seriously thinking of leaving my MIM Standard bone stock

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  1. SonicDiveBomb

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    mine is a 2014 and I'm actually having very slight tuning issues. I always stretch my strings out after I put new ones on, but it seems despite doing that, most of the strings will go slightly flat after a little bit of playing. Just restrung it a few days ago and stretched them out again tonight which seems to have made it better. Maybe they just need to settle in?
     
  2. brookdalebill

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    I had a stock, black 2003 MIM Tele that sounded great, and played beautifully.
    Rocket Scientist here horse traded it away.
    I recorded a bunch of tracks with it.
    Every time I hear those tracks, I wonder why I got rid of it.
    Doh!
     
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  3. SynMike

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    My FSR Black Paisley is a MIM standard (other than the paisley). I love it just the way it is. I don't want to mess with it at all. I have several other Teles but this one is my favorite for sound and feel.
     
  4. dmoss74

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    the one i got is a 2012 model, and i noticed the same thing. it took a good day of some solid playing for the strings to not slack anymore. and i know how to properly string/stretch-in new strings. now it's fine.

    the b string will still slip a little, if i do a lot of bends. but i figure that's just part of the deal. i could get better tuners (the ratio is pretty tight on these, too), but i'm not particularly concerned about them at this point.

    like i said, i'm more concerned with getting some good non-ceramic pickups in it, first. :)
     
  5. SachaPlusDeluxe

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    My 99 MIM standard Tele is almost identical to yours and I had the same thinking as you. I wasn't all that keen on the look of the bridge but it works awesomely.

    I ended up converting mine to an esquire with a vintage style bridge in the end as I had some threaded steel saddles sitting doing nothing so it only cost me a vintage bridge plate and single ply scratchplate.

    Although yours lookks like its in much better condition than mine!
     

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  6. ricardo1912

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    Earlier this year I bought a MIM Standard from Ebay. 1999 model all standard apart from a Quarter Pounder pup at the bridge and the plan was to use it to do some mods. When I got it home I gave it a good clean up, set the action and changed the strings. I was surprised how good it sounded and how well it played so it has remained totally unchanged.
    But I haven't changed either of my MIM Cabronitas either.
     
  7. simonsp

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    This started life identical to OP's. The ceramic mini HB has not been a success. Currently thinking about a replacement.

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  8. zippofan

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    I intended on keeping mine stock...but first it was the neck pickup, then the bridge pickup, then a 3-saddle bridge. I'm going to stop there though...:D
     
  9. Old Bill

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    IMHO....The only thing that lets this one down is the crap saddles. Put 3x2 brass and you're away!
     
  10. 66Satellite

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    LOL :D
     
  11. tele salivas

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    My '04 MIM was stock for a few years, and then I started hanging around here.
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    The guitar sounded fine, but I am happy with my changes: '62 AVRI bridge and pickup, mint green pickguard, disconnected the neck pickup though I left it in the slot and put in a cocked-wah esquire wiring harness and input jack, extra knurly dome knobs. Dressed the frets and nut myself. But then I see a sparkle/glitter tele ala Buck Owens/Don Rich, or a White on White /maple like the OP's, or a Fiesta Red, or a ...
     
  12. Mike Eskimo

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    That can also be nut/nut slot issues.
     
  13. SonicDiveBomb

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    great to know! Also yeah I have small problems with the B or E slipping. Seems to be getting better though.

    That's the first thing I looked at because I had a rather negative experience with a strat in the past Almost entirely having to do with the nut, but the one on this tele seems to have been cut right and there are no little slots where it could catch. I'm also not hearing any pinging or any sort of weird noise like that. I put graphite in the nut slots and saddles and that seems to work wonderfully.
     
  14. nosuch

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    "seriously thinking of leaving my MIM Standard bone stock"

    How long have you been thinking about that? Could it be that you are too much surfing moders forums?
     
  15. 10thoufirst

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    I've not changed my MIM Standard, but I did change the bridge on my Cabronita.
     
  16. Derix

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    I was recently considering changing my Tele pup for Humbucker, but my MIM sounds great as it is and I decided to put a humbucker into a squier instead its a better choice in my opinion.

    It probably could sound better if i had a more refined ear but it sounds beautiful to me.
     
  17. SteveGangi

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    I left mine alone. Why mess with t, when I was already happy.
     
  18. radiomanjh

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    man I love that color w/maple fretboard. I'm kind of on the hunt for one just like it.
     
  19. SiyarK

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    I have a 2004 MIM standard stratocaster that I also left bone stock. Great just the way it is :)
     
  20. Monotremata

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    If it does what you need it to then leave it!! Like Ive said in threads around here plenty, when I bought my Classic 60s last year, I was already shopping for 'hotter' pickups for it before I even heard the thing (Im a metal/punk/noise/doom guy come on now).. Aside from changing the saddles to brass, its STILL stock, and guess what, does everything I ask for and then some! At this point, I cant even imagine changing anything on it, I want it to sound like this til the day we both die and get buried together!
     
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