#1
Alrighty,

Ive decided to join the world of U-G forums because frankly theres alot of intelligent and talented people on these forums.

This is my first post so dont be too hard on me

Ive come across a Mexican Telecaster that ive decided to Mod to my taste.

my debate is as follows:

I have a Seymour Duncan '59 that id love to put in the bridge of the guitar
the only problem is i would have to do some routing. This doesnt really intimidate
me because i consider my self decently handy. The problem is when i ask for opinions
I get a split verdict. Some people are entirely against routing holes into guitars while others have given me their blessings.

I am aware that seymour duncan makes a '59 that comes in the size of a single coil but that seems to take the fun out of the project.

Any opinions?
#3
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Alrighty,

Ive decided to join the world of U-G forums because frankly theres alot of intelligent and talented people on these forum.


Intelligent?

Talented?

The U-G Forums are full of 14 year old, sex/fapping/rape crazed, idiots...

...Welcome
#5
seems easy enough. if you know the wiring and what not, go for it
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#6
Go for it dude, you can learn a lot. Besides, if you screw it up it's just a mexi-tele. You'd be amazed at what a cheap-ass guitar can sound like with decent pickups. I just bought a Lace Sensor Dually for my USA HM Strat from Guitar Center on sale for fifty bucks. It's a silver/red combination. Lace sensors sound awesome in a Tele, and they're running that special on the dually all month I think. It's a lot more versatile than a Duncan, switchable three different ways, just a thought. Good Luck.
#7
Routing a hole in your guitar will do it no harm. Go ahead.
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#8
Thanks Everyone for the rapid responses,
I will commence work on this project as soon as i can.

I will also be giving the guitar a custom paint job and such.

I will post pictures of my progress if anyone is interested.
#10
About the single coil size '59 humbucker, I'd recommend you go with that. A friend of mine has a MIM tele with a SC size humbucker in the bridge, and it sounds sweet. But, if you want a full size humbucker, route away. A full-size humbucker in a Tele bridge looks downright ugly IMHO, judging by what I've seen of the ugly known as the J5 telecaster. Either way, good luck.
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Go for it dude, you can learn a lot. Besides, if you screw it up it's just a mexi-tele. You'd be amazed at what a cheap-ass guitar can sound like with decent pickups. I just bought a Lace Sensor Dually for my USA HM Strat from Guitar Center on sale for fifty bucks. It's a silver/red combination. Lace sensors sound awesome in a Tele, and they're running that special on the dually all month I think. It's a lot more versatile than a Duncan, switchable three different ways, just a thought. Good Luck.

Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead uses lace sensors in a tele. He has pretty good, genuinely different tone (but he uses the red/red dually in the bridge and yet apparently uses SS amps for distorted sounds - can anyone explain this?)

Routing your tele will be fun. It's nat exactly a huge chunk of wood, it won't have a huge difference in tone.
Routing for a floating trem or cutting a huge chunk out for no reason (EVH's "Shark" readily springs to mind) is how far you'd have to go to really change the sound. 'Sides, I think full sized 'buckers look great in teles. Personal preference, I guess.
Don't get the SC sized version - it's a compromise and it will probably sound thinner than if you cut that bit of wood out. It's lazy and boring too.
#13
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Talented?

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#14
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Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead uses lace sensors in a tele. He has pretty good, genuinely different tone (but he uses the red/red dually in the bridge and yet apparently uses SS amps for distorted sounds - can anyone explain this?)

Routing your tele will be fun. It's nat exactly a huge chunk of wood, it won't have a huge difference in tone.
Routing for a floating trem or cutting a huge chunk out for no reason (EVH's "Shark" readily springs to mind) is how far you'd have to go to really change the sound. 'Sides, I think full sized 'buckers look great in teles. Personal preference, I guess.
Don't get the SC sized version - it's a compromise and it will probably sound thinner than if you cut that bit of wood out. It's lazy and boring too.
SS amps are usually more predictable and can be a bit more reliable, especially on stage. No tubes to replace in the middle of a show. That and he's probably got some kind of endorsement.
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SS amps are usually more predictable and can be a bit more reliable, especially on stage. No tubes to replace in the middle of a show. That and he's probably got some kind of endorsement.



Tube amps aren't what I would describe as unreliable. I mean, tubes usually don't just blow out, they kind of get worse and worse over a few days or so. Plus, if you get your tubes to that point, you deserve disaster!

Tubes have a different tone, and it's usually a little more desirable for most players.
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SS amps are usually more predictable and can be a bit more reliable, especially on stage. No tubes to replace in the middle of a show. That and he's probably got some kind of endorsement.

I meant, the red/red is damn high output - wouldn't that sound crap through an SS?

Tell you what TS, give it the Frankenstrat paint job. You'll be SUCH an individual.
No, keep it simple. A Da Vinci painting would look shite on as guitar, and a square of Lake Placid Blue finish wouldn't sit comfortably in the Louvre.
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