1968 Telecaster - old parts built better ?

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  1. Bartholomew3

    Bartholomew3 Friend of Leo's

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    Rewired the guitar, replaced blown pickups, new cap, new 250K pots, new p/u switch. Everything was in Fender or Dimarzio packaging from a major retail music store.

    Was my feeling that a new switch would be the way to go since I was replacing everything else...

    Have now put back the 52 year old switch - far better feeling than the new one was - is more precise and works better. Like comparing an Infiniti to a Skoda. Plus the new one had issues from the start IMO, was not as solid when I wired it, cheap tinny junk.

    Lasted about 3 weeks in my home studio so not subjected to getting slammed on a gig.

    Hard to believe but true...they don't make-em like they used-to...another example.

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    What are "blown pickups?"
     
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    boris bubbanov Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    Yeah, things do start out overengineered sometimes, then the bean counters demand that the design be rationalized. And so sometimes I could find an almost new can opener from the 1950s at an Antique Mall, that will last a lifetime while the newer ones just won't.

    Good to see a post from you! Hope you're doing well up there in Montreal!
     
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    It is your choice to make. You can buy good switches, or you can buy cheap switches. I bought a couple a really nice switches for a couple of partscaster builds. I had to spend a couple of dollars more for each of them, but I felt it was worth it. Same thing for brass shaft pots…
     
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    It's common on the internet to use the expression, it just means there's a problem with the windings and they don't work properly. The pickups should be saved and rewound though, they're bound to be worth something.

    As for the guitar, it looks like a bigger edge radius that normal in that pic, and it's probably refinished. Probably a very nice playing instrument.
     
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  7. Bartholomew3

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    Was the best I could find in a retail store - all of them carry the same Fender parts, I didn't see anything better online...make a suggestion.
     
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    Refinished by myself while on a gig in Northern Ontario stuck in the hotel on a 2 day break with nothing to do, was 40 below outside. We didn't know we were doing our gigs with vintage instruments - that one cost me $280 CDN new with a case.
     
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    I buy all the old blown pickups I can get my hands on!
    Not paying much though, after all, nobody uses blown pickups...

    Switches, I keep using them till they go bad, takes a while but the contacts get loose.
    But old parts are great if we can keep them in good working order.
     
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    CAC2BAFB-1BB1-43C2-B2BA-F021846833DF.jpeg CAB3BCDF-D12F-4340-99BE-ED065FB9C7EA.jpeg Crl switches are pretty much the same as ever,
    Other than color..
    Oak Grigsby Is another good switch, but a bit different in construction, Both are used by fender today.

    other switches are not as good.
    What switch did you use exactly?


     
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    I've been working on guitars for 50 years and have never heard the term "blown pickups. " Head gasket, yes. It. Yes. Pickups. No. Oh, well...
     
  14. radiocaster

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    But have you been on guitar forums a lot in the past 15 years?

    Man, it makes me sad how I wasted my time.
     
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    dan1952 Friend of Leo's

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    Unfortunately, I have spent way too much time on the internet, waiting for my dial-up connection to download 5 seconds of a mysterious squirrel (or whatever that was)...
    All to get to this point...
     
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    I remember that time too, but I didn't use forums then. Sometimes I'd look up gear, not as much shops though. Mainly I'd look up band pages, official or Geocities fan pages.
     
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