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 #113158  by TI4-1009
 Thu Apr 26, 2012 12:27 pm
Very interesting. I just got this message from a connection on another music board- he's involved in the Dead archives project at UC Santa Cruz:

"I got to briefly strum one of those guitars (the last one? Rosebud?) when my friend and I set up a little MIDI studio for Jerry when he moved out of Mountain Girls house. He actually seem to play this beat up old Tele more than anything when we were around (1988-1990ish). Probably because it was light and a beater."

Brings a new dimension to my Tele- and adds a whole new life to:



And I'll bet Jerry sounded "just exactly like Jerry" playing the old Tele.
 #113159  by Tennessee Jedi
 Thu Apr 26, 2012 12:39 pm
Makes sense ... he prob loved all those old country players and the Bakersfield guys and their tele's ..... mama tried / big river ; etc
 #113165  by strumminsix
 Thu Apr 26, 2012 1:10 pm
Jerry's favorite middle single coil sounds like a Tele on it's neck pickup to my ears.

And Bobby sounds often like a Tele on it's bridge.
 #113167  by SarnoMusicSolutions
 Thu Apr 26, 2012 1:16 pm
Jerry always played like a Tele picker to me. Cumberland... C'mon...

Just listen to any old Roy Buchannan and you'll know why I think that.

Don't miss the first 15 seconds of this video: ... re=related

 #113168  by jeffm725
 Thu Apr 26, 2012 1:29 pm
Roy Buchanan is a guilty obsession of mine, and God you can hear Jerry in his playing (or most likely vice versa)....

who does ole Jer sound like here:

compare to Roy here
 #113172  by Jon S.
 Thu Apr 26, 2012 2:45 pm
Hilarious! That picture is of MY Tele and MY slippers! I'm a huge Tele-phile and like to be comfortable when I jam so like 6 years ago, someone started a thread on The Gear Page where one person after another created Photoshopped shots of me wearing my slippers playing my Tele in strange scenarios or famous musicians w/my Tele or slippers. I'll post some more of the especially yuck-inducing shots here later tonight or tomorrow! :p
 #113175  by caspersvapors
 Thu Apr 26, 2012 3:14 pm
SarnoMusicSolutions wrote:Jerry always played like a Tele picker to me. Cumberland... C'mon...

Just listen to any old Roy Buchannan and you'll know why I think that.

Don't miss the first 15 seconds of this video: ... re=related

thanks for sharing, I had been looking for the documentary for a long time and didnt know it had been recently uploaded

I love that jam of just him at around 11 min, hard to believe thats just one guitar
 #113177  by waldo041
 Thu Apr 26, 2012 3:41 pm
Jerry playing a tele!

Here Jerry is playing George Harrisons Custom Made Rosewood Tele (serial number 235594) played on the rooftop of the Beatles last concert. It was given to Delaney Bramlett by Harrison.

 #113180  by Jon S.
 Thu Apr 26, 2012 3:52 pm
My Tele and slippers & me fit in just fine with the Fab Four.


Not bad with Frank and the Mothers, either.


And of course no self-respecting Tele and slippers would pass up a date with Roy!

Last edited by Jon S. on Thu Apr 26, 2012 5:37 pm, edited 1 time in total.
 #113186  by TI4-1009
 Thu Apr 26, 2012 5:02 pm
I always pictured you in the Mothers, Jon.... :lol:
 #113187  by Jon S.
 Thu Apr 26, 2012 5:35 pm
LOL! I resemble that remark! :lol:

P.S. The band I've caught live the most in my life was the Grateful Dead. Second place: Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention. Bottom line: good music is good music.
 #113273  by GeneralGoldilocks
 Sat Apr 28, 2012 3:15 pm
Man, David Nelson sure can play a dead on Jerry, although with him, who knows, maybe Jerry played a dead on David Nelson, those guys are like twin Jedi's of single coil guitar, who were both obviously intricately involved in each other's nascent musical development, and Nelson get's his tone from the Tele, of course, with a little help from the b bender. I hear his b bender is mostly stock mexican made, but can't be sure on that, probably could find out all about it on the telecaster guitar forum. I love listening to David and Barry conjure up the spirit of Jerry with their two very different rigs, but similar results.
 #113274  by zambiland
 Sat Apr 28, 2012 6:54 pm
I remember an early 70s interview where Jerry talked about playing a Tele a lot. It made me wonder if his tracks on Ace are with a Tele.