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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.
This is kinda where I am. I do appreciate the 4-way mod on a Tele, though most of mine are stock 3-way. The treble bleed mod doesn't do a heck of a lot for me. However I am interested in the 50's LP mod for Tele - Can anyone comment on that?
I like the 50s mod. Better than a treble bleed in my opinion.
However, I'm not a "mod just to mod" guy. If I need it, I'll do it.. I think that people really believe they can have a "do it all " guitar.
Problem is, it becomes like a Swiss army knife...good at nothing.
Since my lone tele shaped guitar is a warmoth, I technically didnt mod it.
I use 500k volume and tone pots with a .022 cap and a treble bleed circuit.
A les paul type switch is used as well
I have twenty-five guitars and the only one I've altered is my 1957 Gibson ES-225, which I put new tuning keys on it because the old "bakelite" stuff started crumbling. I replaced the control knobs also, for the same reason.
Other than that, I don't buy a guitar if it doesn't suit me out of the box.
About the only thing left of my 58 RI is the body and it's been modified....
With my tele I wanted the classic original experience, so I left my 2003 Hwy 1 stock except brass compensated saddles. Using my Allen Accomplice Amp with it, I get beautiful twang out of the bridge pu, nice mellow tones on the neck and a combination of both with the middle setting. A Time Classic Traveler machine for sure---------
The 50s mod solves the same problem that the treble bleed addresses, albeit in a different way. Much easier to implement, too.
Gotcha. I wasn't sure just in reading, was almost to the point of looking up demo videos. I'd heard that in addition to treble-bleed type of thing, it also made the overall tone more "in your face", wasn't sure being that I haven't actually tried it. Seems like a simple one though.