#1
I'll start by mentioning that I have no experience customizing guitars.

That said, a friend of mine has offered to sell me his 2004-05 Mexican-made Tele for $100 (standard solid body), and I was thinking it would be fun to take it on as a customization project. The trouble is, I don't know much about pickups and such (one area of gear I haven't gotten into, been focused on recording gear and pedals). I my style is mainly rooted in alternative rock (Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Radiohead, Sonic Youth, My Bloody Valentine, R.E.M.), and I play both using a pick and finger style, as well as the occasional EBow.


Basically, I'm looking for suggestions as far what pickups to install or what else I might be able to do with this. The one idea I had was Jazzmaster/Jaguar style tremolo bridge. Would that work on a tele. My friend (the one who's selling it) suggested a Bigsby bridge. Any thoughts?
Gear
  • 2004 Am. Strat
  • 2004 Mex. Tele
  • 2005 Esteve Classical

  • Vox Valvetronix AD15VT w/ foot switch

  • Vox 847
  • EH Stereo Polychorus
  • Ibanez TS-808
  • EH Big Muff Germanium 4
  • EH Small Clone
  • EH Small Stone (USA Ver 2)
  • EH LPB-1
  • PlusEBow
Last edited by ns9977a at Sep 28, 2011,
#2
Bogsby bridge, seymour duncan sh-6 on neck and seymour duncan rails on bridge, don't need more hotness than that in a tele
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#3
Thanks for the suggestion. Keep 'em coming, I'm committed to this thing now.
Gear
  • 2004 Am. Strat
  • 2004 Mex. Tele
  • 2005 Esteve Classical

  • Vox Valvetronix AD15VT w/ foot switch

  • Vox 847
  • EH Stereo Polychorus
  • Ibanez TS-808
  • EH Big Muff Germanium 4
  • EH Small Clone
  • EH Small Stone (USA Ver 2)
  • EH LPB-1
  • PlusEBow
#4
That's actually what im doing to my tele but without the bigsby for now, another option is, if it has routing for a HB on the bridge then change the bridge and go high intensity there with something like a sh-8 or you could do the sh-6 set on neck and bridge which is a pretty well rounded one IMO. I mean if it does have that kind of routing keep it open minded since a HB in the bridge then you get a pickguard that fits a strat single coil and throw in something sweet for the occasional cleans but that can pack a punch, a single coil humbucker and you put on a 5 way switch ala strat a bit with it.

God i love teles....
"RAWR WIRES >:O"
One more kiss... One more touch...
I miss you, wont you hug me just one last time?

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#5
A jazzmaster trem would be badass, but a lot more work than a bigsby. They sell bigsby kits and pretty much all you'd have to do is screw it on. But a jazzy trem would require some routing to make it work. Although I think a jazzmaster trem would be much more 'alternative' haha. A vibrola would be cool too, although those things are awfully long, I dunno if it'd fit.
#6
Another option if you want a humbucker in the bridge position would be to get a stacked pickup. Then you wouldnt have to route anything out it would fit right in the single coil slot.
#7
Yeah one of the bigsby replacement bridges would be awesome.
With that get some nice(r) tuners. locking if possible
For the styles you've mentioned I cant realy see that attacking the body to put humbuckers in would be all that worthwile