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  1. #501

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    Baja necks are a thing of beauty. Hand filling, very soft V.

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  3. #502

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    Thanks, BigDaddy, good to know.

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    I'm jealous of you guys and your thick necks (ha! That's not a series of words I thought I'd ever say!). My thumb joint is all messed up and I can't extend it more than a couple inches away from my pointer finger for a couple minutes before my hands freeze up in pain. Standard thin for me.

    I even had to give up a nice semi hollow Gibson that I saved up for when I was 15. Neck started with a cherry finish and was down to clear maple I played it so much. But in the end, just couldn't play it anymore.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob MacKillop
    Thanks, BigDaddy, good to know.
    My rule of thumb with Fender necks is that a neck with a maple fretboard *may* be chunky, but the rosewood fretboard necks never are. And the 60's Baja has a rosewood fretboard.

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    I guess I'm weird (Tell us something we don't know, Joe) in that I've never had much of a neck-profile preference.

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    I like standard thin with tall frets myself. Years ago I tried a boatneck and couldn't deal with it.

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    I wish I had a neck that combined a chunky profile with a 1.75" nut, but if I have to choose one, I'd pick the wider nut. And my ASAT is that, a 1.75" nut with a medium C profile.

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    Im a full 1 inch fattie kinda guy. The radius I enjoy is a 10 or 12 with 6100- 6000 fret wire. My band mates can stand to play my Teles.

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    Hammertone has a Tele with a big, round neck...and a 1.75" nut. Ask him what it's like.

    Mine is 1" deep all the way up, with big round shoulders, but it isn't that wide. It's the best playing neck besides a Mechanicland that I have ever played.

  11. #510

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greentone
    Hammertone has a Tele with a big, round neck...and a 1.75" nut. Ask him what it's like.

    Mine is 1" deep all the way up, with big round shoulders, but it isn't that wide. It's the best playing neck besides a Mechanicland that I have ever played.
    Same here! I cant do a tapered neck. 1 inch top to bottom.

  12. #511

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    I went with Warmoth's "boatneck" on my tele...1.75" at the nut.

    It's wonderful. Put the same neck on my Jazzmaster. I'd put it on every guitar I own if I could.

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    Well, I tried about a dozen Teles today in Edinburgh. Happy to report that all were good, no matter which price point. The cheapest was the Squire Classic Vibe 60s (around £400) with a rosewood fingerboard, the most expensive was a Fender Custom Shop (around £2500).

    Two instruments stood out from the others: a Made In Japan Fender, with bevelled edges to the fingerboard, lots of nice detailing, great neck and fingerboard, easy to play. Tempting.

    But, surprise, surprise (or not), the winner for me was the cheapest, the Squire CV 60s. It was neck and neck with the MIJ, but, believe it or not, the pickups had that tele punch the MIJ lacked. I seriously enjoyed playing it more than the Custom Shop model, which was also an excellent guitar.

    I did try the Baja 60s model, and it was good - as I said, they were all good. Something for every taste. Some smooth, some trebly, some biting, some better at rhythm, some better at screaming blues lead. You have to try before you buy, and don't look at the price tag.

    I own a Squire Vintage Modified Telecaster with a Creamery Wide Range neck pup, and a Jason Lollar Special T bridge pup. Very happy with that for blues, but I'd like another tele set up with heavier strings and different pups for jazz. The Squire CV 60s might be my choice. Unfortunately, I have zero spare cash at the moment!

  14. #513

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    I like a neck I can bend easily.

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    '83 is an anomaly in the pricing of old Telecasters. They tend to go for more than any other Tele from the 80s...chiefly because of the artists that selected the top-loader '83 as their weapon of choice. They happen to be uncommonly good Telecasters, too. You will end up paying a bit more for these last of the Fullerton era Teles.

    I think that the one I used to own and gave to my son is a pretty spectacular guitar. My son plays keys in a band right now. The guitarist in his band has a Les Paul, but uses the '83 Telecaster instead--it's that good. (He runs it through my old '59 Reissue Bassman amp.)

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    I´m looking at a carbonita now, it´s in my home country. Might get it for 250$, its in real good shape. It´s made in Mexico, but people say its a great value guitar.

  17. #516

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    Quote Originally Posted by Groover1999
    I´m looking at a carbonita now, it´s in my home country. Might get it for 250$, its in real good shape. It´s made in Mexico, but people say its a great value guitar.
    The Mexican Fenders are great, and $250 is a great price. I'd jump on it if I were you.

    I have a MexiStrat, and I love it. There's very little I'd change. I could probably be persuaded to try different pickups, but it would just be for fun. The stock pickups sound great. I also have a Mexican Fender J-Bass. Also a great instrument. I modded that one with an active preamp, but it was great stock, too. The preamp just gives me a little more flexibility in dialing in the tones.

  18. #517

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    Guthrie Trapp uses MIM pups in his custom built Tele, they sound amazing! Then again Guthrie can play a broom and make it sound great.

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    Does anyone have any experience with these newer rosewood neck american standard teles? Didn't even know they existed until today casually surfing through musician's friend.

    For that matter, is it weird that I'm so into the idea of a rosewood neck on a tele?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 50Hz
    Does anyone have any experience with these newer rosewood neck american standard teles? Didn't even know they existed until today casually surfing through musician's friend.

    For that matter, is it weird that I'm so into the idea of a rosewood neck on a tele?

    In the 60's they used to be entirely rosewood.

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    Ok. So, I know that this is supposed to be a "Tele-love" kinda thread. So, let me just say I really dig the Tele. I had an original vintage '72 Tele Custom that looked like it had been left underwater for a few years. I've never seen any relic job come remotely close to the way that that guitar looked. (If I can find a pic of that guitar tonight, I'll post it.) That guitar was ridiculously good. It had skinny frets and the 7.25 radius, too. While I'd prefer jumbo frets and a flat radius up top, that guitar just played amazingly well. It was good for no apparent reason. It just...was. And, did I mention that it was one of the lightest solid body guitars that I've ever played? Too bad I don't own it anymore.

    Currently, I own an abused Fender Modern Player Telecaster Thinline w/ a transparent black mahogany body and a maple neck. It originally had Fender P-90 pickups. Then, I put Lollar P-90s in it. Now (I put them in a couple of weeks ago), it has a set of Vintage Vibe PAF humbuckers in P90 size. As much as I've attempted to gel w/ this guitar by upgrading saddles, the nut, and the pots, I think that I just prefer solid bodies made of ash or alder, I guess. This is a cool guitar, but it's just not the Tele that I'm looking for... I've played a lot of Teles. It's rare that I play one that I like as much as my old guitar. I guess that my old one was just special or something.

    Sigh. This is currently my Tele, but I feel like I am just holding it for it's future owner. I won't own it for long.



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    (I'm not with her.)

  22. #521

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    Nice. I like the airbrushed Silverado. I would like to see more airbrushed tributes like that on Teles.

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    I think the RW neck w/surf green body looks VERY cool. Might be worth checking out

  24. #523
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    Here's me rockin' my American Vintage '69 Thinline. Great for Rock, Jazz and everything in between.

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  25. #524

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    This is a demo of the Tele-culprit that I posted the pic of (the one with that sweet "airbrushed Silverado" - lol).

    It sounds pretty nice in this low-quality video. So, I figured that I'd also share the vid here.

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  26. #525

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    I cAVEd,..Telecaster Global Forum wins. So much for I really don't like the Tele shape but boy it's the most versatile guitar in the world. I went and assembled me a Tele "PartsCaster"!
    Used neck. Chambered body from eBay.
    Sound by Seymour. Pick guard by Warmouth.
    Other odds and ends. & Voila, so far so good!

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  27. #526

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    Love the patina on the brass bridge, Hammertone.

  28. #527

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    This is the Tele with the 9-T through the Carbon Copy (set very dry) and a Polytone amp (don't know which model). I think it's a great jazz sound.



    (I don't remember the name of the tune. Anybody know?)

  29. #528

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    Quote Originally Posted by 50Hz
    Love the patina on the brass bridge, Hammertone.
    Hey, I'm all about the patina.

  30. #529

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    My T... Tom Anderson...

  31. #530

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    The pickup configuration of the Tom Anderson does not share much with the classic Telecaster....

  32. #531

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    Wow, what bridge pup is that?

  33. #532

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    Do people find there's much a difference in tone between the traditional style Tele bridge with the 3 T-bar saddles and the more modern type of bridge that looks more like a strat type bridge with individual saddles?

  34. #533

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boston Joe
    Do people find there's much a difference in tone between the traditional style Tele bridge with the 3 T-bar saddles and the more modern type of bridge that looks more like a strat type bridge with individual saddles?
    I read several times at TDPRI and elsewhere that there is a difference so I went to a music store and tried it myself. I could not hear any difference. All my tele style guitars have individual saddles, a lot easier to intonate and I prefer the look too.

  35. #534

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    Quote Originally Posted by medblues
    I read several times at TDPRI and elsewhere that there is a difference so I went to a music store and tried it myself. I could not hear any difference. All my tele style guitars have individual saddles, a lot easier to intonate and I prefer the look too.
    It would be easier if I could use a hardtail Strat bridge on my partscaster.

  36. #535

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    Ted Greene would be proud, Patoula.

  37. #536

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    This arrived this morning.
    I'll post the finished product tomorrow
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  38. #537

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    Curious question. I also noticed that the glossy maple necks are much easier to slide on than say the "dry" honduran mahogany neck. What do they use for the glossy necks? Does the gloss eventually peel off and maybe slow the feel of the neck?

  39. #538

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    Quote Originally Posted by West LA Jazz
    Curious question. I also noticed that the glossy maple necks are much easier to slide on than say the "dry" honduran mahogany neck. What do they use for the glossy necks? Does the gloss eventually peel off and maybe slow the feel of the neck?
    Well an old-school finish would have been nitrocellulose lacquer (nitro). It feels a bit "stickier" than some of the other finishes, like polyurethane or polyester (both are referred to as poly sometimes). Nitro is also softer than the others, ages (yellowing) and has a reputation for letting the wood "breathe". "Open", non-congested sound. It can also become "checked" with drastic changes in temperature, react to moisture, pressure, peel, "roll in your hand ", and react (melt) with prolonged contact with rubber. Often, people with nails may have a tendency to dig through/play through the nitro on their fret boards over time, causing it to look black or dark in places. Nitro looks awesome when new and can look really cool when "distressed". Just look up the various versions of "relic'd" guitars. Although nitro is more fragile, it tends to look pretty sweet as it ages.


    The various forms of poly tend to be "tougher" (more durable) and have a reputation (by some) for making guitars sound less "open". I haven't seen guitars with poly check with temp changes or react badly to rubber. It usually would take some sort of impact to break through the poly in order for it to chip or flake off. Sometimes, I have seen oily exotic woods reject the poly, making it bubble or become hazy or white. And, obviously, if you manage to get moisture between the wood and the poly, you could get a similar result when the wood swells.

    Personally, having worked in a small guitar shop for about ten years, I can tell you that I have played many amazing sounding guitars with poly finishes. Collings, Anderson, and Suhr guitars come to mind. So, it is my opinion that you could go with poly and still have a great sound. People say all kinds of stuff. But, nitro doesn't have the market cornered on great sound. I have guitars w/ both finishes. If given a choice I'd probably choose guitars w/ the finish that Collings uses over nitro... (because, despite not babying it for many years, I've yet to wear through the finish on this my great sounding Collings guitar).

    Obviously, there are other finishes like varnish (which takes more work to shine up and seems to be even less durable than nitro), oils, and stuff, but I'm restricting this to the finishes that I have a little experience with.

    My oversimplification: Poly = Hard Nitro= Soft(er)

    Well, these are just my observations. I'm not a luthier or anything. Sorry for the rambling...

  40. #539

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    Sorry this isn't jazz, but hopefully you don't mind a little funk on a Tele - a Squire Vintage Modified tele, with a Creamery Wide-Range neck pickup and Lollar Texas Special at the bridge. A little Superstition for 60 seconds. Apologies for the darkness:


  41. #540

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob MacKillop
    .....Lollar Texas Special....
    Do they exist?
    BTW, nice playing. Are you also a bass player?

  42. #541

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob MacKillop
    Sorry this isn't jazz, but hopefully you don't mind a little funk on a Tele - a Squire Vintage Modified tele, with a Creamery Wide-Range neck pickup and Lollar Texas Special at the bridge. A little Superstition for 60 seconds. Apologies for the darkness:

    S

    Sweet tone! What pickups and amp?

  43. #542

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    Thanks. I made a mistake earlier when I said the bridge was a Lollar Texas Special, whereas in fact it is a Lollar T Special. The wide-range neck pickup is by The Creamery from England, and it is highly recommended. I asked the maker, I think his name is Jamie, not to make it too hot. The neck is beautiful to play. So, great neck and great pickups, what else matters?

    The amp is the Yamaha THR 10, the Blues version. I just put a mic in front of it.

    It's a very versatile combination of guitar, pickups and amp, though not for stage work.

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    Finished my assembly. It has a 25 1/8" scale neck from Musikraft, a Fralin P92 pick up, and a one piece ash body. Setup went well and it intonates pretty much spot on. I still need to dial in the electrics and find the right strings for my tastes. For some reason the tone pot has hardly no range and I want to change the cap. I have a lot of other non musical projects on my plate right now, but I do have a goal for posting clips of my playing someday soon.
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    Love that bridge!

  46. #545

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    Quote Originally Posted by rhythmjones
    Love that bridge!
    Thanks. I guess that was kinda thinking what a prototype of some sort would be like. Can't wait to set it up with different strings. It has 11 Chromes on it now. For some reason I have never liked Chromes, but they are the only flats that Guitar Center carries. I have a set of Thomastick Swing 12's to try. Hopefully I will like them because they are expensive to experiment with.

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    Gigged outside again yesterday. Big crowd, again. I _only_ took one guitar--my new Tele build. I took two amps, my Polytone MiniBrute 60 PA with MiniBrute III cabinet, and my 5e3 tweed Deluxe amp. I ended up, however, doing the entire gig on just the Deluxe. There was enough output from my 5e3, believe it or not, to get out to the entire crowd.

    Love the Telecaster. By the way, on the both pickups setting there is nothing chimey-er than the White Rope Rumpelstiltskins by Aaron Campbell...NOTHING. I will include Rickenbacker in this comparison. Love the Telecaster.

  48. #547

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    As promised... here's the build.
    Warmoth body and 24 3/4 conversion neck.
    Dimarzio Area T PUPS.

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  49. #548

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    lammie 200...nice..& finally an ashtray bridge you can really use as an ashtray!! haha

    cheers

  50. #549

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    Quote Originally Posted by lammie200
    Finished my assembly. It has a 25 1/8" scale neck from Musikraft, a Fralin P92 pick up, and a one piece ash body. Setup went well and it intonates pretty much spot on. I still need to dial in the electrics and find the right strings for my tastes. For some reason the tone pot has hardly no range and I want to change the cap. I have a lot of other non musical projects on my plate right now, but I do have a goal for posting clips of my playing someday soon.
    Coolest bridge ive ever seen on a tele!

  51. #550

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    l200- slot screws for 5 screw pg nice touch too..vintagey!!..the fine details

    cheers