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Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by black_doug, Feb 12, 2020.
Amen to that.
+1 (as many of you have already pointed out).
Yep I can't imagine anything being different than how the original turned out.
Funny how so many jumped from "improve Telecaster design" to designing a whole new instrument...
Mine are fairly practical:
Reverse control plate ala Bill Kirchen
Machine-screw neck mounting (another Kirchen mod)
Stainless steel frets
4-way switch with series position
Electrosocket jack cup
Enlarged strap buttons
Lastly, and this is getting into the weeds...smooth out the upper edges of the vintage tele bridge...those raised points that are supposed to grab the ash tray can do a number on your hands
If you want to play a Strat, buy a Strat.
Forearm and belly cut are good along with modern hardware.
Already been done. It's called a Stratocaster.
A belly cut...for my big belly
I'm sort of a traditionalist, but I rather dig that!
Thanks. It is fairly unique, I believe. It solves the 'switch too close to knob' issue, and is in the order I use them. I also wanted to do pinkie volume swells. It's also symmetrical, which is pleasing to my eye.
In my subconscious mind I lean towards something being done with the bridge/bridgeplate and bridge pickup.
Now I'm well aware that the traditional set up is why most of us play a Tele... and, love that bridge PU sound!
But, I've always felt it was kind of a wifty set up done by Leo.
Maybe, its a bit too basic.
With the ashtray off it can be uncomfortable on your palm. (Maybe that's the problem. Most of us play minus the ashtray. Leo designed it to be used with the ashtray.)
And, tryin to intonate those 2 strings per 3 barrels is always challenging.
And, as is commonly brought up here... THOSE SCREWS!
Lastly, could the bridge PU be redesigned and still have that "sound?"
It just seems that it's sticking up there in the middle of things, with everything else.
I've seen high end Tele copies that addressed these issues, so I know that I'm not alone, here.
Nothing too drastic from me...
Modern 3-way Wiring (B / B+N / N)
Tone knob wired to the Bridge Pickup only (love this when in the middle position)
Switch to the back of plate. Volume at the front for better pinky control.
Honestly? I wouldn't change one single thing. Leo got it right the first time.
This is cool, but buy extra wire when doing one because there's more nonsense with wires going here and there, with this scheme. And at least in theory it would be a little bit louder.
This is what I am fixing to do to one of mine.
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For me, as a player who sits while playing, the contour cut on the back (some call a belly cut) has a great feel against the ribs, while sitting. Fender has already taken care of offering this. In fact the American Standard models had it as recently as a couple of years ago.
American Standard Tele - Jade Pearl
Between that contour on the back, and my own swap to a toggle selector switch, I’m happy as a clam with Teles!
American Standard Tele - Mystic Red
Aside from that, any other desired tweaks on a Tele are very easy to do, to meet personal taste.
Currently, the contoured back is only offered on the Elite/Ultra and most of the HH models, like this Player HH. Tide pool finish, Antiquity II Mini Humbucker at the neck and Fender Strat Fat ‘50s bridge pickup:
While I love the contoured back on a Tele... I would not want a Tele to be as contoured as a Strat is - as I like the square profile on the control panel side of a Tele - sits securely on the lap, whereas the Strats contours tend to make it just a bit too squirmy on the lap for my liking. A Tele with back contour (rib-cut, I call it) is perfect for me.
Fender Tele FSR in Sea Foam Pearl (originally HH) with Cavalier Lioness neck pickup and Dimarzio PAF Master bridge pickup.
This is known as the Bill Kirchen mod. Bill was known for his volume swells. I would do it so I didn't hit the switch with my pick hand when doing enthusiastic strumming.
I wouldn't change anything else.
How about a recessed neck plate?
I would do three things; a belly cut, reverse the volume/selector plate and route out a bunch of wood to lighten the thing up!