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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Telecasters / Telecaster Plus Club: Stand and be counted

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paganicon

Chapel Hill NC USA

Do the Dü - Hüsker Dü
Feb 18th, 2003 09:44 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I know the chicken pickin geezers don't like these guitars because they have (gasp) lace sensors. But they are truly fantastic american tele's.

I have two

'92 maple neck red/silver dually in the bridge, blue in the neck. unique brown black burst/streak finish

'97 maple neck tobacco sunburst cream binding. gold in the neck, gold in the middle, '52 reissue in the bridge

How many other tele owners have a tele with binding that cost $550?


Stand up and be counted my brothers.

milhouse

Salt Lake City, Utah

Tele's & Tubes.
Feb 18th, 2003 10:31 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Holy Crap, we are starting a club the for tele plus!? Wow, I am really surprised. Oh well. I am excited to stand up and be counted as a very proud owner of a 95 brown sunburst tele plus that totally rocks! Yes indeed, I'll join the club! Anyway, I am not sure how many members there are going to be, but I guess we had to try sometime, eh? By the way, Tele plus' ARE great American Teles. One time a super good studio musician said to me after playing mine that he loved playing it becuase he could tell it was obviously a very well made sturdy American Fender. I've always felt the same way about it too!

Cheers, T-bone

paganicon

Chapel Hill NC USA

Do the Dü - Hüsker Dü
Feb 18th, 2003 11:05 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Well, if it's just the two of us, we can laugh at everyone else who doesn't have one.

I think the three pickups looks lame so I'm going to make some changes to my new one (the '97 with binding). I'm gonna rip out that middle pickup, put a new black pickguard on it and switch out the bridge pickup for this custom shop seymour duncan stacked humbucker I have. I'm going to turn the mini toggle into a series/parallel switch. Then she'll be ready to be my #2 stage guitar. Behind the other tele plus of course, which is the best guitar I have ever played.

Oh yeah.


Dan

bdegrande
Contributing Member

FDPIRGF - New Jersey

No, honey, had this guitar for MONTHS!
Feb 18th, 2003 12:39 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I don't exactly have a Tele Plus, but I have a guitar that is shaped like a Tele and has three Lace Sensors - Tele neck, Gold mid, Blue bridge, I'm a geezer and they're my favorite plckups. I have two Strats with Lace Sensors and another guitar with Lace Holy Grails.

Click on Compito Custom Tele in my profile for a pic.

paganicon

Chapel Hill NC USA

Do the Dü - Hüsker Dü
Feb 18th, 2003 12:42 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Bravo.

Don Mare Lace Music Products

Huntington Beach CA.

Surf City USA
Feb 18th, 2003 01:38 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hey, I don't own A tele Plus, but my Teles use Single Coil Lace's.
Just wanted to say that lots of the guys who call here swear by these Old Tele Plus's... Abandon Pool uses a Tele Plus Swears its his best Fender guitar.
DM-LMP

UncleDude

Dude's Blude's, Inc.

Meet My Buddy Mr. Mojo Rising
Feb 18th, 2003 01:43 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have a 1994 ash body brown sunburst Tele Plus that I hold in the highest esteem.

The very high, I would say very much Custom Shop quality of this Tele Plus has left me with at taste for high end Am Dlx and Custom Shop Tele's. I have heard that the special routing for the dually bridge was done in the Custom Shop, and the body wood blanks used were Custom Shop grade wood. One of the reasons the lace sensors sound so good in these guitars is that they are such good guitars to begin with.

I have 2 blues in the dually bridge right now, which makes the bridge and middle positions sound way more like a vintage Tele for clean tone playing. My bridge is now very nocaster like, with the flat polepiece sound, and bringing the TBX up has the effect of kind of raising the polepieces tone wise to make it more bright and twangy. The middle positions are also much brighter with the blue bridge, and sound way more like a vintage Tele.

I have also modded various ash and alder Tele's with red and blue Lace Sensor Tele bridge and neck units to create various 2 pickup versions of the later Tele Plus model with the std Tele bridge mounting (I'm not a 3 pickup Tele fan). I liked some more than others, but none could ever touch the original Tele Plus, so they all came out and are now in storage.

It's that stock dually bridge pickup mounting with the Tele like metal mounting ring that was specifically designed for this guitar that gives it the unique tone and the vibe, and also makes it rare and collectable.

paganicon

Chapel Hill NC USA

Do the Dü - Hüsker Dü
Feb 18th, 2003 02:01 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My main axe is somewhat unusual.

And the Lace Sensor guy might be able to help me out... It's a '92 by serial number, but it's unlike all the other plus's of the era I've seen. The bridge dually is covered by a chrome pickup cover, and it has the same lace sensor insignia type thing that all the other pickups have. on the inside, it's a red/silver dually. It also has a finish I've never seen on another fender guitar. It's a brown/black burst that never lightens up in the middle, and it has a very thick vertical stripe-y grain that I've never seen on the ash veneer plus's. Also has the 3 way mini toggle which makes it not only the best sounding guitar I have, but the most versatile.

bdegrande
Contributing Member

FDPIRGF - New Jersey

No, honey, had this guitar for MONTHS!
Feb 18th, 2003 02:03 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Paganicon, just noticed your sig. I still play "New Day Rising", "Books About UFOs", "Friend, You've Got To Fall", and a couple of others occasionally. Yep, beats chicken pickin'.

paganicon

Chapel Hill NC USA

Do the Dü - Hüsker Dü
Feb 18th, 2003 02:11 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

bdegrande - Right on. I try to spread the good word wherever I go. It seems the world has forgotten one of the most influential rock bands of their day, but I haven't. I actually play in a husker-inspired three piece. If you're intrested, we have a new song up recorded with my tele plus.

mp3.com/enderrock - the song is sleeping sickness

Dan

5Teles

Upstate NY

Feb 18th, 2003 02:32 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

100% stock 1996/97 Telecaster Plus: Antiqueburst finish; top binding; 'Strat'-type body cutout on back side; maple fingerboard; 3 Gold Lace Sensors.



Don Mare Lace Music Products

Huntington Beach CA.

Surf City USA
Feb 18th, 2003 03:43 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hey Paganicon,
Those were most likely a Custom shop job,
The Chrome Cover shunts the Volume just a little, but what it adds in, sweetness, roundess,& also it rolls off high end EQ spikes, makes up for aqnd slight volume loss.
>Your>"Lace Sensor Guy",
Don Mare

Dually info>

DG62

USA

Feb 18th, 2003 05:48 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm in the club too. I have a 1991 three-tone sunburst Deluxe Plus that I bought new in 1994. One Blue Lace neck and a dually Red Lace bridge.

To mark a career change in 94, I decided to buy a guitar. Even though I hadn't played in over ten years it seemed like the thing to do. In retrospect, I really knew very litle about Tele's, and probably was thinking about the other popular Fender, but for some reason I kept coming back to this wall-mounted sunburst.

So, I bought it and promptly started traveling every week away from home. The tele sat unused in my closet. Eight years go by. Then, this past summer I stumbled across this site. In September, I stumble by it again, on purpose, and slowly start visiting it on a regular basis. By October, I had the Tele out. And I've been practicing almost every night since.

Its really rather by chance that I bought this guitar, but I like it more every day. Its got a beautiful, deep finish. I love the neck. I don't have large hands for my size, but the neck fits me perfect. Better than any 50s classic, 52RI, or American Standard that I've picked up in the last few months. Its heavy. But it feels right. I had a SG Jr. when I was a teenager and it was too light. Almost inconsequential. This tele feels substantial, like a real no kidding guitar.

Anyway, its been growing on me. I really feel fortunate to have it and its still like new. Really in near mint condition. And to top it all off, I recently realized that it was made the same year as my only daughter was born. There no way I can ever let this guitar go...

Now, I just have to learn how to play it...



milhouse

Salt Lake City, Utah

Tele's & Tubes.
Feb 18th, 2003 09:54 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Um, so I'm glad its not just me and paganicon in the club. I have a question, In my band, I have a 95 Plus the one that has the red dually in the bridge and the blue single in the neck, and my lead guitarist has a black plus with white binding, a strat style tummy cut, a silver lace sensor in the bridge a a big chrome single in the middle like a nashville, and a regular chrome in the neck. The question is, these are both, I have found out Tele Pluses, but are they name different? Is his a deluxe plus, and mine just a regular plus, or the other way around maybe? Just thought I'd ask. Thanks to everyone for joining the club.

Cheers, Milhouse

5Teles

Upstate NY

Feb 19th, 2003 02:18 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

milhouse,
Sometimes it seems that people throw around the names "Deluxe" and "Plus" rather indiscriminantly. My understanding is: *both* the early '90s models with the red dually/blue Lace Sensors AND the '96/'97 era models with the 3 Gold Lace Sensors/tummy cut are known as the "Plus". In around 1998, the "Telecaster Plus" gave way to the "Telecaster Deluxe", which used 3 Vintage Noiseless pickups in place of the 3 Gold LS.

On the first version of the Plus (i.e. the one with the red dually/blue Lace Sensors), there was an option for a vibrato tailpiece; these less-common versions are known as the "Telecaster Deluxe Plus".



RocksOff

San Diego, CA

only when i'm sleeping...
Feb 19th, 2003 03:27 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

i have a '97 that originally came with the Lace gold singles in neck middle and bridge. i must say that i swapped out the pups to the following config: bridge - SD Five/Two middle - Alnico II Pro neck - SD Vintage stack. sounds great. mine is metallic midnight wine burst with body contour on back and and binding on top. anyone know anything more about this guitar? i heard there were very few made. i love it! it's a great guitar! btw, it has a maple neck.

paganicon

Chapel Hill NC USA

Do the Dü - Hüsker Dü
Feb 19th, 2003 07:49 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

bdegrande- Custom shop? is there any way I can find out more about this?

milhouse

Salt Lake City, Utah

Tele's & Tubes.
Feb 19th, 2003 02:01 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks 5Teles. So the ones that actually have the vibrato tailpeice are deluxe pluses, or are they deluxe plus even without it? Thanks again.

Cheers, milhouse

UncleDude

Dude's Blude's, Inc.

Meet My Buddy Mr. Mojo Rising
Feb 19th, 2003 02:51 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It's not deluxe plus. It's Plus Deluxe. The Tele Plus Deluxe has a strat style vibrato tailpiece, roller nut, and locking tuners. The regular Tele Plus does not.


paganicon

Chapel Hill NC USA

Do the Dü - Hüsker Dü
Feb 19th, 2003 02:59 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Also confusing is the american deluxe, which essentially replaced the plus line.

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