How Would You Improve Telecaster Design?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by black_doug, Feb 12, 2020 at 7:23 PM.

  1. black_doug

    black_doug Tele-Afflicted

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    We all know how well the Telecaster is designed. Some of us would like to have been with Leo when he was drawing up the plans. Of course hindsight is 20/20.

    What one thing would you change about the design?

    As for me, I would just make the cutaway a little wider, more like the Stratocaster.

    What say you?
     
  2. Gary in Boston

    Gary in Boston Friend of Leo's

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    I would push the volume knob back a smidge and away from the three way switch.

    I know there are control plates out there that do this but I can't for the life of me figure out why Fender hasn't just ripped off the bandaid and do this.

    I mean they do all sorts of other crap to the Tele why can't they make this one change?

    I'm done

    Gary
     
  3. old soul

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    Nothing! Honestly I think its perfect

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  4. unixfish

    unixfish Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Isn't it like a beautiful woman / beautiful man / beautiful whateveryouareinto?

    You look at them, and think "if only that nostril were 1mm smaller", but it by no means detracts from their beauty. Then you see a different person, every bit as beautiful, but in a different way with different attributes. Which is best? Hard to say and subjective...

    The Tele. I love the design and shape. Can it be improved? Hmmm, lemme think, lemme thing...

    The larger cutout could be nice. It might ruin the curves a bit though.
    I'd like the saddle height screws recessed, more towards the edge, and string grooves to keep them from sliding. Easy change.
    A bit more room to the volume switch, Hmmm, maybe, but then it is farther away for swells. Dunno.

    See? Not much to improve.
     
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  5. guitarsophist

    guitarsophist Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    When Leo Fender had the same thought, he invented the Stratocaster.
     
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    Forearm contour.
     
  7. kbold

    kbold Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    Perhaps a zero fret.
     
  8. TelenTubes

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    Offer a shallower neck? I have two strats that have a shallower neck with a bit flatter radius neck. Can't find that on an American tele? Seems more common with rosewood, but I like maple.
     
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  9. Doorlord

    Doorlord Tele-Meister

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    angle the switch
     
  10. Chiogtr4x

    Chiogtr4x Poster Extraordinaire

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    That's exactly what I thought too!

    But I'm perfectly happy with either- both perfect since '51 and '54 ( albeit with their respective ' modern' PU switching employed today)

    -Serously the only improvement I think of in terms of a Tele ( or a Strat, for that matter) is the preference for a lightweight body ( swamp ash would be cool!) Just can't play heavy guitars.

    ( I'm heavy, that's enough!)
     
  11. dreamingtele

    dreamingtele Friend of Leo's

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    Hahahaha!

    Ive had the same problem!! using a top hat swtich on my 60's teles.. its just I dont know, a bit of a hassle switching back to the neck or the middle position as the switch is tooooo damn close to the volume knob leaving little space for me to switch quickly.. I have half a mind of taking it out and putting a strat switch tip on there!

    if there's a change I want to make, its the switch position.. but Im just too lazy to change anything or buy a new control plate for this.. LOL



    Design wise, nothing.. its just like, a woman you fell in love with.. at first maybe you would think, maybe if she has a little bit of this, a little bit of that, etc etc.. then you fall in love and you couldnt think of anything to change and shes just perfect in every way..

    the headstock is perfect, layout, playability, scale, pickups, I really dont know if you can improve on that..

    A lot of boutiques promise their guitars are an improvement of the classic design.. but I dont really see anything as a big improvements on it.. just some design changes that is mostly the builder's preferences.. if you like it as well, good..
     
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  12. gwjensen

    gwjensen Friend of Leo's Platinum Supporter

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    Machine inserts and bolts for the neck... Reverse the control plate with volume on top and selector on the bottom.... Two screws on the top of the bridge plate.... cryogenic hardware... (no, just kidding). Picky stuff, it’s fine the way it is.
     
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    If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
     
  14. rangercaster

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    No ... the original is an iconic design that, in the day, was created for converting acoustic players to electric ... so they would buy Fender amps ... hence, same scale and radius as a Martin acoustic...
     
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  15. ElJay370

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    Replace the dodgy, failure prone jack cup and clip assembly with a simple metal plate.
     
  16. muchxs

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    Add another horn on top of the body so it balances on the strap.

    Three pickups with a five way selector.

    Arm bevel and belly cutout on the body.

    Maybe a Floyd Rose...

    :lol: :lol: :lol:
     
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  17. NewKid

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    Remove the neck plate and use recessed screws.
     
  18. Old Deaf Roadie

    Old Deaf Roadie Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    I would add contours on the front & back similar to a Strat.
     
  19. Steve 78

    Steve 78 Friend of Leo's

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    My Tele style has a 4 way switch and 2 volumes, so I guess that's how I would improve it :)
     
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  20. Lawdawg

    Lawdawg Tele-Holic

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    honestly not much, my two improvements are very common mods and/or options on teles.

    Reverse the switch plate for easier access to tone and volume knobs while playing.

    4 way switch with N+B pickups in series as option. I know a lot of traditionalists prefer the 3 way switch but this seems like a no brainer to me and adds a ton of versatility.
     
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