Do you prefer to keep your Fender Teles stock or change them?

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  1. OzShadow

    OzShadow Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    My first Tele was a 93 American Standard I bought new. I kept it bone stock the entire time I had it. It was almost perfect when I sold it several years later. I enjoyed it while I had it.

    My next Tele was a MIM Standard I bought new I think in 2011. The older AmStd pickups were alright, nothing special, but the MIM ceramics just had to go.

    That Standard now has the APC neck/Florance TE59 bridge, locking tuners, US string guide, and Rutter knurled switch cap.

    While I loved knowing I had a perfect American Standard, I enjoy playing the Standard more, even though it is considerably heavier.

    Do you keep them stock, tweak them a little or go all out?
     
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    WireLine Tele-Afflicted

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  3. Fiesta Red

    Fiesta Red Friend of Leo's

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    If it needs to be changed/upgraded/modified/fixed/repaired, I’ll do it.

    If it doesn’t, I leave it alone.
     
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    I always put Glendale brass compensated saddles on my Teles. It makes them feel Custom Shopish.
     
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    It varies by instrument and depends on what you consider a modification. Is anything non-stock really a modification if it takes two seconds to make it stock again?

    Are new knobs a modification? Hardly to me, but some consider that a mod. I didn't modify anything to put a new bridge plate on my tele, I just upgraded it IMO.

    Rerouting, new necks, B-benders, those are mods to me. New pickups, wiring, or hardware is more of a (potential) "upgrade" in my book.

    Many of my guitars have been upgraded in this sense, I can't sit still and I love to tinker :)
     
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    i might change saddles and wiring, for the sounds i like i get mostly what i need out of the stock pickups, all my avri's, although different, had nice stock pickups on board.
     
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  7. JodanOrNoDan

    JodanOrNoDan Tele-Meister

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    I usually buy guitars for the way they sound and other than repairs and adjustments I don't change anything. Besides, if my wife finds out I can just change stuff on the ones I have it may significantly impact her willingness to let me buy more.
     
  8. Andy Summers

    Andy Summers Friend of Leo's

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    Always change them! I prefer playing music that isn’t 100% Telecaster friendly, but I love Telecasters..and yes my purist friends, they are still Telecasters after my mods. Maybe not your country chicken pickin’ Teles...but Teles none the less. And my mods usually leave that option available (to a degree) via taps/splits or what have you.
     
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    Ydwen Jones Tele-Meister

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    I've never modded a Tele. Which doesn't mean I never will. I just like my current Tele (only got one) the way it is. I might get another one though and mod the hell out of it.:)
     
  10. GreatDaneRock

    GreatDaneRock Tele-Meister

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    Used 2011 (almost mint!) MIM Standard Tele in LPB. Swapped the no-brand "black" bridge for a Wilkinson with comp saddles. The guitar came with a Chopper T humbucker in bridge position, I wanted that, but it came with 500K pots and a very odd wiring scheme. The guitar was too bright for my taste. And so I added a new wiring harness, traditional, with 250K Mojotone pots and Switchcraft connector. Last, I add locking tuners to all my guitars so OEM Fender locking tuners were added too.

    GDR
     

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  11. GreatDaneRock

    GreatDaneRock Tele-Meister

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    Same here! I'm more into rock and blues and so I REQUIRE a humbucker in bridge position, I just do. Same reason when looking at a Strat I immediately knew to look for Fat Strat HSS.

    GDR
     
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    I can't help myself...I mod things.
     
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  13. Andy Summers

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    Agreed!!! I always go HB in the bridge. Be it a single coil size one or full size.
     
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    I will change the Jack socket for the screw in type, but other than that I leave well alone.
     
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    I'm a serial compulsive modder. At least a 4-way switch on any Tele.
     
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    I can not leave a guitar stock.
    There’s always something I want to change.
     
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    Most of my guitars are stock unless they came with some
    changed part.
     
  18. Buckaroo

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    Stock is the only way to go. If I don't like the stock guitar, I don't buy it. If something breaks, I replace it with a stock part. With amps I will tube roll and sometimes try different speakers.
     
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    My 2016 AmStd is just what I wanted it to be right out of the case. I'm not touching anything except for string changes
     
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    My attitude toward mods is pretty simple. Don’t change what works. I switched to noiseless pickups on my Strat and Tele, VN on the Strat and N4’s on the Telecaster because the 60 cycle hum drove me mad playing at low volume in a quiet room. The Strat also got a 7 sound wiring mod. I potted and covered the pickups on my SG because my right pinkie rubbed on the bridge pickup bobbin. My Gretsch Anniversary is unchanged since I got it. Mods made 3 of 4 better for me, maybe not for anyone else but they’re not for sale.
     
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