I need info on my new guitar please! Telecaster with 3 pickups???

Discussion in 'Other T-Types and Partscasters' started by Rdhartman1767, Oct 13, 2019.

  1. Rdhartman1767

    Rdhartman1767 TDPRI Member

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    Just bought this for 20$ off my best friends older sister...it’s not like my Squier 86....any info?????
     

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    bettyseldest Friend of Leo's

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    Welcome to TDPRI. Never seen an Alvarez guitar like yours, I thought they only made acoustics. whatever, so long as it plays well you have a bargain. Enjoy it or mod it!
     
  3. dlew919

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    It’s a copy of a Nashville deluxe telecaster. Significant differences - the two Tele style neck pickups. Most Nashville’s have a strat style in the middle. I’m taking a stab and guessing it is from 2003.

    Nice guitar though. How’s it play?


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    Rdhartman1767 TDPRI Member

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    I honestly have no idea. I just heard 20 bucks and literally just got back and was looking for info on it. She gave me a Yamaha fx355 , amp and the tele for 40$ total. I’ll know how it plays soon
     

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    Intubator Tele-Meister

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    Nice score, congratulations!
     
  6. Stratwrangler

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    would have left the amp but the guitars a steal, good clean and set up and get modding it perfect base to experiment at that price. Hngd
     
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    Yeh I found this little guy at goodwill for 20 bucks this week to. It’s hard to put down something you love
     

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    You need to go buy a lottery ticket. Nice scores for the money, the guitars are twice what you paid in parts alone.

    The Strat has a Kahler style trem which were good back in the day(at least mine was).

    The amp: I had a Crate back the 80's(50watt) that was great for a solid state amp. The Reverb was a Spring Reverb and had a great sound to it and the Chorus worked good. Newer Crate amps aren't as good, but a better speaker can make it sound great.
     
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    So that lotus I found at goodwill had a pickup in it. Any idea? I’m really not a guitar repair man.
     

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  10. tubelectron

    tubelectron Tele-Holic

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    For a time, Fender issued a Black Out Deluxe Telecaster :

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    Which inspired me for my (now sold :confused:) Lefty Blue Out Deluxe Telecaster :

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    It seems that your 20$ :cool: guitar is from the same vein... ;)

    -tbln
     
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    2 Headed Goat Tele-Afflicted

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    Seymour Duncan... not sure which model tho.
     
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    Score! Congrats!
     
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    Got your money back in that pick up alone 4 conductor Seymour Duncan. Hndg
     
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    Some quick notes for you:

    That St Louis is probably St Louis Music Company that did a lot of different import models. Generally they are quite good for build quality and playability.

    MIK has a growing collector base that follows them like the MIJ guitars are.

    Likely made by Samick (who makes 80% of the imports)

    Crate was eventually owned by Ampeg. Depending on age of your amp it could be a rebadged Ampeg. Some of the Crate amps are quite amazing. I have a GX-65 and it matches well with the popular Peavey Bandit I have.

    I'd suggest buying a CRL or Oak Grigsby 5-way switch to replace the import switch in there. The large Alpha pots are probably ok but I might swap those with Bourns.

    Add a stacked concentric tone pot so you get a third pot to be a blender and wire up the Armstrong Blender mod (SSS blends to HSH), just a wiring change.

    If you swap the middle and neck pickups in the pickguard, you will exchange a Strat Quack for the famous Tele Neck+Bridge (the 5-way becomes a 3-way traditional Tele at one end and the middle pickup combos at the other end of the switch). If you do some soldering you can do the swap at the switch solder lugs. If you don't do the Armstrong Blender then do this mod.

    Switchcraft output jack.


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    I have a 1/4 LB'r with a similar shaped sticker & lettering in that font. I think you're prob correct.
     
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    Nice score! Scavenge the parts from that strat-type and make a proper Nashville from the Tele :D
     
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    Yes, Alvarez did make electrics for a period of time, at least back in the '90s. I won an Alvarez Dana II guitar in a music store drawing probably back around '93. It was a well made guitar with a triple coil Triforce pickup in the bridge, Floyd Rose shred machine. It really rocked. I kept it for about five years and then traded it away when I was getting rid of all my FR guitars. Occasionally bummed when I think about getting rid of it.

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  19. LGOberean

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    I have Fjestad's Blue Book of Electric Guitars, 11th ed., 2007. There no mention of a tele-type with 3 single coils. In fact, it seems like most of their electric guitar offerings were "offset double cutaway" models. The only listing in Fjestad's of an Alvarez single cutaway ("tele") is the AE 10 BK Classic 1, manufactured 1994-99.


    About the Alvarez brand instruments, to quote from the aforementioned Fjestad's resource...

     
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    Alvarez made one of these with a super deep cutaway that actually extended below the heel of the neck

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