#1
I'm thinking about getting a tele-style guitar and mod it to get humbuckers in both the bridge and neck (probably P90 pickups). Has anyone done this, or tried one? How does it sound? Still like a tele?

Also, do you know of any tele-style guitars that are H/H configuration? Maybe even semi-hollow?

The closest I've found is guitarfetish's xv600 and xv650: http://store.guitarfetish.com/xaxvandxvgu.html
But those aren't that much like teles.

thanks
#3
check out the Fender '72 Custom Tele. It's Right up your street!


They sound not quite as " Glassy " as a regular tele, however they are very versatile and from what i have experienced very good to play!
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#5
thanks for the suggestions. But I forgot to say my price limit is about $400. Probably when I'm richer in a few years I can get one of those '72 teles, they look great.

Quote by andy331
sorry but why would u want a tele? i dont tihnk ive everr liked em

For some versatility. I'm getting a strat soon, and I already have a SG/LP style guitar, so the more variety in tones, the better. And it'll be good for classic rock and blues that I play.
#6
Quote by andy331
sorry but why would u want a tele? i dont tihnk ive everr liked em

Have you ever actually played one?


Threadstarter, the Squier Tele Custom is a great guitar for the price (Around $250 I think). The Custom II comes with Duncan-designed P90s and is a bargain, if you want 'middle ground' between a Strat and LP I can't think of anything better - or more unique sounding- than a P90-equipped Tele. Give it some consideration, it's a steal.
#8
i wouldnt suggest getting a tele with humbuckers. they just arent telecasters anymore.
#9
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Have you ever actually played one?


Threadstarter, the Squier Tele Custom is a great guitar for the price (Around $250 I think). The Custom II comes with Duncan-designed P90s and is a bargain, if you want 'middle ground' between a Strat and LP I can't think of anything better - or more unique sounding- than a P90-equipped Tele. Give it some consideration, it's a steal.

thanks, I'll consider that one too. Looks like it could be a good guitar for not much money.

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P-90s are single-coil, not humbucking, btw.

Yeah, I actually meant "humbucker-sized", not humbucker.
#10
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sorry but why would u want a tele? i dont tihnk ive everr liked em

I'm sorry but you FAIL at life now not just English.....Different people like different guitars, I myself don't care for Rhoads at all but it's obvious many people prefer them and I find Warlocks to be especially comfortable sitting down but I've never heard this from someone else...

Rondomusic has some but I'm not sure about the quality...
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#11
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sorry but why would u want a tele? i dont tihnk ive everr liked em

im sorry, but i hate you and wish to kill you.
#12
I'm sorry but you FAIL at life now not just English.....Different people like different guitars, I myself don't care for Rhoads at all but it's obvious many people prefer them and I find Warlocks to be especially comfortable sitting down but I've never heard this from someone else...

Haha, I assumed it was a troll, but trolls don't usually go to the effort of making a profile, complete with photos...
#14
I am still laughing out loud, I couldn't imagine telling someone not to get something because "I never liked them", that's a lot of nerve if you ask me. I'd say Kyle62 should win a prize, not only has he answered your question (respectfully) but he found you exactly what you asked for, even for less money. You win,
andy331 "sorry but why would u want a tele? i dont tihnk ive everr liked em" FAIL
#16
I'm interested in how this thread turns out since I like Tele's but I don't want to get one with humbuckers since that's no longer a Tele but I don't want to change the jangly pickup since that would also detract from the Tele'ness.......I want to play Metal on one though!
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#17
The new J5 tele has three humbuckers. Check that one out, it looks real cool. Also the Jim Root signature has two EMGs.
#18
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I want to play Metal on one though!

then why don't you. If i can get a insane metal tone out of a gretsch hollow body then you can get what you want out of a tele.

TS
i'd recommend getting an HSS instead it keeps the teles sig sound yet allows for humbucker bite when necessary or even better keep the three singles and get a single coil sized humbucker
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#19
I have one with a humbucker and one set up "normal". I don't think that there is a right or wrong, just an opinion.
#20
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then why don't you. If i can get a insane metal tone out of a gretsch hollow body then you can get what you want out of a tele.

TS
i'd recommend getting an HSS instead it keeps the teles sig sound yet allows for humbucker bite when necessary or even better keep the three singles and get a single coil sized humbucker

I never could get much from a single coil that was too my liking so I assumed the Tele would get the same results as my Step dad's Strat...
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#21
A very, very nice Tele, with humbuckers, is the G&L ASAT Deluxe, which comes in solid body and semi-hollow varieties.
#22
TS, get the Standard MIM Fender Tele. It's $400 and they're pretty much...amazing. I have one. Watch out for lemons, though.

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I'm interested in how this thread turns out since I like Tele's but I don't want to get one with humbuckers since that's no longer a Tele but I don't want to change the jangly pickup since that would also detract from the Tele'ness.......I want to play Metal on one though!


Get a Standard Tele. Put a stacked SD Hot Rails in the neck, or route the neck for a humbucker and you have more options.

Having it in the neck position gives you more bass response(Teles are very bright).

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#23
This might help the TS and I have a question about it. How much if any twang would be kept by this pickup? http://www.seymourduncan.com/products/electric/telecaster/cutting-edge/hot_rails_for_t/
I kind of want the twangy sound to help diversify my playing but at the same time I don't want to have a twangy sound when I want a normal clean or distorted sound.....

Never mind, the person above me answered my question. Thanks
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#24
If I get a MIM standard tele, would it be a lot of trouble to modify it for dual P90s? Or just a P90 for the neck?
#25
I don't know much about modifying guitars. Would I be able to get a tele and give it three pickups?
#26
for p90s - you would need to check the pickup cavities. if they are big enough, you would just need to get a pickguard that fits p-90s. otherwise you would have to do some woodwork.

and for three pickups - you would need to do some serious woodwork, it wouldnt be worth it imo.

i would recommend trying out all the diff combos mentioned above, and also try a mim w/ texas special p'ups, nocaster p'ups and noiseless p'ups. see which one you like best.