Do you mod your telecaster?

Discussion in 'Telecaster/Esquire Forum' started by lustror, Apr 5, 2021.

  1. metrokosmiko

    metrokosmiko Strat-Talk Member

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    Do I mod my guitars yes
    did I mod my tele yes
    I modded my Nashville telecaster back to 'classic' Tele and then back to Nashville.

    Overall I mod my own, but I don't have a tele now and my philosophy now is to buy something that I wouldn't want to mod. Not that it works all the time.
     
  2. telepraise

    telepraise Strat-O-Master

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    Both of mine are partscasters so, yes. The first on I cycled through various pickups before ending up back with twisted tel neck and broadcaster bridge. By the second one, I knew exactly what I wanted and haven't had to change a thing.
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  3. Glyderslead

    Glyderslead Strat-Talk Member

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    Modded my Nashville tele a little bit. I put on a pretend tortoise shell plate and installed a micro switch - you can see it in the photo between the control knobs - which enables selection of all three pick ups or bridge and middle, thus giving seven sounds in all. This mod was so easy, just needed to drill a hole in the control plate and solder two wires on.

    Think I might get another in Daphne Blue.

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  4. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon

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  5. SoulSurfer

    SoulSurfer Strat-O-Master

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    Nashville mod on mine

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  6. Believer7713

    Believer7713 The Pink Bunnyman Frankenstein Silver Member

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  7. Slartybartfast

    Slartybartfast Strat-Talker

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    NICE. I much prefer the neck pickup with that dopey cover off. What pickups are these?
     
  8. Bcorig

    Bcorig Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    Mine is perfect and the best telecaster ever constructed, in the whole world, universe, and Creation. No need to modify it.
     
  9. JeffBlue

    JeffBlue Strat-O-Master

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    Always
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    StewMac thinline converted to a brass top
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    Edenhaus Mahogany body, Fender neck, Seymour Duncan Antiquity P90/JB
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    Warmoth Black Korina body capped with Bloodwood, Bloodwood neck Canary skunk stripe Rosewood fretboard, Seymour Duncan Antiquities
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    Warmoth Black Korina body capped with Padouk, roasted Maple neck (not shown) custom homemade lightning bolt sound hole, Bill Lawrence humbucker strat pickup neck, Seymour Duncan Vintage P90 and Jerry Donahue middle and bridge pickups
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    And from this Warmoth build to................
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    To THIS! seymour Duncan Five-Two pickups
     
  10. HighwayStar106

    HighwayStar106 Senior Stratmaster

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    The neck pickup was sold to me as being some sort of MIA Fender one, but I'm not 100% certain it actually is. Sounds great either way though. The bridge is an Iron Gear Steel Foundry.
     
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  11. Collin D Plonker

    Collin D Plonker Strat-O-Master

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    B5. I didn't get the imports because they have nylon bushings rather than ball bearings.
     
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  12. eclecticsynergy

    eclecticsynergy Senior Stratmaster

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    I've swapped the pickups in all of my T-types. Other than that, the only mod I can think of was replacing the bridge & saddles on one.
     
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    Willmunny Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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  14. soulman969

    soulman969 Senior Stratmaster

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    This was my first Tele modification project. It began about 10 years ago with the purchase of a Squier CVC with a shot neck pickup. Got the price lowered enough to pay for new pickups.

    So that was the first upgrade; a set of Bill/Becky Lawrence/Wilde Keystones. Next came a set of compensated brass saddles to replace the threaded steel version and the vintage pearl pickguard to replace the mint green one.

    About a year or so later I was able to swap the stock neck for one from a 2006 Nashville Deluxe which has my preferred neck profile. It feels quite a bit like a Baja but just slightly less chunky and deep. Perfect for a thumb up player.

    And lastly and most recently it got all new electronics and control plate to replace the stock electronics which were getting a little sketchy. I play this guitar a lot and I do use the controls a lot too so the pots were wearing out.

    All that's left from the original is it's alder body and it's bridge.

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  15. Eric_G

    Eric_G Strat-Talk Member

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    I guess building you own TC is considered a mod :)

    Built a Prince inspired Apple Candy Red tele, that is nicknamed "Let's go Crazy"

    - Fender body and neck
    - Graphtech gold ratio lock tuners
    - Seymour Duncan HotRails tele
    - Push-pull tone and volume knobs to split the hotrails independently
    - Gold jewelry (bridge, pick guard, plate, ferules, neck plate, etc.)
    - Fender Leopard fur strap, a Classic for Prince

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  16. soulman969

    soulman969 Senior Stratmaster

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    And speaking of mods a Nashville Deluxe body that had long ago been modified into an early '50s Tele with CS Nocaster pickups just returned to it roots.

    I installed three custom wound Onamac pickups I had and wired the middle pickup to a push/pull pot so I have all three stock Tele positions and the middle pickup can be added to any of them.

    Pics as soon as I can get a day with some decent natural light to take some. Today is not that day.