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Important upgrades?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by JakeCox, Mar 9, 2013.

  1. JakeCox

    JakeCox TDPRI Member

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    I just got my first tele. It's a '97 American standard. Are there any important upgrades I should be thinking about?
     

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  2. cornfed

    cornfed Tele-Meister

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    A Fender tube amp?
     
  3. soulman969

    soulman969 Telefied Ad Free Member

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    Jake I think you're gonna find this same advice from a lot of us around here. Don't change anything right now. Just play it for a while and see how you like and as you do decide what you like about it and what you don't. Then you'll know what to upgrade.

    Guys buy older guitars all the time and start reading threads here and begin modification that won't work on their guitar or end up spending money on things they end up not liking themselves but thought they would just because someone else did.

    Play it for a while and you'll have a very good idea of what if anything you want to change about it. Then make a list, prioritize it, and go for it. When that day comes we're all here to help.

    Congrats on your Tele.
     
  4. Jupiter

    Jupiter Telefied Ad Free Member

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    Yeah, don't think of any upgrades for a while. Get to know what you like and don't like about it first.
     
  5. marsh99

    marsh99 Tele-Afflicted

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    listen to the good advice above. American stds are good guitars and if it is your first Tele how do you know what to compare it with? You may well find you like it just fine...
     
  6. Mark Davis

    Mark Davis Telefied Ad Free Member

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    Get a pro setup with fret level crown and polish a complete setup.

    Then just play it.

    A good setup is the best "mod".
     
  7. Ati EDGE

    Ati EDGE Tele-Meister

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    +1
     
  8. Henfield Tele

    Henfield Tele Tele-Holic

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    And when you have done all that get a set of cs nocaster pickups with a 4 way switch and really hear it sing!
    Of course more practice is the cheapest /best upgrade..
    Good luck.
     
  9. boris bubbanov

    boris bubbanov Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    Yeah, a tube amp.

    If the fretwork is a little off, then do a level and crown.

    I think once a well chosen guitar gets to be 16 years old, we should resist the temptation to modify it.

    If the guitar was a 2007 AS I might have a different view. And even there, the mods to this particular model are not as night and day as they ought to be, to justify them.
     
  10. chipbutty24

    chipbutty24 Friend of Leo's

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    Nail on the head!
     
  11. slauson slim

    slauson slim Friend of Leo's Platinum Supporter

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    Set up, tube amp and start picking. AmStds are fine and versatile instruments as is.
     
  12. Twang Guitars

    Twang Guitars Tele-Meister

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    Deffinetly, Tube Amp!
     
  13. jaycoyoyo

    jaycoyoyo Tele-Meister

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    Agreed

    Here's mine
     

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  14. xtrajerry

    xtrajerry Doctor of Teleocity

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    Setup, great amp, compressor & analog delay.. Any $$ you have budgeted for upgrades should be applied to getting a great amp.
     
  15. Ronkirn

    Ronkirn Doctor of Teleocity

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    While it's possible some may think the Amp suggestion a bit "flip"... in my assessment, the amp is the second most important thing in the list of significant factors...

    I'm a bit ""troubled" by the thought process... "I just got. . ." and "are there any Upgrades . . .?"

    The inference is that the guitar arrived "wanting" and, worse, that ANY new part, will automatically improve it.

    No part can automatically, without reservation, improve a guitar... to "improve" it, you have to like what has happened to the sound. That can go either way, up, down. The $$ spent do not guarantee anything other than the sound will change... that change can sound like shi*...

    I'd say play it, until you have exhausted it's ability to serve you at you present level... by then you will realize, there is nothing you can do to it to "improve" it, you can only change it. IF you decide that you need "better" gear, since this one will not have been modified, it will garnish more $$$ when ya sell it than it will with all the screwy junk screwed to it.

    Ron Kirn
     
  16. J-man

    J-man Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Great advice.
     
  17. Doug 54

    Doug 54 Poster Extraordinaire

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    As Mark Davis said:

    A level & crown


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  18. Geo

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    New Strings....usually factory strings aren't too great especially if setting in store for
    a while.
     
  19. blimpo

    blimpo Tele-Meister

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    Don't mess with it. Give it a chance to see what it can do.

    Once you know each other, change what you don't like.
     
  20. arem

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    I wouldn't change anything sound wise until you've had plenty of time to get to know the guitar and what you want out of it. The one thing I would suggest doing is installing an Electrosocket jack, it's cheap and just plain works better than the stock jack.
     
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