72 Tele Deluxe Reissue!

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  1. HeeBGB

    HeeBGB Member

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    A friend of mine just got a tele deluxe with a strat neck and those extra large split-pole Fender humbuckers. He is not happy with the electronics. Pickups are very harsh and feedback at higher volumes. Other than that it seems like a decent player.

    Anyone know of any pickup options for this beast? I think Rio Grande has a set that will fit but there are no user reviews on HC so I thought I'd ask here if anyone has any experience with this model or knows of any other options!

    Thanks

    Greg
     
  2. lazaruslong

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    upgrade the pots to 500k (they are 250k right now), switch in better caps and it will make a world of difference...

    Dont know about the Rio Grande p/u, but definetly put some new pups in there.
     
  3. Doodad

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    I have an original '73 and the pups are very diff I am told. Try some hotter pups. It is a good guitar with a comfy fit. And the other guy is right, change the pots. 500 seems good.
     
  4. gkoelling

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    Jeez, 250k pots with a HB guitar. Production line Fender... I'd take it one step at a time. The pots have to be changed no matter what, so I'd start there. If he's still unhappy, then go for new pups.

    I wish him luck



    .....Greg
     
  5. waxnsteel

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    I don't know squat about differences in pots. I rarely use the volume knob anyway. I actually dig the sound of the guitar for what it is. It doesn't nail a Tele Deluxe, tone, but I still dig it. I probably will change the electronics at some point. I want to put white speed knobs on it. lol
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    BTW, I had to order mine from the local shop, and when it arrived, they tried it out, and had the same complaint about pickups, they bitched to Fender, and got me a new guitar, which didn't have the same problem. I dig it. I had it painted, got a new pickguard, and put Graphtech's on it, and it's totally my guitar, now.
     
  6. waxnsteel

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  7. lazaruslong

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    Yeah, when i upgraded to 500k pots the dark/muddy sound almost went away..but I still was not satisfied, so I'm having a Fralin Twangmaster put in the bridge and a new pearloid pickguard put on :drool I cant wait to hear it...I also did the 50s gibson wiring mod.

    Even with the shoddy electronics its one of the best playing guitars i have ever tried :cool:

    waxnsteel:

    Did you strip the guitar and lay down that white? Looks pretty killer, how hard was removing the thick poly finish?
     
  8. waxnsteel

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    I had a local dude do it. Don't get me started on the hassle. It's not perfect, but I wasn't about to drop 3 g's into a custom shop guitar. Cost just about a grand to do this way. I got my Tele in walnut, and the Strat in natural to make it as easy as possible. I was in touch with the painter before I bought the guitars. Snowflake pearl. Auto paint. And thanks! I love these guitars.
     

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