Anyone keep several loaded Tele pickguards?

Discussion in 'Tele-Technical' started by KeepItSimpleTele, Dec 14, 2019.

  1. KeepItSimpleTele

    KeepItSimpleTele TDPRI Member

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    Hello all,

    I have three standard teles and thinking about condensing to my single favourite. I have a broadcaster bridge in all of them (my fav in that position). It’s the neck pickups that differ between them. One has a SD vintage tele, another a Gretsch Filtertron, and the last a SD mini vintage humbucker.

    Does anyone out their keep several loaded tele pickguards for the same guitar? Any quick and easy ways to swap?

    This main tele is already routed for a humbucker so the mini pickguard and the filter pickguard should fit ok.
     
  2. Frodebro

    Frodebro Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    There’s no point in leaving the pickup on a guard, as you still need to solder it to the switch anyway so you’re not saving any time for two screws.

    The correct answer for TDPRI is buy more Teles.
     
  3. stormsedge

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    I unload them and lock them up.
     
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    No not Tele's but I do keep probably 20 - 25 strat guards loaded, only six or seven are ,8 hole guards.
     
  5. KeepItSimpleTele

    KeepItSimpleTele TDPRI Member

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    I guess I can use some quick connects on the control switches and the neck pickup leads...

    Maybe more hassle than it’s worth. The different teles are more than just their pickups and I do eventually get to them every couple months.

    Perhaps I’m just playing too many mental games about hoarding and really working with the one main tele
     
  6. Frodebro

    Frodebro Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Three Teles ain’t hoarding, that’s a starter kit ‘round these parts.
     
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    I don't keep "extras"......but I definitely keep one up the pipe in my #1. ;)
     
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    I hadn't considered loaded pickgaurds. But I have been thinking about making up some loaded control plates with different wiring schemes and values. With help from some quick connectors I could completely rewire a guitar with 2 screws
     
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  9. jrblue

    jrblue Tele-Afflicted

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    I don't and I wouldn't. That just seems to me to be indecisive and frivolous -- a distraction more than a helpful resource. It just isn't that hard to arrive at a workable setup, musically and tonally, and at some point getting picky over smaller and smaller distinctions is a terrific hobby but not music. So I guess it depends on what your interests are. If you want to be a sonic experimenter, then by all means amass a closet full of gizmos for that purpose. If you priority is music, IMO notes trump everything else, by far, far, far. I'd find a set and move on.
     
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    Leo's original design would tend to make the question moot. ;)
     
  11. Gardo

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    pretty good summary
     
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  12. Octorfunk

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    I'm wondering if an EQ pedal of some kind could fix that problem for you. If its minor differences in neck pickups, it would definitely be easier to keep an extra pedal on the floor than an extra loaded pick guard that most likely is rarely (if ever) going to swapped in.

    I could be wrong though, only you know what that sounds is you're looking for.
     
  13. Bartholomew3

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    I have one with a PAF and another with a noiseless single coil. Can change over in a few minutes.

    Mostly use the PAF - DP211 Eric Johnson Dimarzio and it doesn't sound like my Gretsch Country Gent or my Les Paul.

    Depends upon what I'm recording...they both work really well. Couldn't resist trying just to see if I could set them up properly with the bridge p/u in there now.
     
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  14. KeepItSimpleTele

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    I see and take your point here. I tend to get diverted/distracted with the tone details at times. Just different flavors of neck pickups I’ve never really settled on for the Telecasters (unlike the SD Broadcaster that’s just “it” for me in that guitar type).

    Out of the three teles, I think I’ll just keep two and not bother with multiple pick guards. It’s really the dark SD vintage tele pickup AND the SD mini vintage firebird I bounce between for neck sounds. The filtertron is rarely used...still too muddy for me (I never figured this out as it seems diff than everyone else's’ experiences!)
     
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