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Tele lover's Strat? Strat lover's Tele? Or...?

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  1. Zeekrider

    Zeekrider Strat-Talker

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    Already having a nice compliment of "typical" Teles and Strats... I've been exploring some relatively uncommon variations - just for the fun of it.

    A month ago I wondered what a Tele BRIDGE pickup would be like in the neck position... and in the middle position! That led me to acquiring a scarce copy of Fender's Triple Tele. Turns out, I love the Triple Tele tones! And, I've upgraded the pickups & switch plate/switch knob. I also swapped the maple neck for rosewood.

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    So THEN... that led me to wondering what a Triple Tele in a Strat body would be like? And I set-out to find out.

    Today, I found out! And I LOVE it! Sounds very much like the Triple Tele sounds, but with the feel and attributes of a Strat body - and perhaps a tiny bit of that Strat sparkle tone.

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    The body came from Stratosphere - it's a 2019 Fender Player "Plus Top" Strat, routed HSH. Alder with a flamed-maple cap, aged cherry burst finish. The neck is a 2018 Fender '60s Classic Player Strat neck. It's fantastic how nice the Fender products are coming out of the Ensenada plant. And they're priced well.

    I wired the 5-way switch so that the neck and bridge pickups could be combined (like a Tele). It's got a full, rich, bright, sparkly tone in that position. Definitely sounds quite Tele-ish, not like a Strat.

    At present, I'm running Fender CS Nocaster bridge pickups (7.0k) in both the neck and bridge positions, with a Fender CS Broadcaster bridge pickup (7.3k) in the middle position. Volume pot is CTS 480k, with a CTS No-Load tone pot, and .022uF Orange drop cap.

    I have some "boutique" Tele BRIDGE pickups inbound, which will kick things up a notch from the Fender pickups.

    Sort of a Tele, for a Strat lover? Or, could be a Strat, for a Tele lover?

    In any event - it's a unique instrument that plays great and sounds great. Very pleasing, FUN project!

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    I like the way you think, sir!
     
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    HSH body routing worked fine for the Tele BRIDGE pickup in neck and bridge positions,

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    but I needed to do a little routing in the center, to accept the middle Tele BRIDGE pickup

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    Helluva cool project, congrats!
     
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  7. Zeekrider

    Zeekrider Strat-Talker

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    Wild, just wild... I know. Such tones a Strat has not heard before!

    And I can't wait for the Palo Duro pickups to arrive (they will be brighter, sparklier, and more articulate than the Fender Nocasters & Broadcaster are). I like clean, clear, crisp tones!

    My "regular" Strats are already getting jealous of the attention I'm giving this one. They have nothing to worry about, though... I love them all!
     
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  8. Zeekrider

    Zeekrider Strat-Talker

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    Thanks, buddy... I'm really thrilled with how it came out. :)
     
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    Nadnitram Senior Stratmaster

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    A** has been kicked! Twice! Well done, @Zeekrider!

    I wonder what a Triple Tele would sound like in a Les Paul Jr....

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  10. Zeekrider

    Zeekrider Strat-Talker

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    Thanks, Nadnitram. (Dan Martin?)

    Hahaha! That LPJ TT, I will probably never tip-toe into. :eek:
     
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  11. Lone Woof

    Lone Woof Senior Stratmaster

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    This is the kind of mad scientist stuff Fender should be doing.
     
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    I had a Triple Tele and I agree, I liked it a lot. I really like the execution of your Strat. Watch Fender do that in their next reboot of "Pawn Shop"/"Parallel Universe" guitars.
     
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    Time for an updated family group picture....yours are usually well done.
     
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    Tim S Strat-O-Master

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    I followed your Triple Tele story on TDPRI. Nicely executed! That's a beautiful guitar.
     
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    The Tele BRIDGE pickup is widely hailed as one of the greatest single coil pickups of all time. I figured if it sounds great in the bridge position, it would likely sound great at the neck... AND the middle, too. Turns out... it does! :eek:

    One of Fender's Custom Shop Master Builders (Todd Krause) created such a guitar (see my first post), with a Tele body, and called it the Triple Tele. 1,066 of them were made in 2014.

    Being curious and enjoying experimenting with a lot of pickups, it was a natural progression for me to go from the Triple Tele to making a Triple Tele Strat!

    The way Fender is going with their Parallel Universe designs, who knows? A Triple Tele Strat may be made by Fender some day.

    Of course, this isn't a replacement for a traditional Strat, but once you have a few of those, something different like this is great when you want to play a Strat body/neck, but you don't want Strat tones. This sounds quite Tele-esque, and offers the design and attributes of a Strat body.
     
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    Awesome! I want one!
     
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  18. Zeekrider

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    It sounds very much like the way my Triple Tele sounds, which is set up the same way. Here are some sound samples from that.

    Neck pickup (Cavalier 50/51)




    Neck pickup (Cavalier BAKERSFIELD)




    This clip has four sections


    1- CS Nocaster BRIDGE pickup - in NECK position
    2- CS Nocaster BRIDGE pickup - in MIDDLE position
    3- Two CS Nocaster BRIDGE pickups - in NECK & BRIDGE positions
    4- CS Nocaster BRIDGE pickup - in BRIDGE position

    I have two hand-wound/scatter wound, low-wind Tele BRIDGE pickups (A5 mags, 8,200 turns of 42 AWG wire, 6.4k) on the way that will be brighter, clearer, and more articulate than the Fender CS Nocaster bridge pickups in the sound samples above. Those two Tele BRIDGE pickups will go in the neck and middle positions, and I'll leave the Fender CS Nocaster in the bridge position while I think on what else I may want to go with in that spot.

    Not that Fender's CS Nocasters don't sound good! They do sound good. It's just that I enjoy even more sparkle and clarity, especially in the neck and middle positions, than the Nocasters provide.

    As with all of my other Strats and Teles, I just tweak 'em 'til they sound "just right" to my taste in tone.
     
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  19. Zeekrider

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    Thank you Tim! I appreciate your comments. :)
     
  20. Lone Woof

    Lone Woof Senior Stratmaster

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    I looked up that Triple Tele. Now I want one.
     
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