Modifying the Telecaster

Here’s a guitar we don’t use live very often, but we do record with it a LOT! Because of this, Craig decided to get new guts for it.

It’s the Maheekat Fender Telecaster.

tele guts

After a bit of research, Craig found the right replacements on Reverb.com. It’s this cool website where you can buy and sell vintage, rare and used music gear. It was cool to be contacted by Jon Leganski with a quick follow up email after the purchase. Personalized service is always a plus!

We received our order from Gordon at Upfront Guitars very quickly, and before we knew it the Telecaster was ready to undergo the surgery… soldering gun heating up.

Craig took the old guts out and prepared the new guts to go in as you can see in the picture. The old tone and volume pots were one large and one small. The reason? This isn’t the first time this Tele has been on the surgery table. You see, it’s a Mexican Tele and Mexican Teles originally come with pots that are smaller in diameter. The new tone and volume pots were both large in diameter. The reason? The guts were built for an American Tele.

Bottom line, once soldered up, the new guts fit but the holes to screw it in didn’t line up with the plate.

Most USA Teles use the full-size pots and we didn’t think that would be an issue when we made the purchase. Luckily, Craig is mechanically inclined. He had to drill two new screw holes. Had also had to twist the pots so that the soldering work was to the inside and the unit would slip into the body.

Quoting the seller here, “So in general they should drop into most USA guitars, and require a little work with the imports.”

That’s the story of the Maheekat Telecaster! It sounds great! And it’s now in tip top shape to record more Maheekat tunes.

It sounds great! And it’s now in tip top shape to record more Maheekat tunes.

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