Who here leaves their Tele controls stock?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Mike R., Jul 13, 2019.

  1. roycaster

    roycaster Tele-Meister

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    I like to remove the tone control from the neck pick up. Replace the pots with audio taper, and usually change the cap while I’m at it…
     
  2. alnico357

    alnico357 Tele-Holic

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    When I got mine in 2013 I decided to play it a year before messing with it. It is still stock 6 years later.
     
  3. Kylote

    Kylote TDPRI Member

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    2009 Am Std. and I've only replaced the pickups and installed locking tuners. Wiring/controls are stock.
     
  4. soulman969

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    Stock????? Heresy......I came, I saw, I modded. :D
     
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  5. unixfish

    unixfish Poster Extraordinaire

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    Stock, stock, stockity-stock.
     
  6. Dismalhead

    Dismalhead Poster Extraordinaire

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    I crave simplicity. I love my MIM Cabronita because it's just a two way switch and a volume knob. My Fender Teles are stock, and I've been doing the vintage style 3-way switch controls in all the partscasters I've made too.

    I used to have an Ibanez Musician MC3000; it was built in the custom shop in conjunction with Bob Weir. It had six knobs, 5 switches, two input jacks, an active EQ, stereo out, and an effects loop if one so desired to run multiple cables back and forth to the guitar. There were probably 50 different configurations you could do. It was so complicated it was ridiculous. It was cool to own, but as a player (at least for me) it just wasn't practical onstage. Here it is:

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  7. Bergy

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    I like reversing the control panel and using an angled pickup selector switch cutout. When you reverse a stock control panel it gets harder to flip the switch with one finger. Getting out of the neck position becomes a 2 finger task. The angled switch makes it way easier to move the switch out of the neck position with just a quick flick of the pinky.
     
  8. boris bubbanov

    boris bubbanov Telefied Ad Free Member

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    The trend for me had been leaving Fender guitars stock and to assemble a project with the various kinds of oddball switches and knob locations.

    I like variety.
     
  9. stnmtthw

    stnmtthw Friend of Leo's

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    I Esquired one, and left the other 2 stock.

    I've gotten to where I would rather pay extra to have a guitar the way I want it than to tinker with it endlessly, like I did my first couple of Fenders.
     
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  10. Stubee

    Stubee Poster Extraordinaire Gold Supporter

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    I didn’t read all four pages but the only thing I’ve ever done is rewire a ‘vintage circuit’ Tele to modern. I’ve swapped pickups etc but the basic Tele wiring is one of the things that attracted me to the darned things = simple, just three positions, volume and tone. I’m pretty happy with bridge pup volume & tone anyway, 95% of the time.
     
  11. moosie

    moosie Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Mine all get mods that make the controls have as little effect as possible:

    - Treble bleed
    - No-load Tone
    - Volume bypass to jack

    And now that I've started putting humbuckers in Teles, they all get a on-on-on toggle that switches between parallel, series, and split. Parallel sounds so good on a Tele...

    I like to wire up lots of other fancy schemes, but I rarely use any of it.
     
  12. kbold

    kbold Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

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  13. PCollen

    PCollen Friend of Leo's

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    I put a treble bleed cap on all my guitars.
     
  14. Larmo63

    Larmo63 Tele-Afflicted

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    I assembled my Tele from high quality parts, I followed diagrams, screwed it together and it works perfectly and sounds heavenly.

    I don't dare mess with it now.
     
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  15. jonzer

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    All stock. I got one last week with a 4-way and an S1 and I don't intend to mess with it. My 2003 American is the perfect guitar. Why mess with something perfect?
    I'm not a purist by any means. I've changed things on other guitars. I could definitely be talked into changing the controls on my Epi Dot I've had since the early 2000s or even my Highway One (But I've already changed the pups in that thing twice).
     
  16. knopflerfan

    knopflerfan Tele-Afflicted

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    Mine are stock, but I wouldn't mind trying a 5-way/series/parallel thing(or something of that ilk).
     
  17. Clifton C

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    I usually do, except for my '72 Tele Custom reissue. I don't like the Gibson-style layout, so I had my guitar guy rewire it as a master volume and master tone.
     
  18. DOC DYA

    DOC DYA Tele-Meister

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    My MIJ Fender Custom '62 (Ikebe Original with a '57 Strat neck : see avatar) is still stock, and that suits me fine...
     
  19. FenderGuy53

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    I do. I'm from the old school of "if it ain't broke, don't fix it". :)
     
  20. jackal

    jackal Tele-Afflicted Gold Supporter

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    I always change the wiring to the 50's Gibson wiring and put in a smaller tone cap (usually a .010 or a .015) so the tone knob doesn't affect the volume. Locking tuners. Most of them get different pickups and a different bridge eventually.
     
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