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Old 12-16-2018, 02:38 AM
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Default My First Telecaster...Guitar Thread..Post Up Yours

Post up your tele story or any guitar or gear to share.

My first electric was an Epiphone Les Paul with dual humbuckers and using a Fender Mustang II modeling amp. Haven't really played it much at all these past 3 years.


Looking for simpler. I think I was just overwhelmed with this combo in the beginning, but I've come a long way.

I really tend to gravitate towards the more clean electric sound which tends to push me back towards acoustics.

So I decided I was in the market for a telecaster and treated myself to a new 2017 MIM Fender Standard. I also
went the extra mile and bought my first tube amp, a Fender Blues Junior IV.

They really sound great together and the Les Paul really growls though this new amp. The tele needs some work so I dropped it off yesterday to get a setup.


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Nice !!!

Swamp ash or alder body?

I like the bridge. It has the lip relief and 6 saddles.
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Very nice. Don't laugh but I'm probably juuuuuuust a little older than you lol, when I bought my first guitar in 1978 and it was a 77 Ibanez Les Paul copy (post lawsuit version) and I still have it! I was inspired by my older brother who bought a brand new 1975 Telecaster and also still has it. Nothing like the twang on a Telecaster but personally I'm a Strat guy and can't stop collection them. And of all my amps from Marshal stacks to Mesa Boogies to Peaveys, my favorite is my small, Fender Champion 30 lol! It just has the best sound out of all of them. Sometimes simpler is better.
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im a tele sort of feller--

run mine thru a 74 twin reverb --

theres a total different sound thru tube amps-- never did like the new amps
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I gig with my blues jr
sometimes on its own or run through the PA
Best amp I own and you can really dial in those tubes without having to blast the god damn thing.
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I ended up with an odd affinity for Tele's. Early on, I just had trouble adjusting to the neck style but as my playing became more comfortable, the neck shape became less of an issue. You can easily guess which ones I've built in this photo. The Alverez Dana and the Samick on the right are interesting hybrids. I now play mostly tenor guitar and primarily ones I've built including building my own pickups.

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Like somebody once said, “Leo got it right the first time...”

Would have to pry my Custom from my cold dead hands.
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Very nice. Don't laugh but I'm probably juuuuuuust a little older than you lol, when I bought my first guitar in 1978 and it was a 77 Ibanez Les Paul copy (post lawsuit version) and I still have it! I was inspired by my older brother who bought a brand new 1975 Telecaster and also still has it. Nothing like the twang on a Telecaster but personally I'm a Strat guy and can't stop collection them. And of all my amps from Marshal stacks to Mesa Boogies to Peaveys, my favorite is my small, Fender Champion 30 lol! It just has the best sound out of all of them. Sometimes simpler is better.
If you ever get the chance to, try out a Suhr badger 30 watt head. I've owned lots of amps and played through many more, and by far the badger 30 is the best. Whether you like clean, or gain, it's the best at both and does it all with just one channel. No pedals needed. Just the pickup switch and volume knob (on your guitar) is all you need. Well ok, I do use a reverb and vibrato pedal, but that's it.
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Nice axes ya'll, I see I'm not the only guitar whor…. around here, LOL

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Originally Posted by polarred21 View Post
So I decided I was in the market for a telecaster and treated myself to a new 2017 MIM Fender Standard. I also
went the extra mile and bought my first tube amp, a Fender Blues Junior IV.
Really nice. The MIM Fenders have a great bang for the buck.

I have a few Teles. Here are two cheap and easy modifications to consider in the future. The first is to replace the jack with an Electrosocket when the cup jack starts to go (they always do!). Under $10, 2 screws, and 2 solder joints. The second is to turn the control plate around, and swap the volume and tone controls. That way, you can more easily do volume swells, and are less likely to accidentally bump the switch while strumming.
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The tortoise shell pick guard on the red body looks great!
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Originally Posted by .Mike View Post
Really nice. The MIM Fenders have a great bang for the buck.

I have a few Teles. Here are two cheap and easy modifications to consider in the future. The first is to replace the jack with an Electrosocket when the cup jack starts to go (they always do!). Under $10, 2 screws, and 2 solder joints. The second is to turn the control plate around, and swap the volume and tone controls. That way, you can more easily do volume swells, and are less likely to accidentally bump the switch while strumming.
That control plate mod Mike mentioned is a great tele mod. Just remember to turn the pickup selector switch around on the plate when you do that. If you want to keep the same orientation it has now.

If you're ever in the mood to get even more tones out of your tele you can replace the bridge pickup with a humbucker that lets you do coil splits. There are companies that make them that fit directly in the stock tele bridge pickup slot. This allows you to get that same tele tone when the coils are split, but if you want a high output bridge pickup for doing hard rock stuff, you can kick it into humbucker mode. Just adds another dimension to a tele to make it even more versitile.
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Got 1 of ea.

Eppi Les Paul Custom Limited Edition Silver Burst

And an amazing Fender Telecaster Select Limited Edition with a Carved Maple Top in Amber Flame


I enjoy using my Line 6 Spyder Jam 75

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Originally Posted by Mata Peje View Post
Got 1 of ea.

Eppi Les Paul Custom Limited Edition Silver Burst

And an amazing Fender Telecaster Select Limited Edition with a Carved Maple Top in Amber Flame


I enjoy using my Line 6 Spyder Jam 75

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I bought one in a pawnshop maybe 15 years ago - it was a MIM but the electronics were line none I have ever seen. Humbucker neck and blue Fender lace sensor bridge, 5 way selector, regular volume/tone knobs. Sounded great and could play just about any style of music with it. I sold it a number or years ago to help fund a PRS, I have never seen anything similar since. Kind of wish I kept it but the PRS is a far better guitar.
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Originally Posted by rneurohr1 View Post
I bought one in a pawnshop maybe 15 years ago - it was a MIM but the electronics were line none I have ever seen. Humbucker neck and blue Fender lace sensor bridge, 5 way selector, regular volume/tone knobs. Sounded great and could play just about any style of music with it. I sold it a number or years ago to help fund a PRS, I have never seen anything similar since. Kind of wish I kept it but the PRS is a far better guitar.
The 594 McCarthy is one of the most exquisitely sounding guitars you'll ever play or hear. There's a reason why Al DiMeola and Carlos Santana and many other bigwigs play PRS's.
Which one did you get? The Eagle is also incredible. What sound. Love the pearl or abalone hawks and falcons fretboard inlays and even the shape, weight and feel is outstanding in every aspect.

I was very close to getting this one since the guy is my idol. Never pulled the plug on it, though. Maybe someday I'll add it to the collection when my wife is looking the other way lmfao!

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very nice guitar.
I have a few Fenders laying around. MIM Strat and Amer Strat and Tele Love them and they sound great through the Blues Jr picked one of those up this year myself.
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Nice axe...I have a Tele on my list, as I'm a Fender guy and previously had all Strats. Just sold my older MIM sunburst Strat with a rosewood neck.

I'm craving a Tele with a humbucker at the neck....harder to find those.
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Nice axe...I have a Tele on my list, as I'm a Fender guy and previously had all Strats. Just sold my older MIM sunburst Strat with a rosewood neck.

I'm craving a Tele with a humbucker at the neck....harder to find those.
I have two teles with neck humbuckers. One is an original '72 Thinline, and the other is a Suhr Alt T pro. I have found the neck humbuckers on a tele to be a little too dark sounding. The Suhr Alt T pro has a coil tap for both humbuckers and I found myself only using the single coil when I'm playing the neck pickup.
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Very nice, congratulations! I've GOT A MIM Strat, and I have to say I'm not a fan, I much prefer my Epi LP standard Pro and the double humbuckers. I accept delivery of my new Paul Reed Smith Custom 24 tomorrow, can't wait o play it through my Ibanez tube screamer amp. If I can figure out how to post photos I'll add some here.
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