Tele with a filtertron!?

Discussion in 'Other T-Types and Partscasters' started by Y-not, Jul 30, 2021.

  1. Y-not

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    I bought this telecaster on Reverb that had a 1997 Rosewood American neck and a MIMexico body, when I received it I realized how much I hated the body gloppy paint job & didn’t just love, so I decided to just sell the body loaded and build a new one (keeping the neck) so I bought a Fender new Nashville Tele body, and I decided to do something different with the bridge pick up because I rarely use it I don’t like the way it sounds typically little to
    much twang for me. I decided to put PAF sized filtertron in the bridge position with an open telly single coil in the neck. I did have to do some routing to get the bridge pick up to fit and bought a Gotoh bridge to accommodate the filtertron. I was going to use TV Jones for the pick ups but I decided to use Magneto Design labs handmade pickups who I’ve had experience with in the past.

    And result is pretty sweet I absolutely love the sound of the pick ups I love the neck position which I expected to - love the middle position and even like the bridge position although it’s still pretty twangy - it’s different and it really sounds awesome when over driven.

    Oh, Additionally I got a loaded control plate from Toneman with 500k POTs he does a really good job.

    So here’s my New fav! I almost feel like it’s the telly that fender never made but shouda. It’s not a carbonara because it only has one filterTron- works really well with the telly neck.

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  2. Killing Floor

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    Looks ready to go! Great idea on the Filtertron.
     
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    Teletron.JPG I love Filtertrons in Telecasters! I have a thinline with TV Jones Classics and it is one of my favorites.
     
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    my pumpkincaster....

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  7. telemnemonics

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    Tron types are cool, I like the TVJ Magna'Tron for being closest to a SC tone (or so they claim), and otherwise use Esquire or other single bridge pickup guitars, but prefer SC sounds.
     
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    telemnemonics Telefied Ad Free Member

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    That’s a Tele I could pull out my wallet for!
    The pickup is further from the bridge than typical location, how did you choose the spot?
    I have a test Tele that I’ve mounted bridge pickups in on movable brackets to hear where I like it located. Obviously closer to the bridge is brighter and the right spot is bright but fat or whatever we might call it.
    This is my test Tele and now has the single TVJ which is almost too warm & fat but really quite good.

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    Carbonara. Mmmm! Now I'm hungry.
    Really cool axe! My Nashville body now has a Gretsch Filtertron in the bridge and a Japanese Firebird in the neck FB_IMG_1627663310992.jpg
     
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    I swapped out the (uninspiring) neck pickup in my ASAT Bluesboy for a Gretsch Filtertron. Replaced the pots with 500k and stuck a 470resistor in parallel with the bridge pu to balance the two out a bit. Also replaced the switch for a proper blade switch. The pick guard took waaay longer to fab than it should have but it was my first. Looks much nicer than the stock white.
    I’m really happy with the results except for a nasty scratch (don’t ask) I incurred during the work. The scratch doesn’t affect the sound at all. : o )
    Love the filtertron.
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  13. dsutton24

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    Well, I really don't know why I put it there. In general I'm not a fan of the rear pickup sound of most guitars, and this thing is really pretty mellow. It might have been a well reasoned, insightful, and elegant reason. Or, it might have been a what-the-hell moment.

    A little more on the guitar if you're interested:


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  14. Y-not

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    the location was dictated by the bridge & the route. I don’t think it’s actually further away because everything is standard - the through holes lined up perfectly with the bridge and the bridge sits perfectly over a standard telly route it just an illusion, because it’s not tilted so the top part is actually closer in the bottom part is further away. I will measure against a regular tele.
     
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    Nice! How does the Firebird work with the Filtertron?
     
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  17. Tonyapple

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    Very Cool Idea. I dont think I have ever seen a Filtertron primarily in the bridge position. I built my partscaster a year ago and it is my go to guitar that does everything. Really versatile.




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    Dig it. Neck matches very well visually.
     
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  19. stormin1155

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    I approve. And now you have me gassing for another tele to do Gretschie things to it...
     
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    Great photos. Thanks.
     
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