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Richie Kotzen Tele

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by PaulJosephJones, Aug 22, 2017.

  1. PaulJosephJones

    PaulJosephJones NEW MEMBER!

    Aug 22, 2017
    Liverpool England
    I have just bought my first, and new Kotzen tele while on holiday in Nashville, purely for the finish, does anyone have any experience of these, and for a country/ RnR sound would I need to change to a more relic tele pickup ( twangy ). Cheers
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  2. tery

    tery Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    Sep 21, 2012
    Welcome to TDPRI ... you have the ultimate holiday souvenir :) Congratulations !

  3. rich815

    rich815 Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    Aug 22, 2016
    San Francisco Bay Area
    The neck pick up is a DeMarzio Twang King. Awesome pickup and twangy!

  4. NashvilleDeluxe

    NashvilleDeluxe Tele-Holic

    May 10, 2007
    Laurentians, Quebec
    Definitely keep the neck pickup. I went through a number of them before sticking with the Twang King. It has nice Strat chime, and you can dial out some brightness by rolling back the volume a few hairs.

    As for the bridge, try it out before reading too much on the interwebs. It's designed to get closer to a humbucker sound, but you might like it. I have a Lollar Special T in my bridge, which is a bit more muscular than a vintage spec, but it does great old-school by rolling back a bit.

    Nice guitar...enjoy it!

  5. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Telefied Ad Free Member

    Nov 15, 2009
    Austin, Tx
    I think the Kotzen Teles sound great, stock, as is.
    I keep checking them when I go to GC or other Big F dealers.
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  6. callasabra

    callasabra Tele-Afflicted

    Apr 11, 2016
    You have an awesome tele! I can't imagine a more perfect guitar to cover country, rock, etc. both those pickups can twang. IF you don't get enough twang from the bridge consider rewiring the second knob (series-parallel selector) to a coil split for the bridge to have the single coil option.

    I agree with others, the Twang King is good for a variety of sounds. Ritchie plays without a pick which is one reason his sound doesn't twang as much as others, but you can make it twang, others do.

    And pics! sure we know what it looks like, but we still want to see it.
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  7. Tidepoolbay

    Tidepoolbay Friend of Leo's

    Jan 27, 2009
    Franklin New Jersey
    I owned one. I ended up selling it to get a Les Paul.
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  8. callasabra

    callasabra Tele-Afflicted

    Apr 11, 2016
    Everyone needs a les paul. Do what you gotta do.

  9. Keymaster13

    Keymaster13 Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

    Jun 4, 2016
    Austin, TX
    Love the Kotzen! Enjoy it!

  10. Nick Fanis

    Nick Fanis Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

    Mar 3, 2003
    Just put a DM Twang King bridge pup and you are rolling....

  11. Paul Jenkin

    Paul Jenkin Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    Aug 17, 2017
    Essex, UK
    I don't know diddly about the gear but I do know that I love his sound and his playing. Saw him at a Winery Dogs gig in Manchester a year or so back.

    Congrats on the new Tele.

  12. cntry666

    cntry666 Tele-Afflicted

    Aug 16, 2010
    decatur, ga
    It's a great guitar. Congrats!

  13. Larry K. Williams

    Larry K. Williams Tele-Meister

    Mar 17, 2003
    Athens, GA
    If you swap the vol pot for a pot with a SPST switch, you can keep all the wiring the same, AND get the coil-tap for the bridge. Best of all worlds that way. No wiring change. You just bring the black/white from the bridge pup, already taped together, to the switch......and the other lug to ground. Simple.

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