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What’s this configuration?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by markbastable, Jan 18, 2021.

  1. markbastable

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    Yeah I can’t recall the WRHB in that traditional guard but there was a model with that pickup configuration
     
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    IMG_20210118_182454.jpg Yep custom. I'm currently trying to sell mine
     
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    Isn't that basically an Andy Summers, without the onboard effects?
     
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    Same pickups but different mounts and controls, right?
    So not the same guitar?
     
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    Does Fender make that model?
    I can’t keep up and Andy’s been out since way back when I was young!
     
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    The one in the pic you linked has Les Paul controls - toggle and four knobs. Which is kinda what prompted the question when my friend made the comparison.

    And the Custom in the current Fender range has the LP controls too. The only one with a WRHB that has standard Tele controls is the Performer, but I suspect that’s a recently-introduced line.
     
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    markbastable Tele-Meister

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    Handsome guitar - but not trad controls. Do you have a tone knob for each pickup, like a Strat?
     
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    Two volume and a master tone
     
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    Useful!
     
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    There's been Custom Shop and other tribute models over the years.
    Here's a link to a Google Images page.https://www.google.com/search?q=Fen...g&ei=MhoGYISvHMeAuuoPn6WK2Ac&bih=740&biw=1431
    And I acknowledge the OP's guitar is vastly different, but we were talking about the pickup configuration and pickguard, right?
     
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    They make one now, American Performer. Didn't the custom always have 4 knobs and the pickguard I don't like?
     
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    That just looks like a PAF with staggered pole pieces to me (unless you actually ordered a mag pole piece WRHB?).

    custom - WRHB (which is oversized and has alnico mag pole pieces) and a single, with large guard and les Paul control layout

    Keith, Andy summers, Ed bickert, performer - PAF and a single, with traditional guard and layout
     
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    Yeah, I think so. And neither do I.
     
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    It’s an HB-size Wide-Range handmade to my unintelligible specification by Jaime at The Creamery, whom I highly recommend, as it’s just about my favourite pickup on any of my guitars.
     
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    There were two main 'Customs' Fender produced, which might add to the confusion. The first ("Custom Telecaster") was made from something like '59 to '72 which was a bound version of the normal Telecaster, then in '72 it was replaced with a new model ("Telecaster Custom"), which had the WRHB in the neck and LP-style controls.

    A classic Tele layout with a neck HB didn't exist in the official line until the post-CBS-ownership Fender era, when it's cropped up in models like the 90s Fat Telecaster and the modern performers. I'm not sure when the first was, but it was 80s at the earliest. Those models had a PAF-style HB, which was the common mod you saw the likes of Keef and Andy Summers rocking. I'm not aware of anything in the main range that has the same config with a WRHB, although something may have come out of the Custom Shop.

    Regarding a PAF-size case with a WRHB polepiece pattern, Fender USA use those today but I think they've yet to use them in the config of yours so you might be a trailblazer there! :)
     
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    The Fender US Fat and Hot Rod Fat Teles have full size neck humbuckers with standard bridge, pickup and control plate. Switching was 5 way using a half super switch.

    fender-hot-rodded-american-fat-tele-6137.jpg
     
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    Comprehensive and authoritative. Thanks.

    And thanks also to everyone else who has contributed to the thread.
     
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    Very handsome guitar, Mark!

    I think the guys at Fender in 1972 felt their customers would have difficulty on the bandstand, switching from one pickup choice to another without the second set of knobs. But if your pickup winder knew you and knew precisely what you wanted, he could probably satisfy you and create something useful and very cool.

    I think it is a challenge, in practical terms, marrying any neck HB (PAF, WRHB or other) to the traditional T style bridge single coil. Very hard. The closest IMO doesn't have a traditional T style bridge pickup but instead a ceramic MFD pickup and G + L calls it the "Bluesboy". If someone out there knows how to consistently match these two different pickups without lots of switches and knobs, I think they could make some serious money. I am convinced that FMIC is snakebit and they will never accomplish it.

    Anyway, congrats!
     
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