How Would You Improve Telecaster Design?

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  1. boris bubbanov

    boris bubbanov Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    I'm torn.

    Sometimes I like Agricultural, and sometimes not.

    Sometimes I want the PRS owner to faint, and sometimes I don't.
     
  2. Gary in Boston

    Gary in Boston Friend of Leo's

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    Funny, even though the Tele is loved and it's fans are rabid there are at least nine pages of changes we'd make........or not?

    Gary
     
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  3. Skydog1010

    Skydog1010 Tele-Afflicted Platinum Supporter

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    Lighter thinner body with mega contours. Add Ultra neck and cutaway profile.
     
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  4. BeatTellender

    BeatTellender TDPRI Member

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    In addition to a brighter neck pickup with nickel silver or plastic covers, just keep it 21 frets on the modern models, no need for 22 IMHO.

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  5. old wrench

    old wrench Tele-Afflicted

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    Leo Fender did that when he designed the Strat :).

    But seriously, all I'd do to the Tele is what I normally do - reverse the control plate to put the volume and tone controls in a more accessible place. That's all.

    The Tele has a very good and successful design.

    Wide-spread success is hard to argue against.
     
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  6. Mur

    Mur Tele-Afflicted

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    Man! ..so glad Leo didn't do contours ! ! lol !
     
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  7. rooboo

    rooboo Tele-Meister

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    It has been changed but it has also come back; truss rod screw at the heel. That's one stupid thing! I like really thick necks. I also prefer nitro over poly. And if you want to buy a thick nitro neck they always come "vintage style" with the truss rod at the heel. What's up with that? Not all old ideas are better – this is just plain stupid.

    A thing I'd recommend you to try is to swap the bridge for a lefty one. I play lefty and bought a righty bridge to a build project because the hassle to find a decent spare lefty bridge. I noticed sweeter high end and more tight bass because of the bridge PU was tilted the other way. It's not a MAJOR difference but with no doubt a real difference. So if you think you have a little too much ice pick in the trebs and a little out of focused on the bass side; this is a good try. Yes you have to chisel out the wood a little bit to get the PU to fit the wrong way. But it's no biggie – took me about ten minutes.
     
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    mrmousey Tele-Meister

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    You funny guy !! That's a Stratocaster !!
     
  9. superjam144

    superjam144 Tele-Meister

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    Many have tried. All have failed...
     
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  10. Twang Tone

    Twang Tone Friend of Leo's

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    It's perfect as it is.

    The only thing I'd change is a Strat neck pickup.

    Yep, Jerry Donahue called it right.
     
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  11. superjam144

    superjam144 Tele-Meister

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    Contours are like dudes who spike their hair up with gel... You just don't do it, ever... It's actually considered a sin in some circles...
     
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    Platefire Friend of Leo's

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    My two teles are old style design which I'm happy with. I would think with all the different model teles available today and all the tele parts for parts-casters, everything is already available to buy or build all the changes discussed. Platefire
     
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  13. teleplayr

    teleplayr Tele-Afflicted

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    Leo got it right.
     
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  14. mbr

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    Wider nut.
     
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  15. BeatTellender

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    I respectfully disagree about reversing the control plate. From my experience I never had any issues with it. But that's probably because I pick close to fretboard, and it allows me to balance the ice-picky tones. Also it feels more like playing a 24.75 scale guitar. Lol

    I would also like to change the price of the Telecaster. I would love for Fender to bring down the Mexican models down back to $400 and American models down back to $800 . I know used you can get them that cheap but they never seem show up on my local CL or any of my local guitar stores! Besides Leo Fender wanted to be affordable to anyone with a tight budget and to me $700 doesn't justify his tight budget idea!! Lol



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  16. Tonetele

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    I wouldn't change it at all not even the control plate.
    I wouldn't use more than 5 screws on the pickguard and I don't like the neck pickup held in by screws on the pickguard. It was designed correctly first off IMHO.
     
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  17. nicod98

    nicod98 Tele-Afflicted

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    One thing that should be on all teles is a four way switch (as many have suggested here) as a default.
    All the rest is up to personal preference. I'm certainly not in favour of a bellycut or forearm rest (that would make it as unplayable as a strat for me: too slippery)
     
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  18. nicod98

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    Well, I just can't agree to that. I love that sound, and I almost always play either neck alone or combined with the bridge, and almost never just the bridge pickup.
     
  19. JeffBlue

    JeffBlue Tele-Afflicted

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    By adding different pickups and maybe a third pickup for varied tones. IMG_0200.jpg IMG_0202.JPG

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  20. blowtorch

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    It's probably already been said, but electrosocket, 4 way, and bellycut
     
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