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Which guitar to contrast with Telecaster? Effects Pedals, Units & Accessories
Old 2 weeks ago
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Which guitar to contrast with Telecaster?

Hi,

I am looking for an electric to provide a different contrasting sound to my Telecaster - ie. humbuckers, thick tone, long sustain etc. I am a studio musician so using my guitars DI'd into amp sims. Budget around £1k but less if poss!

I had in mind a Les Paul studio, but tried a Gretsch Pro Jet the other day and quite like it.

I would appreciate any suggestions for other good guitars in the £400-£1000 range which really offer something different to a Tele, thanks!
Old 2 weeks ago
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Both an LP and a Gretsch are light years away from a Tele in sound, so pick which guitar you like best (not just sound, but playability, too). An LP is thicker sounding than a Gretsch, though, and is certainly the more-recorded sound.
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An ES-330T is a very different animal....



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Old 2 weeks ago
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335
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I just bought a fender Modern Player Telecaster Thinline Deluxe, i wanted to have some P90s, sounds NOTHING like a tele and works out well when mixed in with my other LP's, teles, and strats
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I bought my first Tele in 1973. I already had a Les Paul and used bother together for years.
Back then you didn't have allot of effects pedals so you simply cranked the amp up to get drive tones. The tele didn't drive the amp into saturation like the Paul did with its humbuckers.

I still own a Paul and Tele plus many others. I'd still have no problem gigging with the two of them but it does cause problems when running effects pedals because the pickups in each are different so I have to tweak settings when switching between them.

Most Fenders sound very similar. If you want something to complement the fender tone the doors are wide open with possibilities.
Allot of people buy instruments based on looks or tone and forget about the most important item which is a great neck and playability.

Most people who hear you play out wouldn't know good instrument tone from a hole in the ground but they can tell the difference between someone missing and choking on notes when they cant get to them compared to someone who can flay up and down the neck. Of course if you buy on line its not like you can try an instrument out before buying it, but you can try guitars out in a store then shop for price. Most instruments I buy I tweak them to match my playing style but being able to grip the neck and check the tones can be very helpful when narrowing down the possibilities. Last thing I wasn't to do is get stuck with some fat boat neck which is tough to get around on. I can always upgrade the electronics so long as the neck and body are excellent.
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Strat, tele and either a LP or a 335 will do 90% of anything you need.

I wound up with a Tele, a Strat (well two actually) a 335 and a cheapo PRS with P90s and a G&L ASAT with the MFD pickups

If I had to limit myself it would be one of my strats and the 335 with the ASAT coming in a close 3rd. But there again I dont use a lot of driven guitar sounds.
More important for me is what amps you choose.

I have a wide panel tweed deluxe clone and H&Ks take on an AC15, the small Statesman.
Don't like Marshalls at al,l so those two cover everything I need.

However - lately I have started wishing my Dano 56 baritone was the guitar version. Some great sounds that arent anything like fender or gibson.
Oh dear.... GAS at age 73 is not a good idea, is it?
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Oh dear.... GAS at age 73 is not a good idea, is it?
Perhaps your doctor can help? Watch your diet, take Alka-Seltzer, stuff like that?

Or just fart and to hell with it - old people often get a pass...
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However - lately I have started wishing my Dano 56 baritone was the guitar version. Some great sounds that arent anything like fender or gibson.
Oh dear.... GAS at age 73 is not a good idea, is it?


...which reminds me....

The wooden-saddle model Danelectro models (like the Dead On 67), have a very contrasting sound to a tele too.



-tINY

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Used Rickenbacker.
Old 2 weeks ago
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A good semi-hollow body with humbuckers or P90's will give you a much different tone. And they are always a blast to play.
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For a more beefy sound I think a Les Paul is a great choice
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I'd say get a hollow body with some nice jazz flatwounds. Sounds amazing in stereo with the Tele.
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Ibanez AM93. Very versatile. $650


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Ibanez Jem. What the heck, you said you wanted "different"...
Old 1 week ago
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It's almost a cliché to have a Telecaster and a Les Paul as your two main axes for a rock guitarist...but the reason it's a cliché is because of how many iconic rock guitar sounds originated with one of those two instruments. Accept no substitutes. Resistance is futile. Get a LP.
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Almost anything, really..the Tele is still a pretty unique sounding guitar..put it next to a Strat..different..Tele's, in a sense, can create instant contrast with 'almost' anything.
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If you're looking for something with a good pallet of sounds that is completely different to the Telecaster then I think you can't really go wrong with a Burns Bison. It's a completely different animal (pun intended) than a Tele and with its 3 pickups and tone combinations you can really get a lot out of it. It's a real studio instrument as it is so very versatile. I know it isn't one of the obvious choices but check one out if you can.
Old 1 week ago
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but seriously....

Es 345/355 with the Varitone? Les Paul Special with P-90s on the slab body? Byrdland? Gretsch Country Gentleman?

Old Gibson J-200 acoustic? Trigger?
Old 1 week ago
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To this question there is only ONE answer!



Old 1 week ago
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Any solid body with HH or HSH configuration. If you're going for stark contrast go with a Jem, Universe, or S series. Could even go to PRS strat or single cut styles with HH.
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Ibanez AM93. Very versatile. $650
This is my vote. Was really impressed by the one I played at GC. Looked kick ass too. Almost bought it, but I was in for a bass.
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My bookends are the Telecaster and an SG. I don't get Les Pauls at all.
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This is my vote. Was really impressed by the one I played at GC. Looked kick ass too. Almost bought it, but I was in for a bass.
How did you find the neck profile when you picked it up..can you recall?
The guy in the video didn't show the back of the guitar.
This is the neck, a 3 piece Mahogany and Maple..i think.
Its not a regular "C" profile, i know that.

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How did you find the neck profile when you picked it up..can you recall?
Well, it's nothing like a shredder Ibanez neck, that's for sure. It reminded more of a Gibson/Epiphone neck shape (sorry if that's vague). I didn't play it long enough to remember any nuances. But, it was comfortable to play. Fwiw, it's smaller than the Washburn semi-hollow (depth wise) I played after it. That had the biggest baseball bat neck I've ever played.
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Nope, no contrast. Why, you could see right through it to the Tele sitting behind it!
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335 mixes quite well with a tele I think.
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