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Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Mike R., Jul 13, 2019.
Tele's were made to mod.
So I do.
New pots and switches on all the ones I know or have owned. Once you have that position 4, you can’t go back.
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Stock, everything, choose wisely first time around!
...all my old Tele's are stock...but changed out the pickups on my new vintera 50's to fender Pure vintage 65's and so spent a few minutes extra and did the rest of the wiring cloth covered just to match...kept switch and pots...before and after shots...I know it looks better under there!...makes no difference to the sound....
Stock on them all.
The entire reason I started tumbling down the rabbit hole of sourcing, putting together, taking apart, and modding and re-modding Tele style parts-casters is because I couldn't stand how often I smacked the pickup selector switch every single time I made the ill-advised decision to use anything else besides my bridge pickup. I was pleasantly surprised to google the situation and see that 80 million other guys had the same gripe.
All my guitars have a reversed control plate.
I have a AVRI 64 Telecaster and I wouldn't change anything about it. She is stock.
My '64 thin skin is sick and will stay that way.
But now my GE Smith had an A3/43awg Broadcaster set from Onamac, reverse plate, and 5 way sw/w multiple PIO caps.
I generally base a guitar on feel and tone. If I liked it enough to buy it I don't change things. Although I understand when players change something affecting tone out of boredom and want something different. Back in the 80's I went through a period where I modded guitars till they were almost unrecognizable. Now I like my 50's reissues teles the way they are. I don't even swap the original strap buttons out for locking.
The only exception I make is the 3 barrel saddles for compensated. I evaluate each guitar as to whether its necessary.
The only mod I've ever done regarding wiring was when I put in a set of kinman broadcasters in a US standard tele. I also installed the solderless wiring harness.
I confess. I always do.
I don't like audio taper volume pots, so all my guitars get a 300k linear taper volume.
Mine isn't all that old, but did flip the control plate. Right now I like everything just the way it is.