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Re: Telecaster mod suggestions?

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You're not really thinking of routing the bout are you??? I have a belt sander here and a decent rasp. Oh even better, I have some carving disks for my angle grinder, makes short work of it!

Also, can bypass your tone on the neck control, pretty quick fix for the price of a kilkenny.
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jeremyb wrote: Sun May 02, 2021 1:53 pm I'd keep it stock, flick it on and get yourself a HSS strat :)
haha! no!


And why an HSS strat? What in all I posted makes people think I want a humbucker, a middle pickup, or more switching options for me to not use because I'm still going to knock the switch on a strat?

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Reverse the control plate (and swap the pots over) and learn to love the neck pickup. Stand up and you won't need the forearm relief.
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Bg wrote: Sun May 02, 2021 5:30 pm You're not really thinking of routing the bout are you??? I have a belt sander here and a decent rasp. Oh even better, I have some carving disks for my angle grinder, makes short work of it!

Also, can bypass your tone on the neck control, pretty quick fix for the price of a kilkenny.
definitely wont be taking a router to it... maybe a replacement body with a contour in the distant future, but just tyre kicking ideas for now.

Might take you up on the soldering job though if I go that way! Cheers!

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jimi wrote: Sun May 02, 2021 5:50 pm
Bg wrote: Sun May 02, 2021 5:30 pm You're not really thinking of routing the bout are you??? I have a belt sander here and a decent rasp. Oh even better, I have some carving disks for my angle grinder, makes short work of it!

Also, can bypass your tone on the neck control, pretty quick fix for the price of a kilkenny.
definitely wont be taking a router to it... maybe a replacement body with a contour in the distant future, but just tyre kicking ideas for now.

Might take you up on the soldering job though if I go that way! Cheers!
Give it a fair few hours play before making too many decisions! I was not a Tele fan for the first ten years of playing guitar. Weird ergonomics, controls in the wrong place, didn't dig the tone, etc. I fell in love with one (now in Voxshall's clutches), spent months playing it and now I am seriously considering replacing most of my guitars with a fleet of Teles. I've adapted my playing to suit them, and none of the stuff above bothers me.

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I'm surprised you want to carve it with you coming from an LP background anyway ;) Nothing in a tele that isn't in a LP, hard edge wise.
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olegmcnoleg wrote: Sun May 02, 2021 12:15 pm Cut the body contours, no point in being uncomfortable.
Add a middle pickup and 5-way switch, you can always use more options.
Get a headstock with a bit more meat on it, it will help with sustain.
Add a trem, a bit of wobble is nice.
Extend the upper bout a little, it helps with the balance.
Move the jack socket to the side, it is easier to see what you are doing with the plug.
Add a third pot to give you more tone options.

Perfect Tele. :wave:

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I regularly knock the switch on my Teles. Just get good at flicking it back.
Neck pickup: I have 2 that are very satisfying. A Lollar Special T and a Twisted Tele. You're welcome to come round and see if they work for you.
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Might take you up on that at some point! Cheers.

Quite tempted by the Black sand / Cruel Mistress combo. I see that guitar shop with My Glyn's demo guitars has moved about 5mins from work, so thats going to blamed for a few long lunch breaks.

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Slowy wrote: Sun May 02, 2021 9:47 pm
olegmcnoleg wrote: Sun May 02, 2021 12:15 pm Cut the body contours, no point in being uncomfortable.
Add a middle pickup and 5-way switch, you can always use more options.
Get a headstock with a bit more meat on it, it will help with sustain.
Add a trem, a bit of wobble is nice.
Extend the upper bout a little, it helps with the balance.
Move the jack socket to the side, it is easier to see what you are doing with the plug.
Add a third pot to give you more tone options.

Perfect Tele. :wave:

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It’s a fair cop

I’ll post a picture of my Tele in the Show Us Your Tele thread as penance.

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olegmcnoleg wrote: Sun May 02, 2021 12:15 pm Cut the body contours, no point in being uncomfortable.
Add a middle pickup and 5-way switch, you can always use more options.
Get a headstock with a bit more meat on it, it will help with sustain.
Add a trem, a bit of wobble is nice.
Extend the upper bout a little, it helps with the balance.
Move the jack socket to the side, it is easier to see what you are doing with the plug.
Add a third pot to give you more tone options.

Perfect Tele. :wave:

Oh, and the tiniest dot of superglue on the switch tip, it will stay put, but you will still be able to pry it off when you need to
Well I never, there is such a thing :shock:
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olegmcnoleg wrote: Mon May 03, 2021 10:18 am
olegmcnoleg wrote: Sun May 02, 2021 12:15 pm Cut the body contours, no point in being uncomfortable.
Add a middle pickup and 5-way switch, you can always use more options.
Get a headstock with a bit more meat on it, it will help with sustain.
Add a trem, a bit of wobble is nice.
Extend the upper bout a little, it helps with the balance.
Move the jack socket to the side, it is easier to see what you are doing with the plug.
Add a third pot to give you more tone options.

Perfect Tele. :wave:

Oh, and the tiniest dot of superglue on the switch tip, it will stay put, but you will still be able to pry it off when you need to
Well I never, there is such a thing :shock:

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olegmcnoleg wrote: Mon May 03, 2021 10:18 am Well I never, there is such a thing :shock:

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Thats just a mutant Strat. I don't see much Tele DNA in there. Like just a great grandparent or something.

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My old Thinline didn't have the traditional control plate. The 3-way angled blade switch swapped out for 3 way LP style toggle - waaaaay better.
Forget the tone knobs, and just have two volume knobs instead. Make sure one is a coil-tap so you could add a bridge humbucker in single-coil size if you want to get that LP chunk back, but retain the tele sounds - the SD Lil '59 will achieve this with a lot of dynamics. Change the neck pickup for a strat bridge pickup to match output, and you're away.
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Post by bender »

Flipping the control plate around is such an easy (and excellent) mod. If BG can wire it so that the tone pot only affects the bridge pickup, it sounds like 2/3 of your problems are solved!

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