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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Telecasters / J5 Telecaster

greg1948
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Tbird Greg
Sep 15th, 2018 10:13 AM   Edit   Profile  

Saw this cool looking used guitar at GC. A black Tele body with Strat neck/headstock, 3 humbuckers and a shiny chrome pickguard. Liked the feel of the neck and the sound of the pickups, so I bought it.

Now at home, I'm finding the usual pros and cons. Love the action and the sounds are very useable: more like a LP than a Tele, for sure. Bridge p/u bright, middle less bright and neck more mellow, as expected. A tad less output than my LP Classic.

The cons: my picking style has me tapping the pick on that middle pickup. Not audible through neck and bridge pickups, but it comes right through on the middle one, like a tapping out a beat. Could be useful, I suppose. So unless I radically change my picking style, I'm going to be clicking and tapping all the time with this guitar. And that I find mildly annoying. The other negative is that big, shiny pickguard. Not my style at all. I searched for replacements but none available for this model, apparently. Oh, yeah, this is a very heavy guitar,

All in all, I do like the playability and the sound overall, but if I don't get used to that tapping sound and the gaudy appearance, it may get returned to GC.

Fender J5 Tele on Reverb

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Tiki torches

at twilight
Sep 15th, 2018 10:33 AM   Edit   Profile  

Drop that middle pickup down just a teensy bit; that's usually all it takes to provide pick clearance. Shouldn't mess with the sound very much.

While you're at it, check all three pickups for proper height. It's quite common for pickups to be too close to the strings--even on factory guitars.

greg1948
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Tbird Greg
Sep 15th, 2018 01:08 PM   Edit   Profile  

Peegoo, I did try lowering the pickup, but it was already set to it's lowest point. All the pickups are set higher than most of my other guitars. Why? Haven't a clue.

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Sep 15th, 2018 04:15 PM   Edit   Profile  

I'm holding out for this one, and will load it out with the DiMarzio D-Activators that he uses in his stage guitars.

Supposed to be released this month.

J5 Tele Gold

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at twilight
Sep 15th, 2018 09:50 PM   Edit   Profile  

A humbucker Tele is a versatile guitar. It sounds nothing like a Les Paul, but it also doesn't sound like a Tele either.

I have one I built a few years back that has two Gretsch Filtertrons in it. Warmoth '59 roundback maple/maple neck with 6100 stainless steel frets.

Pretty versatile rig.

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