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For the life of me I don’t understand this Tele

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by burntfrijoles, Mar 2, 2021.

  1. burntfrijoles

    burntfrijoles Poster Extraordinaire

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    The pickguard choice has never made sense to me. Why cover up nearly the entire top with an odd shaped plastic? I’ve never understood why Fender couldn’t offer a few guitars without a control plate and some rear routing.
     
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    It's definitely not my favorite design. I do love the witch hat knobs though. Way more than top hat knobs or speed knobs.
     
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    Huh - never heard them called that! I've always thought of them as "amp knobs".
     
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    I quite like it to be honest. Personal choice I suppose and all that.
     
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    Back in the 70s, I had a black Tele Custom, and it never bothered me in the least, but I do have to admit that it is rather jarring on a natural or cream:

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    nojazzhere Doctor of Teleocity

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    I strongly dislike those pickguards. Too much plastic, too many knobs, and wrong location for selector switch. About every guitar I've owned in the last thirty years that had a two volume/ two tone arrangement has been re-wired to ONE master volume/ONE master tone. The traditional Telecaster pickguard AND controls are perfect for me. ;)
     
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    These guitars always looked ugly to me, but they have some charms, I have to admit. It seems like 70s Fender wanted to avoid tooling for a rear route and stuck to what they know--routing cavities in the front and slapping a pickguard on it to cover up all that hot mess underneath.
     
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    Because it's more expensive and time consuming to manufacture.

    I personally like the pickguards on these. Smooth and graceful lines that compliment the body shape, drawn by someone at a drafting table with a set of ship's curves instead of on a computer screen.
     
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    Given that these teles (this and the deluxe) were built in conjunction with Seth Lover as a direct competition to the (recently resurrected) Gibson Les Paul, I think the configuration of the switches and knobs makes perfect sense. If you're trying to convince a potential LP buyer to get a Fender instead, make it more comfortable for him/her! It only becomes "wrong" or confusing to someone used to the standard Fender control layout.
     
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    Witch hats are the bees knees! My favorite knob. I've been putting them on everything I've built lately. 3 teles and a jag. Here they are on a standard Tele and an unfinished jag

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    That’s a Tele Custom.
    Gibson control layout with a Wide Range Humbucker in the neck and a Tele bridge pickup.
    They were offered in the ‘70s.
    I guess they had a different sort of versatility than the regular Telecaster.
    Some folks that got used to the Gibson knob scheme, and found the two-knob layout to be a limitation. The WRHB is a cool pickup.
     
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    At least some of them have the Tele headstock
    My old 73 had the 2 humbuckers , but the yuck Strat headstock
    I wouldnt mind two hummers on a Tele , beyut please let me have the switch in the normal position , and the usual control plate
     
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    Oh, I understand the marketing aspect.....and if I were selling these, I might go along with it. But we were asked our opinion of the overall "visual", and I stand by my original comments. I certainly never said they shouldn't be allowed, or someone wasn't entitled to own and play one. In fact, if I happened to pick one up and I liked the way it felt, I'd play one too.
    BTW, if I were trying to attract Gibson players, I'd use a more "Gibson"-like neck, with a 24 3/4" scale, and chunkier, wider profile......but that's just me. :):):)
     
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    This is a thinline and p-90's instead of HH but it's in the vicinity.

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  17. burntfrijoles

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    I like this volume/tone layout, little to no pickguard.
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    That's funny, I've only ever heard them referred to as witch hat knobs.
     
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    Isn't that a CBS design? If it is...case closed. Not my favorite either.
     
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