass-response.pdf
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#10
dunno i read it somewhere in the internet forums, but can't remember wehre. it might have been wikipedia but people erase that stuff... so yea. but you can't get that tone even through a marshall with the right EQ with just the bridge pickup. it would be WAY too sharp and with NO bass response. amp's EQ boosting just boosts the frequency that already exists from teh strings. they don't create any bass frequency.
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#11
you sure you're not confusing the bridge pickup with the neck pickup?
Because thats the one I usually use, and hardly use the bridge one.
#12
^me? i never use the bridge pickup either... but i played through my friend's strat with a base plate. it was different. it sounded like the other pickups, except a bit more bite and presence. it gets the bass response quite well.
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#13
im not a fan of my neck or mid pick ups. they sound too distortion on clean. i love my bridge pick up. if you guys were to play a bridge pick up. what would you use as a pick up?

and another thing wha tone setting do you have your neck pups to? cuz on 10 it sounds like a big ball of bass/fuzz

and where can i buy a base plate?
#14
^mine sounds decent with my neck pickups. what do you mean "if you guys were to play a bridge pick up. what would you use as a pick up?"??? i dont use my bridge pickup. bridge pickup doens't have b@lls in the sound they produce. lack of bass response. you can overcome that with a base plate under the pickup. thats all i'm saying.

you can buy a baseplate from www.singlecoil.com if you're in the UK, but its kinda expensive if ur in the US. you can make one yourself. you can just get a brass sheet and shape it yourself. its quite soft.
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#16
well i never heard of hendrix using a base but his tone/sound is one of my favorites. and most everyone i see playing a strat is on the bridge pick up. plus why need bass when you got a person playing bass :P
#17
^thats a different type of bass. i said "bass response" and not "bass guitar sound". the bass response is what makes your tone heavy. a guitar's string produces a tone. lets say the A note, which is 440 Hz. that's pretty much the fundamental note, also called the First Harmonic, or the "bass response" that we're talking about. the two nodes (where the waves vibrate) are at the nut, and at your string saddles. as you get closer to one of the notes, (like going from neck to bridge pickup) you get less vibration on your strings. (middle of the two nodes are antinodes, and they have the widest amplitude.) thats why you lose the bass response from your guitar.

your guitar would be producing 2nd, third, fourth, fifth, i don't know how many they produce, but they produce a lot. in some of the positions, the pickup is right at a node of one of the harmonics, which the pickup does not pick up the harmonic. it seems like rocket science, but its actually high school physics class.
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#18
Wow thanks for the detailed replies!
Im leaning more towards a strat right now
but ill definately go test them both out in a shop.

Thanks!
#20
I find the telecaster has a more distinct tone that makes it a bit less versatile - but it's a great tone, and nothing else can get those Tele tones. Alot of people like them, I prefer Teles to Strats. Strats are very comfortable and versatile, but there's a fair few points against both of them. I prefer the Tele's tone, sustain, look and the construction - it's a slab body with a hardtail bridge. Ultimate tuning stability there.
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#21
^my strat's a hardtail too!!! it just looks like a tremolo cuz it has the hole and the block!!! but it's totally blocked with a wood block and screwed down all the way.
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#22
Quote by ECistheBest
^my strat's a hardtail too!!! it just looks like a tremolo cuz it has the hole and the block!!! but it's totally blocked with a wood block and screwed down all the way.
I did that with mine, only without the woodblock. % springs, screwed down too. Still prefer the Tele bridge though
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