Anybody mod their Classic Vibe Tele?

Discussion in 'Squier Tele Forum' started by aalcantara, Apr 7, 2015.

  1. TheBoss1983

    TheBoss1983 Tele-Meister

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    Absolutely fell in love with yours.
     
  2. Chris Hayden

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    Thinline CV. Bone nut, 4 way switch, compensating brass saddles, Iconix custom wound pickups = Beast!
     
  3. BMor

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    They are just a pair of original Marshall knobs, like tony474 said, you can get them from any spare parts/musical store. I bought them for like $4 each one.


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  4. surfoverb

    surfoverb Doctor of Teleocity

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    where to begin? lol

    new neck w/ bone nut and PV52 Tuners
    fralin pickups
    electrosocket
    oak grisby 3-way (1B 2N 3B&N in-series)
    PV52 switch tip
    Fender Showmaster knobs (super heavy knurl)
    Bourns EVH low friction pots
    french PIO cap (.022)
    switchcraft jack
    52RI control plate
    Pat. Pend bridge plate
    PV58 Saddles
    glendale neck plate




    only thing original is the body, scratch plate, and strap buttons
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  5. Duffy

    Duffy Tele-Holic

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    Why will you never use nitro on a neck again?


    Too labor intensive? Sticky?


    Beautiful Birdseye figuring by the way.
     
  6. TC6969

    TC6969 Friend of Leo's

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    I went with less is more.

    Switch less Esquire with Bakelite pickguard.

    Tone knob gives me crystal clean on one end and raunchy on the other.

    All I'll ever need.

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  7. erix

    erix TDPRI Member Silver Supporter

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    More of a time and space issue. To spray nitro you're either at the mercy of the vendor (Wacto in my case from Menards = AVOID!) or you need a compressor and gun and then there is clean up after each coat, time between coats, etc..then you have to let it hang for a month to get hard enough.

    You can do a tru-oil job in your kitchen (if your wife will let you!), no clean up (I used 4" square pcs of an old t-shirt, throw away after one use), you can put three coats on in one day and then it only has to hang for a week before you use it.

    And it feels great!
     
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    How did you get that finish? Looks neat. Very nice grain btw.

    I will always love the Esquire look with the bridge cover.


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  9. welshman71

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    I've held off as long as I can with my year old BSB, I've read so many positive comments about the 4 way mod, so ive pulled the trigger on a 4 way Oak Grigsby and whilst I'm there I'll change the cap for a Russian 0.033 PIO. Can't wait.....
     
  10. mimmo

    mimmo Friend of Leo's

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    CVC esquired.
    Far lion pick-up (thx Rob!)
    Eldred mod
    Love this thing
     
  11. 1935streetrod

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    ... I did a little neck and PG swappin' on my three CV's with pleasant results IMO..
     

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  12. Skub

    Skub Friend of Leo's

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    The body is the only stock part remaining on my CVC. I love bound bodies.

    Neck is a 50s Baja.

    P/ups are Keystones.

    Bridge/tuners etc are Wilkinson.

    I made the angled control plate and fitted the usual CTS pots etc.

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  13. soulman969

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    Just picked up an FSR CVC from a friend yesterday so I haven't even had time to take my own photos yet but after he bought it back in December he saw this photo of another members and we modified to look exactly like this one.

    I plan do some additional work on it like a pickup swap but for now I'm just gonna play it a bit before I decide what route to take with it. I'll post some other photos when I get a little time to do it and upload them but mine is identical in looks to this one.

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  14. tap4154

    tap4154 Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Early VB model. Eventually put a fat Squier '51 neck on it, which I upgraded with a bone nut, fret level/polish, and Gotoh tuners. Then installed a Fender 4-way switch with Twisted Tele neck pup, the bridge pup is still the hot stock A3. Also replaced the laser-etched neck plate with a plain Allparts plate. I put the Fender decal on the neck when I was having fun modding the Squier '51 it came off of.
     

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  15. ClosetSciFiGeek

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    CVC Tele modded with

    Warmoth roasted maple neck with 1-3/4" nut width(I usually play a classical with 2" nut width)

    Four way pickup switch

    Fender Custom Shop Twisted Tele neck pickup(more of a Strat neck sound due to 42 gauge wire used on a taller bobbin)

    GFS 50's professional bridge pickup wound to 7.0K ohm(little bit hot)

    Fender bridge and neck plate, but with the stock threaded steel barrel saddles

    This is my favorite electric guitar of the three I own.
     

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  16. gypsy jim

    gypsy jim Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    I bought a CV Thinline and strummed one E chord. I took off the neck. I bought some inlays. I ordered a neck from Musikraft and they put the inlays in for me except for the largest which was put in the body and the body painted black. New pickups, wiring, jackcup, knobs, and I bead-blasted the bridge. Other than that it is mod free.;) I never did put the arm-guard on.
     

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  17. teletimetx

    teletimetx Doctor of Teleocity

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    I've got a BSB version. I use it for practice, I really like it. I'm going to wait until the pickup selector switch breaks before I replace it; works just fine for now. The neck is (to my eyes) a gorgeous piece of quarter sawn maple; 'rays out the yin yang.

    I thought about a possible bridge upgrade and maybe a swap for the bridge pickup, but here's why I didn't. From time to time I take a lesson from Jake Andrews in Austin. I'm there on the weekends, and if he has a cancellation or what not, he'll call and we'll spend about an hour just picking. He usually plays with his dad's 60's era Esquire. Unbelievably nice tele. We plug into the same tweed Champ - which is pretty sweet as well. To my ears, the sound of the CVC is so close to his Esquire (sonically, that is - he's a super fine player and I make good soup...) that I figure, why bother? It sounds just like it should.
     

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  18. drewflax

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    Yep. Got a BSB. Put in an electrosocket jack, a white pick guard, Barden saddles and CS Tx specials. Really like the guitar but ambivalent about the bridge pup since I'm not playing in a rock band anymore. Getting more into country. But I digress...
     
  19. MikeG74

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    I picked mine up used for cheap and it was pretty beat up but played great!
    I completely stripped everything down to bare wood and
    refinished in nitro with an extreme relic job. It had alot of
    dings and was never going to look that good anyway.
    some of the parts are still stock but the mods I made are:

    Parsons bender (always wanted one, never wanted to hack a guitar for it!)
    new electronics and wiring
    51 nocaster pickups
    fender bridge plate with wilkinson comp saddles
    bakelite pickguard
    domed knobs
    fender decal

    Really good player. Great start for a project.
     

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  20. BorderRadio

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    I received my CVC as a birthday gift--I was able to pick, so I fulfilled some powerful GAS for a double bound Tele in black. One of the few left out there new. I used a few extra gift cards to buy the B5. I also added:

    Drilled out string bar
    Callaham Bigsby tension bar
    Hand-cut Fender bridge
    Rob's Bakersfield bridge pickup
    Warmoth parchment guard
    Bone nut
    CTS/Fender USA pots, caps, and knobs
    4-way switch
    and since I was at it I used cloth-covered wire throughout, even to replace all leads on the neck pickup, which sounds beautiful stock:)
     

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