How Would You Improve Telecaster Design?

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  1. LightningPhil

    LightningPhil Tele-Meister

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    Hollow out the back. Install the guts of a dirt pedal, a class D amp and some batteries. Then it could be observed directly into a cabinet without an obvious amp. It would be a magic ampless tele with extra high output.

    Or, more sensibly, boat loads more shielding, noise cancelling pickups and a zero output impedance active buffer for the ultimate low noise experience.
     
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  2. guitartwonk

    guitartwonk Tele-Meister

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    That there is what we call "agricultural".
     
  3. BeatTellender

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    Definitely agreed! This video here proves how a stratty neck pickup can make much of difference in clarity and tone! The rhythm guitarist is using a telecaster with a telecaster neck pickup that is exposed but it has black plastic cover similar to a strat cover pickup. I don't know if it sounds stratty but you can hear glassy, chimey, bell-like tones. Also note the amp he's using isn't known for giving a clean tone like this!





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  4. anthrotony

    anthrotony Tele-Meister

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    Thanks so much for all of this. That guitar looks quite amazing and I'm sure it sounds equally as good. I had no idea that Jorgensen played a tele with a JM configuration. I'll have to look up some of the YT videos to see if I can find an example. I'd read that he played a Strat with some sort of JM pickup in the bridge position which sort of makes more sense (well, to me at least), and if I'm not mistaken, I remember seeing a Tele with parallel adjacent bridge pickups although I have no idea what the purpose was. Cool though. So many different ideas out there!

    Cheers!
     
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  5. FelixV

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    I wouldn't change a thing but if i had to, I'd recommend

    Body and forearm contours.
    6 way switch.
    1 stacked concentric knob that is tone and volume.
    The output jack moved to the control plate.
    Brighter neck pickup.
     
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  6. AngelStrummer

    AngelStrummer Friend of Leo's

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    Compared to the original 50s design only the following few:

    - Modern wiring
    - 9.5" fretboard radius
    - Medium jumbo frets

    All the rest is perfect to me.
     
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  7. Dirty Dave

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    This.
    - and possibly smooth off the fret ends just a little bit on the lead side of the neck.
     
  8. Speedfish

    Speedfish Tele-Meister

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    I like what Jeff Beck did with his Telecaster.
     
  9. guitartwonk

    guitartwonk Tele-Meister

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    I'm curious...

    Contours: if you want these, why not go for a Strat?

    Have you ever tried to operate stacked knobs mid-song? I have. Immediately resolved never to install stacked knobs ever again.

    6-way? Why would you want 6 options on a two pickup guitar? I have a Tele with 5 so I can barely talk, but I'm really curious what switching options you'd want.

    Brighter neck pickup: again, a Strat may be more suitable....?

    Pure opinion here, of course.
     
  10. funkysoul

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    if 6 saddle for better intonation added then nothing at all
     
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  11. Twang Deluxe

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    Not much. Just to file a bit the sharp edges of the vintage style bridge and wire the middle position from parallel to series.
     
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  12. FelixV

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    The simplicity of the telecaster is what makes it cool but if you’re gonna mod it you might as well give it the works!

    Having the single dual knob means you can have the output jack on the front, which allows you to play sitting on the floor and also be able to put it on a stand plugged in.

    The pickup combinations would be,

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    N+B parallel
    N+B series
    N+B out of phase
    B
    Either “jazz/bass’ neck or bridge direct out (tone bypass)
     
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    make her look like Charlize Theron. Just my opinion...
     
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  14. chiefline

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    Definitely put a condom holder in the back of the body . Need it for all the women who throw themselves at Tele players
     
  15. gobi_grey

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    I'd like to hear what a tele sounds like with the bridge pickup moved about a half inch away from the bridge. Maybe even just a quarter inch.
     
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    Ooo, pickups in series and bypass the tone pot in that position to add a little more clarity.
     
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    I like mine how it is. Belly cut and six saddles.
     
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    That's one thing I would prefer not changed. I like my Tele without a belly cut.
     
  19. jvin248

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    There is so many overlapping feature requests between Tele and Strat ... maybe the solution is what features should be on a hybrid Tele-Strat?

    There were a couple of Parallel Universe models that were sort of like this.

    Strat Neck pickup
    Tele Bridge pickup
    Single cut Strat body?
    Tele Controls (so the Strat volume knob is at the first tone knob position) for more playability back by the bridge.
    Strat angled top mounted jack.
    Strat headstock?
    Jaguar middle pickup (to go a little off the hook)
    Seven-Tone Strat wiring for Tele neck and bridge parallel option?

    ,
     
  20. stratoman1

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    My first guitar was a 74 Tele, so yeah, big and slabby. I got used to my Strat though. The Tele doesn't have the arm contour so it's still a little beefy. If I want to go full on heavy slab I have a couple of Les Pauls to scratch that itch
     
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