#1
I first got the idea when I looked at the Tele once used by my guitar hero, the late Terry Kath. In his telecaster, he replaced the neck pickup with a Gibson Humbucker. His tele also had some other mods, but the pickup mod interests me the most. I found a site depicting some replications of it here:

http://www.geocities.com/pdga14567/terrykath.html

That got me thinking about adopting that idea with one of the newer Fender Blackout Telecasters with three pickups:

http://www.fender.com/products//search.php?partno=0135032306

I thought that it would be cool to follow suit and replace the neck pickup with a Gibson 57 humbucker:

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Gibson-57-Classic-Plus-Pickup?sku=306012

For the middle and bridge position, replace the remaining two singles with a pair of Noiseless Vintage Tele pickups:

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Fender-Vintage-Noiseless-Tele-Pickup-Set?sku=301635

It seems like this would give a wide variety of sounds. Granted, the project would definitely go over $1k, so not gonna happen while I'm still in college. Even so, it's just an idea at this point. Any thoughts? Flames?
Last edited by Breakfast_Rock at Jan 29, 2008,
#3
Go all out! Make a neck with ebony fretboard, custom inlays, figured maple top, etc.
It'll be sick man, I look forward to seeing this!
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Didn't Kerry King use MGs at some point?

I think he just endorses them because he likes sacks of money
#4
You guys may end up waiting a few years; I gotta graduate from college and get a job

In the meantime, what would you guys suggest about the switching?
#5
5- way for the pickups.
Then a master vol, tone standard tele deal.
I don't think much of those 6-position 4-post deals, just a 5-way will get you farther than you think.
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Didn't Kerry King use MGs at some point?

I think he just endorses them because he likes sacks of money
#6
Why buy a brand new guitar just to butcher it? No use buying a brand new guitar with a whole heap of parts you're just going to switch anyway..

Buy a used MIM off eBay and mod that, or even more cost effective, just buy all the parts seperately and assemble it yourself.

Sounds like a cool idea though, HBs in the neck sound quite nice. And yeah I would just go with a regular 5way switch.
#8
Sounds like a cool project. But I wouldn't buy a new guitar to do it, I like to use el cheapos to mod...if it screws up I'm not out lotsa bucks.

I have a humbucker floating around here I've been seriously thinking about plugging into a tele copy I use a lot for slide, should be an improvement over the crummy single coil it has now...If it were a good single coil, or even decent I'd leave it, but it's kinda weak and wimpy. And it's in the neck position, so same scenario, but I haven't made up my mind if I want to do it yet.
Hmmm...I wonder what this button does...
#10
You guys have some good points. First of all, maybe it's not a good idea to go modding a brand new axe. On the other end, I don't want to put expensive pickups into some really cheap guitar body. That being said, I still like the pickup combo and would like to go for a fender feel.

Ideally, this would be a great project to do on a barebones guitar body and build it from the ground up. That being said, I have neither the tools nor the know-how to go about woodworking or wiring a guitar. Would custom shops at guitar stores be a good option? How much does labor cost?


FYI - yes, I am a complete noob to guitar modding.
Last edited by Breakfast_Rock at Jan 30, 2008,
#11
The actual wood working can be tough, but the wiring is fairly straight forward. There's not much you can screw up.
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#12
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The actual wood working can be tough, but the wiring is fairly straight forward. There's not much you can screw up.

Meh, I don't have soldering equipment. Also, a project like this would require enlarging the pickup slot in the neck area and possibly routing in one at the middle position, unless it's a strat body.
#13
That got me thinking, is the wood decent in a Squire strat that it would be an appropriate body? That would be assuming that I replace all the wiring, swap in the already proposed pickups, replace the tuners and possibly the bridge? I'm thinking a fixed bridge.

Maybe a squire would be a bit too cheap, but the more I think about it, the better suited this idea seems for a strat-ish body.
Last edited by Breakfast_Rock at Jan 30, 2008,