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Common Telecaster modifications:

sonar

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I didn't think about it but technically I do a double flip. The control plate is flipped, & then the switch is flipped as well to keep the positions of the switch in the same relation.

I concur with Cogs and Wilko.
 

sonar

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I like the neck pickup a lot...

It's the one time I miss a Strat.

At times I can get the Tele neck pu to work for me, but most of the time I'm switching to a LP.
 

Don

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I didn't think about it but technically I do a double flip. The control plate is flipped, & then the switch is flipped as well to keep the positions of the switch in the same relation.

That's how I did it. It puts the pickup selector switch close to the far side of the tone control when the neck pu is selected. Apparently, I like to control the knob from the far side and the switch got in the way.
 

Don

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It's the one time I miss a Strat.

At times I can get the Tele neck pu to work for me, but most of the time I'm switching to a LP.

I play a lot of bluesy and jazzy stuff so the neck pickup works well for me.
 

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Per the guitar on the right, my buddy installed the Strat middle pickup on his Tele (with wiring upgrade) and wouldn't have it any other way.
 

Wilko

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That's what makes a "Nashville Tele"
 

Don

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Yep. My USACG T-Style is routed for a middle pickup. I tried it and liked it fine but I prefer the simpler setup and a Strat.

I also tried a 4-way switch (with two pickups) but like the simpler choices of a three way switch better.

The simpler the better, for me.
 

rays44

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I have a 4 position switch which gives the option of both p/u's in series.
 

Ed Driscoll

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That's what makes a "Nashville Tele"

Yup. It came with the factory B-Bender, five-way switch, and Strat-style bridge saddles. Versatile sounds, and built like a tank, it's sort of a cross between a Tele and Strat. it's been my favorite guitar for picking up on a whim and noodling around with for years.
 

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Funny they offer it from the factory. Back in the '80s my buddy "gouged" out the body for the Strat pickup and I think maybe put in a Strat 5-way switch. No other mods that I could see.
 

Ed Driscoll

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Funny they offer it from the factory. Back in the '80s my buddy "gouged" out the body for the Strat pickup and I think maybe put in a Strat 5-way switch. No other mods that I could see.

Mine's from 1998, IIRC. Perhaps one of the experts here on Fender history can list the date when Fender began building Teles with three pickups and a five-way switch.
 
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Definitely the humbucker in the front...or a wide range...or a minibucker...or a P90...or a Strat neck pickup. But not a fan of the Tele neck pickup sounds much. The Lollar Royal T is a perfect pup for the front to be more Stratty. Also the Fralin/Analog Man/Jim Weider Big T as well. Same idea. I have some Teles with traditional neck pups just cuz I'm too lazy to change them as I am a bridge pup player mostly no matter the guitar but when I do use a neck pup I need clarity.
 

Jeff West

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I have a Fender "twisted Tele" from the Custom Shop in the neck slot of my old Telecaster for the past few years. I'd recommend them if you'd like something approaching a good quality strat neck PU sound. Much more useful to me than the stock tele neck unit.
 

Pierce2112

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I just got a cool squier tele that i want to mod. I want to add a phase switch on mine. Always loved that sound. I flipped the neck pickup on my old epiphone lp because i saw the gary moore / peter greene les paul.
 

renderit

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My Grosh has that extra with a push/pull pot on the tone with the three way to add the center PU to whatever the 3 way has going. Is that how y'all did it?

 
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