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Show Your Current Tele Collection!

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by srmd22, Nov 12, 2016.

  1. srmd22

    srmd22 Tele-Meister

    324
    May 31, 2013
    USA
    Here is mine. I have been buying/selling tele's for about 5 years, and these have totally fixed my Tele Gas. Prior to that, I had never been a tele guy. Played strats, LP's and and ES-335 for many years. I just have one more little project - I am putting Porter pups in the pink one - it currently has nocaster pups that came stock, and which I usually just love, but for some reason I am not loving them in this guitar. They are not bad, but, as you can see, there is some stiff competition. I have some Porters in a Strat, and they are just unbelievable, my goto these days.

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    Left to right:
    -Fender CS 52 with nocaster pups and large D neck (like a U (boat) neck, basically, but just a hair less depth, very big shoulders)
    -Fender CS Nocaster, light relic (the one all others are measured against - all other guitars not just teles)
    -Fender CS 50's Heavy Relic
    -G&L Asat Special (I don't care what anyone says, this belongs in this group :) )

    I am not sure why I have 3 teles with a traditional pickup configuration - I feel like one of them should have a humbucker or a P90 or something. But the G&L somewhat takes care of that. I did sell one with a stack in the bridge.

    Tele's sold:
    - Fender CS Nocaster NOS, great guitar, just prefer the one I ended up with
    - Fender '52 AVRI, think it was an early 2000's, was a great guitar
    - Fender AV '58 telecaster - great guitar
    - G&L ASAT Classic - one of my very favorites, number one for a bit, knocked off the pedestal by these other guys though, for me (actually not sold yet, just need to get around to it - in the "sell pile").
    -Protocaster (on consignment) - this is a wonderful guitar, but, like those above, is a victim of herd thinning. I did had experimented with this one, and put a chopper/cruiser DiMarzio set in it, which actually sounded kick ass. Just can't keep them all.

    So let's see peoples collections, even if it is just one, all comers, Squiers, Mexi's, Deluxes, Pluses, even G&L's, boutiques, whatever. I know there are other posts, but I haven't seen one in awhile, so time for a refresh.
     
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  2. theprofessor

    theprofessor Tele-Afflicted

    Aug 8, 2016
    Chattanooga, TN
    Congratulations on such a great collection of nice guitars. I won't post a pic of my collection, as I only have one tele. It's a MIM FSR that looks a lot like your butterscotch one. Anyway, I LOVE the look of your blue tele. What's the story on that one? Did you relic it, or is it simply worn in?

    EDIT: Sorry. I read your post more carefully, and I see that you answered my question about the blue one.
     
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  3. moosie

    moosie Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    Age:
    60
    Jul 18, 2010
    Western Connecticut
    Love the Nocaster, and the Shell Pink's nice, too.


    Here are my Three Amigos (down from five earlier this year):

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    CS '52 Wildwood '10', medium U neck, Stuart Blackguard pickups, Rutters compensated CRS Broadcaster saddles.

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    American Vintage '58, D neck, Stuart Blackguard pickups, Rutters vintage style stamped DUAL loader bridge, compensated CRS Broadcaster saddles. Nice and light at 6.6 lbs. As you can see from the mini toggle, I customized the electronics at one point. I think I had a 5-way in there (various tapped series settings), an S-1 for phase, the toggle was a blower... I like to wire those up, but I never use the stuff, so it's happily back to a 3-way now...

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    Like the sign says, '64 Tele. American Vintage, that is. All stock. Love the grey bobbin pickups, great for Cropper style R&B.

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    I'll throw this in because I just sold it... and because it's pretty, and I miss it...
    American Vintage '69 Thinline. Olympic White, nicely aged (since 2011). Killer neck, similar to a soft V 50s Strat, but not quite as big. Crappy F tuners, just like the originals... :rolleyes:

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    I don't have a favorite. Whenever I think I do, then I play the others and I'm back to square one. The 52 and 58, both ash bodies, both Stuart pickups... and they sound very, very different. The 52 is more balanced, maybe. It's also a 1/4 lb heavier. The 58 I think of as "wiry". The 64 is it's own thing. Just a perfect 60s Tele sound. Think Don Rich, but not as crazy bright.
     
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  4. theprofessor

    theprofessor Tele-Afflicted

    Aug 8, 2016
    Chattanooga, TN
    Okay, I changed my mind. Here's my "collection." That's it. A 2011 FSR MIM butterscotch blonde tele, upgraded with Seymour Antiquities pickups, Wilkinson swivel tele bridge brass saddles, a 4-way switch/wiring, and Gotoh vintage style split-shaft tuners. Got it for a great price used at GC.
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  5. moosie

    moosie Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    Age:
    60
    Jul 18, 2010
    Western Connecticut
    ^Blackguard & Blackface. Covers a lot of ground...
     

  6. Doug 54

    Doug 54 Poster Extraordinaire

    Dec 12, 2004
    Ohio

  7. srmd22

    srmd22 Tele-Meister

    324
    May 31, 2013
    USA
    Sweet axes so far!

    The FSR's are awesome! I forgot, I had one of these also, about 2y ago, and loved it. I also forgot, I had a 60's NOS CS for a short time also, very similar to the '64 AV in moosie's post - what a great axe. I really miss that one.
     
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  8. srmd22

    srmd22 Tele-Meister

    324
    May 31, 2013
    USA
    Here are some more pics of that one - the group pic didn't really do it justice. Has a slimmer neck then the nocaster, but still pretty beefy, and the neck is sanded mostly bare, which feels really nice. It is incredibly resonant, but so are the others - seems to be something I gravitate to in strats and teles (doesn't seem as important to me in LP's). I am not pro- or anti- relic on principle. It is just a pure coincidence that two of my favorite axes ever that just resonated really strongly with me were such. I do like new guitars to be a bit broken in though - when I have owned brand new, I really started digging them a lot more after playing them for a year or so. Old ones, when they are good, always just sort of feel at home to me. And, well, good relics do the same for me. I don't think it is a placebo thing either, because I really did not like the idea of them at first, and was sort of surprised after playing a couple that I just bonded with immediately. And that is what happened with the blue one. I saw it in a GC of all godforsaken places, and already had the blackguard nocaster; and the last thing I wanted was another tele, but as soon as I picked it up it was love at first strum - and the feeling has not diminished with time (I had hoped it would, so I could flip it and not be quite so broke). Now the daily dilemma is which one to pick up (of the four actually) - which is a great first world problem to have :)

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    It has non-vintage frets and about a 9.5 radius FB, which I much prefer to vintage specs (same with the blackguard - the shell pink/RW has a bit more vintage-y frets, but it works for me on that one). I forget what the pups are exactly - 50's CS tele pups of some sort - much different then the nocasters, more clear and crystalline sounding, really gorgeous - the nocasters were always far and away my favorite tele style pickups, along with Peter Florence Voodoo's, but these are right up there, and I never regret taking this axe to a jam or rehearsal - or, of course grabbing it off the stand in my little basement home "studio" (which is a computer, interface, monitors and a crapload of guitars, amps, keys, a bass, and about the worst room sound anywhere - I really need some sound traps, acoustic tiles or something).
     

  9. Robert H.

    Robert H. Friend of Leo's

    Jul 28, 2005
    N. Cal.
    image.jpeg 1953 Refin, 2014 MIM Thinline, 2007 Suhr.
    If I could only take one with me to the desert island--it would be the Suhr.
     
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  10. theprofessor

    theprofessor Tele-Afflicted

    Aug 8, 2016
    Chattanooga, TN
    I love how you said choosing which tele to play is a first world problem. Too true. I really like the look of that blue one. Thanks for the narrative about it. I also prefer at least a 9.5 inch radius, which is what mine has. I sometimes wonder if I wouldn't like an even flatter radius, closer to my Epiphone Dot. As for GC being "godforsaken," I totally understand what you mean. I don't like going there at all. It just kind of makes me feel gross--a bit like I felt the first time I went into a casino. :) But I'm a big believer in buying used from them. I bought both my Dot and my tele from GC, and they generally have great prices and a 30-day return period. Hard to beat.
     

  11. jazzereh

    jazzereh TDPRI Member

    37
    Dec 19, 2014
    Ottawa, Canada
    My one and only tele, love the feel of playing it - in fact, my only electric guitar!

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  12. telex76

    telex76 Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Age:
    66
    Jun 24, 2006
    Fort Worth,Tx.
    Most of them. GEDC1660.JPG
     
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  13. moosie

    moosie Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    Age:
    60
    Jul 18, 2010
    Western Connecticut
    Say what? I can't hear you... :lol::lol:
     

  14. INFANT

    INFANT Tele-Meister

    419
    Apr 12, 2011
    Stoney Creek, Ontario
    My '75 and my '72 Thinline RI FSR
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  15. theprofessor

    theprofessor Tele-Afflicted

    Aug 8, 2016
    Chattanooga, TN
    Dang, that's one pretty picture, INFANT!
     
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  16. moosie

    moosie Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    Age:
    60
    Jul 18, 2010
    Western Connecticut
    Love the gold sparkle
     
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  17. Hexabuzz

    Hexabuzz Tele-Afflicted

    Dec 13, 2014
    Northeast PA
    I hate to be a wet blanket, but aren't there already threads for this?

    Why do we keep starting new ones over and over instead of just adding?

    Mods?
     

  18. moosie

    moosie Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    Age:
    60
    Jul 18, 2010
    Western Connecticut
    Really, you want someone to make a RULE about something this tele-trivial? Just ignore the thread... or post yer own.
     
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