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Fender 50's Classic Telecaster

rdnzl

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The Fender specs say C, but it feels more like a U to me.

It has lots of twang, and the bridge pup is especially sweet.
 

rdnzl

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I suppose it will be easier to do swells. Watching Bill Kirchen, with his upside down control plate, its easy to see why it is done.
 

eric-d

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I have had mine since '99 and it slowly became my go to guitar. I love it. I put the res/cap mod on the volume and a set of Antiquity's and it's just killer!!

 

eric-d

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bridge the outer contacts on the volume pot with a 250pf cap and a 220K resistor..... I go play a gig - I leave my Mo'D on all night long. Roll the volume down to 5'ish and get a nice fat rhythm tone and crank it for searing solos.... There are a lot of shades of distortion in between.
 

openbar

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bridge the outer contacts on the volume pot with a 250pf cap and a 220K resistor..... I go play a gig - I leave my Mo'D on all night long. Roll the volume down to 5'ish and get a nice fat rhythm tone and crank it for searing solos.... There are a lot of shades of distortion in between.
So basically it's making your volume control into a tone control? Or am I not following?
 

teleking36

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I found a gem as well. Late last year, I snagged this 50s Classic RI off of ebay with a nice brown tolex fender case for $550 including shipping. I've since swapped out the pickups for a WCR Crossroads HB in the neck and a Lollar Special in the bridge, a set of Glendale "outlaw" saddles, an RS 500k Superpot for the volume pot, and a 5-way super switch to split the WCR. I'm waiting on my Musikraft neck that's being hand finished in nitro by a fellow TGPer. I actually like the stock neck profile, but I can't stand the vintage radius and small frets. The Musikraft has a similar profile (.90 @ 1st fret to .99 @ 12th), but it's got 6105s and a 10" radius. I may throw a resistor in for the bridge pickup to round everything out.

Not only is this tele lighter than my previous USA ash tele, but it's more resonant, the finish seems a little thinner, and the woodgrain is more consistent. Here's a recent pic:

 
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A bandmate came over wth a new 50's Classic yesterday. If I didn't already have a Tele I would have clubbed him over the head and taken his guitar. Sever GAS pains!
 

rastus

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I have a friend that owns an original 54 Tele as well as a 58 Esquire. When those 2 became so valuable, he bought 2 MIM 50's Teles to play out, a 2 tone sunburst and a blonde/blackguard one. Less than 1100 OTD at a local Fender dealer. He claims that he played every Tele in stock (quite a few) from MIMs to Master builts, and that these were perfectly like his originals in playabilty and feel. He did swap pickups, don't know what to, but I can attest that his sound is every bit as good on these as it was on his originals. He also said the MIM ones are lighter and easier on his back.
 

rdnzl

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Mine is also quite light. But the body is still very resonant.

This model is a real bargain, IMHO.
 




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