Show me your Telecasters

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1967 and 2020

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Sonic blue. So many different shades of it though it could pass for Daphne. Some Sonic is almost white.

I guess I like blue guitars!
 

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Here's Snow White, my 2006 MIM replica of Fender's
'72 Telecaster Deluxe.
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It's mostly stock. The replica pickups don't have the CUNiFe magnets,
but the modern Fender "Wide Range" hum buckers sound great to my ear. This one's got a Strat style neck, oversize '70s headstock, and a belly cut, which I like a lot. Love this maple neck.
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I modded it with a new wiring harness featuring CTS 500k pots
and that added a dimension to the sound that isn't in the replicas
usually. I recommend this mod.
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I also modded it with Stew Mac's excellent output jack, and roller string trees.
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The '72 Tele Deluxe has a Strat style hardtail bridge and is wired just like a Les Paul. it's got a fine unique tone all its own. It doesn't sound like anybody else's guitar. I like that.
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Telecaster aficianados will sometimes glance at my Tele, and then look
away. I don't care. I wanted one of these as soon as I saw Fender was re-issuing them.
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I have a 70th anniversary Fender Esquire in Lake Placid Blue. It's my current favorite guitar! :cheers:
 

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~ the outcaster ~
blacked-out 2012 mim blacktop baritone - custom shop duncans, fender locking tuners, gotoh bridge, graphtech nut/saddles/string trees, dunlop strap locks. 2DDEB16C-00D0-42FB-B347-AE506C578BD7.jpeg 48F0CCF2-0B60-4185-988B-E2A85ED0B34F.jpeg 34A3D541-5D56-4727-AC53-74AB3B63127B.jpeg
 
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I've always liked Brian May and I've always wanted a true Red Special replica but i never had the money to get a proper one so I decided to make a Red Special Tele tribute. I built/assembled this one with the help from SF Guitarworks in San Francisco. They lined up the neck, routed for the pickups and installed the six-pence.

It's a birdseye maple top over a mahogany back body that I got from an eBay seller. Modeled from a '69 Thinline Telecaster. The neck is a Warmoth bloodwood with ebony fingerboard. Kluson locking tuners, Earvana nut, Schaller strap locks, Adeson Brian May spec Burns TriSonic pickups (Adeson makes the pickups in the best Red Special replicas), Stetsbar bridge, Q Parts knobs, volume and tone are the same brand and spec as the ones Brian May used in his Red Special, correct capacitor, six two way toggle switches... three for on/off and three for phasing each pickup, custom WD pickguard, SwitchCraft output jack and an inlaid six-pence coin. Finished in tung oil over my mix of red dye and amber.

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that is f***ing beautiful.
 

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I got this Monoprice / Indio for under $100 earlier this year.
The tuners are just ok, and the plastic nut was NG.
Made my first nut from bone blank.
Smoothed a few rough fret ends / bevels and set it up.
Plays and sounds good.
I started looking for pickups before I even got it, so far the stock ones are good enough to stay.

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Too bad that video didn't include Keith Richards playing a killer lead limited to only 4 notes.

Through an old EL84 tube amp wfo.

With that look on his face . . .
 

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I got this Monoprice / Indio for under $100 earlier this year.
The tuners are just ok, and the plastic nut was NG.
Made my first nut from bone blank.
Smoothed a few rough fret ends / bevels and set it up.
Plays and sounds good.
I started looking for pickups before I even got it, so far the stock ones are good enough to stay.

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So refreshing to see someone with realistic expectations and who starts with a full setup before passing judgment on their "new to them" instrument. It is amazing just how good even a super inexpensive instrument can be made to play with a bit of knowledge and effort. One of the things that will cause me to click away from any review is when the reviewer insists on evaluating it "plug and play out of the box". In my experience "out of the box" is always going to have some issues, but what I really want to know is how those issues were addressed and whether or not it was more difficult than the majority of other instruments for the same procedure. I have done some work (usually no more than a few hours) for friends on guitars they thought were hopeless, and they were amazed what had always been there just waiting to be accessed.
 
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Just a bit more about my Telecaster neck.

People seem to obsess over the shapes of guitar necks. At least on guitar fora they do.
Personally, I don't. I owned a decent collection of assorted guitars and basses, and
they all had different shapes to the neck, and I never fussed about it. I just played
them, selecting the one I needed because of its tone and not its neck shape.

But I admit that the "feel" of a guitar neck does influence me, and it does seem to
influence my playing. It might be the scale length, and it might be the type of varnish
used, and it might be whether it's satin or glossy.

I don't think it's the thickness. Anyway, when I brought my Telecaster home, it was
my first Fender guitar. I'd been playing Fender bass for decades, using an old 1966
J-Bass. That J-Bass has the most comfortable and easy to play neck of any bass I've
ever tried. I bonded with it instantly and never changed my mind.
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My Tele is a Mexican made replica of what CBS Fender was making in 1972 when they were
trying to invade Gibson territory, and compete with Gibson's notorious "Norlin" SGs.
Les Pauls had been discontinued due to lack of interest until like 1968, and then re-issued equipped with P-90s.

So Fender designers drew up the Tele Deluxe. They had hired Seth Lover away from Norlin Gibson, and tasked him with designing a Humbucker for them to advertise and
sell. He came up with the "Wide Range" Humbucker, a design which I think is brilliant.
Literally and tonally brilliant, but with plenty of Humbucker growl and drive.
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CBS Fender came up with a Humbucker tele wired like a Les Paul, and screwed a
Strat Neck on it. Mine's got the belly cut too. And the very '70s oversize headstock. My replica neck is solid maple with
a walnut skunk stripe. It's a lovely thing, especially if you like blondes. The wood has
some figure, and the neck profile is unlike any other I've ever played. I've never owned or played a Strat. So I don't know what to call my Tele neck, except lovely. It feels rounded and full in my hand. I play it well.
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I take no stock in people's descriptions of Fender necks with letters... C shape and D shape etc. Those terms are meaningless according to a luthier friend of mine. I believe
him because he knows people who work there. All guitar necks are D shaped, and some are flatter and some are more full. *shrugs ...Gibsons too.

What I needed to do in order to fully bond with my Tele was to get it set up.
I thought I could do it, but something still felt wrong after I worked on it.
I took it to my luthier friend and the difference was like night and day. I was
comfortable right away. Highly recommended for anyone who thinks they can't
bond with a tele.

The other thing I did with mine was to scrub the Polyurethane finish on the back
of the neck with a green kitchen scrubbie. You can see it looking kind of satin
in the picture above. That also made the neck feel great in
my hand. I didn't remove all the poly. But the kitchen scrubbie does a number
on it, and improves the feel. On a lacquer neck, maybe its not necessary.

So I raise a glass of the pure to my humble MIM Tele deluxe. It's a fine instrument
with a voice all its own. Plus, there's just something about a black tele with a blonde neck. Stand it next to a blonde guitar with a dark oiled neck (or ebony)...
These two cover a lot of tonal ground, besides looking great.
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