tele style

An amateur builder-in-the-making headed online to source parts and, with the help of YouTube and guitar forums, taught himself how to build a Thinline-inspired beauty.

Name: Vinny Eadicicco
Location: Staten Island, New York
Guitar: Leslie 56

I'm a newbie amateur at building guitars. After trying out a friend's Thinline one day, I was hooked. I've always liked the looks and design of a Fender Thinline: the f-hole cutouts, the contours, semi-hollowbody, etc. So, I ventured online to search some DIY videos on how to build a guitar, and there were quite a lot on YouTube.

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Get convincing “in-between” Strat sounds from Teles and other two-pickup guitars.

This month we'll look at a cool Telecaster wiring that also works with any two-pickup guitar with a master tone/master volume configuration. Designed by the great pickup maker Bill Lawrence, this wiring deals with the so-called half out-of-phase option (more on this in a moment).

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Get meatier Tele sounds without changing your pickups.

Let's explore a common mod for Telecasters and other two-pickup guitars, but with a little twist: wiring two pickups in series rather than in parallel to get louder, meatier sounds. This mod is also known as Telecaster 4-way wiring.

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