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Foggy1
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So, so you think you can tell?
May 19th, 2019 11:36 AM   Edit   Profile  

I play my 2014 MIM Baja Tele more than any of the others by far.

Not sure why i still own the others, except for my acoustic. I'll always play that.

LeftyMeister
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Tone is in the lingers
May 19th, 2019 11:45 AM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks, Dave!

I played the Mex Tele at church this morning and noted it has more of an acoustic and open quality than the copper. Of course, the copper has hotter pickups by design, so that'll affect the tone.

When I bought the Mex used in '06, I gutted it and installed Lollar Vintage T's. This guitar just has 'it' where tone is concerned.

Gene from Tampa
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Press On Irregardless
May 19th, 2019 12:03 PM   Edit   Profile  

I currently own six electric guitars. Three of which are expensive USA-made fine guitars. My FSR MIM tele, a BSB with ash body and reversed control plate is what I recently took to a jam with my Mustang III amp. It covers all the bases sonically, I'm not guilty tossing it in a cheap gig bag, it's light weight and easy on my back. And it seems indestructible.

Basic Tele

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Tone is in the lingers
May 19th, 2019 07:53 PM   Edit   Profile  

I've always loved the blonde Tele look.


willie

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May 20th, 2019 07:31 AM   Edit   Profile  

years ago when I was active in doing studio work I found that I needed basically only two guitars....an ES-335 and a Telecaster...you could cover virtually any electric guitar part required with those two... with very few exceptions.

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Shlock the monster

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May 21st, 2019 10:19 AM   Edit   Profile  

I had several Teles:
a 89 American Standard
a 2000 US Highway
a noble copy from Duesenberg with a pretty spalted swamp ash body
some Korean copies I forgot (Chery, Johnson or whatsoever)
still a walnut Frankenstein partcaster with SD P90ies.
now a cheap China fake.
With exception of the China cheapo no Tele really caught on. Most of them I sold after few months of use. They always sounded too honky (quong quong quong) for me.
The walnut Franky I kept, because I pumped too much money in it, so I would never get the money back.
But the China fake sounds outstanding. It's the Tele twang I want, though I would still prefer Strats and modified Jags over it.

Leftee
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May 21st, 2019 12:14 PM   Edit   Profile  

Did we ever answer the original question??? 🤔

LeftyMeister
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Tone is in the lingers
May 21st, 2019 06:52 PM   Edit   Profile  

I answered it in post #10. :oD

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May 22nd, 2019 08:49 AM   Edit   Profile  

I still own lots of guitars but when I leave for a gig, I always take by Tele with a B-bender. I've just gotten so used to it I don't gig with my other Teles.
I'm putting together a Pine body Tele now and it should be super light. My B-bender Tele weighs
9 lbs. but I'm used to it.

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There's no place like tone
Jul 22nd, 2019 12:31 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have felt the same way LM. The tele is such a non fussy instrument - I just love the simplicity of it. When you think about the design, the danged thing has been essentially unchanged for nearly 70 years. Sure, there have been refinements, but it has pretty much remained a slab of wood with a neck bolted to it and a couple of pickups screwed onto the front - enough to do the job and nothing more. There is something about that that really resonates with my personality

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The Escalator
Aug 3rd, 2019 06:26 AM   Edit   Profile  

Over the last couple years my Tele collection has grown - quite a lot. It's been my go-to build over the last year or so. And, once the particular guitar is built, I can't seem to part with it.

Meanwhile my Strat side of the house has remained rather dormant.

Te 52

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Aug 3rd, 2019 12:43 PM   Edit   Profile  

Quote that deserves repeating: "If the army issued you an electric guitar, it would be a Telecaster."

jhawkr
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Aug 6th, 2019 07:11 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have several Tele's but this one is my favorite.

My favorite Tele

pcalu

usa Thumb area Mi

Aug 6th, 2019 08:03 AM   Edit   Profile  

Telecaster AV 1964

That's a beaut!

Does that have the pure vintage 64s pups?

I have a set in a surf green tele w/mint white pickguard I dubbed California. Love those pups. Once I figure out how to dial them in (being staggard pole pieces ) those pups really shine.

6.0k DC resistance on the bridge pup one wouldn't think it would push an amp... but they do. love the neck pup too... could play blues on that all night long

jhawkr
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Aug 6th, 2019 08:31 AM   Edit   Profile  

I remember them being "custom wound" to 1964 specifications and that they were reverse engineered. It is a blues machine. The neck pickup takes you directly to "Are You Experienced" territory. Turns out Jimi borrowed Noel's 65 Tele to record 4 of the songs on the album that we all thought were played on a Strat! I find it to be a very useable guitar. Plenty of spank without being ice-picky on the bridge.

pcalu

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Aug 7th, 2019 05:26 AM   Edit   Profile  

Damn... that explains it. ( the PV64s I have are the standard ones, but the formula for the turns came from somewhere. I'd guess from your guitar's R&D in the Custom Shop)

I love doing the blues stuff on the neck pup. (to include Hendrix)
That always my test to see if a Tele neck pup is worth a damn.

A lot of sets that I have tried the neck are too dark and don't complement the bridge. Not the case with the PV64s



jhawkr
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Aug 7th, 2019 08:09 AM   Edit   Profile  

Great pickups for sure. I believe they are Alnico 5 magnets, staggered steel poles, gray bottoms, etc. I recall they found several 64 Tele’s and Replicated from there including a “Thin Skin” nitro finish. It all comes together to make about as close to the originals as they could make. I get along with the 7.25 radius just fine.

pcalu

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Aug 7th, 2019 07:19 PM   Edit   Profile  

Heck yea on the 7.25 radius!

Toss up between the 7.25 and the 9.5 as to what I like best. Ditched the compound radius (and noisless pups) years ago.

Standard radius' just feel more consistent. And I just prefer real single coils.

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Aug 7th, 2019 09:34 PM   Edit   Profile  

Very nice Tele jhawkr, my favorite color scheme.

jhawkr
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Aug 8th, 2019 06:32 AM   Edit   Profile  

It is yellowing nicely and they say the finish will behave just like the Tele's of old.

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