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Permalink Do Teles surf? & in the neck position?, here's a 4 pkup shootout

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Ok.. per tru-arc's Trequest here is the video demo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0LWj4NOOneg

and the 4 telecasters I put together, involved:

  1. Rutters 52' relic ash tele, peter florance 59' neck pkup, 10g Daddario nickel rounds, rutters brass bridge/ saddles

  2. Rutters Sugarpine tele, oil finish w. fender rosewood neck, T-armonds, rutters brass bridge/ saddles

  3. Rutters Sugar pine, sugarpine double bound, fender maple neck, TK Smith CC-eque neck pkup, thomastik 11g flatwounds and alum tru arc, bigsby

  4. Rutters Ash tele, TK Smith Bigsby pkup, Daddario 11g flatwounds, steel tru-arc, bigsby

Amp is 63' Blonde bassman, fender custom shop tonemaster cab, Nocturne Dynobrain, Nocturne Seltzers Tonic switcher, Nocturne F-Bomb reverb tank.. Played both dry and wet.

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89 hits on this thread, and no comments? Come on you guys, get your feet wet. Walk out of the corners, dont be shy. Anybody goofed on telecasters for
surf like me? Anybody hate telecasters for surf?

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I dig it. I've been a fan of tk's stuff, but this might be the first time I've seen a direct comparison of his pickups. Very unique, and percussive, when compared to the T-armonds and sorta-standard lipstick. Even the Cc and Bigsby show significant differences, when shown side-by side.
Very helpful.
all i need now, is extra dough.

Surfin' Teles? Sure I've done it for years. Brian Carman of the Chantays played a hardtail Tele style guitar live many times and would grab the body and bend the neck for vibrato. He is very good at it.

Of the four guitars demo'd above I liked the sound of the pine slab with the T-armonds in it. To my ears it was the most surfy. I would supose that with amp adjustments and the tone control on the reverb unit they would all cut the mustard.

Blondes have more fun, blonde amps that is!

TVTheWiredTurtle wrote:

89 hits on this thread, and no comments? Come on you guys, get your feet wet. Walk out of the corners, dont be shy. Anybody goofed on telecasters for
surf like me? Anybody hate telecasters for surf?

Lots of reverb, but I don't hear any surf music. That is why I didn't comment. You should do some surf music samples for us!

I think we all love Teles here, but we don't often get to hear them play the music.

This 'looks' sorta convincing

I loved the 2nd geetar tone - I was getting distortion thru my 'phones when I listened so it was a little hard to enjoy

He who dies with the most tubes... wins

Last edited: Mar 07, 2013 18:28:28

I love Teles for surf. To my ears, I liked #1 best, but I have to concur with Jake, it wasn't surf music. Sounded good though!

Otto & The Ottomans
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JakeDobner wrote:

TVTheWiredTurtle wrote:

89 hits on this thread, and no comments? Come on you guys, get your feet wet. Walk out of the corners, dont be shy. Anybody goofed on telecasters for
surf like me? Anybody hate telecasters for surf?

Lots of reverb, but I don't hear any surf music. That is why I didn't comment. You should do some surf music samples for us!

I think we all love Teles here, but we don't often get to hear them play the music.

No surf music? I played a chord progression vibe from Los Straight Jackets
"close to champagne" wasnt it apparent? Smile Smile

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TV, I think they were looking for a big gliss. I got what you were trying to do.

Blondes have more fun, blonde amps that is!

sometimes the surf is just washed out maaaan ( i just told this to my 9 yr old as we were at the Wedge two sundays ago, and it was just shy of looking like a lake...he was really bummed)

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Lol! Some nice zen-logic there!
I love tele's, my first guitar was a tele. And I like to switch between my jag/jazzy, gretsch and tele.
I loved the tone of 3rd rutters, damn, I think I'm gonna hunt me some TK Smith's for my MIJ bigsby tele. The original pickups suck anyway. So I was thinking of replacing them with dearmonds. But these TK's really shine!
Thanks for the great demo!

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If the player good in surf, the guitar will play surf Smile I love tele's

original compositions (low-level demo stuff /out of tune, etc) myStuff not my best, but i don't like to be in a musician community without anything to show

Sounds good to me! I play tele's and while I don't play surf, those are some happening tones. Giving me ideas for a 4th Tele...


65 Bandmaster 2x12 combo; 65 Tremolux w/ 2x10 cab; 65 Showman head with 2-12 Bandmaster Cab; 74 Princeton; 77 Princeton Reverb
Dr. Z Mini Z + 1x12 Cab
Various Telecasters and noise-making pedals
Farfisa Compact Duo

Any guitar can surf, teles included. As for the clips, they all sounded pretty much the same to me, through my lap top speakers, and I thought there was too much reverb. Otherwise, the playing was good.

GaryJ, plug in some speakers maaaaan! Big Grin Big Grin

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