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  • #16
    Ok, I've been doing some more reading, and I'm thinking two routes. For now, the cheaper route that I want to try is upgrading the pots. I believe they're both 250K, and I've read that I could sub in two 375K Fender pots like on the hot rod tele, or get a 500K volume and a resistor to lower the load to 250K when it's switched to the bridge pickup. I'd like to try this first.



    Second, I think I'd eventually like to put a mini-humbucker in the neck. What's a good one? Consensus seems to be the SD vintage that comes stock in the hot rod. Are the GFS mini's any good?

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    • #17
      nice guitar, but the relicing is silly
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      • #18
        I agree, I wish it wasn't relic'ed, but it plays great and is a great modding platform.

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        • #19
          I've decided to hot rod this guitar. I already have an american standard tele for regular tele sounds, so I'm going to put a single coil sized HB in the bridge and replace the pots with 500K. Don't have a solidbody guitar with two humbuckers anymore, would like to have one again. Leaning heavily towards SD lil' 59 tele. Also considering dimarzio chopper T.

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          • #20
            I've used GFS pickups in the past and while they are an improvement over most ****************ty stock pickups, they leave a bit to be desired over time. I'd say spring for Seymour Duncan or dimarzios.
            JTRO 248

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            • #21
              I've used GFS pickups in the past and while they are an improvement over most ****************ty stock pickups, they leave a bit to be desired over time. I'd say spring for Seymour Duncan or dimarzios.
              JTRO 248

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              • #22






                Quote Originally Posted by Jisatsu
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                I've used GFS pickups in the past and while they are an improvement over most ****************ty stock pickups, they leave a bit to be desired over time. I'd say spring for Seymour Duncan or dimarzios.




                Yeah, I think I'm definitely going to spring for the SD lil 59T soon, and I'll see what difference the 500K pots make for the neck pickup. Could upgrade it to a full size 59 eventually. At that point I'll have nearly as much in the pickups as I do the guitar, but oh well.

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                • #23
                  Update: Just got it back from the shop, I had a SD lil59 and 500K pots put in it. Can't wait to crank it up tonight. It's a low-rent "Cooleycaster" now.



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                  • #24
                    Funny...people call LTD's ESP's but no one calls a Squier a Fender.
                    "One problem with people who have no vices is that they're pretty sure to have some annoying virtues" - Elizabeth Taylor







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                    Yeah, I guess I hate women...











                    Originally Posted by thefyn


                    I SO STUPID!

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                    • #25






                      Quote Originally Posted by One Man Banned
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                      Funny...people call LTD's ESP's but no one calls a Squier a Fender.




                      I can't afford the real deal like you

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                      • #26






                        Quote Originally Posted by mdrake34
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                        I can't afford the real deal like you




                        No one's saying you have to. I'm just saying it's funny that typically people associate LTD so strongly with ESP that they frequently refer to them as ESP but you don't see that with say, Epiphone/Gibson or Squier/Fender. I wonder why that is?



                        It's been my experience that ESP lower priced brands tend to be of a quality that's more comparable to their top of the line stuff than the lower priced Gibson and Fender brands. Perhaps that has something to do with it.
                        "One problem with people who have no vices is that they're pretty sure to have some annoying virtues" - Elizabeth Taylor







                        Originally Posted by Shane Marley


                        Yeah, I guess I hate women...











                        Originally Posted by thefyn


                        I SO STUPID!

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                        • #27
                          OMG IT SOUNDS SO FREAKING GOOD!



                          Seriously dudes, that pickup and those pots were a game changing mod for that guitar. I was starting to have serious buyers remorse, despite the killer deal I got on it ($200 brand new) but the duncan and new pots turned it into a new guitar. Doesn't sound like a tele anymore, but it still has a hint of tele, especially with the volume on 7-8. The middle position is killer, hollow, almost acoustic, and the 500K pots opened up the stock neck humbucker so much. Sounds great clean and dirty on all three positions. I can't wait to gig it.

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                          • #28
                            God damn
                            HOURS








                            Originally Posted by thegumbootman


                            I managed to not say the word "****************" until I was 18

                            In primary school when my friends discovered swearing, I thought "I've never said the f-word before. I'm never going to say it". I wanted to say it when I got older (mostly because my friends would nag me about saying it), but I just didn't want to end the streak of not-saying it

                            I ended up accidentally saying it to my girlfriend at the time. I said "Someone told me that Ben got with a really fat girl and he titty-****************ed her"

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                            • #29
                              yeah, i have 375k pots in my tele with a lil 59 and it really was an improvement. i didnt go all the way to 500k but i could tell 250k wasnt working well with the lil 59.

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                              • #30
                                I picked up one of the ST203s when AMS was blowing them out a couple weeks ago for $199. I am really impressed with the quality, it's a fun little guitar
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