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NGD! MIM Thinline 72 RI

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by psyched, Feb 21, 2012.

  1. psyched

    psyched Tele-Holic

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    I already have three teles I've modded the bejeezus out of, figured I was done. But always thought thinlines sure looked pretty... made the mistake yesterday of looking on CL a few hours after someone posted a MIM 72 RI in natural with a tweed case for 500. Did some reading, decided it was a fair price considering it came with the case, looked to be in decent shape. Well, it was, so it followed me home.

    The action was a little low and the pickups were too high, and it needed new strings. So it was set-up time. Took it apart, put contact cleaner in the pots, did a level and crown, shimmed the neck toward the headstock end of the pocket, cleaned the body with a rag and some good ol' spit, backed all the screw tips into a small block of paraffin wax before I put everything back together, lowered the pickups by a mile, lubed the nut/string tree/saddles, put new strings on, adjusted the truss and saddles, stretched the stings and retuned a few times... and damn this is a nice player now. I already liked 7.5 radius necks, but with the low action and the vintage frets this baby plays like butter. Definitely happy to have a thinline in my tele family, and digging the difference in the WRHBs after playing nothing but single coils for a good spell.

    So yes, picture:

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  2. garyd5158

    garyd5158 Tele-Afflicted

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    Sounds like your enjoying a great "mistake". Love the natural look. Happy NGD.
     
  3. Controller

    Controller Friend of Leo's

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    Congrats, I love mine!
     
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  5. psyched

    psyched Tele-Holic

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    I like the natural finish a lot more than I thought I would... thinking about throwing a white guard on it, though.
     
  6. dave1z

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    I never was a fan of the mother-of-toilet-seat look of the pearl guards either. A white one would be much classier and more reserved and would mix better with the natural finish ... imo.


     
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    ESQUIREoholic Tele-Afflicted

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    Beautiful Score!
    REal nice grain on that one.

    As far as the Pickguard, if you are thinking of changing it,
    Black looks great on Natural too.
    Look at Tele295's thinline:

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  8. Frank B

    Frank B Tele-Holic

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    I love black PGs
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    Congrats, that one's purdy. I've always loved that thinline+natural+pearloid look -- it was the first Tele I ever really fell for visually.
     
  10. Rolling Estonian

    Rolling Estonian Friend of Leo's

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    I'll take three saddles vs. black scratch plate Alex.

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  11. boris bubbanov

    boris bubbanov Telefied

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    I think black is the way to go, also!

    Unfortunately, neither Darren Riley nor Allparts have such a thing ready made in their inventory. You may be looking at something that has to be fabricated.

    So strange!! Black is simply a no-brainer on a strong ash grained body and that's how these look, for the most part. The Classic Player Thinline '72 Pickguards are different in that they have 4 pots, and I think there's a toggle on the upper left bout.
     
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    kraigeyroxx Tele-Meister

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    That is a lovely guitar, would swap the pearl for black tho. Bet it sounds great!
     
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    Ok guys. Y'all are simply gonna hafta stop showing all these nice 72 thinlines!!!!!

    I just had a ngd and I got gas again!!!!!!
     
  14. psyched

    psyched Tele-Holic

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    Yeah, I realized after the fact that aftermarket pickguards for these are waaaaay less common than I might have suspected... I wish Darren Riley did stock one, I'm local to his store...

    Also thinking about dropping 500k pots in it, at least to try (what's that gonna run, like $8 or something? big whoop), and maybe some heavy knurled dome knobs for the hell of it. Haven't tried the Fralin mod with the WRHB yet, but will next time I'm due for a string change and I have the thing in pieces...
     
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    As i mentioned in another thread, the 500k pot mod really wakes up the pups.
    It's def worth it.
     
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