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Strictly FUZZ

Empros

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I'm hankering for a Tele. Any recommendations?
My Tele's got P90s and my Jazzmaster's got Tele pickups.. I'm the wrong one to ask... They're both Danocasters, which seem to go for absurd prices now.

If I had to get one now, it'd probably get a plain old regular Fender Tele.
Or that new Fender Jimmy Page Dragon Tele to make my 13 year old self's dreams come true....
 

fitzo

Greybeard
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I'm hankering for a Tele. Any recommendations?
Several years back I had an impulse to get a Tele to roll pickups. I picked up a Mexican Tele with a maple board new off the shelf from my local purveyor. The pickups and electronics sounded like one would expect from a cheap Tele and were yanked immediately and replaced with Klein Epic Broadcasters, 4-way wiring, and a ToneStyler tone control. It has a great neck that is as stable as a rock and fits my arthritic hands great; the neck has never needed adjustment after initial setup and the same can't be said for the Andersons I usually play. And, after 4 years of hanging out of the case in the dry (inside) Midwestern winters, there is no fret sprout. Impressive.

The Kleins sounded so perfectly old-school with an icepick back pickup that I have never changed them out, though lately I've been thinking about trying something else, perhaps something noiseless.

Might well be the best bang-for-the-buck guitar I've owned in the course of a lot of guitars over the last 50-some years. Sometimes you get lucky.
 

cbm

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I'm hankering for a Tele. Any recommendations?
When I wanted a Tele for a project, I ended up with a G&L ASAT Special. It's Tele shaped, but has the larger G&L MFD pickups, which are sort of like the next evolution of Jazzmaster pickups, but wider range. It also has the G&L Saddle Lock top-loader bridge, which is a very nice design. Leo Fender never stopped coming up with improvements. I like both of these improvements on the ASAT Special, and like all of the ASAT models, is well-regarded among Tele lovers, but the ASAT Special is possibly the least traditional of the ASAT models.
 

Bryan T

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When I wanted a Tele for a project, I ended up with a G&L ASAT Special. It's Tele shaped, but has the larger G&L MFD pickups, which are sort of like the next evolution of Jazzmaster pickups, but wider range. It also has the G&L Saddle Lock top-loader bridge, which is a very nice design. Leo Fender never stopped coming up with improvements. I like both of these improvements on the ASAT Special, and like all of the ASAT models, is well-regarded among Tele lovers, but the ASAT Special is possibly the least traditional of the ASAT models.
One of my all-time favorite neck pickups. Very versatile.
 

biffoz

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I've got way more Tele recommendations here than I ever did in the Guitars In General forum, which was a big goose egg. I want that Tele because I'm really hankering to get that Spaghetti Western twang and FUZZ. The Tele has everything to do with FUZZ n Twang for me. Plus, the impeccable intonation I keep hearing about. I really want that "plank of wood with a neck" design. I've played a few and always loved the neck and natural tone just going straight into a Twin, slathered in 'verb. The ones I've played had chunky necks, which I prefer over thin ones. Thinking about the butterscotch/maple neck ones, but I like rosewood necks and jumbo frets. Thanks for the replies.
 




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