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NGD Big Block Tele

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Otis Funkmeyer, Feb 28, 2013.

  1. Otis Funkmeyer

    Otis Funkmeyer Tele-Holic

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    My Big Block Tele arrived yesterday from eBay. Yay! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    It is in excellent condition. A little fretwear is all. I think this model was only produced for a couple years beginning in 2004. I had been looking for a 3-pickup Tele for a while and when I discovered this model, I really liked the look of the the black body, rosewood fretboard, block inlays and painted headstock.

    However, I couldn't find any for sale at the time I was ready to buy (November), so I picked up a new Blackout Deluxe which is very similar except it has a tinted maple neck with dot inlays, unpainted headstock and a black pickguard instead of chrome.

    I've been very happy with the Blackout. I even used a rotary file inside the cavity to make it deep enough for the Pickup Switch Upgrade so I could get all combinations of pickups, phases, and series/parallel. The upgrade is solder-less so it will be really easy to change pickups if I want. My only issues have been that in order to remove buzzing and fretting-out, I had to set it up with really high action. Also, the fret edges are in desperate need of filing.

    Last week I spotted the Big Block on ebay with a low starting bid and ended up winning it. I know it is very similar to the one I already own, but I figured that it is a rare item, it has the exact look I want, it came with a hard case, I could set them up with different pickups, action, and strings, the price was right, and I know I'll never regret owning two teles.

    Here are the "Brothers In Arms": [​IMG]

    The fret edges on the Big Block are nicely rolled. And the neck and middle pickups have hardly any hum. I wonder of the chrome pickguard is providing shielding or something. It is currently set up with low action, so there is buzzing, but it doesn't fret out, strangely enough. The radius is supposed to be the same as the Blackout, 9.5, and they both have medium-jumbo frets.

    Since I've already done the switch upgrade to the Blackout, now I'm considering swapping necks and pickguards to create a Big Blockout Deluxe Tele! But I've got to play it a lot more before I decide to do that. Will keep you posted!
     
  2. monty4

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    Congrats, those are very cool. I had the Strat, didnt bond with it but a nice axe anyway.
     
  3. Minivan Megafun

    Minivan Megafun Tele-Afflicted Gold Supporter

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    Congrats! Gotta love blocks on a Tele!

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    Just curious, what's with the hole between the 2nd and 3rd tuners? That string tree looks sorta wonky too.
     
  4. Otis Funkmeyer

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    The description said there are holes where locking tuners were once installed. You can see holes between the tuners on the back of the headstock too.

    I just gave the string tree a little twist and now it is aligned.
     
  5. fender62custom

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    Very Cool!! congrats & enjoy!!!:D
     
  6. fender62custom

    fender62custom Tele-Holic

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    :eek:very very cool!!!! gorgeous!!:D
     
  7. Minivan Megafun

    Minivan Megafun Tele-Afflicted Gold Supporter

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    Sorry! Reading fail!

    I like that "none more black" look!
     
  8. Otis Funkmeyer

    Otis Funkmeyer Tele-Holic

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    You didn't fail anything! I meant it was in the eBay auction description. It included pics too so there were no surprises about those holes.

    Yeah with that fretboard and headstock it's even more blacked-out than the blackout!
     
  9. tele71

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    [​IMG]

    Me too.
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  10. telex76

    telex76 Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Congrats.
     
  11. Otis Funkmeyer

    Otis Funkmeyer Tele-Holic

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    Wow that's cool. I've never seen a neck with binding like that on a Tele. Beautiful wood!
     
  12. Otis Funkmeyer

    Otis Funkmeyer Tele-Holic

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    Went ahead and switched necks:

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    A couple things I learned after playing around with them both:

    The chrome pickguard virtually eliminates hum but unfortunately also reduces treble and volume.

    Bent steel saddles are much brighter than block style saddles.

    Switching **** around on teles is fun.
     
  13. rebelwoclue

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    Sweet!
     
  14. arem

    arem Tele-Meister

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    Nice Tele Otis...
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    src9000 Poster Extraordinaire

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    Sweet. Congrats.
     
  16. Otis Funkmeyer

    Otis Funkmeyer Tele-Holic

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    Whoa whoa whoa...worlds colliding? Do I know you by another name?
     
  17. arem

    arem Tele-Meister

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    I'm asstro on that other site. Worlds colliding indeed.
     
  18. Otis Funkmeyer

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    Good to see you here Asstro! Didn't realize you we're in NY. You checking out the Sam Ash flagship store opening on 34th St this thurs night? I'm tryina make it.
     
  19. arem

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    My band practices on Thursdays so I can't make that event. I have stopped by the new store to look around, it's nice and spacious but I miss the vibe of the old 48th street store. I'd been going there since I was a kid.
     
  20. Otis Funkmeyer

    Otis Funkmeyer Tele-Holic

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    I hear you on that. Send me some info on your band, I'd like to check it out.
     
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