Your #1 Telecaster

Fenderdad1950

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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. View attachment 982441
It is interesting that one B-bender stays in tune better than the other. Both bender mechanizations look the same. Nut slots or strings not stretched the same?
 

brookdalebill

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It is interesting that one B-bender stays in tune better than the other. Both bender mechanizations look the same. Nut slots or strings not stretched the same?
The old one has a string tree, bone nut, and non locking tuners.
It stays in tune with well, just not as well as the Cabronita.
I should just address the flaws.
I prefer the TV Jones Classic+ in the Cabronita to the Duncan in the avatar guitar.
I’ll eventually get around to fixing the problem.
The old guitar has 22 frets, which I prefer the 21 of the newer one.
Both Hipshots work perfectly, and cause no tuning issues.
The Cabronita has the drop lever for the low E.
That’s handy.
The G string is usually the culprit on the old guitar.
 

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I'd have to go with this Tele. I have 4 others that get a lot of play also!
 

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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!

Great thread! This is my #1. It may not look like much from the pic but it has a lot going on. I literally researched and tested teles for years to figure out all my preferred components. I took the best qualities I liked most in Nash, Suhr, Anderson, and Fender Custom Shop. Basically, it’s a swamp ash body in natural tent. Maple unbranded warmoth neck with compound radius, stainless steel frets, custom reversible joe glaser B/G bender, deluxe locking tuners, ashtray bridge with nickel saddles, bone nut, indwelling strap locks, switch craft input jack, suhr tele pickups, and my favorite value and type of pots and resistors. Plays and sounds incredible. I will never part with this one
 

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This tele is my ringer. It's a Player series with a bone nut and Seymour Duncan La Brea pickups, 4 Way switch, and some upgraded pots. Not much to look at, but this guitar has won many shootouts with so many other, more expensive Teles including my Fenders, Nash, and is my #1 guitar.

Fender "modern C" is the neck I play the best. I don't like the feeling as much as the thicker stuff...but I play better on this guitar than anything I have.

When I am playing clean, and I love clean....this is my fav guitar ever...wouldn't trade it for anything.

Not my most expensive guitar by a long shot, but my favorite guitar nonetheless.

When I am not playing the tele, I am probably playing a strat.

I am down to it and schecter PT Special with the P 90 neck and 4 Way....as far as Teles.
 

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It's the players series tele. It was a brand new body that was parted out. The neck is from a USA Professional that the previous owner changed it out for a maple neck. Also nearly new.

Are people buying new fenders just to feed partscasters now? I'd love to score one of those bodies. I dig that green. Looks like a 60s show car.
 

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Two

1. My 92 Tele Sunburst with replaced Roasted Maple Neck, and added SD Mini in neck, and Area 58 in the middle, with push/pull on tone to get all 7 pickup configurations.

2. Nothing special just a 2020 Am Pro I, but I love it.

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My #1 is very ordinary. After a few years without one I'd got back into Teles with this MiJ custom 20190129_174849.jpg

and after finding TDPRI put a fair partscaster together.

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Neither really gripped me, but I came across a shop damaged 2017 Standard MiM and grabbed it cheap with the aim of using the neck and body, but picking out all the rest myself. Gotoh tuners and 3 compensated saddles, Fender vintage bridge plate. McNelly A2 pickups and standard 3 way wiring harness from James' Home of Tone, who set it up with a new bone nut and 13-52 strings for open D slide. Just luck maybe, but everything clicked into place and it plays and sounds just like a Tele should.
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The Story: I thought that I hadn't bonded with this Player Tele. I had it set up by a pro and then I lovingly filed all the fret ends. It played the best out of the 12 Teles that I have owned. A very weird thing with me was that I didn't bond with the shade of butterscotch sprayed over the alder body. It was more like a butterscotch paint, rather than the more transparent sprayed over swamp ash, where you can
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see the grain. So I sold it. Then traded my Player plus top Strat to get it back. A Strat for a Tele of equal value? Always.
 

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My #1 started life as an Am Standard I bought new back in 2000. It now has a Rosewood Am Pro neck on it that makes the guitar feel like home to me thanks mostly to the taller frets. It has a 4-way swich and a couple other minor HW mods.
 

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What a delicious thread…
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9690CD82-A123-46B3-B963-83E30E19C6A7.jpeg Early 00s Mexi body, Musikraft neck, substantial, but sub-baseball bat. Tonerider Vintage Plus pickups. Aged pearloid guard, El Dorado hardware, Kluson machines, Hipshot gizmo.
Does exactly what designed to.
Frets are getting pretty low!
 

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I have some really nice ones, including this 2003 CS '63 Tele. It is a tone beast!

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But the one I tend to pick up the most is this homebrew ash-bodied Esquire with a T90 pickup (P90 in a Tele bridge package). Warmoth '59 neck and stainless steel 6100 fret wire. No need for a switch; it has volume and tone controls. It weighs less than 6 lbs and is a peach of a player. I think this is my number 1.

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Warmoth body, Fender Classic ‘60s neck, AV ‘64 pickups, Fender vintage-style hardware with threaded-steel saddles.

I’ve owned several Teles over the years, but the only other in my stable at this point is a 2012 AV ‘58.

The ‘58 would probably be an objectively better guitar than this Fiesta partscaster, but I reach for the Fiesta more often.

The parts caster is poly finished and the pickups are a little lower output and “springier” than the ‘58.

I love the ‘58, but I find it’s distinctively thicker mids wear out their welcome a little more quickly than the ‘64 pickups, which feel more open and like a better blank slate.
 

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