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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. medownsouth

    medownsouth Tele-Holic Gold Supporter

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  2. fozhebert

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    Removing the neck pickup, tone pot and pickup switch.
     
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    Sparky2 Friend of Leo's

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    The best modification to my life that I could ever imagine.

    I can't even begin to express how wonderfully that blew me out of the park.

    :)

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    Gotta be wiring a start bridge pickup to a tone control- not sure whey this wasn't always done...
     
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    alnico357 Tele-Afflicted

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    I enjoy the Stellartone Tonestyler tone pot I put in my guitar.
     
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  6. trev333

    trev333 Telefied Ad Free Member

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    this mod blew the old set up out of the park....:twisted::D

    the nut was fine, I didn't need to change that...:)

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  7. That Cal Webway

    That Cal Webway Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    - Fralin Split Blades in my Tele ✓™

    - Babicz bridge on a top load Tele ✓™

    - shimming the headstock end of the neck pocket/ or having it shaved down to create a lower break angle at the saddles ✓™

    - SD AP II Tele and Strat pups ✓™

    - Compensated nut ✓™

    - all of the above ✓©

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  8. regularslinky

    regularslinky Tele-Afflicted

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    Electro socket jack = perfection. I bought a guitar with one installed and since then I’ve put one in every T style I own.
     
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  9. DHart

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    No mods have totally "blown me out of the water", but these are some of the mods that I've really appreciated having made:

    -wiring the Strats' bridge pickups to the tone pots
    -wiring the Strats' and the Nashville Dlx to combine neck & bridge
    -replacing Strats' dinky plastic pot knobs for steel Tele knobs
    -swapping out blade switches on my Teles for toggles
    -changing tone pots to No-Load pots
    -installing a Cavalier Firebird neck pickup in one of my Teles
    -installing a Duncan Antiquity II Mini humbucker in one of my Teles
    -installing TVJones T-Armonds (Dynasonics) in two guitars
    -installing TVJones TV-HT Hilo'trons in two guitars
    -giving the Fideli'trons in my Cabronita Thinline an 880k volume pot

    (I'll spare you the photos, all of which you have no doubt already seen! :lol:)
     
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  10. Frisco 57

    Frisco 57 Tele-Meister

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    Simple tastes, a four-way switch on a Tele, a master tone and a blender pot on a Strat.
     
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  11. DHart

    DHart Poster Extraordinaire Gold Supporter

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    Anything with .40S&W on it is right by me!

    Cool beans, Peegoo, nice creative job!!!
     
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  12. EsquireOK

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    Just to make it clear for those reading your post who might not know better, the improvement was not because of the nut material. Your new nut simply had more properly cut slots. As long as you have properly cut slots, your nut will keep tune, regardless of material. Unless your factory nut slots are cut too low, you can simply improve them, rather than replacing the nut. And, the most important takeaway from this is that you can slap in a nut made of the most incredible material in the universe, and unless the slots are properly cut, it won't offer an improvement. The real mod here is having a nut hand crafted or hand modified to match your instrument, not simply slapping in a pre-made one based on a difference in material.

    As for my own answer, it's pot swaps for different resistance values and tapers – usually higher in resistance and more linear in taper, to my taste. Total game changer in manipulating the tone of an instrument, and the way that you can control that tone.

    Of course, Leo had figured this out by 1958, as is evidenced by the Jazzmaster.
     
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  13. TequilaCaster

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    Cool, but that 'bling' is more appropriate on a Squier Bullet Strat, IMO. :D
     
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    El Marin Friend of Leo's

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    BIGSBY.... Bigsby in ALL guitars
     
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    Peegoo Poster Extraordinaire

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    How about bullet pickups?

    These alnico poles have hemispherical tops. Bet'cha never seen that anywhere else :twisted:

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    Also very cool... what are they??

    Sorry for the derail.

    Keep posting your MODs ! Best Thread Ever ! I just learned so much ! Thanks.
     
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  17. Peegoo

    Peegoo Poster Extraordinaire

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    Custom one-offs. Each mag was painstakingly ground and polished by hand, bobbins built with vulcanized fiber flatwork, and wound by hand. It took a while. That's why it's a unicorn pickup ;)

    I have three of 'em in this custom build.

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  18. Willy-son

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    I think it's better than both of those pickups IMO.
     
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    kinkstah Tele-Afflicted

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    One of the simpliest and satisfying mod I did that I can think of is replacing the (on some of my Teles) wobbling jack cup with an Electrosocket.
     
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    This, plus no tone on the middle pickup.

    A close second is wiring the switch up one way or another so that you get bridge and neck together--very Tele-like, makes the Strat an effective pinch hitter for that kind of tone.
     
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