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Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by dani, May 12, 2011.
tempted to assemble one and been wondering why are they not as common.
any love for tele customs?
Well, I have a '72RI ... love mine. But I'm a Tele-slut. I love all my Teles.
The thing I like about the Custom is the ability to 'blend' the pickups to balance between the neck HB and the bridge.
I did replace my bridge PU with a Duncan. And when I feel up to it, I may get one of those custom WideRange HBs for the neck (the one made by the fellow on TDPRI whose name is escaping my pre-travel fried brain).
Tele Customs are great. If I get a third Tele that is one I would like.
I hope you are talking about the second generation with the humbucker in the neck. The single coil models from '59 to '71 aren't common either.
Tele Customs are fun guitars, I've got a '73 and a '78. I like the classic Tele neck (Deluxes have a flatter radius and larger frets) and the humbucker in the neck.
Having 2 volumes and 2 tones is an adjustment if you're used to just 1 of each. I use a volume pedal and try to leave the controls alone after getting it set to taste.
And it's real hard to get the bridge to match the neck pickup in volume, but if you're building one you can rout the neck pickup cavity a little deeper and possibly solve that.
That said the middle position has a great sound, and I spend a lot of time on the neck pickup.
They were only made from '72 to '81 (not counting reissues), that may be why they're not that common. Those years used to and still have a poor reputation.
Good luck if you decide to build one.
First or second generation? I have two bound customs ala early 60's. Love'em!
The double bound, double single coil models are called "Custom Telecaster," whereas the models with a wide range humbucker in the neck, huge pickguard, and Les Paul control layout are called "Telecaster Custom." I love Tele Customs!
I have a fever that only more Telecaster Custom can cure.
Right now, I am "this close" to building one of those mofos.
I love those damn things.
yup, i am talking about tele customs with the big pickguard with the wide range humbucker. thinking of either a mini-humbucker or p-90 in the neck.
should be a fun build.
I used to have a 77 Tele Custom, but it fell into disuse when I found my #1.
I like the look if the 70's custom and all of the variations, but I have only played the reissue. I think the wrhb is not a good pickup. I hear the original is much better.
Lots of love for the tele custom here. I have a 75 custom that I bought in 81 (black, maple neck "Keef"). All original except for a refret. I play it regularly and gigged it last Saturday. A GREAT sounding guitar. 99% of the time I play it with in the middle position with both pickups on with the bridge volume at 8.5 and the neck volume at 7.5. When I want a fatter lead sound I turn up the humbucker volume. For a twangier solo I turn up the bridge volume, but the selecter switch stays in the middle. There is nothing like the sound of an original WRH, through the stock 1meg pots--fat but chimey, with great note definition. The blend of the original WRH and the super bright, fairly low output bridge pickup is magic. The re-issue WRH pickups with the stock 250k pots sound like mud to me, and nothing like the original WRH.
I used to own this one. Its original, but not sure of exact year. I bought it used in 78.
"Cats" custom tele
I just got a Logan tele custom, and it sounds absolutely terrific!
Here is my friends 1974. Nice and light too at 7lbs
Customs are badass - all black with a rosewood neck.
I have a maple necked 74 which sounds amazingly heavy. It's party piece is out-metalling my kids' EMG'd guitars which never fails to annoy them. That neck pick-up completely out powers the bridge but with some fiddling they sound great together and there are all sorts of interesting variations a bit either side.
I've said several times that the Tele Custom has only two usable sounds for live performance. Neck, and neck/bridge. Some miught think thats limiting. They should talk to people who play Esquires!
The neck sound, and the neck/bridge sound is truly amazing on these guitars. Installing a super hot bridge pickup will only compromise the neck/bridge sound and produce a tone that is somewhat foreign to the rest of the guitar in the bridge only position.
Taken for what they are, the Tele Custom is a great guitar when you have the right neck WRHB neck pickup in it. The re-issue pickups just don't cut it.