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Discussion in 'Guitars' started by jmp45, Sep 21, 2019.
i'm really diggin Joe's Nocaster... I think I need a Tele..
I keep saying a Tele or T-style is a must have for the arsenal.
I'm pretty sure nobody, ever, has regretted adding a Tele to the stable.
It's just a proven winner.
Thanks Bandit for the push.. Reverb has custom shop relic'd nocasters for around $4K.. If they would have the tone Joey has with his original might be worth it.. But I'm cheap, I'll look elsewhere and mod.
my intro to 'Tele' was a guy was selling a bunch of factory line rejects from Fender. He had about a dozen, ½ MiM, ½ US. I bought 2 US standards & a '52 RI.
They were unfinished wood.
The 1st thing I did was took a router to the 2 US standard ones (1 at a time). I routed for a bridge humbucker (they were already routed for neck HB). I bought a graphite neck & they rock!
Better than my old SG, although similar. I'd say that you could stack up a Tele against an SG anyday & beat it, if both have humbuckers.
Tele's w/ the single coil though have their own voice. I've heard them w/ P90s sound pretty cool too, although, I'm not really a P90 guy. I think Steve had P90s in one of his...
Get a swamp ash Tele body & do whatever you want to it. If you don't spend a ton on the body, you won't care about carving/cutting it up (that's the beauty of what I did). Otherwise, you can go look on stratosphere & pick out whatever Tele bod you want. That's where I got my violin burst '13 US Select Tele.
It's mahogany, w/ maple top...
I threw in a couple Barden Gatton customs in it. It screams!
That is one beautiful Tele..
Great music room! Wow. You ain’t that cheap. Joe’s Nocaster has a mod in that it has a humbucker in neck. I can’t recall which but it may be a PAF. I recently picked up a 51 custom shop Nocaster. It is a phenomenally good guitar.
It's a looker DP.. Only downside I'm not a fan of is the 7 1/4" radius. I have a 50's strat @ 7 1/4" and small frets. I tend to pass by it. Thought about changing the neck many times.
on my Tele's, I bought the bodies & installed the neck of my choice. I ended up buying a few Moses graphite, w/ a 16" radius. On one of my cheaper guitars, I bought a Jim Root neck, which has compound radii...
There are many places to buy similar bodies, that are knockoffs, but, if the body is made from just a couple of slabs of the same kind of wood, I don't know how you can go wrong...
They also have a few of these, which are Fender, but Indonesian made:
Thanks Dog.. I'm on it..
the beauty of it, is that, there are a lot of options...
Take your time & do it right. (whatever that means - to you)
Also, the beauty, if you get it in parts & you for some reason don't like the body - swap it out. You don't have any allegiance to sentiment, about keeping the parts together, since you sourced them separate anyway...
IMO, a Tele is there with my 335.
And here i was thinkin about this!
You do need a Tele
I hate to say it and don’t want to draw fire but my experience is the custom shop guitars play a lot better than the vintage one’s. Having said that, I’d love to have a 50s strat. That must be very cool.
Tis true, at least in my experience. The CS Gatton i had was the best Tele i ever played, and that includes a real '57 i had.
I should have elaborated on it. It's an MIJ 50s reissue I picked up in the early 90s. You can see it get's little play.
My first Strat was exactly like that, i remember it well. GC in San Jose around '91...total Waynes World moment.... Dude, you gonna buy that?, its a brand new guitar. Me, wait for the DB to walk away and go up to another dude and buy it
I think I picked that up in 91 also..
I used to think the same way until recently when I got a 1969 Fender Double Bound Alder Custom Telecaster in 3 tone burst with a one piece flame maple neck ( the neck actually has some heft to it as well which quite surprised me ) . Here is the thing I never liked Alder body Fenders and maple necks ( I love maple necks on ash bodies ) as I felt they were to bright ,well I was wrong big time and noticed a big difference . Which with one instrument alone is too small a sample size to really make a stand on.