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Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by black_doug, Feb 12, 2020 at 7:23 PM.
Agreed. The modern bridge is an improvement. No "ashtray" getting in my way.
The only thing I would change is the despicable input jack ,I still wonder why Fender insists on using it to this date,an Electrosocket should be standard.
angle normal controls like a strat.
a loosey 500K volume pot for pinky swells. then tone. then an angled switch.
Loose the steel control plate.
A 1/32" wider neck at the body for more string fretboard margin, like a PRS.
Do a Suhr or TA deeper bolt on heel for hand access.
Some 7.5 to 9.5 compound radius models maybe?
Maybe an asymmetrical FAT medium neck too?
Danocaster back of the neck feel.
Staggered height vintage steel tuners.
Top horn for better neck access
Maybe slightly different head stock
They are what they are, which is why we love them. And why they haven't really changed over the years. The quirks are what makes them great and I do believe what people call faults are more to do with issues of technique.
Adapt and play around it, find a way and you will be all the better for it.
Although I love 'em like they are, something practical would be if you could adjust the neck pickup without removing the pickgaurd. I've seen one with holes drilled in the p/g, allowing access. I haven't done it yet, though. I am so happy to have one like Leo made it.
Truss rod access at the headstock. I don't see the benefit of having it at the other end.
Flat bridge plate.
More models with 22 fret necks, four way selector swutch as standard.
Move the bridge pup slightly forward towards the neck, still keeping the same angle
As probably said before: machine inserts and bolts for the neck. Necks at least 1 1/8" thick. Reverse control plate. Intonated saddles.
Controversial opinion: Reverse slant bridge PU
Great that a simple yet versatile guitar should inspire so many ideas for adaptation, by Fender (Leo himself or the company) boutique luthiers, after market parts suppliers and players. I love 'em all!
But give me an early 50's Tele and I think I wouldn't be getting the toolbox out or changing a thing.
But to my eyes at least, it is less beautiful.
Most of the design improvements suggested are very simple modifications, such as to use compensated saddles. When I do builds I use them.
More radius on the fretboard.
Three-way switch wired like so:
1. Bridge pickup, no tone control.
2. Bridge pickup with tone control.
3. Neck pickup with no-load tone control.
This'd do me. Classic looks with beautiful woodwork and hardware, all the classic sounds and a few more. (I hope coolrene doesn't mind me posting this link.)
The only problem i have with Teles is i keep hitting the switch (although taking off the plastic helps), so i 'd change that a bit.
I have 13 Teles. 11 of them have been upgraded to the Electro-Socket jack.
The other two are on the to-do list!
To be fair, like many classic logos, the Coca Cola logo has been modified and tweaked over the years ...
I added that to irritate the purists.
I have a super nice neck I got super cheap. It was super cheap because it has a pointy Charvel style headstock. And Grovers. The way I figure it I paid for the tuners and got the neck for free.
I've been meaning to build up a Tele around that one.
The only thing I would change is how the control plate is set up. I'd have it set up exactly how Bill Kirchen has his set up.
Flipped so the selector switch is in the back - once you've done that you'd have to switch the selector switch around so it stays intuitive. Switch the volume and tone controls so the volume control is farthest foward.
Other than that its damn near perfect.