Could Be #1
This Tele is incredibly versatile. I picked one up in a local guitar shop while helping my friend select his purchases. I wasn't even in the market for a guitar, but I fell in love with this one right away. I tried several guitars, including some other Telecasters, but kept coming back to the Thinline. Although I've been playing guitar for over 25 years, I don't think I'd ever played a Telecaster until that day. I'm definitely not a gear head, and until recently I felt that I didn't have enough time to play the few guitars I already own....but I was overwhelmed by the awesome tone (or rather tones) of this sweet axe. I'm putting a new group together, and after playing for a few minutes, I realized I could play all my new music on the Thinline - no need to change guitars at a gig. Plus with the chambered body, it's easier on the shoulders than most solid bodies. Nowadays, I'm playing a lot of indie rock/ new wave type stuff, but I test drove with some Santana, Led Zep, AC/DC, as well as Mayfield and Cropper, and the this axe handled it all beautifully. To make a long story short, I ultimately got my Tele from Sweetwater, and they were amazing! Thanks, Andrew! It was also my first time getting a guitar in the mail, and opening that box almost took my breath away. Wow, this guitar is beautiful! I got the natural finish. It was perfect. Well...almost. Somehow, in all my excitement, I wasn't aware of the fret size and fingerboard radius. Like I said, I'm not a gear head. I just go with my gut when it comes to guitars. Maybe it's because my Tele wasn't properly set up like the one in the store, but I'm not digging the little vintage frets or the low fretboard radius. For one thing, it's harder to bend strings. I've tinkered with the action myself, but it's still not as comfortable as I would like. I also just got an Epiphone Dot, and now I realize that that's the kind of neck and fretboard I prefer - wide and flat with big frets. I still love the Tele Thinline sounds, and I think it will serve me well for what I'm doing now - but sometimes I think I'm "working" guitar, not playing guitar.