Uprades for CV 50's Tele

mystichands

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I have a 2015 classic vibe Tele. The only upgrade I made was a fender 51 u shape neck, the fat one, and stew mac compensated brass saddles, and a fender vintage bridge plate. Now it looks like a fender. To my ears, the pickups are fine. Oh, I forgot, I also replaced the crappy tuners for gotoh vintage. They work a lot better. But that’s it. No more mods are needed for me.
 

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Yes it kind of helps. It also surprises me that your CV stock pickups are louder or hotter than the ones in my MIM standards. They are very loud, which makes them seem hotter. Any louder and I am not sure I would like them.
Do you know what pickups are in your 2019 CV? From what I read the newer ones have fender pickups in them? But I am not sure what year that changed. You mentioned you bought the toneriders because you liked the CV stock pickups. Are you saying your stock pickups are the ones that people say are toneriders? (Or were made in the tonerider assembly lines).. With Tone rider numbers on them? I know that is the case with my CV50's strat pickups, they do have tonerider numbers on them. They sound nice. Not having my WB 50's tele apart, I have never looked at the back of the pickups. I assume mine should have them. I will find out soon I guess. They are nowhere near as loud (or hot to my ears) as the ones in my MIM standard teles. I have raised and lower the pickup height, it doesn't help.
I am probably sounding confusing...lol.. I am not confused tho, I just don't know what pickups are in my WB. And they sound weak and muddy. They shouldn't.
And I am trying to make sure your CV pickups are the tonerider clones. That word is just my word because some say they are tontriders and some say they are only made in the tonerider factory and they don't sound as good as the real toneriders..etc etc etc On the forums it's always a debate. I really don't care about brands I just wish my CV WB sounded better..lol. The pickups in my BSB sound great. Sorry if I am rambling. I appreciate your replies.
I’ve got a 2015 bsb cv50s Tele. It a made in China guitar. The pickups in this one are really good. I tried to find one negative thing about them, how they sound, but I can’t. They’re excellent. In fact, they sound as good or better than the pups in my 95 American standard Strat. There seems to be a lot of variation in the pups in the Squier CVS, especially with the move to Indonesia.
 

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If you find that the neck gets sticky, you can rub off some poly.
 

jazzalta

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I upgraded pretty much everything, and went with Fender's Pure Vintage 64 tele pickups. The guitar was ok off the shelf but I wanted to add a little more personal touch to it. Build quality on these is spectacular.
 

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I have one with the Tonerider Pups and the brass saddles - really sounds great like it is! I'm running thru a Joyo American Sound into a Princeton Reissue -
 

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I have had a couple of Squier Vintage Blonde CV50 Teles for more than 10 years now.

They have both undergone a lot of changes over the years.

One of the first things I did was convert them both to 4 Way. I went a slightly different route than most though.
I completely replaced the traditional wiring with an electronic piece that allows for control over several aspects of the wiring.
With it, I can control the cap value, turn the volume mod on and off, change pot value from 250 to 500 and back, all with dip switches.
The pickups and the jack are installed without soldering, they just plug into a wiring block. It uses CTS pots and Oak Grigsby switches.

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Next, I swapped out the pickups. Both of the CV50 Teles are practice guitars and kind of test beds for pickups so I change them a lot.
I am currently using Fender CS Texas Specials in one and the other I have a set of Symour Duncan Five Two pickups for.

Next think you may or may not want to look at doing is replacing the plastic nut with a bone nut. I have done that on mine.

I recently swapped the neck on one of mine for a Fender Roasted maple neck. Love the look and the feel of it.

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The other CV50 has undergone quite a bit more changes than this one.

Last year I decided to make some changes and maybe got carried away :)
I stripped the body with the intention of painting it myself, sent it off instead.
I plugged up most of the mounting holes and did some repairs to the body.

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Just got the body back the other day, came out just as I had hoped!

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In the process of collecting just a few more parts before I can start assembling.

Here it is with some of the parts laid out together in a case.

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I got one of the new “Pine” body CV ‘50’s Tele! I’ve worked on guitars and played professionally for 49 years. I was very impressed with the guitar right out of the box. I got it from Jessica Koves @ Music Zoo! She always checks everything I buy before she ships it to me.
I replaced the control plate with one that works with full size pots. I installed a set of VIP pots, 4-way switch and a PIO cap. I also got a set of ThroBak T-59 MXV pickups which I’ve found to be nothing short of amazing! The clarity and warmth are stunning. One of the main keys is they use American made Magnets!! Most pickups, including Fenders use Chinese made magnets and aren’t the same formula/mix as the old magnets. Magnets make a big difference in a pickups tone/sound. I also bought a Bakelite pickguard and a set of knobs with the old style rounded tops and shaped the bone nut and installed a set of Brass saddles that into Nate. This guitar pretty much is as good as an old Fender now. I may have to scrape the finish off the back of the neck as that’ll let the wood resonate a bit more. Not much for polyurethane finished guitars, but Fender did all of their guitar in poly for a couple of decades..
Overall, really excellent guitar for $385.00
 

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I got one of the new “Pine” body CV ‘50’s Tele! I’ve worked on guitars and played professionally for 49 years. I was very impressed with the guitar right out of the box. I got it from Jessica Koves @ Music Zoo! She always checks everything I buy before she ships it to me.
I replaced the control plate with one that works with full size pots. I installed a set of VIP pots, 4-way switch and a PIO cap. I also got a set of ThroBak T-59 MXV pickups which I’ve found to be nothing short of amazing! The clarity and warmth are stunning. One of the main keys is they use American made Magnets!! Most pickups, including Fenders use Chinese made magnets and aren’t the same formula/mix as the old magnets. Magnets make a big difference in a pickups tone/sound. I also bought a Bakelite pickguard and a set of knobs with the old style rounded tops and shaped the bone nut and installed a set of Brass saddles that into Nate. This guitar pretty much is as good as an old Fender now. I may have to scrape the finish off the back of the neck as that’ll let the wood resonate a bit more. Not much for polyurethane finished guitars, but Fender did all of their guitar in poly for a couple of decades..
Overall, really excellent guitar for $385.00

So you kept the stock tuners I presume?
 

mystichands

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Have only read many of the Forums and really enjoy all of the shared knowledge. Just have a couple of questions for some simple, but what I thought would be some simple, straight forward, upgrades for the Squire CV 50's Tele I have ordered. My first ideas were to put in a set of Pure Vintage Pickups and then a MojoTone prewired, solderless harness. Not real sure yet about replacing the saddles with brass set of compensated saddles (grooves or no grooves? in the saddles).
Any thoughts or impute would be helpful. Thanks guys !!!
I’ve had a CV 50s since 2015. Love it. The mods I’ve done, new gotoh vintage tuners, Fender bridge plate, StewMac brass saddles, and a Fender ‘51 U shape fat neck, were mainly for tuning and comfort. The pickups were, and still are, first rate. So, don’t swap them out until you try them with various equipment you use. Mine sounds great through my trusty old hot rod deluxe, and the pups deliver true Tele tone. I’m not an expert, but I’ve played for a long time, like mid sixties. To me, the neck was nice, but just a little too thin for my aging hands and wrists. The fit, finish, soldering, wiring, etc were all excellent. In fact, as good as my American standard Strat. I read so many posts about swapping out the pickups and wiring, but I guess I don’t need ultra good, hand wound, boutique extras. With a good amp, pedals, and style, you can get great Tele sound with the cv Tele. Of course obviously, if modding is your thing, it’s a good platform to start with.
 




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