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Old 04-22-2012, 08:38 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Telecaster Custom help for specs

yesterday i bought a Squier Telecaster Custom an ibrid telecaster that takes design features from both the Fender Telecaster Custom and the Fender Telecaster Deluxe.
I would like to know something about his electronic components expecially for the two humbuckers, may be they are duncan design becouse the other Squier Telecaster Custom II has two Duncan Design p-90.
If i would change the bridge humbucker with an humbucker sized single coil which one is the best among these:
http://www.guitarfetish.com/Dream-90...kup_p_235.html

http://www.guitarfetish.com/Mean-90-...kup_p_480.html





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Old 04-22-2012, 12:40 PM   #2 (permalink)
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get the mean 90. you won't be disappointed.
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Old 04-22-2012, 04:01 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I would go with the Dream 180. Which did you buy? I'm assuming that you bought the Custom-with humbuckers. The Dream 180 (as is the Dream 90 and Mean 90) is a humbucker pickup with a P90 voice-except you won't experience the "noise that you would get from a pair of P90's if your using lots od distortion.
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I never considered the Dream 180.
I will probally change both, neck and bridge pickups:
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gfs suggested me to install two 59 vintage. i bought them, they are really very good pickups and i recommend to anyone.
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Glad to hear that you got the pickups that you are happy with. I'm still in the process of making decisions about my Squire Tele Custom II (p90's) and also another guitar or two. I have considered replacing the P90's with GFS mini-humbuckers which are made to fit right in the P90's space but then that would defeat the purpose of buying the Custom II in the first place which was the P90s. Believe me, before I bought this guitar, i actually read hundreds of reviews on it. I read every review everywhere I could find one, including the various retailer's product page reviews (like Musician's Friend, zZounds and all those and also places like Harmony Central). So I kind of knew what to expect and that was filing the frets, resoldering the components and likely having to replace the pots and probably the 3-way switch and capacitors BUT most all reviews said that the Duncan Designed Pickups were pretty damn good and felt that they did not need replacing. That is not the case with mine. The Duncan designed pickups (P90s) on my Tele Custom II are lifeless, almost dead and even with the three way switch in the middle position and with clean amp or processor settings they are noisy as all get out. You cannot touch either of the volume pots-no matter what position you have the 3-way switch in, without setting off a barrage of NOISE. Use some "overdrive" or "distortion" and you cannot even hear the guitar itself over all the noise. I've called American Musical Supply (where I purchased the guitar and which offers a one year warranty of their own and they just tell me to call the manufacturer. I also believe that they sold me one "as new" that was actually a returned guitar,in my opinion-there was no plastic cover on the pickguard, and having read all the reviews that I did-that was one thing that nearly everyone complained about was how difficult it was to remove the plastic cover from the pickguard with most people actually having to remove the pickguard itself in order to completely remove the plastic covering. There were pieces of what was the plastic covering still stuck in a few places on my guitar, like around the neck and the pot knobs. I sent an e-mail to Squier but never received any reply( that was back in september 2011). I'm just going to have to keep putting my money into it , a lot of time and work to get it to be a "player". I wish that I would have purchased the Fender Modern Player Tele Plus with the pine body, maple fretboard and bridge humbucker (splittable) neck tele pickup and Strat middle position pickup for $399.99 or even the Fender Modern Player Tele Thinline Deluxe with the Fender P90s and dual volume-dual tone controls and maple fretboard at $449.99. I think that I would have been better off with either one of those as I'll have that much money in this Squier Tele Custom II by the time I get it anywhere close to where I want it and where it needs to be.-Jim
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I picked up a used Squier Tele Custom w humbuckers about a month ago and I really like it!
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I have considered replacing the P90's with GFS mini-humbuckers which are made to fit right in the P90's space but then that would defeat the purpose of buying the Custom II in the first place which was the P90s.
The blonde versions look pretty good with the GFS mini buckers...


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Hi GP and thanks and a BIG thanks to you Roccobagadonuts that looks very nice and cerainly seems like a solution, if not THE solution. The guitar itself is a very nice looking and feeling guitar, it's just that the electronics suck and mine seems to be way, way worse than the "average" that I read about before purchasing. By the way, have you guys noticed that the Tele Custom II (p90s version) has jumped in price to $279.99 while the Tele Custom (humbucker version ) has remained at $249.99? Thanks-Jim P.S. sorry that it's been a while since last talking to you, I have been (and am) quite ill.
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That sucks you ended up with a lemon electronix wise... Especially after lookin into the guitars before finally pulling the trigger on one. I still havent played a stock Tele Custom or Custom II yet so I have no idea whats "normal" as far as noise they give off. Id actually like to play a stock one just to see how they play out of the box. Mine is so modified it doesnt even resemble the normal version anymore. I bought it already "done" so I never actually got to play one in its normal state with original pickups, bridge, tuners, electronix and etc and etc...
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Hi GP and thanks and a BIG thanks to you Roccobagadonuts that looks very nice and cerainly seems like a solution, if not THE solution. The guitar itself is a very nice looking and feeling guitar, it's just that the electronics suck and mine seems to be way, way worse than the "average" that I read about before purchasing. By the way, have you guys noticed that the Tele Custom II (p90s version) has jumped in price to $279.99 while the Tele Custom (humbucker version ) has remained at $249.99? Thanks-Jim P.S. sorry that it's been a while since last talking to you, I have been (and am) quite ill.
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I noticed the price increase also. I do think you somehow got a lemon Custom II. I've been around and played Willie2011's Custom II and it is great. Sorry to hear about your illness, I hope you get feeling better soon. GP
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Hey GP, I'm just on the way out the door to the Doctor right now, so I'll have to keep this short. But, yeah if you re-read my longer blog a couple posts up, you'll see that I believe that American Musical Supply sold me one that somebody "returned" and called it "new". I even pointed ut the evidence to them and accused them of it, of course they denied it. But further evidence (and this was my own stupidity) I was after one of those "Charvel (owned by Fender) Desolation DS2-ST" electric guitars in the "blue smear cloor". The "blue smears were consistantly "Out Of Stock" so I signed up for a "Notify me when they are in stock" and Bam! one day I get a notification "They're In Stock"-so I checked and they surely were so I quick ordered one (American Musical Supply has 3 easy payments, 5 easy payments, 8 easy payments depending on price and making things more affordable. As soon as I ordered mine though, I saw they were already "Out OF Stock". When it arrived it was missing some of the plastic coverings and had a couple of "dings and some (very few) pick scratches. So it appeared that they did the same thing again and sent me somebody"s returned guitar. So doubtful I'll do any more dealing with them which leaves zZounds company with 4 easy payments but they are both owned by the same parent company. Gotta Run-Talk with you again soon,my friend. Best to you and Willie (makes me think of the band "Wet Willie" out of Atlanta (I think) They were a really tight band. If you have Rhapsody or Spotify or any music subscription check them out. I think their best album was "The Wetter The Better" and songs like "Everything That cha'Do" or "Ring You Up". Some really good Southern Rock/Blues/Soul. I'm sure that you'd enjoy it. You may even find them on YouTube-I never looked.
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Hey Jimbo, hope ya get to feeling better soon. Piker told me you havn't been feeling very good. That blows about your custom, man theres lemons out there sometimes. I know you'll mod that thing and make it scream!!!!!!! I bought mine used, took a gamble! Its pretty much the one i'm trying to wear out first. Love those P90s! Good luck friend
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Jimbo -- sounds to me like a wiring issue in your Custom II. Check all the grounds and check to make sure the final ground wire is securely attached to the bridge. A lot of times these days, they just attach the ground wire to a screw on the bridge. It could be loose. Best bet is to solder it directly to the bridge (sand down a spot to solder to), but screwing it down will work as long as the connection is good.
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Thanks for the good wishes, Willie, it means alot. Gotta go see a specialist July 2 so hopefully...Iboorse2, Iagree with you 150% (and With Willie in the mention that I got a lemon), I know that I need to get inside of there and check everything out. Time to get out the test-meter and all. I really haven't done anything with it at all,yet, because 1) I was waiting till I do a string change (I hate taking "ALL" of the strings off at the same time unless there is a reason to, and obviously there's a reason to), 2) I was thinking about changing out the pots and capacitors while I was in there-so I have to order those so I have them ready and 3) between my daughter and I, we have 16 guitars (maybe 17) so I have plenty of alternatives to play. The damned thing about that is you can bet that if my Tele were the only guitar I had, it would have been "FIXED" by now (I think the real word I'm looking for here is "I'm being lazy"). But I appreciate eveybody's input and will get it done soon and money is a little tight with propert taxes coming due real quick here, but it will get done. And if all that don't work-then I plan on installing a pair of GHS "MiniBuckers" (straight up change out) like Roccobagadonuts there. Thanks everyone-Jim
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GGeez-Sorry to superbubbe-we kinda took over your post here didn't we?Just goes to show-we're all "family" here. Gongrats on your choice of the '59 PAFs- you should be happy with those-although they may tend to turn your Tele into a little bit of a (dare I say?) Les Paul?-Jim
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And if all that don't work-then I plan on installing a pair of GHS "MiniBuckers" (straight up change out) like Roccobagadonuts there. Thanks everyone-Jim
That blonde version with GFS mini buckers aint mine... I just thought it was cool lookin when I saw it so I saved the pic... My Tele Custom II is black with US built Bigsby, Vintage Vibe chrome P90s, JazzMaster bridge, Planet Wave auto trim locking tuners and etc... It cost quite a bit but it rips for sure...


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That blonde version with GFS mini buckers aint mine... I just thought it was cool lookin when I saw it so I saved the pic... My Tele Custom II is black with US built Bigsby, Vintage Vibe chrome P90s, JazzMaster bridge, Planet Wave auto trim locking tuners and etc... It cost quite a bit but it rips for sure...


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That is a sweet guitar!
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The bigsby is saaaaaweeeeeeeeeet!
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