Explain the reasoning behind the Tele Custom to me

james...

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The whole humbuggy in the neck thing never seemed practical to me. Maybe I need to play one? What is the idea here? Stock Tele rhythm sounds in the bridge with throaty lead sounds from the neck?
 
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The whole humbuggy in the neck thing never seemed practical to me. Maybe I need to play one? What is the idea here? Stock Tele rhythm sounds in the bridge with throaty lead sounds from the neck?
Play one. If it works for you, that's the reason for it.

I don't much care for the stock Telecaster neck sounds. I don't hate them, but they're not my favorites, so I prefer just about every other common swap over the stock Telecaster neck: Strat, P90, humbucker, mini-hum.

Try it.
 

jwguitar

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The whole humbuggy in the neck thing never seemed practical to me. Maybe I need to play one? What is the idea here? Stock Tele rhythm sounds in the bridge with throaty lead sounds from the neck?
I prefer a standard humbucker in the neck if I had a choice. But to be honest single coil neck pickups on telecasters are very underrated. They are great for jazz guitar in my opinion:

 

Sampler

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For Fender at the time (ca. 1972), the reasoning was that people were already doing it.....as noted above the neck pickup on a Tele leaves much to be desired for some...I personally like a good Tele neck pickup but in the late 60s many vintage Teles got routed and buckered. There is something very unique about the combination of a WRHB and a single coil....the high end is there and it’s mids are super present...the original ones have 1 Meg volume and tone pots so the rear pickup on its own has been known to kill small animals with the tone knob on 10. One of Fenders better models from the 70s if you ask me...unique in its own way. Try one, you might like it.

 

Digidog

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But.... If it is like everybody says, the modern wide range humbers are not of the same construction as the original ones, why should people today buy a replica of a guitar that isn't a replica in anything more than the looks? Why doesn't Fender do a better reconstruction of the old humbuckers?

Anybody can put a humbucker in a Tele, but if the wide range buckers were so unique - and seemingly well liked - it's astonishing to me that they are not more thoroughly and exactly replicated.
 

coldengray

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But.... If it is like everybody says, the modern wide range humbers are not of the same construction as the original ones, why should people today buy a replica of a guitar that isn't a replica in anything more than the looks? Why doesn't Fender do a better reconstruction of the old humbuckers?

Anybody can put a humbucker in a Tele, but if the wide range buckers were so unique - and seemingly well liked - it's astonishing to me that they are not more thoroughly and exactly replicated.
It may be astonishing to you, but the reason they don't make the wide range humbuckers like they used to is that CuNiFe magnets aren't available anymore. At the time, Fender and Seth Lover had to create a humbucker that didn't infringe on Gibson's patent so they did things differently for a reason. Now they don't have to, plus CuNiFe isn't available to use anymore. Here's a great article on the subject:

https://reverb.com/news/dont-fence-me-in-the-fender-wide-range-humbucker-family
 
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Ron Kirn

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here's how it works... we make the Telecaster... we sell a boat load of 'em... but eventually the market softens.. so the Suits get together and ask, "What can we do to get sales up on the telecaster".. someone from Marketing with a Masters in BS, says, "lets call it the Telecaster Deluxe, and change 15 cents worth of electronics... " and he got promoted...

and that's the way it is.. in large manufacturing, things either are increasing or slipping away, there is no status quo..

rk
 

d-rock

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But.... If it is like everybody says, the modern wide range humbers are not of the same construction as the original ones, why should people today buy a replica of a guitar that isn't a replica in anything more than the looks? Why doesn't Fender do a better reconstruction of the old humbuckers?

Anybody can put a humbucker in a Tele, but if the wide range buckers were so unique - and seemingly well liked - it's astonishing to me that they are not more thoroughly and exactly replicated.
Maybe people like the sound of the new wide range humbuckers
:dunno
Does Fender build all their pickups in reissue guitars to vintage specs?
 




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