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Difference Between Telecaster and Stratocaster

electric_guitarTelecaster vs Stratocaster

If you’re looking for the perfect guitar for your musical career, you might be wondering whether the difference between a Telecaster and Stratocaster will carry a significant weight in your decision. While there is a difference between the two guitars, it can also be said that most people choose the instrument for them based on feel, sound, and the intangible qualities that make it the perfect vessel for their own expression.

When the Telecaster was initially introduced in the 1950′s, there was an intentional sound quality given to this guitar. While the sound can be tailored toward just about any style of music, it has an intentional twang to hit the tunes associated with country music, bluegrass, and even banjo-style guitar playing. It can be used in rock or even in alternative music, but it is still a favorite among mainstream country musicians.

The Stratocaster has been a bit condemned as of late for having a flatter sound. Initial sounds between the two guitars are obvious. The point of developing skills with the instrument is to be able to play without distinction. The early learning period of the Stratocaster is often associated with ‘noise and distortion’. Played as a harder rock guitar, there are a few fine points with which to become associated.

Telecasters have very clear sounds. While they can be distorted (although some people use a whammy bar), they are guitars that are meant to be mastered as clear sounding beauties. Stratocasters offer stronger sounds that can be played harshly and loudly with ample distortion and grind.

The Telecaster has an easier neck. It’s a little taller in profile, and it generally feels firmer in the hands. Clarity of neck-only sounds seems to be fine tuned when it comes to the Telecaster.

The Stratocaster has three pickups which are basically identical. On the other hand, there are only two pickups on the Telecaster, which are highly different from each other. This determines the range of potential sounds, and the ease of transition from one sound to another. Many beginners feel that the Stratocaster is easier to handle while learning the finer elements of guitar playing.

Summary:

1. The Telecaster has intentional country or banjo-style sound quality.

2. The Stratocaster has a flatter sound.

3. The Stratocaster is a harder rock version.

4. Clarity of sound is consistently better with the Telecaster.

5. Stratocasters are chosen for distortion, and harsh sounds for harder rock sounds.

6. The Telecaster has a pleasing neck, with high quality neck-only tones.

7. The Telecaster has two varying pickups.

8. The Stratocaster has three pickups, which are very similar.

9. The Stratocaster is easier to learn for rock sounds in the early stages of playing.


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2 Comments

  1. it doesn’t sound like you play guitar….just judging by the article

  2. The strat has 3 tones that are basically “identical”???

    FALSE!!!

    The three tones are from the different pickups on the guitar – bridge, mid-body, and neck tones. They are ENTIRELY different!!! Some strats have a FIVE-tone switch for even finer tone selection, the “ins and outs” of the 3 main tones. Whoever wrote this article is most likely some tool who “studied” guitar in college. Try PLAYING the thing to actually know what the hell it is you’re talking about!

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