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Quite a bit to tell you about regarding this 1975 Fender Tele – On looks alone, it possess that played in character, thanks to over 40 years of regular work – When I first acquired it, I knew it was not all original, so I had to way up various options in order to get the best out of it  – Option one was to leave it as it was, but I always felt this guitar could handle and deserved some improvements so in no particular order, please read below :-

Now to the changes :-

Tonal character :- There is a tendency for 70’s models to be a touch thin and weedy, with to much of a sharp fierce attack with ice pick highs – I was aware of this before I made any changes, as listed above and this is what I was hoping to avoid – It is one thing hoping you’ll get an improvement, after such changes have taken place – But whilst the guitar is on the bench  you never know – So that first test drive, as I plugged it in to the amp, was a good moment – It sounded good acoustically, but plugged in and the improvements were instantly audible  – Bridge pick-up was tight, with good body and plenty of energy – All the twang and bite you can hear on a good Tele – Far less brittle than a regular 70’s Tele – Neck pick-up is lush, smooth, warm with sparkling highs/clarity  – I initially played this Tele through the clean channel on the amp on both pick-ups – No need to quickly move away from this setting as the Tele offered plenty of character – Chilled + laid back for jazz/blues or twang for country pickin’   – But moving on to the overdriven amp setting, I look to see it the volume pot will offer subtle gain/tone variations as I roll it off a touch – Yes it does – This gives you access to so much more emotion and expression – You can back of the volume pot for more of the BB King ‘The Thrill Has Gone’ vibe that is laid back – Yet as you wind the  volume pot back towards 10 it possesses more of the ‘punk’ attack, with musical bite and attitude – So good variations as required, with a host of options in between – The same approach works on a hi-gain amp setting but tends to offer more gain variation – Harder to totally clean up such a hi-gain amp setting – With such gain and now on the neck pick-up, you can almost achieve the Gary Moore Still Got The Blues lush sustain

It would be harsh and unfair to say I’ve transferred a 70’s Tele into a pre’ CBS 50’s classic – But I have seriously enhanced a non-original 70’s Tele into a far superior guitar regarding the playing performance and tonal character – So a ‘vintage guitar’ at a far more affordable price that has so much ‘mojo’

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