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...can you dress up a Tele? I use that term Tele in no official or traditional designation. What can I do with the usual Tele shape but different pickup, necks, hardware, etc. configurations? I'm after some nontraditional ideas and styles.
 

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This is what I did to my Wildwood 52 thin skin. All my life I've always loved traditional. I like my Martins natural, no sunburst. I like my Teles blackguard blond, etc. So this move was wild and crazy for me.
Ordered the pickguard from a company in Tennessee.

thats nice but I was hoping for some nontraditional ideas, I have this style covered
 

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Really what can you do to a telecaster. There are a number of hardware options. black, gold, etc. But really should a Telecaster even be screwed with? In 1951 Leo got it right end of story. I feel so dirty. Excuse me while I go find my original black pick guard.
 

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How's this for thinking outside of the box? Sorry...couldn't help myself. I think a tele with just a stopbar bridge like a junior and then some interesting pup's like filtertrons or something like that would be cool...maybe a custom made control plate that is a different shape would add to it as well. Finish wise you could try a burnt effect or if using mahogany go for the dog hair finish.
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I don't normally like black guitars but this is cool. Just my 2 cents.
 
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The tophat broke on mine so I wrapped plumbers tape around the switch stem worked pretty good. I’d like to have a shell casing as a switch tip but the plumbers tape will do for now.
 

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How's this for thinking outside of the box? Sorry...couldn't help myself. I think a tele with just a stopbar bridge like a junior and then some interesting pup's like filtertrons or something like that would be cool...maybe a custom made control plate that is a different shape would add to it as well. Finish wise you could try a burnt effect or if using mahogany go for the dog hair finish. View attachment 171057
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I don't normally like black guitars but this is cool. Just my 2 cents.
this forum loves the table top Tele picture, unfortunately its old and overused with nothing creative to show. the second one is awesome, just wish it was a single cut guitar, who makes that?
 

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that looks terrible, is it a ‘friends’?
Found the picture online--but saw one in person at a store one time (While I was in Lethbridge)
Had to try it--felt as awkward as it looks...
 
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