Top Loader Tele.

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  1. radiohead625

    radiohead625 Member

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    Are there any bargain priced top loaders? I'm looking to mod an MIM, but they all seem to be string through.
     
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    I don't know about bargains, but I have a John Cruz top loader 59 Esquire,
    that's the f***ing sickest, fastest ax I've ever played.
    Big twang, pick up has insane balls! The thing is a cannon too.

    I never analyzed it, but the top loading design is pure magic. The thing is a weapon.
     
  3. radiohead625

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    Haha, thanks for the post. I'm not really using it for the top loader design, I just don't want a string through body since I'll be putting a tremolo on it.
     
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    I think it matters not.

    I can't even tell the difference when I go string through or through the top.

    TDPRI BS that the Tele Twinkies over there like to prattle on about.

    Going from 10's to 9's will make a much bigger difference in tone.

    People over-rate the toploader aspect with Campilongo--his use of 9's is a much, much bigger contribution to his tone.
     
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    my '92 (i think?) MIM is a toploader, got it with a case for less than $200 off CL
     
  7. radiohead625

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    Sweet. I'll keep my eyes open for a 90s MIM. Thanks :banana
     
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    :spit
     
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    Of course it matters. If you can't feel it, you can't feel it. What can I tell you?
     
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    I turned my CS Nocaster into a Top Loader for a while. I used the Wilkison Bridge. It was not a huge difference. If anything there was slightly less Bass Freq as the strings were not going through the body. Also the string tension was a little less, but not dramatic. - I eventually switched it back to stock, as it was not for me.
     
  11. radiohead625

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    Oh crap... This turned into a top loader vs. string through thread fast. That wasn't even what the post was about. smh
     
  12. TheoDog

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    If you are adding a Trem, that is what it will be. Whether the holes for sting through still exist but are not used is irrelevant
     
  13. radiohead625

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    Nope, adding a Jazzmaster tremolo so it does matter.
     
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    How does it matter?
    As far as bridge placement, it is similar strategy to a bigsby conversion.
    The wood removal is behind where the original 6 thru holes are.
     
  15. radiohead625

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    It wouldn't effect the addition of a mustang bridge?
     
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    Look for an early to mid 80s MIJ standard. You can find them cheap and they are perfect mod platforms.
     
  17. radiohead625

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    Will do, thank you sir!
     
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    Does it have to be an actual Tele? The G&L ASAT Special has a very nice top loading bridge. The Tribute series is fairly cheap, and they are very nice.
     
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    I don't think so. The replacement bridge plate that has the studs to hold the new bridge, I think, covers the holes on the top.
    I added a Bigsby and just notched the back of the vintage style bridge plate. The through holes and ferrules are still there and in place. And actually, the OEM bridge plate had holes to string as a top loader.
     
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    I have a MIC tele-clone branded "Austin" (atc 200) that is a top loader. For the money it's not a bad guitar. Comfortable playing neck with decent fret work. Obviously, for the price the electronics aren't the best but it wouldn't make a bad platform for a project.
     

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