Just Bought My First Tele, Anything I Should Know?

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  1. LifeisBeachy

    LifeisBeachy TDPRI Member

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    Just picked up a MIM Burst Tele from GC and I was wondering if there are any modifications I should make or things to look out for. Thanks!
     
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    Tidepoolbay Friend of Leo's

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    Plug it in and go to town.
     
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    The only way you will know if YOU need to make any mods to it is if YOU decide something needs to be different.
     
  4. Flakey

    Flakey Friend of Leo's

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    What to look out for? Well don't tease or taunt it ! It may bite you!
     
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    ColonelPanic Tele-Meister

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    Some say... On the third Thursday of every month, at precisely 14 minutes before sunset, you must offer up a plectrum to the skies, and incant "Danny Gatton" until such a time as you 'feel it'.

    Welcome to the Forum :)
     
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    Things will never be the same.
     
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    Seasicksailor Friend of Leo's

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    A tele? You're going to hate it! ;-)
     
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  8. old guitar player

    old guitar player Tele-Afflicted

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    The best "mod" you could pay for would be a new set of strings and a complete setup by your local most trusted Luthier or guitar tech. After that...play the heck out if it.

    Oh yeah we also need to see pics...or it didn't happen...
     
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    songtalk Friend of Leo's

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    Don't get it wet or feed it after midnight. Don't leave it alone with set neck guitars or hollowbodies. You might come home one day to a pile of gibson splinters with your tele mysteriously sitting seemingly untouched where you left it. Seriously, teles are vicious and unpredictable. Tread lightly.
     
  10. Old Has Been

    Old Has Been Tele-Meister

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    Any modifications??? The Telecaster is the so-called "Mr. Potato Head" of the guitar world. You can leave it just like it came out of the box, or you can modify the heck out of it until it's almost a completely different guitar. No matter what you decide, though, the foundation is still the good ol' veritable Tele. A class act in itself. Oh...and welcome to the forum.:)
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    irie Tele-Holic

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    turns out you can literally throw them into a wall without much repercussion sans your reputation as a sane person.
     
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    TeleTown Friend of Leo's

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    Start making room for your next 14 teles!
     
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  13. LifeisBeachy

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    Just sent her to the local tech to get her action set nice and low and intonated, will have pics friday. Glad I joined this forum, the community seems very involved and humorous :)

    Never heard that analogy but I like it!
     
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    jvin248 Poster Extraordinaire

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    Now you've done it. You'll be looking for a second one soon. And then an Esquire. :)

    The setup will be the best thing to do. Eventually you may want to try a 4-way switch to get series (humbucker) tones. Reversing the control plate so the volume is up front and the switch in the rear. Electrosocket output jack. But really, after the setup, just play it a lot.
     
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    Flaneur Friend of Leo's

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    Don't be in a hurry to modify your new guitar. Put in the hours to get to know it first- hopefully in conjunction with a good amp.

    Welcome and congratulations!
     
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    One of the first things I discovered about the tele, 15 years ago, was that the Tone control actually played a vital role in the instrument as apposed to about 90% of the guitars I had played till then. Most of the guitars I played before, it was wide open. My tele is usually not and the guitar is like a chameleon because of these tonal possibilities.
     
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    I am at the moment using a Mustang 1 amp and I was thinking of upgrading, but I will be in college next year so I didn't want to lug around any pedals, unless you have any recommendations.
     
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    I agree with the consensus of play it first, then see what you like and what you would like to change.

    If you are just itching to mod it in some way, I suggest starting with the 4 way switch. the extra position that puts the pickups in series adds a lot of versatility and variety. It's also a cheap and easy mod if you're handy with a soldering iron.
     
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    haggardfan1 Friend of Leo's

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    Setup is key. Play it a good while. But....Don't be afraid to take it back to your guitar tech if it doesn't suit you personally, and you don't know how to fix what's wrong. Tell the repair/setup guy.

    Heck, I'm 52 years old, played almost nothing but Teles since 1981...and I'm about to take one to a tech because I just am out of my comfort zone.

    Enjoy it and welcome.
     
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    Welcome brother! Don't worry about effects for awhile. Explore all the sound you can coax out of it with your hands. I've been playing for 50 years, used lots of pedals, but still love the sound of a clean electric guitar.
     
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