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Is a 3 piece solid body something to worry about?


(@crkt246)
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I'm thinking about geting a std ash tele and one of the reviews said that it had a three piece body and I waned to know if that was some thing to worry about.
Thanks and God Bless :D :D :D


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(@citizennoir)
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Hi crkt :D

IMO - Not a thing to worry about.

Traditionally, Tele's have been made of a solid one piece body....
And ash is the wood of choice for that traditional Tele sound.

Where-as Strats have been traditionally made of two piece (ash) and then three piece (alder) bodies.

The multi-piece bodies of the Strat lend it a more transparent sound than the one piece Tele's....
Unfortunately, I have no experience with multi-piece bodies on Tele's....
They should sound just fine though

If your asking if that means that it's an inferior building process ~ No, it's not.

Ken

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begins to live more simply without"
-Ernest Hemingway

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(@vic-lewis-vl)
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I wouldn't worry about the fact it's made from three pieces - if Fender thought it was sub-standard, they wouldn't let it get as far as the shops. I really don't see what difference it makes - then again, I'm not one of those people who can tell subtle differences in tone that are down to different woods/construction. And you know what? I'll stick my neck out and say 99.99% of the human race couldn't, either.

Besides, these days, a lot of amps are modelling amps - I can make my Tele sound like a Strat, an SG or an LP just by fiddling with the settings on my Roland Cube 30X. Hell, I can even make it sound like a 12-string acoustic.

As always, the golden rule - try before you buy. If it feels good, and sounds good, buy it - if it doesn't, don't!

:D :D :D

Vic

"Sometimes the beauty of music can help us all find strength to deal with all the curves life can throw us." (D. Hodge.)


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(@rparker)
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I'm thinking about geting a std ash tele and one of the reviews said that it had a three piece body and I waned to know if that was some thing to worry about.
Thanks and God Bless :D :D :D

I've got a 15% card from Sam Ash for Monday if you want it.

Roy
"I wonder if a composer ever intentionally composed a piece that was physically impossible to play and stuck it away to be found years later after his death, knowing it would forever drive perfectionist musicians crazy." - George Carlin


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(@gnease)
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Play it. If it sounds good, it is. Keep in mind that even some single-piece or bookmatched two-piece bodies make crappy guitars.

-=tension & release=-


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(@crkt246)
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I'm thinking about geting a std ash tele and one of the reviews said that it had a three piece body and I waned to know if that was some thing to worry about.
Thanks and God Bless :D :D :D

I've got a 15% card from Sam Ash for Monday if you want it.

Thanks Roy but I wont able to get to Sam Ash on Monday so you can use it. But thanks any way


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(@crkt246)
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I should be able to get around Guitar Center about Thursday so I going to try one then.
Thanks for the replies. :D :D :D


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(@rparker)
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I could not make it either. I'm attempting a ride tomorrow. (wish me luck!!!) Also, GC has their big sale going on Monday. I got my Fender amp 10% off last Labor Day.

Roy
"I wonder if a composer ever intentionally composed a piece that was physically impossible to play and stuck it away to be found years later after his death, knowing it would forever drive perfectionist musicians crazy." - George Carlin


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(@rahul)
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If it plays well, I won't care how many pieces it was made of...


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(@u2bono269)
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i'm pretty sure my Squier 51 is made of 4 pieces of basswood. and I'm sure my cheap Ibanez has countless glued-together boards under the black finish. i still love them both. Even my MIM Fender seems to have more than 2 pieces under it (if you hold it up to the light, you can kind of see the joints in the finish...seems poorly applied to me, but i don't care...it's so resonant unamplified, and so heavy. sustains for years.)

so yeah, no biggie

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