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Keith Richards' Telecaster Specs

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Brian.Tele, Apr 9, 2009.

  1. Brian.Tele

    Brian.Tele Tele-Meister

    Nov 11, 2008
    I was wondering if anyone knows what the fingerboard radius and what kind of frets Keith has on his teles?

  2. ReddRanger

    ReddRanger Tele-Meister

    Jul 20, 2006
    I would imagine they are all 7.25 radius since they are vintage teles. Who knows what he's had them refretted with (if any have been done). Otherwise I would guess vintage frets?

    The most import spec for Keith's teles is......5 strings. ;-)

  3. noisemaker

    noisemaker Tele-Meister

    Jul 8, 2008
    no.. I think its more a humbucker in the guitar

  4. infinitetele

    infinitetele TDPRI Member

    Apr 9, 2009
    United States
    Why does it only have 5 strings? That's something I can't get my head around

  5. Octave Doctor

    Octave Doctor Tele-Afflicted

    Mar 10, 2009
    Morgantown, WV.
    The five strings are tuned to open G--having the sixth string D gets muddy on electric, at least the way KR plays.

  6. noisemaker

    noisemaker Tele-Meister

    Jul 8, 2008
    he playes the 5 strings becouse of what dr. octave said.
    just making that a statement... also I heard somewhere that he
    wants to give the bass player some space, but I dont think thats it

    as keith said "5 strings, 3 notes and one a$$hole and there it is :lol:"
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  7. e-merlin

    e-merlin Doctor of Teleocity

    Jan 13, 2004
    Garden City, KS
    I don't think he's using vintage Teles. The ones I've seen him play lately all have the modern bridge.

  8. ThermionicScott

    ThermionicScott Poster Extraordinaire

    Dec 3, 2005
    Also, with KR's tuning, leaving the 6th string off puts the root (G) as the lowest note.

    - Scott

  9. OaklandA

    OaklandA Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

    Jun 18, 2004
    Queen Creek, AZ
    He fits them with modern type bridges (At least the two main ones - "Micawber" and "Sonny"). Also the humbucker doesn't play into it much since he plays mostly off the bridge pickup.

  10. refin

    refin Friend of Leo's

    Feb 24, 2005
    Florida Panhandle
    I always wondered why he put a bucker in the front.........

  11. bonedaddy

    bonedaddy TDPRI Member

    Sep 3, 2008
    San Jose, Ca
    Bingo, and that's the reason right there folks...

  12. Chip

    Chip Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 25, 2005
    Northfield Center, Ohio

  13. jeepnstein

    jeepnstein Tele-Meister

    Jan 9, 2009
    This may very well be my next SX Tele. A five stinger with a humbucker in the neck. If the economy picks up I may build one this summer.

  14. AjayTele

    AjayTele Tele-Afflicted

    Aug 11, 2007
    Sydney, Australia
    Here's a MIJ Version of the Micawber 5 string guise.


  15. ganzua

    ganzua Tele-Meister

    Dec 24, 2006
    It is an old trick to left more space for the bass.

    Besides, 6th string removal and open tuning help to define Keith own sound.

  16. noisemaker

    noisemaker Tele-Meister

    Jul 8, 2008
    the switch is wired the other way.. so bridge pos. is neck and neck pos. is bridge

  17. noisemaker

    noisemaker Tele-Meister

    Jul 8, 2008
    that guitar has one wrong thing though... micawber has a lp input plate :D

  18. surfoverb

    surfoverb Doctor of Teleocity

    Jul 17, 2007
    Anybody know the specs of his PAF? Like output, what guitar it came out of etc and also the bridge spec of the micawbre pickup

  19. wetland10

    wetland10 Tele-Afflicted

    Oct 4, 2006
    New Jersey
    My understanding is that it was one of the original PAFs (not sure what year) and I think the bridge is a Champion lap steel pickup.

    As for the switch, there has been TONS of debate about that on one of the Stones message boards. It IS NOT wired reverse according to many sources on there. Many believe that he has a blender pot instead of a tone and mixes in some of the humbucker. People made a case originally for why would he have it there if he never used it, and he obviously is not using just the humbucker based on his tone. One last note, his Custom, when he was playing it in the 80s, he used the middle position for many songs.

    Just a quick synopsis of all of the posts I've read about this thing over the years. Who knows what is exactly right.


  20. WickedGTR

    WickedGTR Friend of Leo's

    Jul 12, 2005
    Hillbilly Hollywood
    In G tuning with 5 strings, the lowest string is the root note of the barred chord, instead of the (low) 5th interval.

    It rings better that way.

    As far as specs etc, I doubt he cares much. A guitar that has been played that much for so many years had probably had several refrets. I wouldn't be surprised if the pickups have had some replacement, rewinding, or repotting (etc.). A pickup can only take so much bumps and knocks over the years before it becomes microphonic.

    I think it would be interesting if that guitar had an odometer. It's traveled a lot of miles.
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