Your #1 Telecaster

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For me, it’s a Tele Deluxe Thinline, made in 2021. Here’s a picture of it, during the cat-scan phase of its receiving inspection.

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I find it ironic that all three of my Telecasters are moderately priced models, and were chosen over more expensive models. The features all came together for me, on this one, and I pulled the trigger. When I bought my Custom Tele FMT HH, I was actually preparing to buy a ‘52 RI, but liked the FMT HH better. Even my Squier CV ‘70s Thinline won out over more expensive models.
 

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Every time I see your guitar I wonder if I shouldn't have bought the red one rather than the Keef-like black one. However, this is a very nice tele, regardless of the colour.
In my opinion the black pickguard made all the difference. Came with a kind of mint green pickguard that made me seasick.

I love my blue tele too, the only thing stopping it from being played more is the weight. I call it my «sitting down» guitar, but it’s great for when I’m recording. Bridge pup is an SD JB.
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In my opinion the black pickguard made all the difference. Came with a kind of mint green pickguard that made me seasick.

I love my blue tele too, the only thing stopping it from being played more is the weight. I call it my «sitting down» guitar, but it’s great for when I’m recording. Bridge pup is an SD JB.
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That's a lovely Tele.
 

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I was drunk last Sunday night. While I was browsing a Japanese auction site. I found this Fujigen Telecaster Type. It had almost all the features and parts that I want in my planned partcaster build such as a light weight ash body, a dark rosewood fret board, a neck humbucker(SD 59) with a SD STL-1 in the bridge, Wilkinson dual load bridge, Gotoh compensated brass saddles, and Gotoh vintage-looking tuners. I thought it would be less expensive to buy and modify it than to build a new guitar myself. Besides, I liked the white double binding like a Fender custom telecaster. I placed a bid just before the end of the auction and won.

The guitar arrived yesterday. It is a 2012 Fujigen NCTL-20. Although I'm in the honeymoon period and have played it for only a couple of hours, I feel it will become my No.1. It comes with a 4 way switch. The humbucker can be tapped.


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JDB2

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I was drunk last Sunday night. While I was browsing a Japanese auction site. I found this Fujigen Telecaster Type. It had almost all the features and parts that I want in my planned partcaster build such as a light weight ash body, a dark rosewood fret board, a neck humbucker(SD 59) with a SD STL-1 in the bridge, Wilkinson dual load bridge, Gotoh compensated brass saddles, and Gotoh vintage-looking tuners. I thought it would be less expensive to buy and modify it than to build a new guitar myself. Besides, I liked the white double binding like a Fender custom telecaster. I placed a bid just before the end of the auction and won.

The guitar arrived yesterday. It is a 2012 Fujigen NCTL-20. Although I'm in the honeymoon period and have played it for only a couple of hours, I feel it will become my No.1. It comes with a 4 way switch. The humbucker can be tapped.


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Great story and beautiful guitar. May it become your No. 1.
 

CX Hunter

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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)
Yeah, the shading and the light part in particular is really handsome.
 

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Yeah, the shading and the light part in particular is really handsome.
I usually take terrible guitar pictures but for whatever reason maybe just the right light or something those pictures of it make it almost look better than in person (especially because you can’t see the dings)
 

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Until last year I only owned one. This ‘08 American Standard has been No. 1 and served me well for gigs since I bought it new. I played it unmodified until last fall, after I bought my second Tele. It now has a Seymour Duncan Little ‘59 in the middle, with a 5-way switch. A pull-pot tone pot allows me turn on the neck pickup when I want neck + bridge.

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I can’t call this my No. 1 because I have only played one gig with it. I can only say that it’s a strong contender for the title. And these days I’m taking my acoustic to most gigs.

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I've got that Tele Magico and love it!
 

oregomike

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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!
Numero uno. I built it, I already posted a long list of appointments in another thread, but to summarize, ebony fatback neck with 1.75 nut width, Frailin Blues Specials, Callaham bridge. It twangs with the best of them and can snarl when needed.

Edit: Last time I'm posting a pic of this guitar. I think it's been posted like in 10 different threads now.

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Mike M

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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 View attachment 983745

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. View attachment 983747

The middle one looks like Tom Wheeler's famous tele

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WingedWords

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The middle on looks like Tom Wheeler's famous tele

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Spot on! That picture was the first Tele I fell in love with and my first partscaster was very much intended as a tribute to Tom's Tele.

 

Mike M

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Spot on! That picture was the first Tele I fell in love with and my first partscaster was very much intended as a tribute to Tom's Tele.


My wife had him as a journalism professor at Oregon College in the early 90's. Said he was one of her best teachers ever.

Great guy, very missed.
 




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