Just Bought My First Tele Style Guitar

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  1. bobpick68

    bobpick68 Well-Known Member

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    I have wanted one for the longest time. Decided I'd buy a cheapy and a couple upgrades and make it a project. All said and done I paid 220 bucks for the Tele, bridge HB, and cts pots.

    I didnt cheap out cos I had to. I just have no real projects to do right now and want to hot rod a cheapy and see if I can make it into a great piece. So I kind of killed 2 birds with 1 stone. Got a tele and will satisfy my project needs.
     
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    Good deal then, best of luck
     
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    CraigP Well-Known Member

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    Been considering a Tele myself for the past year or two, just to keep in open G tuning for some Stones type jamming
     
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    Congrats, HNGD! :dude:

    Any pics.....
     
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    bobpick68 Well-Known Member

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    Not yet I just ordered it. Probably this weekend though. I found a stock pic of the body. That was all I could get for downloadable images.

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    Once she rolls in HNGD :band: Always cool to have project guitar to fiddle with, I have a strat that I need to get on and finish! Cheers Mitch
     
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    what did you get?
     
  8. bobpick68

    bobpick68 Well-Known Member

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    One of THESE
     
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    pedecamp Well-Known Member

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    I got myself a lefty American Tele a couple years ago and never bonded with it, the stock pickups are the problem I could never figure out what to swap them out with. I'm thinking of selling it if you think you want one.
     
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    Dogs of Doom Moderator Staff Member

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    Sycamore body eh?

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    It'll be interesting to hear your thoughts. Funny though, is that they say all guitars in your line have maple neck/fingerboard, but, they show 1 w/ a dark board...

    https://www.sawtoothworld.com/electric-et-series

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    I guess all the surf green ones have a dark board...

    They don't tell you the fret radius...
     
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    Playing a left handed is a challenge, not so much the playing part, but finding guitars that are left handed.

    Maybe not such a great pool to choose from. Ones got to be creative.

    Never heard of a Sycamore body either.. I'm sure you will make it Rock! :dude:
     
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    Dogs of Doom Moderator Staff Member

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    You can get most of anything (generally) in left. Stratosphere carries a lot of them...

    https://stratosphereparts.com/lefty...aster-tele-body-hardware-guitar-parts-blonde/

    https://stratosphereparts.com/search.php?search_query=left+body
     
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    stringtree Well-Known Member

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    Dogs of Doom Moderator Staff Member

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    what can I say, I'm a fellow guitar junkie, that's been at it a long time. That, & I have pretty decent search skills... :)...
     
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    bobpick68 Well-Known Member

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    I could have just bought a "real" tele but I'd been wanting to grab something cheap to work on and hot rod. My guitar repair/mod skills need improving and nothing better than a 100 dollar guitar to improve them on. I will definitely report back with my thoughts on this thing when I get it and spend some time with it.
     
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    Once you get it and play a while you will be addicted to Tele's...
     
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    I always thought they were pretty much for playing twangy country tunes. Sorry, but I hate country music.

    But I had the bug a couple years ago to try one because I'm a Morello fan. Got the MIM black one in my avatar for $240 off of EBay all stock components.

    From the first few chords I was in love with the tone and the feel. The modern bridge reduces the twang but there's still a little in there if you want it. The stock MIM bridge pickup is very hot and it loves gain. I had no idea how versatile a Tele could be, from Stones, ACDC, to country to rock and roll...it's in there.

    I'm a convert. I loved my LP but the Tele's tuning stability is far superior. LP is long gone.

    But there are times when you need some humbucker so the gold Tele came next. It's a different beast as it's a reproduction of the Shiflett Warmouth build using a Tele body and strat 12" radius neck and hardware but wired like an LP. Great guitar too.

    Congrats on trying the Tele and hope it works out.
     
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    My 1st jaunt w/ a Tele, I found a guy on Craigslist, that had a whole bunch of unfinished bodies. He had about a dozen or so. I ended up buying 3. They were rejected at Fender Corona, because of blemishes. I did a few threads, back then. Here's the 1st one:

    http://www.marshallforum.com/threads/ngbd-tres-amigos.54991/

    It, like the others was ruined by photobucket, but, you get the idea.

    Anyway, the very 1st thing I did w/ one was to mark up the body & route out a hole for a humbucker.

    I dug out an image, that was the original one for that thread's OP:

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    The guy sold them to me as: 2- '13 USA Standard & 1- '13 USA '52 RI. I later found out, by the inner decal, that the 2 USA Standards were stickered w/ CS (custom shop) labels. Anyway, like I said, the 1st thing I did was pull out the router & route for a bridge humbucker. I also, routed a ½" round radius on the edges.

    I decided just to oil the '52 RI.

    The 2- Standards, now modified w/ dual Humbuckers, both were mated w/ a Moses Graphite neck, Seymour Duncan Invader pickups & a single 1 meg pot. (no tone). Instead of using the traditional Tele 3-way switch, I modded it to use a toggle, like this:

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    Doing up a Tele like this, is rocks more ballsy than a Gibson SG.
     
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    stringtree Well-Known Member

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    The tele, like any guitar is all in the application of it....

    Just for fun....:dude:

    Blues



    Country



    Well....Bruce Sprinsteen LOL



    Zeppelin



    One would not think Les Paul here...They are plugged in.

     
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