Tele with a trem??

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  1. celestion101

    celestion101 Silver Supporting Member

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    I play Nocasters and am currently looking for a nice tele with a trem. I would be happy with a Wilkinson and a humbucker in the bridge if it is splitable (and sounds nice in both positions). I would like everything else about the guitar standard. A fat maple neck would be a plus! How about a few suggestions from my trusty TGP'ers?? Thanks in advance! Rick
     
  2. Sean French

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    Suhr would be my first thought.
    I had Suhr build me a Tele and have owned a few other Suhr T's.
    John and the gang are easy to work with and won't take too long to get one made.
    Splitable buckers have always been a compromise to me.
     
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    I'd rethink the Wilky. The intonation screws tend to back out on their own and strip. I'd go with a Hipshot or Gotoh.
     
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    celestion101 Silver Supporting Member

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    Thanks guys...Suhr is a customer and a friend (we've been on a dirt bike ride or two!). I thought of him right after I posted and will take a drive down there this week. Regarding the Wilky I've owned a few and never had that problem (and I gig heavy), but I do not doubt your experience. I just want something that stays in tune as much as possible. I am not a dive bomb guy, but I may get funky with it on occasion and do not want 5 seconds of fun to screw my tuning for the whole song! :D
     
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    Why not a Bigsby?
     
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    I'm just not a Bigsby guy.
     
  7. big mike

    big mike Moderator - EL34 Emeritas Staff Member

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    I think I'd just 'partsocaster' one up. Big neck, tele pups still for me, ash body. That could be a fun build. I'm a tinkerer though.

    Chapin would be my first choice if buying one.

    Also Tom Anderson, Melancon, are options.
     
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    celestion101 Silver Supporting Member

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    Thanks Mike....that may be the case however I need to research what needs to be done with routing, etc. Heaven knows I have enough Tele bodies, necks, etc! :rotflmao
     
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    Heresy!!!!




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  10. Mike9

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    Actually I've been looking at the Trem King TK-2 and looking at a body I have that might be the perfect candidate. The TK-2 base plate is milled for a Tele bridge pickup - no muss, no fuss.

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    stetsbar make a drop in trem. I have one for my les paul and love it. I can't imagine the tele model will be any less impressive
     
  12. Jet Age Eric

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    I'm totally addicted to ASAT Specs with trem. You can get an ASAT Classic with a trem ... -E
     
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    Callaham had experimented with one and apparently, he didn't like them or they didn't sell. I saw them on ebay a couple years ago and I really wish I picked one up...
     
  14. Boris Bubbanov

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    Glen Dale Clark's Chimemaster is exceptionally good on a 6 mount hole vintage Strat rout, and a fellow named Arlo West is in the process of assembling a pine Telecaster with a stock Strat trem rout, looks very promising.

    The Chimemaster does not transform a Strat into a tele, despite its 1/4 diameter 3 brass barrel setup, but installed it does beat all my other 4 Strats for big acoustic sound, especially plugged in. So this should work great on a Tele.

    Cuz up until now, a Tele needs an ashtray, hardtail. I'm keeping my mind open.


    Bubbanov
     
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    [​IMG]

    Case in point...I love this guitar...(I love both of them, actually)
     
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    Might be a good idea to keep this here in more neutral territory......like not on a Tele forum.

    LOL!
     
  17. Jet Age Eric

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    Nice! -E

     
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    I am actually debating the same ting right now. I have plenty of traditional tele guitars, so now I am considering a trem tele. I am thinking of going with a Mann Made vintage type bridge. Basically the same bridge as a PRS, but with correct spacing. I am also thinking of just mounting the bridge pickup to the body ala Tom Anderson guitars & not using a cut down tele bridge, etc. Let me know which route you end up going.
     

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