Can A Telecaster Play Metal (demo)?

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  1. littlebadboy

    littlebadboy Well-Known Member

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    Guitar: Squier Classic Vibe 50's Telecaster Butterscotch Blonde
    I had to do some mods. The original pickups were fine but I was not convinced with how they drive as they were not meant to play the metal I wanted.

    Modifications:
    • Artec Giovanni custom single coil sized rail humbuckers with full 64mm rails, Alnico 5
    • GFS Overwound Repro Vintage Alnico Tele Neck Pickup
    • Fender 500k vol pot,
    • Fender 250k tone pot but has no-load option - goes straight to output
    • OG 4-way for:
      • 1st - neck
      • 2nd - neck+bridge south
      • 3rd - bridge south
      • 4th - full bridge humbucker

    Effects and Interface: Boss GT-100

    Like and subscribe will be highly appreciated as an aspiring YouTube'r!

    Thanks!
     
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    tobijohn The Great Enabler Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Some might consider that sacrilegious but it sounds pretty good to me...
     
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    Yep... and I am starting to be being flamed at a tele forum.
     
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    Then you must be doing something right.
    I loved it!
     
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    Well you changed the pickup to a humbucker so I think you kind of skipped over making your point. Can a tele shaped guitar play metal? Sure it can. I suspect it could still work with the twangy bridge pup but I wish that was the test.
    The real trick it to play metal with a stock tele, a deluxe reverb and no effects. That would be quite the trick :)
     
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    As mentioned in the video and original post, it didn't meet what I needed. So, I changed it.
     
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    I agree. You could put pickups/electronics intended for metal in just about any guitar and it'll metal. Look no further than the guitar exploits of John 5 or Jim Root. Hell, Stephen Carpenter has been playing 7 string teles for years.

    I think the real challenge would be to play legit metal on an off-the-shelf traditionally equipped Tele not already intended for such a purpose. Teles are absolutely in the conversation when talking about the most versatile guitars available.
     
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    That's ok. We accept all here. Just remember a few simple rules: 1. If it's 40% better, it's perfect. 2. Ordering from China is just like Chinese takeout. You're not quite sure what's in there, but it's not that bad as long as you keep telling yourself it's chicken.
     
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    Check out about 3 mins in. Ask and you shall receive :sunglasses:

    Maybe some effects lol. I’m pretty sure he uses a Blues Driver in front of the amp.

     
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    And a pretty huge metal band guitarist uses a Tele.

     
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    Can a telecaster play metal?

    Or in other words, does John 5 exist?​
     
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    nomadh Well-Known Member

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    It sounds good and it is funny that it freaks people out.
     
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    I think U just answered your own question.

    That was a GREAT recording, great variety and contrast on the tones.

    BTW, for those of us who use the black AGF motif, can't read your text. just sayin...
     
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    back in the day @nrussell23 made a youtubey video of him playing his Agile TC in his office.It was all br00talz
     
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    Tom Morello plays a Tele in Drop D for quite a few songs. I know it's not metal per se, but the JCM800 he uses definitely gives him a healthy amount of gain.

    I'd definitely heard Yngwie play a stock vintage strat into a Marshall without any pedals and get a metal sound. Obviously it's easier if you replace the stock pickups with something noiseless and higher output.
     
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    Their teles were built to metal, with the humbuckers, bridge, and all. My goal was to keep it looking like a classic vibe.
     
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    Years ago I bought my first tele which was a really nice eBay parts caster with an SD Vintage Broadcaster STL-1B in the bridge position. I immediately plugged it into my amp when it arrived and was blown away when I started playing a bunch of metal riffs and it did not sound like a single coil. That's still the best tele bridge pup I've ever tried and it will do anything. I may buy one soon for my purple road worn.
     
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    I know John 5 usually uses a humbucker for live work but if you search enough videos you can find him doing heavier stuff with a vintage tele.


    Tom Morello's Telecaster he uses for Drop D. Pretty sure it's stock.

     
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    @littlebadboy It occurred to me I'm being a dumb ass and not mentioning that you did an awesome job with that video and song.
     
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    Sorry about that... did I fix it now?

    Razzle and golem, I really appreciate the recognition! Thank you!
     
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