For those who have owned more than one guitar, what was your favorite? Mine is the one I have now, Epiphone SG Special. It is red in color, and it is real nice to play. Slide sounds pretty wicked on it too.
Solo from Stairway (studio) is also a TELE.
Don't forget Steve Cropper from the Stax label or "motown south" played a Tele "Green Onions" "Dock of the Bay".
I currently own a Hagstrom F20T Cherry Red, great guitar, cheap and reliable, comparable with a Gibson Les Paul. Just love it!
You're guitar has to suit your style. I have a Schecter C-7 Diamond Series 7-string that si perfectly designed for fast fretting and clear tapping and other expressive techniques. It's perfect for the the heavier Jazz and progressive metal that I like. My only complaints are that it has terrible harmonics and that it lacks the fullness and richness of other guitars.
As i mentioned above, I also built my own guitar. It's a fairly straight forward six-sting design, but I spent a lot of time researching tone woods, body cavities and constructing methods to make sure it would have the fullness and richness that my Schecter lacks. As a result it is a gorgeous rhythm guitar. It is ridiculously clean sounding, and very load when unamplified due to the resonance in the body.
I'm a huge fan of playing multiple melodic lines at one time which works well on extended range instruments and I'm considering, if my pocketbook ever allows it, investing in either an 8-string or possible a Chapman Stick (or Megatar). I'll get back with my impression on them if I ever get one.
My 1980's Tokai manufactured copy of a Fender Telecaster that my father gave me. Sunburst with a Rosewod neck. It makes the right noises...
1970's Lyle Dove (Gibson Dove copy cat) - sounds and plays like the real thing.
2009 Taylor 214ce - nude finish, velvet neck, great action, excellent expression pickups
I have the 50th anniversary Strat. It's basically a fat strat (with the humbucker). It sounds great, it's versatile... that's my favorite guitar.
I have a Squire Tele with Lindy Fralin Blues Specials in it...rosewood/medium jumbos. Not bad. Inexpensive.
My main guitar is a 1971 Gibson ES-335 TD. Schallers and hard-tail bridge added.
Very nice guitar. I usually put it into a 1963 Ampeg Jet or a 1965 Fender Vibrolux Reverb that has been "toyed with" in many ways.
I also like Strats of course. I think if I had to have one guitar for the rest of my life it would probably be a Strat. the flexibility is significantly greater than a Tele in my opinion. However, I do not currently own one.
BTW, the '65 Vibrolux Reverb is a very, very nice amp. Mine is "OJ" (October 1965) date code so just after the CBS takeover. Front panel says "Fender Musical Instruments" instead of "Fender Electical Instruments" that it would have said if manufactured several months earlier.
For those of you that are not intimately familiar with this amp, it's a medium-sized amp rated at 35 watts with two 6L6GC power tubes and two Jensen C10N speakers. I obtained mine locally and it was a "player"amp...meaning it was not in good cosmetic shape AND had been monkeyed with a bit. (The main thing was that someone had taken out the original baffle and the (2) 10" speakers and replaced them with a single Electro Voice 12" SRO (with the enormous coffee-can magnet). So I did not feel bad in continuing with the monkeying. I took out the SRO and sold that for good money. Then cut a custom baffle for one 12" and one 10". I got a vintage Jensen C10N and got a ToneTubby 12". The 12" is wired to speaker output, the 10"is wired to auxiliary speaker output. In this way I can run the amp into just the 12" at 4 ohms and get a slightly more overdriven, browner tone. If I want the sparkle of the 10" and run the amp into the designed impedance of 8 ohms, I just plug in the 10"! This is a pretty flexible setup.
In addition, I had the amp cathode-biased by a local guru. It's switchable from fixed to cathode-biased via a double-throw switch in the "ground lift" switch hole. Now I get a nice juicy compression and slightly reduced output when in cathode-biased mode.
Then the preamp section of channel two was modified so the tone stack resembles a '59 Bassman. Then Reverb and Vibrato are brought to BOTH channels.
Lastly, I typically run NOS TungSol 5881 power tubes for a darker, browner tone and beautiful breakup. I'm also running various Mullard and RCA blackplate preamp and reverb tubes. Also added a mike stand "male adapter" on the face of the baffle to enable a gooseneck with a SM57 to be stuck into the speaker without tripping over mic stands near my feet. Also added a computer muffin fan on a custom clip aimed at the power tubes.
It's a sweet amp with the requisite cigarette burns on the tolex and smokey-stained original grill cloth. Original transformers, etc. Putting the ES-335 into it with those humbuckers is just amazing. Very hot blues tone. Try to run it about 7 on the volume dial. Generally this works pretty well in a club environment without miking. For outdoor gigs and for a very loud drummer or band, you will need to mike this into the PA. No pedals (well, I do use a Boss TU tuning pedal).
If I were to lose this, i think I'd probably just ante up and spend a few grand to get this replicated. There's just no comparison to most modern amps for me. These things are going for $2-3 thousand in good/mint condition but if you keep your eye out you can probably find a player for under $2K. Well worth it; these old blacface Fenders do nothing but go up in value. If you're playing clubs, keep a very, very careful eye on it at all times because they can disappear fast.
right now i have my Strat. I built it from scratch. it has a set of 3 hotrails custom chrome pickguard and since im a lefty its built on a right-handed body with a lefty neck.it looks diffrent but it sounds damn amazing. when i play guitar, i usually play a rock/blusey style. this guitar is great for it. my favorate bass is my Epiphone SG. looks sick and since i play with some guys from my unit (heavymetal) its got a classic metal bass sound.
Tele 2001 AM Std. With an added 5way and middle single-coil to get the strat sounds. Also a switch to turn on the bridge to get the neck bridge combo of a Tele or the All three option. Has a G-bender that I MADE, but I'm not really good with it yet/or not as good as the Higgin's B-bender. Also have had 3 Peavey Wolfgangs 2 Archtops and still have the flat top. Pretty much a Hot Tele.
My favorite is my Art and Lutherie Acoustic Dreadnaught. It has an antique burst, cedar top and redwood back and sides. it's a 400 dollar guitar and it's comparable to Taylors.