Tele for blues?

PDogga

Gretschie
Jul 3, 2011
412
Perth
I could go to the Tele forum and sign up and ask there but I like this community much better and respect your opinions. So, I have never owned a Tele. They have never appealed to me until recently. I always kind of had them in the "Country Music" ball park and that is not my thing. I play in an original band and we are categorised as Blues / Rock. My current squad is a G5120 with many mods including TV Jones Classic/Classic Plus, A Les Paul with humbuckers and a Casino (P90's). I am thinking my next guitar should have single coils and I have owned a strat in the past and although I love the tones I don't like the shape. I narrowed my options to a Tele or a Jet with Dyna's. The Tele's I like best have had humbuckers BUT that would defeat the purpose of wanting something with single coils. I have always assumed Tele's with single coils have too thin a sound for blues or rock. Am I right? Or very wrong?
 

Floo

Country Gent
Dec 16, 2012
1,714
Elmshorn, Germany
A Tele is a wonderful Blues-guitar. The bridge pup cuts through like nothing else, the neck pup gives a wonderful rich tone (also good for slide, if you do that) and both together are good for rhythm or funky stuff. With a good dose of overdrive and the tone control slightly down, the bridge pup is a biting and screaming monster - so look out for a Tele with good pups, not too weak, they make all the difference for a Tele.
 

Zeke

Gretschie
Aug 14, 2017
197
United States
Michael Bloomfield! Roy Buchanan! Albert Collins! Danny Gatton! James Burton! Jerry Donahue! Bill Kirchen!

Not all the examples played above are blues, but yes, the Tele can do anything, even with single coils. G.E. Smith's tone is particularly tasty!
Early Teles are actually very bassy because of the way the neck pickup was wired, specifically to allow guitarists to play basslines when their combos didn't have a bass player.
 
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PDogga

Gretschie
Jul 3, 2011
412
Perth
2 more words: TAB BENOIT

(he's rocking a vintage thinline with vintage WRHBs tho...)



Now this is a great example. I dig the tone he has going on here. My favourite Tele tone has previously turned out to be a thinline with HB's so it would appear that this configuration appeals to me. Or rather, it just seems that it is more suited to a growling blues tone than your standard single coil Tele's.
 

ruger9

Country Gent
Nov 1, 2008
3,620
NJ
Now this is a great example. I dig the tone he has going on here. My favourite Tele tone has previously turned out to be a thinline with HB's so it would appear that this configuration appeals to me. Or rather, it just seems that it is more suited to a growling blues tone than your standard single coil Tele's.

OK. Now that we've narrowed it down to WRHBs, some info:

Fender's current WRHBs (Wide Range HumBuckers) are NOT WRHBs. They are just PAFs in a bigger case. You won't get that growl out of them. They have to be REAL wide range humbuckers, and there are several winders making them now. So you could buy a current Fender Thinline (like the Squier 72 Vintage Modified, I own one, and it's a really good guitar believe it or not) and drop real WRHBs in it, and it'll get you very close to that tone. YES- those WRHBs have a growl you can't get from standard tele single coils.

Tab plays through a Category 5 amp, that is a copy of his old Super Reverb. He had Cat5 make the new amp sound like his OLD Super Reverb. He plugs straight in- doesn't even use a tuner. It's just guitar and amp. Pretty distinctive.
 

TSims1

Gretschified
Jun 18, 2013
12,813
Atlanta
OK. Now that we've narrowed it down to WRHBs, some info:

Fender's current WRHBs (Wide Range HumBuckers) are NOT WRHBs. They are just PAFs in a bigger case. You won't get that growl out of them. They have to be REAL wide range humbuckers, and there are several winders making them now. So you could buy a current Fender Thinline (like the Squier 72 Vintage Modified, I own one, and it's a really good guitar believe it or not) and drop real WRHBs in it, and it'll get you very close to that tone. YES- those WRHBs have a growl you can't get from standard tele single coils.

Tab plays through a Category 5 amp, that is a copy of his old Super Reverb. He had Cat5 make the new amp sound like his OLD Super Reverb. He plugs straight in- doesn't even use a tuner. It's just guitar and amp. Pretty distinctive.




THIS.




And dude........get a Tele. EVERYBODY should have one. Or twelve. I’m selling a cool one in the classifieds by the way. ;)
 

PDogga

Gretschie
Jul 3, 2011
412
Perth
OK. Now that we've narrowed it down to WRHBs, some info:

Fender's current WRHBs (Wide Range HumBuckers) are NOT WRHBs. They are just PAFs in a bigger case. You won't get that growl out of them. They have to be REAL wide range humbuckers, and there are several winders making them now. So you could buy a current Fender Thinline (like the Squier 72 Vintage Modified, I own one, and it's a really good guitar believe it or not) and drop real WRHBs in it, and it'll get you very close to that tone. YES- those WRHBs have a growl you can't get from standard tele single coils.

Tab plays through a Category 5 amp, that is a copy of his old Super Reverb. He had Cat5 make the new amp sound like his OLD Super Reverb. He plugs straight in- doesn't even use a tuner. It's just guitar and amp. Pretty distinctive.

Excellent info - Thank you.
 


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