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Fender Cabronita Tele

HyakuShiki

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Nice!

What's the price comparison of buying one vs. building one?
Generally, sites like Warmoth allow you to spec your own model, and tend to come out costing quite a bit less than Fender's. The necks are Fender certified at a lot of these places, too, which means even if you have a Fender body, the necks are a clean switch. Additionally, the bodies allow you to choose your wood, your features, and I know Warmoth even lets you order pickguards and hardware through them.

Warmoth and USACG are great companies, and even some professionals like Rivers from Weezer and Chris from Foo Fighters use Warmoth models. As nice as Fender's stuff is sometimes, I would almost always recommend Warmoth/USACG if you don't have a ton of disposable income.
 

heajos

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Generally, sites like Warmoth allow you to spec your own model, and tend to come out costing quite a bit less than Fender's. The necks are Fender certified at a lot of these places, too, which means even if you have a Fender body, the necks are a clean switch. Additionally, the bodies allow you to choose your wood, your features, and I know Warmoth even lets you order pickguards and hardware through them.

Warmoth and USACG are great companies, and even some professionals like Rivers from Weezer and Chris from Foo Fighters use Warmoth models. As nice as Fender's stuff is sometimes, I would almost always recommend Warmoth/USACG if you don't have a ton of disposable income.


Oh okay, that's very tempting.
What do find to be special about their sound?

How does it differ from any old tele?
 

HyakuShiki

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Oh okay, that's very tempting.
What do find to be special about their sound?

How does it differ from any old tele?
The La Cab? Well, the TV Jones pickups are a big factor. People have put TV Jones's in the Tele before, and I find that it adds a fuller body to the tone. This is due to the fact that those pickups are mini humbuckers. Whereas Gibson's mini hums are generally a set tone, the TV Jones pickups are literally humbuckers shrunken down, so you can adjust pole pieces and get a nice, versatile tone.

If you've ever heard Brian Setzer or The Edge, you've heard TV Jones pickups before. These are generally coupled with a single volume and tone, so I compare them to a Les Paul Junior-style instrument. Anyone who has ever used a Junior or an Esquire can attest that simplistic controls can be way more interesting than the latest hi-tech doodad.
 

heajos

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The La Cab? Well, the TV Jones pickups are a big factor. People have put TV Jones's in the Tele before, and I find that it adds a fuller body to the tone. This is due to the fact that those pickups are mini humbuckers. Whereas Gibson's mini hums are generally a set tone, the TV Jones pickups are literally humbuckers shrunken down, so you can adjust pole pieces and get a nice, versatile tone.

If you've ever heard Brian Setzer or The Edge, you've heard TV Jones pickups before. These are generally coupled with a single volume and tone, so I compare them to a Les Paul Junior-style instrument. Anyone who has ever used a Junior or an Esquire can attest that simplistic controls can be way more interesting than the latest hi-tech doodad.


Wow, nice.
Well you've been very convincing and it's definitely on the top of my list.

Thanks! :aok
 

Stike

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Nice!

What's the price comparison of buying one vs. building one?
I could be mistaken but the Fender Cabronitas are only Custom Shop models with Custom Shop prices. With Warmoth parts you can definitely get one made for well below Fender prices. For mine I think I scored the body and neck for around $350, $100ish for the TV Jones pickup (the Warmoth rout only fits TVJ's, regular Gretsch 'Trons don't fit:nuts), around $50 for the bridge, and I got a pretty good deal on the finish so that saved a few bucks.
 

heajos

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I could be mistaken but the Fender Cabronitas are only Custom Shop models with Custom Shop prices. With Warmoth parts you can definitely get one made for well below Fender prices. For mine I think I scored the body and neck for around $350, $100ish for the TV Jones pickup (the Warmoth rout only fits TVJ's, regular Gretsch 'Trons don't fit:nuts), around $50 for the bridge, and I got a pretty good deal on the finish so that saved a few bucks.


How did you set up the bridge rout on warmoth?
I'm not sure which one is the same or most similar to what the cabronita has.
 

Stike

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How did you set up the bridge rout on warmoth?
I'm not sure which one is the same or most similar to what the cabronita has.
Warmoth's drilling is the same as Fender's for the LC. Warmoth sells the bridge but I got a good deal on the Hipshot SS bridge and went with that.
 

Tele71

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I made one as well. Body + Bridge = Rutters, Neck = Warmoth, Pickup = TV Jones Hilotron. Fn Sweet!!!!
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