Need help with my 79 tele!

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  1. squeally dan

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    I bought a telecaster about 14 years ago because I picked it up at the store and loved it. It was my main axe for many years but not anymore. I was told it was an 89 model and I got it for $800, but a few months ago I looked up the serial number & it turned out to be a 79 model.
    When I first got it I did some changing. I probably wouldn't have if I had known it was a 79. THe pickups were microphonic and so I had them changed. I needed more beef in the neck for solos, so my tech suggested reaplcing the neck single coil with a some type of Gibson humbucker. Also, the 3 saddle bridge was replaced with one that would intonate better.
    Recently I have had problems getting it set up correctly and it just doesn't sound very "alive" Seems like I keep running in to dead spots. Do I need new frets? Also, the hunbucker sounds real muddy. Should I go back to 2 single coils? If so, what would you guys recommend. The one in the bridge right now is some type of SD pickup but I have no way to know the model. Also, would another bridge wake this guitar up some? Help!
     
  2. Pete Galati

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    I'd find someone who could set it up properly before jumping to any conclusions about the frets, or the neck pickup.
     
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    I took it to a tech a couple months ago and he set it up, but its still fretting out higher up the neck. ANd it just doesn't sound as great as I remembered. Its my only tele right now and I want to get it back up to speed.
     
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    I don't know if anyone can really tell whether or not it needs new frets, just from what you're saying.

    I'm a little worried about this last guy who set it up for you not being very good at what he's doing. Because, it shouldn't be fretting out higher up the neck.
     
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    It played ok when he first set up, however, the action was a little lower than I would prefer. Seems as time went on it got where it would fret out higher up the neck.
     
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    The frets look ok near the top of the neck, but I can't see them clearly below the 12th fret.

    I gotta agree with the guys on TDPRI. You need to get a better guitar tech to evaluate this. Someone with some luthier credentials.

    Cool looking Tele btw.
     
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    Its hard to find a good guitar tech around these parts. I am wondering if a different bridge, pickups, etc. might kick some life in to it. Sounds dead right now.
     
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    I noticed I have the humbucker real low. Would raising it up maybe make it less cloudy sounding?
     

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