Setting up a Tele.

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  1. Last

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    Getting my first Tele ever tomorrow (can't wait)!

    Was wondering how difficult they are to set up properly? I've only worked on Gibson LP's & am fairly confident with 'em.

    The Tele is a whole new ball game to me though.

    What are the most common issues with a new Tele?

    Oh, I'm getting a Highway One in a yummy blonde. ;)
     
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    IF you can confidently setup a LP, then the tele will be no problem. Neck angle is the biggest trouble which is no trouble. They are a rather simple beast.
     
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    Intonating the 3-saddle bridge. Other than that, it's cake.
     
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    Just get compensated saddles; no need to struggle with an obsolete design these days.
     
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    Cool, thanks for the replies everyone.

    Should have some pics up tomorrow if all goes well. :D
     
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    Does it have a 8 or 5 hole pickguard?
     
  9. JLee

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    Even nicer is a FREE radius gauge like the one I linked to in my post. ;)
     
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    Hey AbbeSauniere thanks for the free radius gauge print~out.

    As for the pickguard question, it's a 5 hole.

    I picked it up over @ Cascio Interstate Music using their 14% Off coupon combined with MSN's Bing Cash Back @ 8%, so when all said & done I stole it!

    $545 for a brand new Highway One Tele with Gig Bag & Full Warranty. :)
     
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    True, but he didn't indicate what type of saddles he has. I was answering a general question about setting up tele's not modding them.
     
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    Easy, man. Wasn't trying to 'correct' you; was simply offering additional info.
     
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    Oops ... you're absolultely right - if it's free, why not.

    Cheers.
     
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    on the Hwy 1, i have found the best set up to be .010 neck relief, 4mm height at the twelfth fret on the high E and 5mm at the low E. this has been the best set up on the 10 or so Hwy 1 teles i have run across.

    i have found that cranking the pickups down a bit adds to the depth and wood tone of the stock pickups as well.
     
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    Many thanks on the neck relief info measurements & the pickup height tip, appreciate it.

    I'll be looking into the saddles as well.

    Thanks!
     
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    What about my post wasn't easy? You just read too much into it :beer.
     
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    On the Seymour Duncan web site there is tip section and Jerry Donohue explains how to get a three piece bridge to intonate properly.
     
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    Found this on this site originally posted by wingwalker.

    Really interesting, especially the bit about how a piano is tuned.

     

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