Need a Tele - can I make a MIM sound good?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by big jilm, Dec 20, 2015.

  1. big jilm

    big jilm TDPRI Member

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    That might be the ticket - GC will probably offer 300 for the head though, I'll bet.

    Thanks!
     
  2. songtalk

    songtalk Friend of Leo's

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    Yeah just sell the head for 600 bucks and then put it towards a tele.
     
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    Now I'm, with surfoverb- $650 for that tele looks like a pretty good deal to me-sell your amp and buy that bad boy
     
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    OlRedNeckHippy Friend of Leo's

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    My Mexican Tele sounds, and plays, great. I love it.
     
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    Anode100 Friend of Leo's

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    +1 on the Mexican Teles - they're great guitars 'stock' - even better with some well thought-out upgrades.
     
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    beyer160 Friend of Leo's

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    MIM Standard Teles are fine instruments- just replace the pickups and you're in business.

    Or, get a Squier Classic Vibe and just play it. They're nicer out of the box than MIMs, the pickups are alnico and made in the same factory (possibly even identical) as Toneriders. Anyone who knocks the CVs hasn't tried one, they're incredible.
     
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    big jilm TDPRI Member

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    Probably the best decision, right there.

    Thanks!
     
  8. Mike Eskimo

    Mike Eskimo Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Or, get an early 90's one and don't replace the alnico pickups.

    Ya might wanna replace the rattle-hammer bridge though.

    I love the early 90's Tele's (fabbed in the US btw) and I'm sure I'll end up with another one.
     
  9. Mr. Lumbergh

    Mr. Lumbergh Poster Extraordinaire

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    My MIM sounds fantastic. I'm not sure I understand your question.
    Can you improve it with a pickup upgrade? Sure. But I disagree with your assertion that they can't sound great out of the box.
     
  10. Johnnyseven

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    I bought a 2015 MIM Standard this year and love it. I swapped the bridge for a vintage style 3 barrel but didn't really like it, so I swapped the out for a Gotoh brass plate & saddle bridge and think that it sounds wonderful. I also put my favourite tele bridge pickup in it (Dimarzio Pre-B1) and I think it sounds as good as my US Standard Tele.

    It does have a noticeably thinner neck than my US Standard Tele though, I believe the neck width is slightly less, it feels very similar to my US Standard Strat.
     
  11. North East Al

    North East Al Tele-Meister

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    Snap. MIM std has a nice neck. Upgraded all electrics, including SD Quarter Pounders. Just bought a new ashtray bridge (never a fan if the flat ones). Standard was fine, hot ceramics are OK, but you gotta tweak a MiM. Its the law!!
     
  12. Grabsplatter

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    Can you make a MIM Tele sound good? The answer is the same as the answer to the next question - can you make any guitar sound good?

    MIM Fenders are fantastic value for money. The Classic 60s Tele is a lovely guitar. Frankly, there is no way an MIA Tele is several hundred better. No, really. Try them back to back and tell me the MIA is really worth roughly double the money. The only mod I've done on mine is replace to output cup with a Gibson style mount, but I've never understood why Fender stick with such a lousy bit of design anyway. I did that before the cup did the inevitable and tried for a solo career. I'd have done the same with an MIA model. Aside from that, the neck is lovely, the pups sound perfectly good to me, and everything works. The pickguard has that lovely hint of green, it is, of course, bulletproof, and it is very much a "go to" guitar.
     
  13. JustEd

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    All the MIM's need is a good setup, the stock ceramic pups sound great as long as you like your pups a little hot. YMMV here but you have to determine what sounds good to you before you swap 'em.

    Lots of choices here.
     
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  14. AxemanVR

    AxemanVR Tele-Afflicted Ad Free Member

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    Nothing against a mim Tele, but a trade with a JCM2000 seems a bit lopsided (i.e.; not on your favor).
     
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    simple and short answer..YES ...they play well and they can sound just fine.
     
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    Lef T Tele-Holic

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    I agree on the Classic Vibe.
    They are an amazing sounding and playing guitar.
    I'm a lefty and didn't get to test a lot before I bought,but I tried some MIM,an AVRI,
    the CV and some American Standards.
    The CV to me was way above the MIM in sound and playability.
    In the end,I chose an American Standard.
     
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    mefgames Tele-Afflicted

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    I bought a MIM some years back. It had a stock bridge pickup and a Seymour in the neck. I did not like the sound at all, so I put a set of Keystones in it. They sounded great. Funny thing about this story is that when I built the Tele in my Avatar, I used the old pickups just to see how they sounded. Surprise to me in the new 2 piece Alder Tele, they sounded excellent. Don't let anyone tell you the wood doesn't make a difference.
     
  19. 3-Chord-Genius

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    The real question here is can you make a MIM Fender sound bad?
     
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  20. Ricky D.

    Ricky D. Doctor of Teleocity

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    OEM pickups on that AVRI '52 were sold as Fender Original Vintage. Discontinued now, but there's plenty around, looks like they go for around $80.00 a set on Ebay. Great pickups, I have a set in a Squier Standard Tele. :)

    If it was my project, while it's torn down I'd upgrade to a 4-way switch, adding B+N in series. Gives you a fatter humbucker-type sound to go with the usual other three choices.
     
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