Is it sacrilege to mod a custom shop Tele?

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  1. ReggiedaDog

    ReggiedaDog Tele-Meister

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    So I’m putting on my flame suit here.

    I’ve got a great trio of guitars, a CS 62 strat with the hot poblano pickups, a CS 67 Tele with Nocaster 51 pickups and a 335 with Bare knuckle P90s installed.

    However of the three the Tele is getting used less and less, and I think it’s because my ears and playing style have got used to the snarl of the strat and 335. The nocaster pickups just seem a bit polite and I find it hard to get a tone that snaps and cuts through.

    It’s seems a shame as I love the feel and looks if the guitar, and I’ve always been predominantly a Tele player but lately I’m starting to wonder if my style is changing.

    I’ve been thinking about swapping the pickups out for something with a bit more bite, but never made these sort of changes to a guitar that is so expensive. For the price I could get for it used I could buy a Performer Tele and mod it to my hearts content.

    Has anyone else ever made changes to a guitar like this?

    Whilst on the subject, I also have a lovely aftermarket double bound body in relic fiesta red. I was thing if changing the body over for a while as well, like a “wash and wear”

    Am I nuts?


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  2. Recce

    Recce Friend of Leo's

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    Pickups are an easy change. If you like how the guitar plays but want a different sound change the pickups. Keep the original pickups in case you decide to change them you can return it to how it was originally built.

    Your guitar your choice.
     
  3. alnico357

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    If it makes you happy
    It can't be that baaaad.

    Until you try to sell it.
     
  4. ReggiedaDog

    ReggiedaDog Tele-Meister

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    Well I’ll keep everything and change it back if that ever happened.


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  5. tery

    tery Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

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    If you mod any guitar there is a 50% chance that it will be better or worse .
     
  6. LKB3rd

    LKB3rd Friend of Leo's

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    Custom Shop guitars are still made, so treating it like an old Tele doesn't make sense to me. As suggested above, I'd just make sure to do a proper job or pay someone to do it if you aren't confident about it, and stash the original pickups and keep them with the guitar.
    As I read, it occurred to me maybe you just need to crank the amp up one or two notches, or use a boost for the Tele either of which could get you volume similar to a humbucker. If you don't do something and just plug it in to the same rig, it's definitely not going to have as much output/volume.
     
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  7. Chunkocaster

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    You can always reverse the mod. Go for it. I would swap necks, pickups etc between all my tele's if I was on a mission to end up with my ultimate guitar. The cost is irrelevant if the other option is to have a bunch of sub par but expensive tele's.
    Custom Shop means little to me. just means a random person laid hands on it and a premium was charged.
     
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  8. FenderLover

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    Personally, I'd get another Tele and modify til your heart's content. Decide later if the CS is worth keeping. I don't modify the high end stuff and is why I have several Teles that I built with the pickups and necks that I want.
     
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  9. ReggiedaDog

    ReggiedaDog Tele-Meister

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    Always good to hear the scientific view.


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  10. ReggiedaDog

    ReggiedaDog Tele-Meister

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    That’s a very good point. Im
    Changing my pedal board around at the moment to include a few new boost/Od oedals and won’t make any decisions until I hear the results.


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    PU change is easily reversed so have fun. I must say I have some Rio Grande PUs that are truly amazing.
     
  12. scottser

    scottser Tele-Afflicted

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    Fuggit, they're only pickups. Pick another set you might like and throw them in.
     
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  13. rze99

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    Boost it first with some judicious use of a Boss GE-7 or similar. Just use it for the Tele. Try it for a bit before you go for surgery...
     
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    I switched out the pickups on my CS Tele for some Don Mare pickups and I couldn't be happier. I've still got the original PUs but I'm never selling this guitar. It is my number one.

    The only mod that might effect the value is if you start routing the body for humbuckers - no going back from that. If it sounds good with single coils I'd just try some new ones. If you're planing on Humbuckers I, might try it on a less expensive project guitar.
     
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    Don't worry about swapping pickups at all, do it as much as you want. If you like how it plays but not how it sounds, you should experiment. Unless you're re-routing or something.
     
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    Modding the Custom Shop, even if you put the original bits back, is a modded Custom Shop and a new buyer won't want to pay what you think it's worth.
    Change the pickup heights dramatically up or down and try that for a while. Keep it stock or sell it off.

    Get a Harley Benton and go mod crazy. Have you seen the dark paisley T-style?


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    I don't sell guitars, do what you want.
    (I have aftermarket pickups in a CS strat and it's better for it)
     
  18. wabashslim

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    You want a real CS? Get the exact neck & body you prefer from Warmoth and build it up with whatever parts you want. Then change them, swap them, modify the thing mercilessly, inlay pix of your favorite Hollywood or political heroes, spray them with whatever crap you find at yard sales, change them back, dip the whole thing in copper paint, relic it with a 12-gauge and tire chains, saw off the horns, install 20 push-pull pots - all with the knowledge that (1) you started off with parts that are at least as good as any Custom Shop hyped-up ripoff for 1/4 the cost, and (2) you haven't hurt the value one bit since any build-it-urself has no resale value. It's yours to keep forever - no selloff regrets on TDPRI 15 years later. There - hope this helps!
     
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  19. Obsessed

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    Yes, you are nuts ... because you bought a CS in the first place. Sell it, get an MIM and have fun exploring different components.
     
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  20. Chief101

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    Almost every great guitar on the planet has been modified to suit the owner/player. Make it your own, make it awesome-er. It’s not a collectors item ... if you love it otherwise, do it.
     
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