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Nashville Tele

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by hutt, Jan 16, 2021.

  1. hutt

    hutt TDPRI Member

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    A buddy wants me to build him a Nashville Tele. I have built Teles before but never a 3 pickup version.Any suggestions out there for a middle pickup to go along with the Lollars I plan to use in the bridge and neck? And, which of the pick ups should be RWRP?
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  2. Fenderdad1950

    Fenderdad1950 Tele-Afflicted

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    Glad to see your customer wanting to build probably the most versatile Tele made by Fender. Here is a pick of mine, it's a 2020 and is my second Nashvile. The first being like a 1996 sunburst, tort guard and the white Strat pickup in the middle. Back to your build.
    Get a Nashville Tele pickguard from WD Pickguards (huge choice of colors & plys) A five way switch from allparts. My old Nashville had Tex Mex pickups and my new Nashville has Noiseless. Neither one of them being my 1st choice for a Tele bridge pickup. With that said, I use the Nashville's middle pickup because that is what I used to use on my old Strat. Personally I prefer Texas Specials from Fender (good price and easily available) on the Tele neck & bridge position. I play 60s rock so I prefer some body in the tone, so check with your customer on his preferences. Good luck and may a great build be with you. 20210114_055015.jpg
     
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  3. Mike M

    Mike M Tele-Meister

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    Did someone say "Nashville"? I've posted this plenty of times, so why stop now.

    I "Nashvilled" my 92 Tele when the neck had to be replaced after 28 years. Added a SD Mini in the neck, Area 58 in the middle, and Push/Pull on the tone to get neck/Bridge, and all 3 for 7 pickup combinations.

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  4. boris bubbanov

    boris bubbanov Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    Welcome!

    I like my middle pickup to be RWRP towards both the bridge pickup and the neck pickup. So both N+M and M+B are 60 cycle noise canceled.

    I like the middle pickup voiced, so that it can function well even though set really low - basically level with the pickguard. In general, I mean, as one of my favorite Nashvilles has two Seymour SSL-1s in the neck and middle, and a Bill and Becky Keystone T pickup in the bridge. I enjoy being able to switch to the Nashville and not having to worry about the pick (and right hand fingers) making contact with that middle pickup.
     
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  5. Guitarist1983

    Guitarist1983 TDPRI Member

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    I am in the process of adding a middle pup to my Tele. Did you come to any conclusions? I have a ToneShaper 2 for Telecaster Switch - SW5C unit in my Tele now and their instructions state that "a Duncan Strat neck will hum-cancel when combined with a Duncan Tele neck, while a RWRP Strat middle won't."

    Keep an eye on pole piece spacing, too. I dry fitted a spare strat bridge pup and noticed the pole pieces were too wide. Neck pups likely have tighter spacing.

    Anyways, I haven't wired in the middle pup yet, but I should have it completed within a week.
     
  6. Blues Twanger

    Blues Twanger Tele-Afflicted

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    You'll need to make sure the Lollars aren't RWRP to each other first before picking something in the middle.

    If you haven't bought the pickups yet I would email Lollar and they can set you up with all three and make sure what you get is designed to get along with each other.
     
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