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Is a fat Telecaster right for you?

Should you own two Teles?

As mentioned earlier, I own both types of Teles. One with the traditional pickup set and a fat Tele.

Before answering the question of whether to own both types of guitars, I did own this for a very brief period of time back in 2018:

The above is a Fender HH Standard Telecaster in a special edition color called Sea Foam Pearl. This is not the same as the modern Fender Player Telecaster HH, as that one has different pickups in it.

This is the guitar that made me stop playing HH Telecasters. I could not get this thing to sound good no matter what I tried. Maybe the modern Player Telecaster HH sounds better, but I've noodled around on a few Telecaster HH guitars since the one I had, and nope... I just can't make them work for me.

With the fat Tele I have now with the single + humbucker, yes, I like the sound of that. But I also like the sound of the single + mini-single too, hence the reason why I own both.

If you're a Tele guy, you might actually need both types of Teles in your life. I certainly appreciate having both of them.

However, were I to pick just one, it would be the fat Tele for sure. But that's just me. You'll have to decide for yourself if you need both if you're a fan a Telecaster type guitars.

Published 2021 Jan 21

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