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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. Muadzin

    Muadzin Tele-Meister

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    The one mod I install in all my guitars are kill switches. Usually a push botton kill switch, or a Shadow kill volume pot for factory guitars, and on my own guitars I also add a toggle kill switch. Push button gives you Jonny Greenwood style killswitching, toggle switch gives you Tom Morello style. Push button acts as an interrupt, while Tom uses the toggle as an activator.
     
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  2. RockinforJesus

    RockinforJesus Tele-Meister

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    F01B2687-EB50-4C9F-BD4C-DD8815CBE7EB.jpeg Replacing the bridge on my Am Std with an Am Pro was definitely up there as far as mods go.
     
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  3. sickmusick

    sickmusick TDPRI Member

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    Replacing the bridge single coil of my MIM Tele Thinline with a T-sized DiMarzio Superdistortion humbucker and putting a coil split pot on the volume knob. Now it has amazing tonal versatility along with the light weight. Definitely my favorite axe.
     
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  4. Bloody Meridian

    Bloody Meridian TDPRI Member

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    I rewired my Deluxe Nashville Tele using the Strat-O-Tele circuit. It’s badass!

    although I recently swapped in a Starwood Tele neck pup, which is also pretty superb!
     
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  5. Guitar MD

    Guitar MD Tele-Meister

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    Duncan stacked hot stack bridge pickup w 3 pos mini toggle sw (single/series/paralell(HB)) between vol & tone ctrl. Series adds nice edgy boost at the flick of a sw for lead.

    Next, I’d like to flip control plate 180 deg to make for easier vol swells.
     
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  6. Frank Entele

    Frank Entele TDPRI Member

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    On my tele, a kirchen mod proved really useful.
     
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  7. 1971Teleman

    1971Teleman NEW MEMBER!

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    Adding a centralab 1 meg 1966 R22 vol pot and 250k R21 tone pot from a 1966 Guild Starfire to my 1971 Tele. The tapers are so precise. I bought them on ebay and have a second set for a Tele project.
     
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  8. Diytelecaster

    Diytelecaster Tele-Meister

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    Wiring strat bridge to tone and changing. 022 caps for. 047 on all guitars
     
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  9. nicknklv

    nicknklv Tele-Holic

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    Does adjusting the truss rod count? :)
     
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  10. rsclosson

    rsclosson Tele-Afflicted

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    Stetsbar on my no name 335 Copy. Best term I’ve ever had!
     
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  11. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    The String Butler is a great, inexpensive, non-invasive mod!
    They cost roughly $50.
    They correct/straighten the string pull behind the nut, greatly improving tuning stability.
    Here’s one on my LP Custom.
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  12. midnight340

    midnight340 Tele-Holic Ad Free Member

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    Push pull series/parallel tone switch!
     
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  13. jazzlake

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    Installed a Prail in the neck position with mini 3-way selector. Awesome!
     
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  14. midnight340

    midnight340 Tele-Holic Ad Free Member

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    Exactly!!! And crank that amp!
     
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  15. telemnemonics

    telemnemonics Telefied Ad Free Member

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    67198041-AC29-4341-A770-7CB00E311113.jpeg Mod?
    Aaaahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

    (Think sinister laughter)

    Been modding and assembling partscasters since 1980.
    My best revelation has been to eliminate parts until there's nothing left but the most simple basic essentials, plus my hands heart and brain.

    So here’s the bunch of mods including stuff like three strap buttons so no tipping over leaned against the amp, Strat shaped for balance without weight, Tele type bridge I made from aluminum, rounded rather than square corners under the palm, V mod Jazzmaster pickup that’s really more like a Tele bridge tone but no angle so the high E string is not so shrill, and finally giant 6100 frets on the Warmoth 59 shape neck for effortless bending.
     
  16. Doctor Fauxcaster

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    1)Zero fret on a few guitars. I love how the brass fret gives me more of a 'ringing' tone. 2)A five way switch with a neck single coil and humbucker bridge pickup. I am getting too hold to haul 5 plus guitars to a jam or gig. I now have a guitar capable of some real interesting and varied tones. Next up is the same pick ups with a six way
    switch.
     
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  17. telemnemonics

    telemnemonics Telefied Ad Free Member

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    Those trees are nice too, though this Warmoth neck I bought used came with two and I removed one, just don’t find the D and G need a tree.
    The nut on this neck is pretty nice but cut by a hobbyist and has the common issue of being too high. For Christmas I got a set of Hiroshima nut files which are narrower than my Hosco taper edge files, and I will deepen he slots to get the action dialed in the rest of the way.
     
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  18. Auherre756

    Auherre756 TDPRI Member

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    Replaced the neck pup on my 52 RI with a mid-60s Gibson mini-bucker that I had lying around. Along with reversing its control plate, this guitar has been a worthy gigging mainstay for the past 17 yrs. I can dial up anything from jazz to rockabilly.
     
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  19. Fullmoon07

    Fullmoon07 Tele-Meister

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    Duncan Vintage Stack neck pickup. Looks like a Tele neck pu but sounds like a clear humbucker.
     
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  20. Clifton C

    Clifton C Tele-Afflicted

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    Nice! Whenever I buy a new Tele, compensated saddles are the first thing I put on it.
     
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