#1
So I have a crappy telecaster that I wouldn't mind modifying to make it better. But while I was thinking about it, I didn't have an answer as to what makes a guitar great. So I have come to you guys, wanting to know what makes a guitar sound great.

Now I am talking about the sound of the guitar, and nothing to do with the amp (because we all know an amp is a major part of great sound). Are the pickups the only thing on a guitar that make or break it? or does the wiring on the guitar have something to do with it. Reason I ask is because if it's the pickups that make of break the guitar, than I can fix that, if it's the wiring, I'll have to do some more research.
#2
good wood and neck construction never hurt

but yeah, new pickups would do great things for you. Fender EWWWWW!!!!
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#3
as well as good pickups
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#4
mostly pick ups and the wood of the guitar
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the guitarist makes the guitar good
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the guitarist makes the guitar good


In general, I agree. I've heard **** guitars run through **** amps sound good because the right guy was playing with them. But (more realistically) as said before, wood, neck, and pickups are the big things.. Sometimes the strings can make a significant difference, as well, but everything else should be what you prefer and what makes you comfortable.
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#8
^^ This is so true...

But let me give you one piece of advice: only think about changing the pickups if your guitar has a reasonable construction quality. I mean, if your guitar buzzs a lot due to some bad fret work, save up for a better guitar, instead of the pickups.

Also, if you have a plywood guitar, that would be another reason to buy a better guitar.

Please note that your guitar will sound a lot better with a pickup upgrade. But the woods and the construction quality will remain the same, so you won't improve the playability of the guitar... sometimes thats more important than the sound.

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What type of tele is it? MIM, squier?
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What type of tele is it? MIM, squier?




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#11
Do u know what wood its made of?
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#12
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Do u know what wood its made of?


I can't tell for certain the body, but the neck looks like maple with a rosewood fretboard.
#13
Ok, the reason why I ask is cus its fairly pointless putting new pups in a plywood guitar, so see if u can research your axe a lilt o find out more about it.
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EHX Holy Grail
Hohner 3/4 Classical
#16
i would add tuning pegs... having crappy ones wont maintain proper tuning and will make your sound crappy if they're not in tune... nothing worse than having a guitar that is out of tune. :-P
#17
By the look of those reviews ur tele is not too bad, with a good set up it should be fine. If you find an element of your tone is lacking then a pick up swap mite be in order, if your having playability issues then as I said, take it to a good tech to set ip up better for you.
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#18
its trem
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