Just Purchased My First Telecaster - Also My First New Guitar

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  1. Echoes19

    Echoes19 Strat-Talk Member

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    Hello. I've only been playing guitar for the past nine months. And I have, thankfully, found an immensely talented teacher. I realize that I have a nearly endless road ahead of me given that I started a bit late, given that I am 64. The original plan was that I would learn to play, front my own band, and find fame and all the rest starting when I was 15. And then, I lost my dad to a drunk driver late one night, and, I had no choice but to become the man of the house, and, while finishing school, started working every side job I could to ensure that the family and my moms limited salary from what work she could find, was enough. And we got by.

    And so, I find myself absolutely dedicated, now that I've retired from a 65 hour per week job, to doing everything I can to make myself an at least capable guitar player.

    While my musical tastes are incredibly wide ranging, at, or at least near the very top is "The Boss", Mr. Bruce Springsteen, and so, it was inevitable that I had to own a Telecaster. Today, I purchased my very first new guitar. a Fender 2018 Limited Edition '72 Telecaster Custom w/Bigsby, Ash Body, Maple Fingerboard, Natural. After looking at all the available options, I just had to have this guitar.

    And I know this is probably a terrible rookie mistake to ask about, but how do I remove the plastic from the pick guard? I can't find anywhere with an edge to grasp.

    Beyond that, I already LOVE this guitar. The action felt great when I tried it at the shop today. I loved the variation in sounds that you get from changing, and/or combining pickups. And the guitar is just so damn great looking, beautiful wood, and everything. And it is solid ash, which I have been told that Fender has stopped using because of cost, and I love the look of ash. I practiced for three hours today, after I got it home.
     
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  2. Lone Woof

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    Congrats! A Tele is a great choice.

    Just pick at an edge of the pickguard with a fingernail and the plastic will start to lift. Then start peeling it off.
     
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    Congratulations!!! Tele's are awesome!! Feel free to post a pic of your newest purchase! :thumb:
     
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    Congrats on finding "The One".

    My first "real" electric was a '67 Telecaster and it's very likely my very last guitar will also be a Telecaster. They can use it for kindling when they light my funeral pyre. ;)

    Great guitars to learn on. Simple and they will work for any musical genre.
     
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    Please post some pics...it is a requirement after all.:D
     
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    If I had to get down to one the Tele would be a survivor.
    Great choice!
    ^^^^^
     
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    Congratulations! And remember: you go around only once...
     
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    Happy NGD! My Tele's outnumber my Strats.
     
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    If you're a fingernail chewer, you can use a guitar pick to get that plastic off.
     
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    Congrats on your dedication and buying the new Tele. Enjoy playing it as often as you can.
     
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    First : congratulations!!
    Second : pics or it didn't happen :D
     
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    HNGD!

    I back the pickguard screws out a few turns (prevents plastic from getting hung up under the screws) and then peel away!
     
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    Thanks to everyone for the kind words. Here are a couple pics of my new acquisition 20200801_142256.jpg 20200802_150858.jpg
     
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    Nice guitar
     
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    Nice! You'll have fun. That will keep you out of trouble.

    When peeling off the plastic, work at getting it out from under the volume and tone knobs so it's not "wrinkly scratchy plastic sound" all the time. Tear from one side and then unwrap around. If you need to take the knobs off because it broke too short getting it out, use a couple of zip ties tight to the shaft under the knob to lift carefully from both sides of the shaft or wrap a cloth under and around to pull up slowly. If you use a screwdriver/spoon/etc you'll end up denting and possibly cracking the knob flange.

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    Sweet Tele! HNGD
     
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    Wow. That's beautiful!! And every thing you could want. I hope it feels as good as it looks.
     
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    That is gorgeous.