Can two MIM Telecaster's be made to sound the same?

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  1. telemnemonics

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    Sounds more and more like you should keep the guitar you love the most.
    That's the only thing probably all of us can agree on.
    We regret selling our favorite guitars.
    And we can seldom really quite replace them.
     
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    If I had to choose which route (again, pardon my pun :)) I'd prefer to go, I would rather make my Nashville sound like my RW, than make my RW sound like my Nashville :)


    Does that make ANY sense?
     
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    Hahaha yeah agreement is unlikely!
    I've probably had 20 some odd Strats and had one I loved in '87 one I loved in '92, then didn't like another one at all until 2019.
    Now once again I love one and like another.
    Far far far from stock though, not even close...
     
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    PS

    I wish Boris would jump in here as well, because he's FORGOTTEN more about guitars than I'll EVER know!
     
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    Oh yeah you're screwed!
    My condolences.
     
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    Because of all the choices, that's why I always had trouble choosing ice cream at Baskin Robbin's telemnemonics :)
     
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    I thought I was going to do the same many years ago, two guitars, same year same color, serial numbers very close...
    Both guitars looked identical.

    sounded completely different than each other.
    #1 was killer
    # 2 was painfully bright.

    I for one recommend you buy guitars for how they sound...each one can be different.
     
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    In years to come, when you have more different Tele's around than you can remember buying, you'll be glad you have two that sound nearly, but not quite, the same.

    (Yes, I did notice your age digiplay, but 3 years ago I only had 1 Tele. I think there are 5 around now and I'm still gassing strongly...)

    Keep both if you possibly can!
     
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    Can two MIM Telecaster's be made to sound the same?

    I'd say : at best, nearly the same... ;)

    But it's me, OK ? :D

    -tbln

     
  10. Digiplay

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    One last thought!

    I could put the Nocaster pu in the bridge positi
    Hi Chipss36!

    I recorded two separate tracks of each guitar playing the same line, and they are already VERY close in sound, the only difference being that the RW/Nocaster's sound is a little brighter/clearer/more precise and crystal clear than the Nashville's Tex-Mex Alnico (not ceramic) pickups (I believe they are Alnico 5's).

    Also, don't forget that the RW has a 3 saddle Fender bridge with brass Callaham's, and the Nashville has the stock 6 saddle bridge with steel barrel saddles.
     
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    All my guitars sound like me.
     
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    If you get two sets of pickups that sound the same (and there’s always variance), probably similar enough.

    BUT. You’d need to buy a ton of caps and pots to find ones with exactly the same values (as noted above).

    There are certain other aspects to wiring and shielding that can affect tone, too, even if it’s just a tiny amount. It all adds up to that unique tone.

    Personally, I’d stick some nocasters in and fiddle with the pickup heights until it sounded in the ballpark, and not compare too much. If it’s the Texas Special sound you’re tired of, you’ll likely improve it enough to like the guitar better.
     
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    Hi Matt!

    Another difference between the guitars popped into my head this morning :)

    Would the RWs 7.25" neck versus the Nashville's 9.5" neck make ANY difference in the equation?

    Remember when I said I recorded two tracks to compare the two guitars?

    I believe I had to hold the neck differently each time I immediately switched guitars.


    Cheers,
    Jerry
     
  14. telemnemonics

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    Maybe a better question to ask, rather than "can I make this pretty good guitar sound like that great guitar and then sell the great guitar?'" a better question might be "why sell the great guitar?".
    If it's a sort of rationalization that you can have your cake and eat it to, then I'd say skip it and keep the great guitar.
    If it's a dire financial need or you're doing a freight train hobo tour and can only bring one guitar, then OK you gotta sell one.
    If the idea of selling the great one is all about the idea that the middle pickup is useful, and you did seem unconvinced about the middle pickup, once again, I'd say keep the one you already like better.
     
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    Depends on how well you can play the same thing twice, exactly the same.
     
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    Why did you have to go and ruin this Thread with common sense telemnemonics? :) :) :)
     
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    Hi BorderRadio, I don't think we've ever "talked", so it's nice to meet ya"!


    That was the easy part :)


    That being said................................................................................


    I AIN'T no Lee Ritenour/Steve Cropper/James Burton/Larry Carlton, so my tracks aren't that complicated to play :)
     
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    the short answer to your fascinating which is similar the the question does a bear pooh in the woods? bought questions have the same answer interestingly enough : That depends on what they had for dinners
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    +1 Yup, I think @telemnemonics nails the real question here with the best logic. It is not simple to find a guitar that you really like, so selling that one is not too smart. On top of this whole quest that @Digiplay is on, which I get and understand, guitar playing is emotional and evolves. Hang on to what you have and perhaps keep modding the Nashville while saving up for a third guitar. This will add some fun experience and ear training while changing the Nashville and perhaps takes you on a guitar adventure that you are unaware of ... that lurks just around the corner for most of us. Enjoy the ride.
     
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