The Telecaster..its addicting

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  1. Frogfur

    Frogfur Senior Member

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    I've got lots of nice guitars, LPs Fenders etc. But, I hardly play any of them except when I get them out of the case to tune, maintaintence.

    The reason is, the flipp' n telecaster is an addiction trap. I don't personally like the reissues
    7.25" neck radius myself. But some do. I myself, like the 9.5" neck. Easier for me to
    Transition from fender to gibson, and back. Just me.
    With a little help from jonesy, we turned this into a eater.

    He had the pups I wanted, and the harness. This thing kills.
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    It is a joy to play. Looks good too.
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    It's not like I don't have a choice! but, running thru the deluxe, and champ, connected via an A/B with separate volumes, sounds pretty good live.
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  2. MooCheng

    MooCheng Senior Member

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    my name is Moo and I'm a Tele'olic,

    Bill Kirchen says its fine and theres nothing to fear.
    Keef says the same, but looking at him I'm not convinced
     
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  3. Donal

    Donal ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Premium Member

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    Now that is nice :thumb:

    Just like a Tele should look, congrats :applause:
     
  4. Frogfur

    Frogfur Senior Member

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    We all know, keef is only partly there. But, Moo at least you've come out. Brave move!




    Now I must confess..i turned the knobs around..can you see your way to forgiveness for me..?
     
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    djjagdish Senior Member

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    Teles are sure hard to put down...there's just something so right about the way they feel and sound
     
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    That's a fairly common mod to move the knobs closer for volume and tone swells.

    I'm finding I'm playing my tele more and more as well.
     
  7. Frogfur

    Frogfur Senior Member

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    The true reason for me turning the control plate around was, I kept hitting the selector switch. It had to be turned around. But, I also asked Jonsey for a low resistance(easy to turn)volume pot (which that boy did have) which makes swells somewhat smoother.
    Also a one meg volume pot, and 250 tone pot. He gave me everything I wanted.


    Now..i have to feed it steak before I go to bed, so as to feel safe. I'm now a lessor man for the mods...
     
  8. Walt_T

    Walt_T Senior Member

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    Another happy Tele player! The Legion grows...
     
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    HeartString Senior Member Premium Member

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    Absolutely! Well said! Nice one Frog!
     
  10. LtDave32

    LtDave32 Sua Sponte Super Mod Premium Member

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    The tele is by nature a spartan instrument. No frills, basically. Good layout and a simple and clean approach where the controls are concerned. It's that "sensible shoes" thing that's the appeal, though not everyone would admit to such terminology. Sounds like old ladie's footwear. But again, it's that no BS layout that appeals.

    That's not to say one cannot doll them up or add fantastic custom touches to a tele build. Just about limitless what you can do to them.

    Teles have always been "all about the bridge pup" for that classic Tele wail. Hey, the lead on "Stairway". C'mon now. They sound exceptionally good when used for clean country sounds as well. But that's not to say you can't customize the neck pup to something different, or even add a middle pup. That big pick guard makes it a breeze to add another pup, because you can hide any sort of routing to the body to accommodate any pup. Then just go to Warmoth and order a guard for the pup arrangement you have in mind.

    Presto!
     
  11. Frogfur

    Frogfur Senior Member

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    Man, i agree with all you guys on this. Lt. You sure would know. I've never seen what you do, but people say it is assume.

    I like the 52 thing. Mine is a Squier CV with the most beautiful neck, and stated mods.

    It would be hard for me to believe this was an overseas neck. Because if it is, as this one, gibson better up their game. I've fingered my share of guitar necks since 63, and this one is just so sweet. And for all of $399.(95)of course, i think it was. i play this every single day. Its hands down my go to guitar.

    his sounds great thru the champ. Especially set at a watt and a quarter. I guess that is the low watt setting. Set just right, your at the corner of burn, and bliss at levels i can still here someone pounding on the window right next to my chair!


    Even my guitar buddy said it was a honey dripper. I love the thing.















    And no..I'm not takeing the ash tray off..
     
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    jdto Pretend Human Premium Member

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    Yeah, I am currently on a Tele kick. I hit Warmoth and got myself a 59 profile, short scale neck and a lightweight swamp ash body with a humbucker neck route. I am very pleased with their work and I'm gonna put a set of Vineham pickups in it. I hope it turns out how I envision, because I think it's gonna be sweet. And hopefully less than 7lbs, too.
     
  13. RangerJay

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    That single-coil Tele approach is actually way more expressive than the simplicity would indicate. Jeff Beck (with his Esquire) proved that a whole lot can be done with very little. No magic boosts, no weird wiring or switching. Just a guitar with a pickup. Good enough.

    I love the neck pickup sound from a Tele as well. Cutting blues on tap. Cutting.
     
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    Lt. Dave builds killer Tele's. He build me one and my Tele gas is gone! I love that thing!!
     
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    TheX Voice of Reason

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    Me too. Need both pickups and a three way switch. Super easy, super awesomeness.
     
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    Cozmik Cowboy Senior Member

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    I learned my first on a Tele, & the love never left. I must say, though, while the bridge p/up is all well & good, perfection is a Tele neck p/up straight into a Super Reverb!
    My current Tele has modern wiring (with the '59 Gibbie mod), but I'm thinking hard about the 2nd or 3rd schemes.
     
  17. TheWelder

    TheWelder Senior Member

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    Great looking Tele. I'm looking to get one myself but I haven't been able decide on the model. I'm leaning used MIJ RI as I like vintage frets and 7.25 radius fretboards on my Fenders.
     
  18. Frogfur

    Frogfur Senior Member

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    For me, the 7.25 radius, was great for chord work, but there were places up the neck, beyond the 12th fret where I could fret out some places. I don't experience that on any other guitar, certainly none of mine,
    and a few u tube videos on that subject, showed some similar views.

    But as stated, transion is easier back and forth for me.
     
  19. Walt_T

    Walt_T Senior Member

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    With a 7.25" radius it's a balancing act of the nut, neck relief, and bridge. A little compromise results in a great player. Case in point is my '72 with a '52 RI neck in my sig. Setup is everything.
     
  20. TheWelder

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    I agree - setup is so key with the 7.25" radius. When I was doing my own setups I would experience a lot of choked out notes when bending above the 12th. Now I bring all my gear to a buddy who has carved out a nice little niche as a local guitar and amp tech. He does outstanding work. I can bend a step an half easily without choking notes. But it's all a matter of personal preference. I like playing 9.5" and even 12" radius guitars as well. I just prefer the 7.25" on Fenders.

    Anyway, love your Tele, Frogfur - I can see how it would be addicting. I also really like the Epi Casino and your beautiful Oxblood Deluxe and the Tweed Vibro Champ. You and I have very similar tastes in gear it would seem - I could feel right at home with your setup (aside from the lefty guitars ;)).
     

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