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What is the mod that blew you out of the park?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by 19sixty3, Dec 21, 2020.

  1. lammie200

    lammie200 Friend of Leo's

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    6-way with bypass Rothstein Varitone with tone depth concentric volume and tone pot wiring to fit standard Tele control plate without modifications.
     
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  2. beanluc

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    "Tone depth"? Does that just mean mixing the Varitone level with a pot instead of hardwiring to the selector switch?
     
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  3. lammie200

    lammie200 Friend of Leo's

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    Yes, you still have a tone knob. The varitone is a selector switch. It is wired similar to page 56 of the PDF. I am not using the Stellartone Tonestyler though. I like the Rothstein varitone better.


    https://stellartone.com/custom-tone-controls-custom-wiring-diagrams/
     
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    sdsy1212 TDPRI Member

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    The killswitch
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  5. pinchegil

    pinchegil Tele-Meister Platinum Supporter

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    On rosewood necks slightly rounding the edges with an emory board, instead of rolling them with a hard object. I has a different feel and doesn't compress the wood around the frets. Playability is the first mod I make to any guitar
     
  6. schmee

    schmee Doctor of Teleocity

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    Probably the Fender Mid Boost. I've had it in all my Strats for years.... and some other guitars!
    By the time you get 5 way switching and add the mid boost variable to those 5 you have an infinite number of tones without ever stepping on a pedal.
    The mid boost just adds a bit of depth at 1-3, at 4-6 it gets great for slide, above that it's woman-tone.
     
  7. beanluc

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    Oh, I get ya.

    Reading "tone depth" sounded to me like something other than a normal tone control. Like "depth" of the Varitone effect maybe.
     
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    Great story. The practicalities of being in a band that the audience rarely get to know. There’s a fine line between looking a fool and looking sophisticated and I think you’re just on the right side!
     
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    Treble bleed on a Gretsch Electromatic was the most useful mod I've done.
     
  10. lammie200

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    He does describe it differently, but it seems to work the same way as a conventional tone control IMHO.
     
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    On my 78 Strat, Dimarzio Fat Strat pu's and tone control wired to the bridge pu.
     
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    Sconnie Tele-Afflicted

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    Both pickups on my SG are tapped, and the configuration you described is pure gold! I have a series switch too, putting both on single-coils and in series is really great as well. Not all combinations are worthwhile, but the few extras on a single guitar make a huge difference to me.

    Rock on!
     
  13. lupowitz

    lupowitz Tele-Afflicted

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    EMGs...

    I like that they universally require 25K pots, and are coming with the quick connector system, so I can change them as I please. I have 4 guitars with them and they come and go from one into the other. The most usefull this proved to be with a cheap, but bulky necked Tele knock off, that I constantly play around with. It can be normal tele neck, or strat neck, minihum neck, or full humbucker neck. It mostly is the later, with -wait for it- an 81 in the neck posi. It takes 5 minutes to change them around.
     
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    Strat baseplate
    Replacing the necks on my 80s AVRI guitars with Allparts Fats
    Bootstrap pickups
    Installing some washers on the truss rod of my '56 RI Goldtop
     
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    Chiogtr4x Doctor of Teleocity

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    Can you explain what the washers on the truss rod of your Les Paul do thank you
     
  16. El Tele Lobo

    El Tele Lobo Poster Extraordinaire

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    I really like this. Great idea!
     
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    Seymour Duncan Seth Lover in the neck position.

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  18. Minivan Megafun

    Minivan Megafun Tele-Afflicted Gold Supporter

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    Pickups. They really do affect the character of an instrument. They can take a guitar from "meh" to "yeah!"
     
  19. Minivan Megafun

    Minivan Megafun Tele-Afflicted Gold Supporter

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    How does the Seth lover compare to the tone of the SD '59 or even the Gibson 57 Classic?
     
  20. El Tele Lobo

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    Changing pickups is probably the most significant mod in terms of blowing me out of the park, as is adding a 4-way switch. Depending on the tele pickups in play and how hot they are, it can give you either a humbucker tone or even a P90 tone. Makes an already versatile guitar infinitely more versatile.

    Reverse control plate really helps with playability, for the stuff I do.

    Some things I was surprised to discover I liked over the years that aren't so much mods as old-school standard designs:
    • Low-output pickups
    • 7.25" radius
    • Small frets
    • Fat necks (U, C and soft V...I like all of them to varying degrees)
    • Body-mounted neck pickups
    • Vintage-style slotted tuners
    • Heel-adjust truss rods

    Modern design upgrades I later learned I liked:
    • The aforementioned 4-way switch
    • 1-11/16" nut width
    • Electrosocket jack
    • Strap locks
    • 8-hole pickguards
     
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