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i don't think i could ever love a tele.

i don't like the shape.
i don't like the ashtray bridge
i don't like the headstock

i know they sound cool, and can work in any situation. i know they are well balanced, and a tried and true design. i know it makes no sense that i don't like something so thoroughly proven to be a great guitar.

there...i said it. i feel a little better now.
 
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For the longest time (30+years), I was the same.
Didn't like anything about them.
Until I accepted a partial trade for one (to flip).
The 'twang' will definitely make you say, 'whoa! I was wrong'.
Still really don't like them, but, I don't dismiss them like I used to.
 

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I'm in that boat too. Never ever bonded with a Tele, no matter how much I've tried. Strats, SGs, les Paul's and a lot of other guitars just grab me, teles never have.

I recently bought one of those cheap "paint by numbers" Tele kits you can get for cheap online; I'm gonna see if I can force myself to love it :rolleyes:
 

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I hadn't ever played one before except a couple of times in about 1977 or so and then pretty much forgot about playing electric guitars at all after that.

A few months ago at work I got it into my head to go buy a tele and it was "this has to be done right now" so I went to Cosmo and picked one up about an hour later. Once you make up your mind there's no point fuckin around.

I like this guitar a lot and it was a good choice because it goes well with the cracked windshields, broken motors and busted lives kinda songs that I do.
 

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Well, while we're at it - I don't like Les Pauls.

Too heavy, fragile headstock design.

OTOH, I love teles!
I'm with ya on that one. They look cool but that's where it ends with me. I've played a pile if them over the years and tried hard to like them but it just ain't happening. Awkward feeling and I just can't get the sound I want out of them.
As for Tele's, I like them but not as much as Strats. :)
 

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It's been a long time since I've played a Les Paul, I'll have try one again. My playing and my approach to playing has changed over the years. Might be able to bond with one now. :)
 

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My number one is an LP
My favourite guitars to play are strats
I have three teles, and usually record with them.

I know, I can't explain it either.

Never liked teles much until I got all jiggy with the angle grinder and gave them arm bevels
and tummy cuts, suddenly improves them so much for playability.
 

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^ that's why most brands offer those as standard options now.
 

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Well, while we're at it - I don't like Les Pauls.

Too heavy, fragile headstock design.
I was in the same boat as you, until I found out that the Epi LP Ultra has a chambered body and a belly cut. A store nearby had one in stock, so I went to see what it was about. As I picked it up off the rack, my eyes went OO ... that thing IS light, it is in the SG weight ballpark ... really ! Sat on a chair and strummed it, very acoustic and no rib poking edge. Wow ! BUT ... and that's a big BUT, the only color available is Clown Burst. The most ugly color there is for ANY guitar. And the Ultra III I tried has that piezo and an EQ for it in the back and a battery and ... just too much. I want simple, blingless guitars.

Then by sheer chance, not looking for anything in particular, this Ultra I comes up on Kijiji and ... it's not a Clown Burst and ... it doesn't have all the bells and whistles of the II and III. A simple double humbucker down to earth chambered LP, with a nice belly cut and a beautiful natural color top. I find out they were made for the Australian market only. What are the chances one migrates to Halifax ? Oh yeah ... the Epi headstock has a much more shallower angle than the Gibson, so less tendency to suicide.

So, I found out ... again ... never to say no. If there was ever a not too expensive chambered belly cut Tele out there, I might look at it. Because I am not a Tele guy either ... really not.

 

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i don't think i could ever love a tele.

i don't like the shape.
i don't like the ashtray bridge
i don't like the headstock

i know they sound cool, and can work in any situation. i know they are well balanced, and a tried and true design. i know it makes no sense that i don't like something so thoroughly proven to be a great guitar.

there...i said it. i feel a little better now.
the shape and headstock grew on me over the years. I don't like the ashtray bridge either.
theres something compact, light and minimalist about tele's that ive come to appreciate. That said, I only own one...but its a beauty.
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I had one for a bit, didn't do anything for me. That being said, I'd give one a go again but with a different pickup choice and a RW nwck. Ugly stick of an instrument though.
I actually like a strat/telel hybrid

I know

Shoot me
 

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I'm pretty much a straight Stratocaster man as my avatar might suggest.
I have a Tele because no guitar collection is complete without one and they have so very many uses.
I actually prefer the looks of a Tele over a Strat but looks aren't enough to make it my fave.
Pretty hard to beat the sheer versatility of the Strat.
I've also had a number of Les Pauls over the years, also because no guitar collection is complete without one but for me they have far fewer uses than a Tele.
If I needed to cull the herd, an LP would be sold off way before a Tele.
I find LPs to be dull, boring instruments, lacking soul.
They draw zero creativity out of me.
They sure are pretty though.
Probably the sexiest looking guitar ever conceived.
 
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Had one, didn't like it. Traded it in for a Jaguar.
Really liked the Jaguar but didn't play it as much as my Ibanez Artists

Not a fan of Playing Fender's main guitars (Strat/Tele)

Love the way they sound.

Been looking on reverb for a Gibson Challenger III. One or two pop up every now and then, but the price is too high.

Might have to go to Warmoth and get a franken-Guitar made up.
 

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Well, while we're at it - I don't like Les Pauls.

Too heavy, fragile headstock design.

OTOH, I love teles!

I don't think the LP headstock is all that fragile, at least not if you take care of your guitars. That being said, I am completely done with LPs too. For Gibsons I will stick with my SG Standard, and still have GAS for an ES-335.

When it comes to Fenders, I really don't like Strats but love Teles (vintage style ones, I don't care for modern styled ones). I currently have two Teles - a Classic '50s lacquer (a really nice guitar, but I could sell or trade it and not be too bothered) and a '60s Partscaster (my #1 and a guitar that I will never part with).
 

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I think I need to revisit the SG.
It's been a long time.
Thanks for the idea, colchar.
Maybe there's a Gibson I will like after all.
 
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