upgrades to Classic Vibe tele?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Wrong-Note Rod, Apr 12, 2011.

  1. pondcaster

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    What a guitar, cannot put it down.

    Bought Dec '10, mods have been:

    Single-ply parchment pickguard (*stock one was blemished)
    Electrosocket/Switchcraft jack
    '95 Tex-Mex Special Bridge Pup (*stock died 2 wks in)
    '10 SD Antiquity II Neck Pup
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  2. jsg12

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    Leave a good thing alone. I'm keeping mine stock :)
     
  3. Axis29

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    Put 10's on it.
    Lowered the pickups.
    Installed an electrosocket.

    Played the heck out of it since I bought it.

    That's it...

    Oh, wait I oiled the fretboard. Does that count?
     
  4. 3 Chord

    3 Chord Friend of Leo's

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    Atta boy.
     
  5. drob

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    That's an interesting switch. Is it any good? I hate soldering. I do it, but would prefer something easier.
     
  6. drb1346

    drb1346 Tele-Afflicted

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    I put vintage tele '52 pickups in mine. WOW!!
     
  7. rstaaf

    rstaaf Tele-Meister

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    I have been really happy with it. You do have to do "some" soldering to get it installed. You just have to run a separate ground for the neck pickup cover for the series/parallel positions. It is covered in the instructions and was a piece of cake.
     
  8. jamblehamblebum

    jamblehamblebum Tele-Meister

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    i've ordered a fender bridge and a custom 62 pick up but i'm not totally convinced it will be a big step up the stock bridge pick up is sounding pretty damn good when you roll the tone off a bit .. be interesting to see. regarding the toneshaper thing... let me get this straight , you can put this on your tele with no soldering and then you can fit pick ups easily with no soldering.. or there is some soldering involved to fit the tone control initially??? . anyways that;s worth considering especially if improved electronics comes as part of the deal . never mind easy pick ups swap . anyways has anyone fitted a custom 62 in the bridge and how did you like it ??
     
  9. grabacr 31770

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    I got a CV50 a few days ago, so I'll chip in.

    I use the neck pickup a lot for low gain, crunchy/fuzzy blues. I find the neck pickup the weaker pickup on the CV50 (though it still sounds great). I'm thinking of chucking in a P90 (specifically an Irongear one, great prices). And yes, the CV50 is already routed for a humbucker and even a full P90.

    I'll also probably redo the electronics, but that takes second preference. A 4 way switch is likely though for increased versatility. I'll probably also reverse the control plate for added mojo.

    I will of course replace the pickguard. My CV50 (as with most other earlier 2008 models, the first ones) has a weird colour. It's very yellow, with a touch of green- not really white. So I question what colour pickguard to go for. I might go white, which looks good, but IMO wouldn't look great with a P90. I could go anodized gold too.

    Secondary mods may include an ashtray cover, compensated saddles and an electrosocket.
     
  10. jwmtele

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    i am going to install a 5 way switch in mine,Ilike the stock pickups
    just fine and it has one of the best necks I have ever played.
     
  11. vanguard

    vanguard Friend of Leo's

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    wait, it's already routed for a P90!?!? are you positive? i thought it was just a humbucker route. . .
     
  12. grabacr 31770

    grabacr 31770 Tele-Meister

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    Well, it's a large route. CERTAINLY humbucker, and I would think a P90... but I haven't seen many P90s so I can't be sure. I'm going to do a full review page if the guitar soon and will get some pics up there with the pickguard pulled.
     
  13. rstaaf

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    I put a SD '59 humbucker in one of my CV50 VB Teles and I had to route the neck cavity a little deeper to accommodate the mounting tabs as they bottomed out.

    The one on the left is the same guitar I posted about earlier in this thread. It has undergone changes since then. It has a Toneshaper with a 5 way switch. I have since built another partscaster with a CV50 VB body and most of the other parts from the first CV50 VB.

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  14. TomHalpin

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    Lol. CV can hold it's own
     
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  16. Gary in Boston

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    I once saw/heard a kid in GC with a CV SB rosewood fret board plugged into an Eggenator amp.

    He was doing a 20 minute Led Zeppelin set

    He sounded like Jimmy Page at every stage of his career.

    When he left I went over to the still warm guitar.

    The neck was bowed with the action way up.

    The bridge pu was sunken into the body, almost below the bridge floor

    The fretboard was a filthy mess, a petri dish of every other player that month.

    No kidding the guitar was a mess..............

    And yet that kid had it sounding like one of, if not the most versatile guitars I've heard.... w/o pedals.

    Gary
     
  17. GK34

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    Nice trio!


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