Your main guitar: stock, modded or vintage?

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  1. Chicago Matt

    Chicago Matt Friend of Leo's

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    My most modded and most vintage guitar is this 1952 Les Paul I bought in 1969. The previous owner had gotten rid of the horrible trapeze/bridge and put in a stop tail and tune-o-matic, and had painted the guitar maroon. I had it stripped and lacquered in '72 or so, replaced the old tuning keys with Grover Rotomatics, and replaced the P90's with humbuckers (probably shouldn't have done that but it sounds great). I have replaced all the wiring along the way too. It now has current production 57 Classics. Also in '72 I had the stop tail moved to the correct position - it was too far from the bridge and was a tad off center - hence the Argentine pesos covering the old holes that were filled with dowels. Not the prettiest, but it sure plays and sounds real good.

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  2. Jett

    Jett Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    I tend to keep them stock:)

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  3. TeleBrew

    TeleBrew Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Well, I'm not entirely sure. This is my new #1, (although it's touch and go between it and my MIJ 1985 '62 Custom Telecaster), and all I know is that it was made in Japan in 1975, has Greco pickups, pickguard, tuners, etc, and had new wiring installed at some point. I haven't done a thing to it except for tracking down a whammy bar that fits it.

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  4. Texsunburst59

    Texsunburst59 Tele-Afflicted

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    I've got 5 guitars out of my 50 guitars in my collection that could all be #1's for their playability, tone, and versatility.

    Depending on the situation and the music being played, each one could be the best suited for the gig.

    In no particular order.

    '15 Suhr Sherwood Green Classic Pro SSH (stock)

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    '03 Tom Anderson 6120 Tiger Eye Hollow T Drop Top HSH (stock)

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    '99 Tom Anderson Cajun Red Hollow Drop Top Classic SSH(stock)

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    '09 PRS Sunburst 10-Top DGT (stock)

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    '83 Gibson ES-335 Dot ( modded/upgraded harness, special cap and treble bleed)

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  5. regularslinky

    regularslinky Tele-Holic

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    All of my guitars are modded (or total partscasters) with one exception - my G&L Comanche. That's mostly because nobody makes replacement Z-coil pickups.

    Messing around with them is half the fun!
     
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  6. Bella_Caster

    Bella_Caster Tele-Meister

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    Nice :)

    Out of curiosity, did you swap out the volume control knobs or did it come with both the silver top and black top knobs?

    You replacement neck pickup - - did that humbucker drop right in the pickguard route with a standard ring or is it a modified ring to fit the WRHB route?
     
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  7. radchad074

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    I only have a few guitars and I really only play these 2:

    Fender custom shop tele
    - 52 Telecaster Relic
    - reverse control plate

    Squire J.Mascis Jazzmaster that I modded a bit
    - SD antiquity pickups
    - Fender trem
    - upgradeD the pots and wiring
    - tortoise pick guard
    - have a new bridge but is not installed yet

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  8. El Tele Lobo

    El Tele Lobo Friend of Leo's

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    Nice. I'd love to hear that. Do you have any recordings/vids/sound clips?
     
  9. JazzboxBlues

    JazzboxBlues Tele-Afflicted

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    F3191B64-BB5B-4CAB-A449-481A54101255.jpeg I like vintage just because I do. Right now the one I pick up in general is my ‘57 ES-125. The ‘56 175 could take its place any time though and then there’s the Tele. The jazzboxes seem to be the ones.
     
  10. bondoman

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    Here's what's left of a First Act SFA Sheena. Still needs a few more tweaks but should soon become a go to. IMG_20181227_172534.jpg IMG_20181227_171822.jpg
     
  11. lumberjim

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    My main guitar :

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    Actually, mine is an 87 American Standard Strat. Only mod was a hot rails bridge pickup. I play my Martin more though, too be honest.

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    And I bought one made in China, set up by a pro in Texas. Thin the Herd. It's very user friendly and light and purty. [​IMG]

    The one I'm building now (my very first attempt) will surely supplant them all though.

    I hope. ;)
     
  12. El Tele Lobo

    El Tele Lobo Friend of Leo's

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  13. mfguitar

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    Always modded in the past until the Tom Anderson arrived, that one is pretty close to perfect.
     
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    maxvintage Friend of Leo's

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    I obviously didn’t try very hard with this one. It’s got an S-1 to turn on the Eric Clapton preamp and handle the mid-Boost. I’m still in the progress. I have to rout the back to install the battery box.

    It’s also got staggered, locking tuners, a 4-way switch, TBX tone control, Twisted Tele neck, Tonerider Vintage Plus Bridge, fully shielded and a Wilkinson ashtray bridge with compensated brass saddles but it’s a home build so all of that came stock :cool:

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  16. Cantbreak100guy

    Cantbreak100guy Tele-Meister

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    Woah!? Where the hell did you find a bionic telecaster?
     
  17. Rich724

    Rich724 Tele-Meister

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    I have several main guitars, for jazz gigs I use a Gretsch 6120 Brian Setzer Nashville stock with the exception of Tele knobs. For rock club dates I use my modded strat and I recently joined a Chicago tribute band and I think I'll be either using my Tele parts caster or my Tele Deluxe 72 re-issue modded with Mojotone Wide Range Clone pups .
     
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  18. Ben-Zion

    Ben-Zion Tele-Holic

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    I have 12 guitars - all of 'em bone stock.
     
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  19. Chip

    Chip Tele-Afflicted

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    My 1974 Les Paul Deluxe looked like this when I got it....
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    It now looks like this....
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    I guess I’ve done a few modifications.
     
  20. hollowman

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    Uhhh, no, the silver tops on the front knobs were knocked off by vigorous playing. the Lollar dropped right in the old rout but was a bit smaller if i recall so we had to install the ring to get it to mount in. its not perfect as i have to adjust the height back up every couple of months or so glad you like, this is a sweet playing axe!
     
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