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    The Magic of the 70th Anniversary Esquire Pickup

    Hello. I have been building a partscaster but was just wondering what pickup would be best for getting the sounds of the 70th anniversary Esquire - which is a Tim shaw pickup that sounds amazing. I wanted to ask the experts for help so here I am! Is there anything special about the tim shaw...
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    Do you use a compressor?

    Compressor is an always on effect for me. Absolutely love it. Dynacomp standard and script models. Both with their own wonderful sound. Compressors are like a natural reverb - particularly when used with a zingy, resonant Telecaster. They create brilliant, shimmering clean tones that are much...
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    Open pore finishes

    Looks great! Really cool effect. Sunbursts are my absolute favourite guitar finish...
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    Open pore finishes

    This is a great thread. I really like the rougher look of guitars with super-thin coating and visible grain. I'd like to get some texture on the finish, rather than the shiny shiny glass-like gloss. I'd love to know if anyone had any luck with non grainfilled sunbursts - using shellac or some...
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    How hard is it for an average idiot (like me) to build a partscaster?

    So many amazing answers. I can only say: thank you! There's a great community here. Part of the reason for wanting to build a partscaster is to understand the guitar a bit better. I'm a bit too reverent around my guitar - possibly because I know it's going to get sold at some point. Building...
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    How hard is it for an average idiot (like me) to build a partscaster?

    T Your Strat is ace! Reminds me of That Pedal Show. Seriously impressive. And thanks for the generous response. I’ve bookmarked your links. I’m starting to feel excited! Have had loads of teles over the years but always wanted to have my own. I’m gonna give it a go.
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    How hard is it for an average idiot (like me) to build a partscaster?

    This is a great strategy. Good idea! Thanks.
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    How hard is it for an average idiot (like me) to build a partscaster?

    I’m feeling the urge for a proper partscaster. But I can’t solder. I’ve never intonated a three saddle bridge. And, well, I’m a wally. Can I build a partscaster? would appreciate your advice! I want a dream machine that i don’t need to worry about. Because if you build it yourself, then it...
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    The beauty of innate simplicity...

    Beautiful. Simplicity all the way.
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    I'm about ready to burn my Tele

    I had a similar thing happen with a fender noiseless tele pickups. They just started to hurt my ears one day. And then I started to find other high pitched noises mildly painful. I’ve got three daughters - and I swear it’s their screams and not my vox ac15 that’s done it to me! I sold the...
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    The dark side of fender’s 70th anniversary guitars

    thanks! I went a bit crazy on the interest free credit over Xmas. Let’s hope I can keep the payments up! They do indeed look similar from the back. That’s given me some reassurance - which is appreciated. Cheers!
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    The dark side of fender’s 70th anniversary guitars

    Agreed. I love those white pickguards! Looks great... all the other sunburst teles i've had and sold over the years have had a white guard.
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    The dark side of fender’s 70th anniversary guitars

    Agreed! It’s a great guitar. I’m going to keep it abs save up for a three colour burst with white pick guard. This dark esquire will be its evil twin. Your esquire looks great! I checked out Andertons - Uk retailer - and their esquires are dark like mine too. Maybe we got a unique batch over...
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    The dark side of fender’s 70th anniversary guitars

    here goes. I’m starting to like it, I have to say. I guess I’m a three colour sunburst guy so this darkness was a new thing to me. I gotta say though: I’ve owned a load of teles and this is one of the best sounding. It’s really loud unplugged and resonant plugged in. (Apologies for dodgy...
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    The dark side of fender’s 70th anniversary guitars

    Totally. That's been my experience with this guitar for sure. In the sun - which is rare right now in london - it's golden. Very strange! And kind of cool
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    The dark side of fender’s 70th anniversary guitars

    Great advice! I was thinking something similar. The black pick guard doesn’t scream ‘sunburst Tele’ at me. Will think of a white one. Thanks!
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    The dark side of fender’s 70th anniversary guitars

    Here is the esquire. I still love it, I have to say! Was just wondering... thanks in advance.
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    The dark side of fender’s 70th anniversary guitars

    Hi, I’m new to the forum - but a long-standing Telecaster fan. I bought one of fender’s 70th anniversary esquires recently. It sounds great. But the sunburst is extremely dark. I mean really dark. You only see the gold/amber in very bright light. It looks nothing like the image I clicked onto...




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