How Would You Improve Telecaster Design?

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  1. Clifton C

    Clifton C Tele-Afflicted

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    Some kind of margarita dispenser.
     
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  2. Gene O.

    Gene O. Tele-Holic Gold Supporter

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    Electrosocket jack for sure, and more neck options would be nice.
     
  3. darkwaters

    darkwaters Tele-Afflicted

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    Initially, IMO, there were 2 glaring defects: truss rod access at the wrong end (You have to remove the neck to adjust the truss rod? Really Leo ?!?) and the original 3 barrel bridge (Ummmm intonation Leo ?).

    All that's been sorted out in later models, so all good now

    Some still want teles with these "features". I'm not that nostalgic.

    Personally, I vastly prefer humbuckers over Fender single coils (and, yes, P90s), but that's just my own taste and not really a defect.
     
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  4. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    5578DF3C-4F8F-470D-96F7-D9524B5961E3.jpeg I’d prefer a more “finessed” neck joint.
     
  5. Marc Morfei

    Marc Morfei Tele-Afflicted

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    Separate tone controls. I almost always roll it up for the neck pickup, and roll it back for the bridge. It would be nice not to have to do that every time I switch pickups. Maybe it’s sacrilege, but I prefer the Gibson-style controls, where you can set up each pickup independently. All you need to do is flip the switch.
     
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  6. howlin

    howlin Tele-Afflicted

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    Forearm cut.
    Belly cut.
    V/V/T rear-mounted controls placed farther away from strumming hand.
    Top-loader.
    43mm nut width.
    12" radius.
    Gibson-style frets.
    Humbucker in the neck position (preferably a TV Jones).
    No pickguard.
    Electro socket for output jack.

    Think I'm going to have to place a Warmoth order. ;)
     
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  7. John Owen

    John Owen Tele-Afflicted Ad Free Member

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    This is the correct answer:

    flying V Tele.jpeg
     
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  8. LunarSlingShot

    LunarSlingShot Tele-Holic

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    Grooooossss!!! :) Btw John Owen, the tele in your profile photo is incredible looking. The grain is fantastic.


    How could the Tele be improved?

    Not a deal breaker, but I'd like to have a more accessible neck heel. It's not overly difficult to fret with the currently squared design, but it could be better.

    Just installed a 4-way switch in mine and feel that it was a mod that definitely should be standard.

    Also a more stratty sounding neck pickup. To my ears the standard neck pickup is really dull sounding and I've always swapped it for something else. The Lollar I currently have sounds just like a strat neck pickup. Best of both worlds.

    Compound radius fretboard. Extremely comfortable to play when you are a lead player.
     
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  9. davenumber2

    davenumber2 Friend of Leo's

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    Get rid the the blade switch and replace with a Les Paul style toggle. Much easier to flip on the fly. and the tip screws on so it isn't constantly falling off unless reinforced.
     
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    El Marin Tele-Afflicted

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    No forearm cut., no belly cut. Selector a la LEs paul. and Les Paul Jack Plate

    I think this is just perfect:

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  11. brookdalebill

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    Like these!
     
  12. memorex

    memorex Friend of Leo's

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    The new Ultras are pretty nice. All they need is stainless steel frets and reverse the control plate. Of course, I prefer a Nashville, but that wouldn't be hard to do on the Ultra because the middle pickup rout is already there under the pick guard.
     
  13. RoyBGood

    RoyBGood Doctor of Teleocity

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    Change the name to reflect modern viewing trends: 'Streamocaster'? :lol:
     
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    lammie200 Friend of Leo's

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    Make the Steve Morse changes and include spandex pants.
     
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  15. Telecentric

    Telecentric Tele-Meister

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    Personally, I think Fender has gone way too far trying to 'fix' what isn't wrong, and trying to capture the 'mod' market. The Tele is the perfect customization platform. Sell us the basic unit and we are free to customize as we feel necessary. Having 43 models is the antithesis of what the Tele should be.
     
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    Middleman Friend of Leo's

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    Needs a jet engine. Just saying. Maybe a parachute too.
     
  17. boris bubbanov

    boris bubbanov Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    The paradox is, St. Leo had this right at the start. He had a machined from stock, swage in jack cup and those work great. They're just expensive to manufacture and a pain to get out in order to touch up the paint job.
     
  18. schmee

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    -Belly cut.
    -Angle the control plate so the volume is near the bridge pickup like a Strat. Vol-switch-tone
    -Put a Strat input jack on the front to get rid of the troublesome Tele input.
     
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  19. boris bubbanov

    boris bubbanov Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    Why have I not done a project with stacked volume controls - one for the neck pickup and one for the bridge pickup?

    But the thing could not be as tall as those used on Fender basses.
     
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