Teles - What Would You Do?

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  1. joshphase90wah

    joshphase90wah Tele-Meister

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    I've got a nice dilemma for you. I have two Teles a Fender FSR American Standard in Rustic Ash Sonic Blue and an old American Deluxe.

    I only really need one Tele and I'm probably going to start gigging less and just play for myself sooner or later. The Am Dlx really needs a refret but I've never been particularly keen on it as it is a little too similar to the standard.

    So do I;

    A) Get the Am Dlx refretted and keep it?
    B) Get it refretted and put in a neck humber Albert Collins style?
    C) Get it refretted and turn it into a Tele-Gib like Jeff Beck?
    D) Sell it and get something totally different like ES-335?
    E) Sell it and put the money for a refret towards a Custom Shop Telecaster?

    Over to you!
     

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  2. Twang Deluxe

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    I would sell the neck of the American Deluxe and buy a new original Fender Neck. This would be much cheaper than a refret. I would also install an Allparts Vintage style 3 saddle bridge and a 4 way switch to get both PU in series so it won't be no longer too similar to your Standard Tele. It would be a very versatile Tele
     
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    Sell the one needing a refret (you may think a refret is needed, next player may not care, may want it for slide, or something).
    Put a 4-way switch in the FSR you want to put a humbucker in. That is an $11 option that fills the GAS crunch.

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    Sell both and buy a Fender Masterbuilt Telecaster.
     
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    The standard looks sweet!
     
  10. tarheelbob

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  11. DHart

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    Sell the neck needing re-fretting. Buy a new neck and make a Jeff Beck Tele-Gib out of it.

    Here's my Beck Tele-Gib - a Fender Blacktop with Gibson Classic '57s and Switchcraft toggle switch. 870k volume pot and no-load tone pot. I also replaced the A2 magnet in the neck pickup with an A5. I view these electronics tweaks as key to allowing the Classic '57s to ring out bright and clear. No mud anywhere near these pickups.

    This thing sings bright, clean, rich, and sweet. I think Beck would love it! I sure do.

    My Gibsons collect dust hanging on the walls... I enjoy playing and hearing this better than my Les Pauls. It scratches the PAF-humbucker itch magnificently, with a bit of Fender sparkle!

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  12. AviA

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    Sell it and buy a nice Amp?
     
  13. oatsoda

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    Sell it and put the cash towards a triple-0 Martin.
     
  14. Vermoulian

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    If you only want one Tele and you prefer the Standard, sell the Deluxe; let the buyer worry about the frets. The only reason I don't vote for D is that I don't know that it would make sense to immediately dump that money into another guitar when it sounds like you're dialing back on your playing. Naturally, it's always fun and educational to play a bunch of different guitars, so if that money is budgeted for music gear and you don't need it for something else, then by all means, get a new and different guitar, just in the interest of variety being the spice of life.
     
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    If you don't really bond with it, sell it, get something you'd really enjoy. Personally I'd go for opt D.
     
  16. King Creole

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    D, though by "completely different" I'd consider a mountain bike or a big stack of books because it looks like you already have a bunch of guitars.
     
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    I will only say if you decide "D" get a Seventy Seven over the Gibson. Three times the quality at half the price.
     
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    Keep whichever one you love the most. If it needs to be refretted, then refret it.
     
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