Why All The Love/Hate For The Nashville Deluxe Tele?

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  1. Digiplay

    Digiplay Tele-Holic

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    Here's a crazy question :)


    If one swaps out the two stock Tele pickups with whatever one thinks are the "best" sounding Tele bridge and neck pu's, and if one swaps the stock Strat middle pu with whatever one thinks is the "best" sounding Strat pu,


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    one swaps out the bridge/saddles with whatever one thinks are the "best", how could a Nashville Deluxe Tele not the the ultimate Tele as far as versatility and sound?
     

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  2. demon

    demon Tele-Meister

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    If you do all those mods, arguably you've no longer got a Nashville Deluxe Tele ;)

    Some people don't like having a middle pickup because they hit it when strumming. Or they think the extra magnetic pull affects the sound somehow; not convinced myself, but some people think they can hear the difference. Other don't like the aesthetics; about as far as you can go from an Esquire before you hit Mr Horsepower territory. Or you don't get bridge+neck combo with the stock wiring.

    Me, I love my Nashville Tele. I've even restored the pickups to stock after I had a Little '59 in the bridge for a year or two. It's the ultimate for me.
     
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  3. SixStringSlinger

    SixStringSlinger Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    People love it because it's not "really" a Tele but it's still a Tele.

    People hate it because it kind of a Tele but it's not "really" a Tele.

    ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
     
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  4. Digiplay

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    1) Love: 6
    2) Hate: 3
    3) Love and hate at the same time: 5
     
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  5. Vognell

    Vognell Tele-Meister

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    I got three triple teles.. and I like 'em all. They are a different beast than the two pickup tele (similar, but different). Fortunately, you are legally allowed to own both types.
     
  6. stormsedge

    stormsedge Tele-Afflicted Gold Supporter

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    As mentioned in a couple of recent threads, I've had a Nashville Deluxe for >8 years...finally got around to putting a 7way control in it a few days ago, but it was a great guitar the way it was---now more versatile.
     
  7. Deeve

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    I'm happy for folks who "now" have the choice to get one commercially.
    When Mark Arnquist built the one I have (avatar), it was an considered an oddball
     
  8. scooteraz

    scooteraz Friend of Leo's

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    I decided to avoid the love-hate of a Nashville Tele buy building (well having built) a “Nashville Strat”. Tele bridge pickup, Strat neck and middles. Strat 6 screw trem 1with brass three saddle bridge. Oh, and I love it.

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  9. El Tele Lobo

    El Tele Lobo Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

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    I hate tripping over the middle pickup. So never liked them.
     
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  10. Digiplay

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    Wow, that's a NICE guitar scooteraz!


    It reminds me of the Parallel Universe Strat's and Tele's that Fender came out with that is a hybrid of each guitar.
     
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  11. nojazzhere

    nojazzhere Doctor of Teleocity

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    My long time #1 is a Korean Fender Squier Tele that I added a middle (Strat) pickup to......and I LOVED it. Then, I built (assembled) my current #1 with Bootstrap P/ups' Pretzel Pups. I wanted to play it for a while before adding another middle, and I find I don't really miss the middle combination. Occasionally, I wish I had that "Knopfler" sound, but not enough for the trouble it would be to add. So....I'm back to a plain ole Tele. ;)
    So, score me as 1+1.
     
  12. TelenTubes

    TelenTubes Tele-Holic

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    I don't mind those at all. I'd like to try one.

    Do you get the honking sound when you use the middle and bridge pickups together? Or are they even wired that way?
     
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    Atomic Guitars! I got to work on a few when I lived in the Phx area. Great guitars!
     
  14. nvilletele

    nvilletele Friend of Leo's

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    I get a lot of the love/hate thing too.

    ~ nvilletele
     
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  15. SPUDCASTER

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    I love my Deluxe Nashville. I also love my other standard Tele's.

    Yes. Actually my Nashville sounds almost more "Stratty" than my Strat. At least the middle/bridge position. The neck pickup(standard Tele) is the biggest difference.

    The Nashville's usually have a 5 way switch or switch to add the middle pickup.
     
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  16. Digiplay

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    This brings up a side question.

    To the majority of Start players, is it the middle or neck pickup that they would say more defines the "Strat Sound"?
     
  17. monkeybanana

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    The Nashville with a big swimming pool route is great for experimenting with different pickups. I've played (haha) with P90s, mini humbuckers, firebirds, etc.

    I like the strat middle position and the fourth for quack and now I get have it with a tele. Too bad I'm not a performer because switching guitars at home is really not that hard...

    I guess I just like an excuse for another guitar.

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  18. Otis Fine

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    Two things. First, the guitar in my avatar is a Deluxe Nashville. I bought it because I wanted a fiesta red telecaster with locking tuners and noiseless pickups. After a while I decided I wanted a traditional Tele.

    After a longer while, I've decided the only pickup I really use in this guitar is the bridge pickup, so I'm going to make it an Esquire. Sometime in the next week, in fact. (What else am I going to do on lockdown? - Not to worry, I still have the middle pickup in the original pickguard. Everything is reversible for when I decide I want a traditional Tele and/or a Deluxe Nashville Tele again.)

    Second, the only tone that I consider unique to the Stratocaster is the 2nd position. The quacky one.
    Then again, I told my wife a few years ago that a Steve Miller song was clearly a Stratocaster because of that exact sound. Turns out it was an Ibanez Iceman.
     
  19. Digiplay

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    That position involves which pickup/pickups?
     
  20. Ricky D.

    Ricky D. Doctor of Teleocity

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    I generally prefer two-pickup guitars. I have a Strat for three pickups, play it once in a while.
     
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