I'm about to go out and put a Telecaster on my credit card...
Actually, my son has a MIM black one that is very nice. I can't believe how good the MIM guitars are.
I think the tele bridge is a major contributor to the 'tele twang'. That 'rockabilly' guitar from RS will do the gretsch thing much more than a tele tone, even though it's got a cut down tele bridge. I'd really like to get a Tele bridge sound on a strat, but I don't think it's possible without going hardtail.
I had a T type for a while - quite enjoyed it, and it had the BRANG in spades, but it got sold to help pay for a Gibson V (which didn't stay long at all).
The Squier CV tele has had some good reports from users I'd trust - they really liked the pine body and authentic sounding PUs. Obviously with Squier you need to try a few to find one worth owning, but I don't think it's more of a lottery than buying any other Fender.
Greg, You sure you're not biased being from Kalamazoo? ;)
Curiously, the brightest guitar I own is a Heritage H150 Classic 'Les Paul' made in Kalamazoo. I was really put off Duncan '59 pickups, because they were what came in the guitar as standard, and they were both thin/shrill and muddy at the same time. Having had a couple of sets of PUs in there, and now using vintage Gibson 'buckers (patent number in the bridge - really sweet toned - T top at the neck) the guitar is usable, but very sharp edged.
I had no idea a Les Paul could be tele-bright like that.
There's a lot of technique behind playing particular styles/types of guitar, and just owning a gretsch won't bring Stray Cat tone, unfortunately, just like owning an SG won't make one sound like Angus Young or Eric Clapton. I've found that if I want to play a different instrument then I need to live with it almost exclusively for a couple of months at least. When I finally found a Les Paul that sounded like all the classic Les Paul tones you hear I had to put away my strats and learn to play the new guitar. Same with the Godin xtSA, especially when using it as a synth controller.
I suspect if you want to play a Gretsch, Greg, you'll need to set aside the SG for a long while. BTW thanks for the amp schema.
But some guitars speak while others are dumb, and that may be why your SG is so special. I've been lucky enough to acquire a few that speak for themselves, and have sold on quite a few that haven't. At this stage I'd be quite happy to sell a couple more, just get down to a core of 5 or 6 really great instruments and 4 or 5 good amps.
>> SG won't make one sound like Angus Young or Eric Clapton.
Wow.. we do think differently. When I think Clapton, I think "Blackie". I've got a MIA Strat with Gold Lace Sensors and Maple fretboard that usually does the trick. ("Brownie")
So it is true what I've heard - the bassman inspired mr. marshall. Which one was in vogue back then?
That is, there are many bassman designs here:
I'm wondering which one.
One is a little gentrified while the other gives more bite.