After playing for 47 years I am finally getting tele

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  1. digthebackbeat

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    I've been lurking on this forum for years. I still own my 1974 lefty strat hardtail that I bought from mowing lawns in 1973. Spent the last 15 years playing bass. But I have always had a GAS for a slab of wood that can sing.

    I always get into trouble when I click around Reverb. And I find this GORGEOUS walnut, mahogany lefty tele body with binding. As I also have GAS for a LP Special, I like the mahogany idea. So I just ordered it.

    I plan to get a harmonic design S90 neck pup and a harmonic design Vintage Plus pup for the bridge. A MOJOTONE 4 way harness, a maple All-Parts neck and some strings and a bridge. Probably a set of tuners too!

    So I get my tele tone from the bridge, P90 tone from the neck and the 4 way gives me a humbucker.

    Anyway, if anyone can guide me in a better direction, that would be appreciated, but on paper I think this should sound pretty sweet.

    https://images.reverb.com/image/upl...upersize/v1613788559/kxtiynlmgdgouuithnip.jpg

    https://images.reverb.com/image/upl...upersize/v1613788551/pya6yiostohlolftmbgf.jpg
     
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    I’m also a bass player, and got my first Tele this winter. Having a blast! Enjoy the build, and see you around :D
     
  3. Killing Floor

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    Nothing wrong with playing bass and guitar! That's a really nice looking body. MoP binding? Really sharp. Enjoy.
     
  4. drewg

    drewg Tele-Meister

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    Still don't have my tele, but I've only been playing ≈15 years. (One will come my way.) That is a nice looking mahogany body you picked up. I like the idea of your pickups, but I can't speak from experience. Someone will come along soon with opinions on the pickups, and such...
     
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    Welcome aboard from Sunny Arizona!!

    Bass player here who likes to noodle on guitar. working on a Tele build myself- far more modest though!! Tricking out a Squier Bullet Tele...
     
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    stepvan Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    Really depends on how much you have budgeted for pickups as to what you get. Did you have a dollar amount in your head as to what you wanted to invest ?
     
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    Everybody needs a Tele :cool:
     
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    Welcome aboard

    Oh my! You have to show us that strat!
     
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    G'day from Australia.
    '74 must've been a good year to start playing. Got my first Tele (copy) in '74. Was a good time in music, I used to think songs from the 60's and early 70's were so old then.....I still play 'em now!;)
    cheers
     
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    Teles have a unique attraction.
    In 1993 I hadn’t owned an electric in 20 years. I walked into a local music store and the first guitar that got my attention was a Tele. It came home with me.
     
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    Some advice, but maybe you know all this.

    Careful with the biridge. The three and four screw/holes bridges are generally not interchangeable. You have 4 so its probably made for a 3 saddle vintage bridge.

    Also, careful not to have the neck pickup hotter than the bridge.

    Finally, measure out the heel pocket before ordering the neck (depth too). They can be different than Fender spec and even Fender spec is not 100% consistent. If the pocket is slightly bigger than spec, that's ok because you have more wiggle room for neck geometry. But if it is smaller you then have the ugly dilemma to chisel and sand the pocket or the neck.

    Nice body btw!
     
  12. unixfish

    unixfish Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Welcome. Nice project you have there.
     
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    I've been playing since 1961 but had to wait until 2002 for my first Telecaster. My wife was worried I'd go full country on her. That would never do. When she finally gave in I bought a Fender MIM and knew within a matter of months the Telecaster would forever be a major player in my music life. Out of over a dozen guitars I now own three Telecaster type guitars, two Les Pauls and no more than one of any other model. They remain my #1 choice and one of my Teles is my true go to #1 instrument.
     
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    Welcome to the fold. We need guitar pics to validate your membership.

    Sb
     
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    Actually started on guitar for 30 years. My worship tem lost their bass player. I had an old Hagstrom II bass sitting at home. Can't say no to the worship team!

    And yes MoP.
     
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    Thank you for this heads up! The neck I figured, but the bridge I didn't know about. I was going vintage in any case.
     
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    I think it is the simplicity. A slab of wood. Anyone can put one together.
     
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    The greatest years in music.
     
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    digthebackbeat TDPRI Member

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    Took me 47 years to finally figure that out
     
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    I wish I had some common sense when I was 14. There were 15 guitarists for every bass player. Probably should have moved to bass much earlier but both bass and guitar have their own personalities. It is great to play both.
     
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