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Did they have a 3-PU "Nashville" Tele in 1974?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by GearGeek01, Jul 21, 2020.

  1. GearGeek01

    GearGeek01 Tele-Meister

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    This is a typical lip-synced made for TV video from 1974 ("Status Quo - Down Down") (well, no guitar chords and no wireless units... lip synched)... The lead singer is playing a 3-pickup Telecaster with a Strat middle pickup... today they call that the "Nashville" Tele...

    Did Fender make the "Nashville Tele" model that far back? Or maybe the guy from Status Quo just modified this Tele?

    Here's the video... there are some good close up shots as you get into the video.

     
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    Nope. It's modified.
     
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    Awful song.
     
  4. nojazzhere

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    Pretty sure Francis Rossi was the first guy I ever saw with a modified, three pickup Telecaster.
     
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    I think that both Mike Oldfield on Tubular Bells and Pete Townshend used a three pickup Tele previous to 1974. But I could be talking rubbish - it's not unknown.....
     
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    Several folks modified their Teles like this before Fender offered it as an option or a specific model.

    Pete Townshend had one in the 70s.
     
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    I wanted to listen all the way through, really, but I felt an ocular migraine kicking in...
     
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    Yup, the only electric guitar on the Tubular Bells album (1973) is a Tele with an extra pickup fitted by Mike. The Tele had once belonged to Marc Bolan. I believe all the “mandolin” parts were also played on this guitar.
    https://www.musicradar.com/news/gui...s-tubular-bells-1966-fender-telecaster-632504
     
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    I had forgotten about Townshend's use of the Telecaster (with added middle pickup) early on......apparently 1965-1967. Then he switched to Strats. I just instinctively think of him with Rickenbackers (Maximum R&B era) or Gibson SG's. (Woodstock) By the time I saw him live, (post Woodstock) he was using Les Pauls.
     
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    Modified. I think Steve Morse had a Tele with 5 pickups on it...
     
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    Don’t tell @4pickupguy that, before you know it we will have 6pickupguy
     
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    The first "Nashville Tele" I saw was when Fender came out with a Mexican version... I had one of those not long after they started pumping axes out of Mexico.... The one I had I bought in about 1998-ish... Mexico started in 1990 (I think)

    Not sure if they had a USA "Nashville" before this, someone else might know

    Its interesting to know players did this mod to Teles way back when...

    A few weeks ago I scored a MIM Fender Deluxe Nashville Tele (with noiseless pups, etc) of which I love...

    Next to my 2018 American Elite HSS (also has noiseless single coils...)
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    The MIM Fenders have come a long way since 1990... whereas we might have needed/wanted to replace the guts (all electronics) back in the day... I'm not changing a thing on this MIM Deluxe Nashville... except maybe changing how much I play every day... it seems I am inspired to play more now that I have this guitar, LOL
     
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    4pickupguy Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Yup, his Frankentele had a synth pickup as the 5th as do his touring signature guitars....
    Let’s revisit this 6 pickup tele thing again ;)...

    Yes, Pete Towsend’s mortified tele is the earliest thing I’ve ever seen in a three pickup tele. ‘66? Maybe? 09E5552F-0BB3-48F1-B59A-A3B542B004A7.jpeg

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    Yep, it was the same way with Telecaster Customs, before they Fender offered them in 1972. Terry Kath of Chicago played (especially in his later years) a Tele with a PAF for the neck pickup.
     
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    The first "Nashville" Tele that I ever saw was with Brent Mason playing it in a little bar in Nashville in the 1980's. It was said that Fender called that model the "Nashville" Tele was because of Brent and other Nashville pickers.
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