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FDP Forum / The Lefty Forum / 52 RI Tele photo and a more in depth review

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too many guitars and not enough hands
Dec 16th, 2012 07:53 PM   Edit   Profile  

Well i've had this guitar over a month now and i can honestly say its a killer this is the way a tele should look and sound

I've finally raised the action a little and this guitar is really feeling like home i love strats but i think im a tele player

The finish and colour well what can you say butterscotch blonde and blackguard has to be the sweetest combo ever.

The neck, well the U shape is interesting and very comfortable. I'm mainly used to c shaped necks but this is nice it doesn't feel big and bulky even with the 7.25 rad fretboard it sits well in the hand and feels really solid up and down the neck

The pups they growl they bark and they bite! I haven't yet changed the wiring because as i said in my other post i haven't had time to scratch my behind let alone do major surgery on the guitar

so the neck pup is still a mystery to me but they way it sounds in conjuction with the bridge is sweet so im sure im going to like it.

in saying that i dont mind the the bassy neck pup option, its cool for those jazzy runs and octave work and its sounds allright through distortion.

The bridge pup is phenomonal it must be that marriage with the ash body? the bridge pup just sings, screams and if need be crys! Definately one of the most expressive pups i've used clean or dirty

though its a little bit heavy you dont really feel it! this guitar is definately a keeper

52 Tele laying back

(This message was last edited by LeftRightOut at 08:14 PM, Dec 16th, 2012)

reverend mikey

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Dec 16th, 2012 09:34 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks for the review and very nice pic!

Is it wired like a modern Tele? Is there a reason (wiring) that the neck pickup is so bassy?

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too many guitars and not enough hands
Dec 17th, 2012 01:23 AM   Edit   Profile  

Mikey it's wired the original 52 way with the following Pickup Switching:

Back Position - Bridge Pickup with Normal Tone Control
Middle Position - Neck Pickup with Normal Tone Control
Front Position - Neck Pickup with No Tone Control (Dark Vintage Circuit)

so what i meant by the neck pickup is a mystery is i haven't heard it wide open only in the bassy vintage dark tone

i will be wiring it modern style but may look at a 4 way switch and whack that bassy dark circuit in there



the air smelled like snakes
Dec 18th, 2012 04:34 PM   Edit   Profile  

glad to see you are getting along with the 52 RI. One of the reasons I put as 5 way super switch in my Am 52 RI was to get some in and out of phase on the pups and also able to get Baja tone as well.

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Dec 18th, 2012 04:38 PM   Edit   Profile  

The 52 is one of the prettiest guitars ever made.

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too many guitars and not enough hands
Dec 19th, 2012 06:09 PM   Edit   Profile  

hey fade absolutely loving it my strats are feeling a bit left right out at the moment ;{

Your right Leftymeister just elegant simple lines that and the sweet butterscotch colour against the black pick guard. bit like a pretty girl in a black dress

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