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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDaddyLoveHandles
    Nice finish! Is that "Irish Ale"?
    Supossely yes...

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    I love my tele! But it’s too heavy...like 9+lbs heavy! So I’m in transition right now. Can’t wait to get it all put together!



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    So many different Telecasters!

    Since I started my Telecaster exploration earlier this year, I've had 5 different instruments pass through my hands. To my surprise, the one that has endured is not the guitar I would have chosen by looking at the spec sheet.


    As a lifelong acoustic fingerstyle player I have favored a full neck profile, 16" radius fretboard, 1.75" nut and wide spacing at the saddle. Trying to find what suits my hands and ears in the Tele world has thus far landed me on a guitar with a relatively thin profile, 7.25" radius and a 1.65" nut. And "vintage frets", according the specs, which I take to mean not wide and not tall. Something about this combination makes the guitar an effortless playing experience for the fretting hand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Neverisky
    So many different Telecasters!

    Since I started my Telecaster exploration earlier this year, I've had 5 different instruments pass through my hands. To my surprise, the one that has endured is not the guitar I would have chosen by looking at the spec sheet.


    As a lifelong acoustic fingerstyle player I have favored a full neck profile, 16" radius fretboard, 1.75" nut and wide spacing at the saddle. Trying to find what suits my hands and ears in the Tele world has thus far landed me on a guitar with a relatively thin profile, 7.25" radius and a 1.65" nut. And "vintage frets", according the specs, which I take to mean not wide and not tall. Something about this combination makes the guitar an effortless playing experience for the fretting hand.
    It's great that the spec is working for you! Two other cool things about Teles are that (1) the neck is bolt-on, so it's not difficult to switch necks and (2) there are a number of custom guitar builders like Warmoth who will make a neck to your specs, for example with a 16" radius and a 1.75" nut.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDaddyLoveHandles
    It's great that the spec is working for you! Two other cool things about Teles are that (1) the neck is bolt-on, so it's not difficult to switch necks and (2) there are a number of custom guitar builders like Warmoth who will make a neck to your specs, for example with a 16" radius and a 1.75" nut.
    Another rabbit hole!

    Yes, I've thought about going that route but it seems like one could burn through several hundred dollars experimenting. Since there so many varieties of Teles out there I think I'll keep casting my line in periodically and see what swims by at my local shop. Used inventory changes quickly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Neverisky
    Another rabbit hole!

    Yes, I've thought about going that route but it seems like one could burn through several hundred dollars experimenting. Since there so many varieties of Teles out there I think I'll keep casting my line in periodically and see what swims by at my local shop. Used inventory changes quickly.
    Have you ever seen a Fender Tele neck with those specs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDaddyLoveHandles
    Have you ever seen a Fender Tele neck with those specs?
    Haven't checked. But to be clear, I've learned that I don't need those specs.

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    NGD: Just back from getting plek’d, a Warmoth Tele with a well-oiled raw canary neck.

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    The Lollar CC install is complete. The sound is amazing! It’s got the Tim Lerch tone in spades. Now, if I just had his chops.

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    Telecaster love thread, no Archtops allowed-img_1500-jpg

    I got a Squier Affinity Telecaster for Christmas. (There's a NGD video should anyone be interested.)

    I love it. First solidbody I've played in decades. Never had a Tele before; played a Strat for years in my youth.

    First thing I noticed is that the picks I've been using (Fender Mediums) seem too big. (I was playing with the shoulder of the pick on my archtop with flatwounds.) I do more hybrid picking on the Tele and the Mediums make contact with other strings at times I don't intend. (This wasn't a problem on the Artcore as the strings were heavier and, well, deader, so they didn't sound when this happened, or at least not enough to concern me.)

    I have some Jazz IIIs which are nice in terms of size but maybe a bit heavy for the light-gauge strings on the Tele.

    Maybe it's time to try teardrops again.

    Or a thumb pick. Great for hybrid picking, of course, but I struggle with those when playing anything beyond "Sixteen Tons" and "Susie-Q" (Might need to work on that more independent of which pick to use with the Tele.)

    And who knows, the Mediums may work out fine once I get used to them with the Tele.

    But I thought I'd ask the Tele afficianados for advice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkRhodes
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    I got a Squier Affinity Telecaster for Christmas. (There's a NGD video should anyone be interested.)

    I love it. First solidbody I've played in decades. Never had a Tele before; played a Strat for years in my youth.

    First thing I noticed is that the picks I've been using (Fender Mediums) seem too big. (I was playing with the shoulder of the pick on my archtop with flatwounds.) I do more hybrid picking on the Tele and the Mediums make contact with other strings at times I don't intend. (This wasn't a problem on the Artcore as the strings were heavier and, well, deader, so they didn't sound when this happened, or at least not enough to concern me.)

    I have some Jazz IIIs which are nice in terms of size but maybe a bit heavy for the light-gauge strings on the Tele.

    Maybe it's time to try teardrops again.

    Or a thumb pick. Great for hybrid picking, of course, but I struggle with those when playing anything beyond "Sixteen Tons" and "Susie-Q" (Might need to work on that more independent of which pick to use with the Tele.)

    And who knows, the Mediums may work out fine once I get used to them with the Tele.

    But I thought I'd ask the Tele afficianados for advice.

    I've learned to hybrid pick with the the thick dunlop delfrins I normally prefer in order to not having an arsenal of picks on me .. But if I have to choose a pick for hybrid picks the jazz iii's are my first choice. I play with 9s and don't agree with your light gauge considerations. In my opinion they are great with slinky strings

    Give it a couple of weeks and see if your issues don't magically disappear as your fingers adjust

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lobomov
    I've learned to hybrid pick with the the thick dunlop delfrins I normally prefer in order to not having an arsenal of picks on me .. But if I have to choose a pick for hybrid picks the jazz iii's are my first choice. I play with 9s and don't agree with your light gauge considerations. In my opinion they are great with slinky strings

    Give it a couple of weeks and see if your issues don't magically disappear as your fingers adjust
    Thanks, Lobomov. You're likely right. I'm still ham-handed from playing flatwounds with higher action. I'll adjust! I do have Jazz IIIs handy. When I used them years ago, I laid them along the top side of my index finger, but I quit that because I was getting too much (unwanted) contact with my finger. Now I'm trying to figure out how best to grip them.

    I'll figure something out, I'm sure! ;o)

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkRhodes
    Or a thumb pick. Great for hybrid picking, of course, but I struggle with those when playing anything beyond "Sixteen Tons" and "Susie-Q" (Might need to work on that more independent of which pick to use with the Tele.)
    Might want to look into "The Sharktooth" thumbpick. It is great crossover pick. You can even customize it with your own pick choice.

    I use mine differently since my post-surgical ulnar nerve insult last year (I can't grip a pick strong enough and my thumb has little movement) - I slide it on my index finger and shove a flat pick into it. Then I can pick with my index finger pointing out, floppy wrist locked to radius side, and picking motion comes from the elbow. It has taken about 9 months to adapt but my accuracy and speed are picking up. Ted

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    Jazz IIs are great picks for jazz. I find the black ones are best. I've also had very good luck with the Dunlop Jazztone 205s and 206s. If I were limited to one pick in the world it would be the Fender oval extra thick. Congratulations, and play it in good health!

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    How would a Tele sound/play with a 24.75” scale neck?

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    Not much to say...
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    Been photoshopped. The Messiah reversed his control panel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nick_wolf
    Not much to say...
    Cool, Kenny Loggins!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bach5G
    How would a Tele sound/play with a 24.75” scale neck?
    Like this:


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    Quote Originally Posted by Cunamara
    whole new thread to come- Benson picking on a Tele!
    I love Cecil's playing...and look at that BIG FAT TELE NECK!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nick_wolf
    Not much to say...

    Tele? Checks out!


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    I was just being flippant. I thought someone would check RB though and see that he had the controls the right way around. He came about as close to being THE man on the Telecaster as one could get.

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    How often do you guys change strings on a Tele (that you play as your main guitar?) I was playing flatwounds on my Artcore and they would last over a year. But it's not going to be that way with steel strings on a Tele where I do more bending, sliding, etc.

    Every 2 weeks?

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    I have ss frets on mine. The strings still last a long time, but I only play that particular guitar 5-6 hours a week. I rotate my guitars a lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkRhodes
    How often do you guys change strings on a Tele
    I play my Tele every day, sometimes only for 30 min before work. Bearing in mind that 1) I play fingerstyle with a light touch on the fretting hand, 2) the neck has small, "vintage style" frets, 3) no bending and 4) I like the sound of "broken in" strings... I put the current set of D'addario 11 half-rounds on there over a month ago and have no inclination to change them yet.

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    Change 'em every year.

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    Mine has Medium Jumbo frets. I had Jumbo frets on my old Strat. Liked them. These are what came with the guitar and they seem fine too.

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    I use D'Addario Pure Nickel 10s on my tele, and change them every few months.

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    I change strings when they exhibit irregularities on the old Peterson Virtual Strobe Tuner - persistent nervous jiggles as upper partials judder and shift like the Outer Limits intro. I also replace the whole set if a string breaks, but that is extremely rare. I also replace 'em when I can't remember when I replaced them last, or, more often, just for the hell of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by citizenk74
    I change strings when they exhibit irregularities on the old Peterson Virtual Strobe Tuner - persistent nervous jiggles as upper partials judder and shift like the Outer Limits intro.
    What do you mean by this? Do you check their vibrating/oscillation pattern on a meter? My G-string (a plain .20, was difficult to find) has started to sound "off" even though there's no visible deterioration at all. Is that what you measure, some kind of stress damage, maybe?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zina
    What do you mean by this? Do you check their vibrating/oscillation pattern on a meter? My G-string (a plain .20, was difficult to find) has started to sound "off" even though there's no visible deterioration at all. Is that what you measure, some kind of stress damage, maybe?
    Have you tried juststrings? (No affiliation, just a customer)

    Plain Steel Acoustic or Electric .020, 5 single strings, PL020

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    FWIW I use Earvana shelf nuts on all my Fender style partscasters. They usually drop right in, but may require a slight bit of filing to fit correctly. The strings slots have never needed filing, however. Might be worth a shot if you are having tuning issues. BTW, I am a big proponent for compensated nuts. I use Hosco shims on guitars that I didn't want to change the nut. I know that it is always a touchy subject, but I feel like I get better results along the length of the fret board with compensated nuts. Some makers of guitars like Ernie Ball/Musicman have used them as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zina
    What do you mean by this? Do you check their vibrating/oscillation pattern on a meter? My G-string (a plain .20, was difficult to find) has started to sound "off" even though there's no visible deterioration at all. Is that what you measure, some kind of stress damage, maybe?
    My Peterson Virtual Strobe Tuner (best $200 I ever borrowed) is the size, shape, and weight of a brick. It is extremely accurate. A series of bands (5 or 6, I don't have it in hand) go up or down (simulating a spinning motion). Up is sharp, down is flat. As the string gets closer to the desired pitch, the spinning slows down, and the image becomes stable, you are in tune. Watching for hinky action in the upper bands is really just an excuse to get out my tools and fool around with my guitars. I'm a compulsive string buyer - I never leave a music store without something, and strings are the cheapest way to do that, so I'm somewhat over-supplied (or under-brained, but that's another subject).

    PS I believe I still have a bunch of 0.020s lying around I no longer need; PM if interested.

    PPS Though forum member PTChris recommends using 0.018 max and I trust his judgement.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDaddyLoveHandles
    Have you tried juststrings? (No affiliation, just a customer)

    Plain Steel Acoustic or Electric .020, 5 single strings, PL020
    Thanks for the tip; the ones I have are D'Addario too. I have to rely on musicshops though, because no bankaccount/creditcard, which is a huge nuisance.

    Quote Originally Posted by citizenk74
    My Peterson Virtual Strobe Tuner (best $200 I ever borrowed) is the size, shape, and weight of a brick. It is extremely accurate. A series of bands (5 or 6, I don't have it in hand) go up or down (simulating a spinning motion). Up is sharp, down is flat. As the string gets closer to the desired pitch, the spinning slows down, and the image becomes stable, you are in tune. Watching for hinky action in the upper bands is really just an excuse to get out my tools and fool around with my guitars. I'm a compulsive string buyer - I never leave a music store without something, and strings are the cheapest way to do that, so I'm somewhat over-supplied (or under-brained, but that's another subject).
    I looked it up; that's a good piece of equipment to have. I really hate being out of tune, and waste a lot of time verifying and rechecking at the slightest suspicion. Btw, my first idea was that of you in a laboratory smock staring into an oscilloscope while putting strings through some torturous test, rubbing your hands and cackling!

    Quote Originally Posted by citizenk74
    PS I believe I still have a bunch of 0.020s lying around I no longer need; PM if interested.
    That's very kind to offer, but I'm on the other side of the globe, so postage would be pretty costly, the parcel can't be bigger than a manila document envelope (not allowed to receive actual parcels), and I can only transfer money by sending cash in an envelope (disguised as an invoice reminder, because those always go through!)

    Quote Originally Posted by citizenk74
    PPS Though forum member PTChris recommends using 0.018 max and I trust his judgement.
    Oh? I'll search for that, thanks. I don't like thin strings, but the wound G stops me from playing Brian Setzer songs, and those are not only a lot of fun to play, but are great moodlifters too. Mystery Traaaaaain...

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDaddyLoveHandles
    Have you tried juststrings? (No affiliation, just a customer)

    Plain Steel Acoustic or Electric .020, 5 single strings, PL020

    Yep; Stringjoy also offers singles, and they have a .20.

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    What about telecaster arch tops lol


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    Quote Originally Posted by Easy2grasp
    Might want to look into "The Sharktooth" thumbpick. It is great crossover pick. You can even customize it with your own pick choice.
    Glad that's working for you, Ted!
    I have been using mine the past few days. I like it better with the Tele than with my archtop. The Tele sits differently and is narrower, so my arm hangs at a different angle. I'm liking the Crossover pick a lot. Should make a video when time permits.

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    I did a thing and this thread has had a big contribution. Finally part of the telefamily!Telecaster love thread, no Archtops allowed-332a5b57-2220-47fc-be00-dbb0dca4f097-jpgTelecaster love thread, no Archtops allowed-3491a033-8d64-486d-a3a2-e6cdc82c3ec3-jpg

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    Beautiful! Portugal?

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    Quote Originally Posted by guga7
    Beautiful! Portugal?
    Left Portugal 8 years ago. Impossible place to start your life and get somewhere. (Unless you know the right people)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greentone
    Change 'em every year.
    Unless they don't need it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by citizenk74
    Though forum member PTChris recommends using 0.018 max and I trust his judgement.
    The string dilemma:

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    Hi I'm an interloper from the land of the f hole ....

    Can I get advice ...
    Im thinking of putting together a cheap solid guitar
    to get (mainly) a decent clean jazz sound ...
    with a bit of funk too on the side

    I realise I'm asking the tele crowd ....but
    would a a hard tail strat do just as well for this ?

    im not gonna spend much money on this project
    Just get a beat up charity shop tele or strat and put some
    decent hardware on it ,
    or maybe I'll spend £100 on a cheap squire ... dunno

    should I look for a light or medium weight body ?
    light would be nice .... does light wood work for a clean sound ?
    I like a dark sound generally

    thank you very much

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    I saw this for sale today and thought it might be fun to check out:

    Customized F Hole Tele Electric Guitar Gold Hardware Body Binding Top Quality | eBay

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    Quote Originally Posted by pingu
    Hi I'm an interloper from the land of the f hole ....

    Can I get advice ...
    Im thinking of putting together a cheap solid guitar
    to get (mainly) a decent clean jazz sound ...
    with a bit of funk too on the side

    I realise I'm asking the tele crowd ....but
    would a a hard tail strat do just as well for this ?

    im not gonna spend much money on this project
    Just get a beat up charity shop tele or strat and put some
    decent hardware on it ,
    or maybe I'll spend £100 on a cheap squire ... dunno

    should I look for a light or medium weight body ?
    light would be nice .... does light wood work for a clean sound ?
    I like a dark sound generally

    thank you very much
    Don't suppose I'm massively well qualified to answer this, but I do find that (at least for the last few years) I prefer a solid or semi-acoustic guitar for jazz. I have a (parts build) tele with swamp ash body, maple neck and nice alnico 3 pickups, which certainly works for jazz, especially with my Polytone amp, but I did once use it with a friends Deluxe Reverb, and that sounded killer too. However, if I'm being totally honest, I do find the tele slab body without a forearm contour somewhat uncomfortable - it's not unbearable or anything, but it is still a thing. I've built several strats from parts in recent years, and do find the body shape much more to my taste, not least for playing comfort, but have struggled somewhat to get what I would consider a decent jazz tone - until recently, and lately I have been enjoying playing, and gigging one I put together, with alder body and a bocote wood Warmoth neck (sourced on ebay). The pickups are a "vintage" alnico 5 set I got from E-dis pickups (he usually has an ad on ebay also, which is maybe more convenient. Anyhow, this guitar is maybe not ideal with the Polytone, but it really shines with other brighter amps, and with my Helix/powered speaker modelling setup. It's nice for straight ahead jazz, and awesome for funk or more modern jazz-related styles. I think part of the answer is experimenting with the amp tone settings, and also start with a slightly bright tone and carefully back the guitar tone down to get into the "sweet spot". And also I would say do not be trying to get an archtop sound, because it isn't an archtop - the guitar has a different character which one can learn to like in it's own right. I do now find I often miss the sustain and response of a solid body when I play my archtop guitar - surprising to me, but true.

    Really an incoherent ramble I'm afraid Pingu, but just for what it's worth - I guess if there is any take home message it is that strats can work, but perhaps things like body wood (I think alder is good), neck wood and pickups should be considered. My strats do have trem bridges FWIW, but I just have them set hard against the body with 5 springs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pingu
    ...Im thinking of putting together a cheap solid guitarto get (mainly) a decent clean jazz sound ...with a bit of funk too on the side ... I realise I'm asking the tele crowd ....but would a a hard tail strat do just as well for this ?...
    Yes.

    A real telecaster, as opposed to a guitar that simply looks like a telecaster, needs a telecaster bridge/bridge pickup. Since your jazz sound will come from a neck pickup, almost any Fender-style guitar w/a Fender-style hardtail bridge and bolt-on 25.5" scale neck will do the job just like a tele - strat or Jazzmaster shapes being the most common alternatives. The rest is simply a matter of taste.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pingu
    or maybe I'll spend £100 on a cheap squire ... dunno

    should I look for a light or medium weight body ?
    light would be nice .... does light wood work for a clean sound ?
    I like a dark sound generally
    you don't even need a hardtail strat..some would argue that the back trem cavity and spring system contributes to the strat tone (ry cooder said it early on!)...

    look into squier bullet hh..lightweight basswood body..very resonant...standard sized humbuckers can be easily replaced



    cheers