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NGD: 1967 Telecaster

Discussion in 'Vintage Tele Discussion Forum (pre-1974)' started by bossaddict, Jul 19, 2018.

  1. skunqesh

    skunqesh Tele-Holic

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    Beautiful '67!
    and I just wanted to +1 keeping the Custom.
    Those are a whole different kind of Tele, and the Seth Lover designed neck pup is a beast unto itself.
    The reissues aren't built the same way.
     
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  2. gwjensen

    gwjensen Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    '67 maple cap - that's gotta be rare. Congrats!
     
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  3. Adam Wolfaardt

    Adam Wolfaardt Tele-Meister

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    I've also noticed that. It seems to have been a gradual thing. I've seen some '61s with a really thin head. My early '63 strat has a thinner head than my mates late '63. Both are still considerably thinner than some of the '66s I've seen
     
  4. bossaddict

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    I can't really speak to how it compares to modern Fender pickups, but the bridge on this one is quite bright. For now, I'm rolling the tone off to about 6-7 (if there are imaginary numbers), but I might try lowering it just a tad to see if that tames it. The neck pickup is perfect.
     
  5. sirnoel

    sirnoel Tele-Meister

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    Nice to see a beautiful guitar get a photo session it deserves. I'll also 2nd holding the Deluxe and not giving up a vintage WRPI if you don't have to. Nothing else sounds like that.
     
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  6. Adam Wolfaardt

    Adam Wolfaardt Tele-Meister

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    Good bright or thin and weak bright? Does the volume drop when you turn the tone down?
     
  7. RadioFM74

    RadioFM74 Friend of Leo's

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    Really beautiful! Congrats!
     
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  8. rze99

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    Thanks. I've read on these pages that later 60s Teles had 1 Meg pots. I certainly didn't know that in the '80s!
     
  9. cincyguitarplay

    cincyguitarplay Tele-Meister

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    Bet it cost a pretty penny...but worth it !
     
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  10. dented

    dented Doctor of Teleocity

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    :cry: Beautiful.
     
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  11. bossaddict

    bossaddict Tele-Meister

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    Not sure I would call it good bright, but it could be a good thing on a dark amp. Definitely not thin or weak. Very strong.
     
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  12. hrstrat57

    hrstrat57 Tele-Afflicted

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    If you can’t get rid of the undesirable “bright” I’d suggest consider put in a whole new 250 or 300k control plate rig like a Kelling sound or Obsidian wireless - carefully unsoldering the pup leads only and placing the original unmolested control plate in the case for holding collector value purposes. A whole fresh quality control rig should solve any problems. I know Kelling Sound will customize a eBay win.... in think his std solderless 250k rig is $49.

    Get it singing sweetly while molesting at a minimum

    First step of course is tweak the pickup height....
     
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  13. bossaddict

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    I lowered it just a little while ago and it did the trick. I hadn't noticed before, but it was also slightly louder than the neck, so that balanced it out nicely as well.
     
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  14. skunqesh

    skunqesh Tele-Holic

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    Just out of curiosity - have you peaked under the control plate to inspect the potentiometers? I'm wondering if you might have a 1meg ohm volume pot ?

    Around 67-68 CBS Fender started using 1meg pots. Imho - they can make a tele overly bright or screachy (depending on the amp or set up). (fwiw, I noticed the string ferrules aren't flush with the body - I'm guessing it's a late '67)
     
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  15. cosmiccowboy

    cosmiccowboy Tele-Afflicted

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    :) SWEET!
     
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  16. Old Tele man

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    ooh, ooh, that DOES look SO familiar...mines a '68.
     
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  17. bossaddict

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    They're both 250k...

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  18. DaveMorse

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    Very Very nice =)
     
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  19. skunqesh

    skunqesh Tele-Holic

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    Oh wow! :oops:
    Not what I expected, but now I understand the tone situation you described.

    You have The Dark Circuit! (que Darth Vader breathing...)
    that 2nd cap creates more dampening effect when you toggle the neck pup alone.

    My 2c - you'd probably love NOT having that, however, it's original, so... i dunno.

    I have a '67 in which I restored its original dark circuit, just to see what it was all about.
    The result = mehh.. too muddy for my tastes.
    I'll be retro fixing it back to a standard tele circuit soon to get the full benefit of the neck pickup.
     
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  20. MountainTwang

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    Beautiful guitar. Congratulations!
     
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