The Telecaster Handbook...is it worth it?

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  1. StachePower

    StachePower TDPRI Member

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    I’ve been looking at books and materials about Fender and Telecasters. Been thinking about trying to get my Classic Vibes closer to period correct. I came across a book The Fender Telecaster Handbook: How to Buy, Maintain, Set, and Modify Your Tele

    It’s no longer in print. Looks good. It’s $80 damn dollars used. Anybody read it? Anybody think it’s worth it or not? Any books I must have for my knowledge?
     
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    I have that book. I paid about $10 for it used at a Half Price Books. Its decent enough, but not worth $80. I do try to collect books on Telecasters, and if I didn't already have it, I'd pay maybe $20 for it. But its not worth $80.

    For that kind of money I'd get Nacho's Blackguard Book. I think Nacho's book runs more than that now, but I seem to remember paying around $75 or $80 for it several years ago. And, for the record, the Blackguard Book is definitely worth it.
     
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    Fretting out Friend of Leo's

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    I’ve been looking for a blackguard book for a while, I’m not really sure where to look for it but whenever they pop up on reverb they seem to be 300-500 dollars

    So you made a pretty good investment
     
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    I paid $20.00 Canadian with shipping back in 2017. for the Haynes version. But the prices on Amazon are insane. Try Book Depository or abe books. (although they're both owned by Amazon)

    As for the book it's okay. Lot's of color pictures, setup and repair sections, Breakdowns of various models. Etc. It's not essential. Erlewines book is better for guitar repairs and TDPRI can help you get more period correct for free.
     
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    3-Chord-Genius Poster Extraordinaire

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    You can get a Telecaster copy for $80.
     
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    archetype Fiend of Leo's

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    Right! TDPRI is an education.
     
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    SixStringSlinger Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    I have a similar book, but Strat-centric. As others have implied, I don't think you'll get anything there you won't get by starting a thread here, or searching old ones. But it's nice to have all that basic information in one easy reference, especially if you're new at the technical side of guitars.
     
  9. scooteraz

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    Got one of those when it was in print. As I recall, you had to order it by serial number. I’m too lazy right now see the copy number I have. I should have bought 2 or 3, but it was indeed like $80 at the time.

    Interestingly, MusiKraft still makes necks to the specifications of the Telecasters in the book, looks like they no longer make the bodies, but they used to make copies of the bodies in the book.
     
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    Here's one for $60, proceeds go to charity.
    http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-5...0001&campid=5338148343&icep_item=184221916969
     
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    if you want it
     
  12. Lefty Addams

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    I have this book also, I wouldn't say it's a definite resource but entertaining enough, books can be ridiculous prices once out of print.
     
  13. RoyBGood

    RoyBGood Doctor of Teleocity

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    Assuming you're referring to the one by Paul Balmer, I wouldn't bother - if his book on the Strat is anything to go by: more than once, he refers to the pickguard as 'a fingerboard'. There's loads of errors in it.
     
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    Nowhere worth $80. I like the physical copy, but the price is insane. Anything in that book is available online for little or nothing. :cool:
     
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    I have it: think I got it remaindered - I certainly wouldn't have paid $80. It's guitar porn. I didn't find it that handy for maintaining the telecaster - more for modifying. I bought it to look at it, and I was amused that it was in the style of a car manual.
     
  16. Gaz_

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    It was sold as a haynes manual, I've got it, it's fine. Youtube will teach you quicker and while the tear downs of different models are interesting, but tdpri covers alot more models... Don't spend more than €20 on it.
     
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    They’ve been building these guitars since the 50’s. They’ve only improved over time. I can’t see why anyone would pay $80+ for a book to tell them how to make a perfectly good guitar inferior. No one is going to know or care if your guitar is set up like an old one. I think that money could be better spent on just about anything.

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    I have it. My wife gave it to me for a gift a number of years ago. I don't really refer to it very often but it is nice to thumb through once in awhile.
     
  19. Ronkirn

    Ronkirn Doctor of Teleocity Vendor Member

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    well for 80 bux it probably has a lotta "fluff". Interesting info about the tele... but if you want that.. the "bible' is Nacho's "The Blackguard Book". As for setting up and maintaining.. the internet is full of free info, and since there is no definitive "one way" to do it... the more techniques you explore, the better informed about the technical aspects you will become...

    I offer free on my site several booklets I've written over the years dealing with the basics.. perhaps they will help ya, and do it for free.. and they're guaranteed.. I'll give ya double your money back if you aren't satisfied :p

    https://www.ronkirn.com/books-1


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  20. teletimetx

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    It’s the kind of book that would have been useful pre-internet. I got a copy while it was still in print, and IMO, it’s not worth $80. Think I paid 20-something and it’s got good information, but as I was going through it, it was deja vu all over again.
    The same info is right here.
    I’d check out what Mr. Kirn has available first.
    If your objective is “period correct”, the Nachos B. Book is the thing, but harder to come by. Last I heard he had a few more copies available through his website, but that was sometime back.
    You’d probably learn a lot more just going through the blackguard threads here.
     
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