Your #1 Telecaster

Telekarster

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This is my #1. In fact, it's the only Tele I own LOL!! 51 Nocaster that I built myself, from raw body and neck to wonderful vintage spec and tone, using the vast knowledge of the experts out here to guide me. She was my first build ever, and she's still rockin' and rollin' 4 years later without issue! She's getting some nice, natural, wear and tear too... which I really dig ;) I gig/play her regularly. She's a real workhorse. CS Nocaster pickups, and all but the body and neck are 100% USA made Fender vintage parts, as much as I could get my hands on. The neck is Allparts and the body I had cut out of American ash via 51 spec templates. She weighs in at about 9.5 lbs, and that's ok with me ;) I built her to 1951 spec as close as I could do it, paying attn to even the smallest of historic details. I love her dearly, so I guess I did something right LOL!
 

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This is my #1. In fact, it's the only Tele I own LOL!! 51 Nocaster that I built myself, from raw body and neck to wonderful vintage spec and tone, using the vast knowledge of the experts out here to guide me. She was my first build ever, and she's still rockin' and rollin' 4 years later without issue! She's getting some nice, natural, wear and tear too... which I really dig ;) I gig/play her regularly. She's a real workhorse. CS Nocaster pickups, and all but the body and neck are 100% USA made Fender vintage parts, as much as I could get my hands on. The neck is Allparts and the body I had cut out of American ash via 51 spec templates. She weighs in at about 9.5 lbs, and that's ok with me ;) I built her to 1951 spec as close as I could do it, paying attn to even the smallest of historic details. I love her dearly, so I guess I did something right LOL!
Beautiful guitar! Thanks for the detailed response. One day I’ll build my own too 👍🏼 Thanks for the inspiration!
 

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Beautiful guitar! Thanks for the detailed response. One day I’ll build my own too 👍🏼 Thanks for the inspiration!

Thanks man! It was a real challenge, cause I'd never done anything like that before, so I sweated every inch for probably 2-3 months LOL!!! It paid off for me, however, and was worth every bit of effort I put into her ;) If you're good with your hands and know your way around tools and woodworking a bit, you can do it too. Plenty of help out here as well if you should ever have questions or get stuck ;)

Just for fun, here's some pics of the natural "road wear" that she's developed since I built her. It's kinda neat for me to see this transition over time, cause the originals all have the same sort of wear just more of it cause of time passage ;)
 

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brookdalebill

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My old #1, on the right, and my new #1.
They’re both great, but the black Cabronita sounds, and stays in tune better.
Both have big, figured necks, both have Hipshot B benders, both have phase (in/out) switches.
Old #1 looks cooler.
I’ve owned the old avatar guitar 34 years, the neck, 38 years.
The neck “lived” on a couple of other guitars before finding a home on old (avatar) guitar.
It’s toured the US and Canada extensively.
New #1 came along about 4 years ago.
It became #1 about 3 years ago.
It’s a 2011 USA Fender Telebration Cabronita.
I changed the thin-ish maple neck for a big ol’ birdseye maple AllParts TRO Fat.
It has a graphite nut, no string trees, and locking Sperzel tuners.
I changed the position of the switch to “up top”, like on my Chet, and changed the pickups from TV Jones Classics, to a neck Supertron, and bridge Classic+.
The Classics were good, but a little thinner sounding than I like.
Their replacements are my all time favorites.
They reside in 5 of my guitars.
The Cabronita ain’t pretty, but then again, neither am I.
They both go to every country gig.
The old avatar guitar rarely gets pressed into service these days.
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Robert H.

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My ‘07 Suhr Tele with a Lollar Imperial High Wind in the neck (built to my specs - the pickup added later). It’s got that sweet sound and plays like a dream. SS frets, Madagascar Rosewood board, locking tuners and medium C neck. My favorite guitar.
 
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Mr Swisher

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My old number 1 was a Squier CT which is now the back up to CS.

The CS is number 1 due to insane playability. It feels amazing in the hands, it helps you to play well. It says "I'm not going to get in the way here, you just do your thing". It also sounds amazing and looks cool, plus has that SD HB in the neck. It's perfect.

The Squier is plenty good enough for gigs though. None of the audience would tell the difference.
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My new Jason Isbell is my number one guitar. I’ve instantly bonded with it.

The pickups are great in all three positions. The neck pickup is based on a Twisted Tele so can get some Stratty sounds and overall the set is really well balanced.

I like the narrow tall frets on the vintage radius board, and I know the relic job is not for everyone but the neck feels nice and worn in which is the best part about it.

And it’s double bound…

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I've got four pretty nice Teles but when all is said and done this be the one. 08 American Standard with a Warmoth mahogany/ebony neck. After the neck swap once I gave her a proper set up she plays like a dream and though some may disagree I consider the pickups and wiring to be the bench mark of Fender Tele tone for that for that era.

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When I was about 6 I got to see Bruce Springsteen. The image of this guy playing a blonde telecaster with a black guard was the coolest thing I had ever seen in my life (OK, in 6 years). And it haunted me. I grow up and never abandoned this image.

Fast forward to 2014. One day in January, the saddest day of my life. Two weeks later I saw a local ad about an American Vintage 52 Telecaster. I went to try it, I loved it immediately and it has been with me since. It's been made in 2012, everything is bone stock but the wiring under the control plate: the lady I bought it from felt the need to mess with it, I don't know why. I could put it back to its original state, but the pickups are original (at least it seems so) and it plays glorious, so I am fine with it.
Don't fix it if it ain't broke, right?


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AxemanVR

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I’ve owned several Teles, but the one that stands out above them all is my 2003 Fender AV ‘52 Telecaster:


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I did replaced the original neck pickup with a Fender ‘51 Nocaster and upgraded to modern wiring.

I also bought a 2011 Fender AV ‘52 Hot Rod Tele neck which is what’s on it now (9.5” radius and medium jumbo frets). I sold the 2003 neck once I realized I’d never take this one off.

Anyway, this Tele is a keeper for sure…


 
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89/90 US standard.

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It's the most recently acquired guitar I've got, but I've been shopping for one for a few years. I love the neck and the bridge, but the pickups are nice too.
It's the #1 because the neck is more agreeable in shape and setup than my trusty mim tele, and I need the sounds it gives me for my current band. I mean, it also looks more psychobilly than my offsets, but mostly sound and functionality.
 

Fretting out

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My workhorse is my 18’ A.O

It had a scratch when I bought it so I made up my mind that I wasn’t going to abuse it but I wasn’t going to baby it

It’s got love dings all over and the finish is sinking in nicely although the pictures don’t really capture it well

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I play with the cover on (not just for photos)
 

Old Verle Miller

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Posted on another thread but here's my new number 1. It's a Squier salvage turned into what looks, feels and sounds like my late '60s Tele.
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Vintage Tele pickups, Mojo 4-way solderless electronics, locking tuners, copper shielding, lots and lots of tender loving care on the neck and frets, aged lacquer neck, some body repairs and classic control knobs.

And it's my "NOCASTER" because '51 was my birth year!
 




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