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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Telecasters / American Series/Standard - Upgrades?

davywhizz
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Redesdale UK

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Dec 6th, 2016 11:37 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've had my two-tone sunburst/maple American Series (2003) Tele from new and must like it a lot to have kept it so long. It's done a lot of gigs and covered pretty much every type of music. It's come through almost unscathed, just needs some fret dressing and attention to the volume pot, which is crackly. Years ago I put in a four way switch and replaced the six saddle bridge with brass GT623 saddles. I'm now thinking about a replacement Callaham bridge and some new pickups with a higher output but still true single coils. I'd like to keep all that's good, while having more natural sustain and a hotter output. All advice and opinions very welcome.

(This message was last edited by davywhizz at 01:38 PM, Dec 6th, 2016)

Vince A

USA/Modesto, CA

Dec 8th, 2016 03:51 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

You're making the right changes . . . I also have a 2003 natural/maple, American Series, and other than the scratchy pot, I went with same changes. I installed a four-way switch, the Callaham bridge and saddles, and Texas Special pickups, and swapped out the stock white pickguard with a solid black one. The Tele sounds exactly the same, only better, and it bites real nicely . . . definitely a much improved guitar. I love the Tele neck! Good luck.

davywhizz
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Dec 9th, 2016 01:39 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks Vince - just what I needed to hear, especially "exactly the same, only better". If I wanted a different guitar I'd get one. I hadn't thought about Texas Specials, but will check them out. My favourite so far is Seymour Duncan STL2 and STR2.I had a very good experience with SD Alnico Pro 2s on a previous project but want something hotter this time.

(This message was last edited by davywhizz at 03:40 AM, Dec 9th, 2016)

bmeredith

USA

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Dec 9th, 2016 08:32 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

You might also consider the Lollar "Special T" pickups for something a little hotter than a typical Tele single coil. Check out their website or some of the reviews/demos on You Tube. The Lollar pickups seem to be some of the most well regarded replacement pickups out there (no affiliation).

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Dec 9th, 2016 08:35 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've got both the Lollar Special T's as well as the Callaham three saddle compensated bridge in my 200 year old pine Tele build.

Absolutely stellar.

Piano like percussive sound and clarity come to mind.

It sounds exceptional thru a recent DRRI as well as an early 70's 50 watt Marshall and greenback cab.

Stratmanx
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(This message was last edited by Stratmanx at 11:37 AM, Dec 9th, 2016)

alnico357

Arkansas, USA

Dec 17th, 2016 12:26 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I considered a pickup change in my American Standard but decided to go with a Saturnworks preamp. I can use it for a vol boost or just leave it on for a hotter signal to energize my stock Twisted Tele and Broadcaster PUs. My 2012 Am STD remains stock.

(This message was last edited by alnico357 at 02:30 PM, Dec 17th, 2016)

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