March 5th, 2006, 02:51 PM
I think I have reach a state of inertia in regards to my ability to learn hands on with the telecasters I have and the "issues" any of them had. All are set up and playing very well. However, i would like to get into more advanced work and repairs.
I know Les Paul people rave about Dan Erlwines book, are telecasters covered well in there? Are there other books that are recommended that concentrate more on Fender Products? I think i have gone about as far as i can with Fender's online set-up guides.
March 5th, 2006, 11:16 PM
Yes, Teles are covered in that book. In fact, Dan mentioned the specific setups of several Tele players. Who exactly I'm blanking on, but I think that Bill Kirchen & Jim Weider, as well as a local Athens-area guy are who he profiles. But I could be wrong, and my book is hiding someplace.
March 6th, 2006, 07:02 AM
Are there other books that are recommended that concentrate more on Fender Products?
Not that I know of, but you shouldn't underestimate the things you can learn from reading about other makes of guitar and setup. It all has some relevance in the long run. So apart from the Erlewine 'How to.....' book, I would recommend his 'Guitar Player Repair Guide'. It does have 'some' Tele stuff in it, like a few paragraphs about Albert Collins Tele and his setup, but the rest is well worth reading.
You should also have the Tele 'Bible' the Duchossoir 'The Fender Telecaster', which gives you the history plus an invaluable reference guide to lots of Tele specifications and detail photo's of hardware. It doesn't deal with setup though.
March 6th, 2006, 04:42 PM
March 6th, 2006, 05:13 PM
I just got my first real "project" guitar, a tele, and Dan's book has been an excellent source of information for me.
I live in an area without a "great" guitar shop nearby, and Dan's book has allowed me to actually get playing without having to take a day off to drive to a good shop, wait a week to get it back, and take another day off to go and get it.
Best of luck!
March 7th, 2006, 12:28 PM
I have the Dan's book on Fretwork Step by Step, It has helped a allot. One thing that I have learned it really helps to have some of those little speciallity tools. Fret files, fret levelers and such. Rick.