MJT telecaster- detwanged! (not for the tele purists)

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  1. john beddoe

    john beddoe Member

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    Hey guys

    I finally got on to doing some mods on my MJT Daphne blue Telecaster.

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    I installed a Vintage Vibe Charlie Christian neck pickup. Still plenty of clarity, but a lot more warmth and body, to my ears. Good for imitating an archtop jazz tone.

    I then installed a Seymour Duncan lil' 59 pickup. I'm surprised how fat the tone is and works great with overdrive. A little more treble would be nice. I have 250k volume and tone pots so might consider taking the lil 59 off the tone control( 'no load"?) to see if i can get a little more bite. I played around with the magnet screws for ages to get a bit more brightness.

    Finally, i installed some TI flatwound 11 gauge strings. They seemed the final touch for imitating an older jazz tone. The G string is a flatwound 19 strings so still easyish to bend, although not too easy for full tone bends. Still not certain i'll keep the flatwounds on but sounds great for jazz standards, less so when rockin' out.

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    Overall, loving this Tele for my jazz/blues/soul corporate band!

    Any others got their teles going like this? Tele and twang lovers, no need to comment haha
     
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  2. Lumpy Trousers

    Lumpy Trousers Member

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    Nice!! I have a Tele with a lil' 59 - not a twangy pickup, but sounds good to me. I also have it wired series/split/parallel - sometimes I think I like the parallel sound better than series. 500 K Ohm pots, too.
     
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  3. Wiretap

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    I have a hot rail in my 50's road worn tele, so I know how you feel with the sacrilege, but on your tone issue, I personally just put in a 500k pot, the stock neck pickup plays a lot better with the 500 than the hot rail did with the 250.
     
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  4. SPROING!

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    I've only played CC pickups on hollowbodies but they have a nice full tone.

    The 59 bridge makes for good blues/rock tones.

    How does the middle position sound?
     
  5. john beddoe

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    fair call. I thought about this but just love the CC neck pickup as it is with 250/250 vol/tone
     
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    i like it. I didn't use the middle position much before but have sometimes flipped to it when doing funky stuff and it works well. Bit of snap and girth
     
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  7. Fu Schnickens

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    I got a tele with a Lil 59 bridge and 57 Classic neck. Good bright rock tone without the twang. For chime and twang I use the middle position. Full-on blasphemy.
     
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  8. Zalu

    Zalu Supporting Member

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    I love teles and that one seems great! Not my thing for sure, but it's different and if it works for you, that's all that matters. I want to hear some sounds out of that thing!
     
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  9. Buelligan

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    I'd love to hear it.
     
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  10. john beddoe

    john beddoe Member

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    will get on to it to post something :)
     
  11. RJLII

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    Nice. I did something similar to my Nocaster (see pic). I stuck with the stock pots, but the guitar was factory wired with a treble bleed, so all I need to do is roll off the volume a touch to get a little more twang emphasis.

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  12. john beddoe

    john beddoe Member

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    is that a matching blade CC bridge pickup? how's it sounding?
     
  13. RJLII

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    Yup. Sounds great. A little more girth and more output than the stock Nocaster pickups. Both are about as potent as a P90.
     
  14. Raygun Gothic

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    OP is that pickup humbucker sized?
     
  15. john beddoe

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  16. Imperial_Tone

    Imperial_Tone All things with a Maple Cap

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    Sweet. The whole team at MJT do great work. Congrats on a great build!
     

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