Your #1 Telecaster

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I picked this one up recently, a 2020 AO 50’s limited edition, which has pushed my ‘99 52 reissue out of the #1 tele spot for now. Lightweight and resonant with a chunky neck, it covers all the tele moods. This AO is every bit as nice as my CS ’56 Mary Kaye strat.

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Custom build, not ordered by me, but made by a luthier apprentice who sold this to me for cost of parts. After a brief phone conversation about music, goals, tastes, and some cosmic stuff, he was convinced that this was already mine. He was right. I used to be a Strat guy who had some Tele options for session work. This has become my #1 guitar ever.
 

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My 2019 American Performer Limited Edition Raw Ash Telecaster has entered my collection of keepers, and gets serious daily play. It is resonant and responsive with great pickups and pot/ switch array. Great modern C neck, about 7 lbs. 3 oz midline joined 2 piece swamp ash body. Mods are notched- lip toploader or string through option bridge, Gotoh compensated brass saddles, 4-way switch, and black pickguard
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CV Jee Beez

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Hands down my #1. The 2016 CS Caballo. I bought it new in 2018. I first saw it behind glass one year earlier and asked for it to be taken out. I played it through a Friedman Runt 20 (tiny combo amp) and I liked it immediately but, it went backing the glass display case.

It feels perfect in my hand and instantly comfortable.
It can get great tones in all 3 pickup positions.
Cosmetically, it's something I would order if ordering custom.
 

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Ronhar

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Let’s talk about your #1 Telecaster. What makes it your workhorse? Any upgrades? Please give details and show a pic of available. Thanks!
I just wanted to thank everyone for the tour of your teles. Some really great stuff out there. I did notice some were almost stock and some were super modded. Many were the old standby blackguard butterscotch/cream. I also noticed very few had reversed control plates. I thought that mod was more popular. I have three Teles but none are Fenders lol. Anyway long live the perfect Tele quest.
 

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I have touched plenty of Teles, but this is the one.* I didn't like silver, but the guitar won me over (and I've grown to like the color, which ranges from a pure silver into some shimmery blues depending on the light and shadow).

This guitar is impossibly good; it does everything well. I sold it once, but I was able to correct that mistake.

'67 Firemist Silver, Closet Classic light wear aging stuff...this guitar is just alive.

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Thanks for looking.

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* My friend owns the other #1 that I want, but it's going to take some time on that one.
 
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Kost1978

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Hi guys, I rarely write here, but I'm always reading.

My #1 Tele is a 2002 Standard MIM that got LOTS of changes during the years!
Right now it has:
-Fender USA bridge with Wilkinson (quite dirty...) brass saddles;
-SD Quarter Pound in bridge position and Tonerider Rebel90 in neck position;
-CTS pots, orange drop cap, Gibson knobs.
The neck during the years got a beautifull yellow look, it was really white when I bought it. And it's getting quite reliced, because of the numerous gigs.
All in all a great workhorse!
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Elessar

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Hi guys, I rarely write here, but I'm always reading.

My #1 Tele is a 2002 Standard MIM that got LOTS of changes during the years!
Right now it has:
-Fender USA bridge with Wilkinson (quite dirty...) brass saddles;
-SD Quarter Pound in bridge position and Tonerider Rebel90 in neck position;
-CTS pots, orange drop cap, Gibson knobs.
The neck during the years got a beautifull yellow look, it was really white when I bought it. And it's getting quite reliced, because of the numerous gigs.
All in all a great workhorse!
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Kost, I like the saddle and neck wear. A clear sign that the guitar is well-loved and well used!

What's your pickguard sticker? I know it's probably something I should recognize, but I don't.

Spencer
 

dannyh

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The last couple of years it's been this guitar, a parts guitar, roadworn body with a Baja neck, pickups are Lollar Vintage T's, saddles are some brand of compensated brass saddles I had in a drawer. I think the bridge plate is from a Hwy 1...a true parts caster lol. I've never had a Tele I liked better. It's been a blackguard, then a white guard, then back to black...It's a goodern. Bartonville 4-22-22.jpg Cleburne 1-29-22.jpg EVD 11-27-21.jpg
 

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^ More about the N4 pickups: they’re a compromise. You give up a little (IMO) tonal purity and “magic” for a tele that can be easily used in higher-gain scenarios. That suits me, may not suit you.
 




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