Can a Telecaster Play Metal?

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  1. littlebadboy

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    Guitar: Squier Classic Vibe 50's Telecaster Butterscotch Blonde

    I had to do some mods. The original pickups were fine but I was not convinced with how they drive as they were not meant to play the metal I wanted.
    Modifications:
    Artec Giovanni custom single coil sized rail humbuckers with full 64mm rails, Alnico 5
    GFS Overwound Repro Vintage Alnico Tele Neck Pickup
    Fender 500k vol pot,
    Fender 250k tone pot but has no-load option - goes straight to output
    OG 4-way for:
    1st - neck
    2nd - neck+bridge south
    3rd - bridge south
    4th - full bridge humbucker

    Effects and Interface: Boss GT-100

    Thanks!
     

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    As someone who has a tele to play rock and metal, I love the idea but when most people think "tele," they're thinking a twangy single coil. I would argue that it stops being a tele once a bridge humbucker is introduced since it loses its defining sonic characteristic. I say this as someone with a DiMarzio Tone Zone T in my partscaster.



    Kmac had a similar idea, which to me just proved almost any guitar with dual humbuckers can play metal with some degree of success.
     
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    Exactly.

    It's not a Tele without Tele pickups.

    Can a Mayones 8 string play SRV? Um yeah... put split coil vintage humbuckers in the guitar (aligned with the top 6 strings) using the bridge single, through a Fender blackface with a TS in front.
     
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    Split coils would work just fine at any output. Just turn the gain down on the amp or the volume down at the guitar. Unmodified Teles work just fine in metal. I used to use one in a Death Metal band. I actually use a single coil for overdubs with recording for the definition.
     
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    777timesgod Stop reading this...I said stop!

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    Interesting mods and yes you can play metal on anything given that you dial the correct settings and use the right pedals/effects and gear. However, unless there are humbuckers build for high gain situations you will always lack compared to the other guitarists who have the right gear for the job.
     
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    "You can't play metal with a Fender!"

     
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    John 5 does just fine with Rob Zombie
     
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    777timesgod Stop reading this...I said stop!

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    Mortician are brutal but their LPs sound is so shitty that I cannot believe that they once released a live album...

    I think the point of the OP was to keep the single coil pickups and not go humbucker like Jim Root (Slipknot), Meegs (Coal Chamber) and John 5 (Rob Z) did. Basically, they have metal guitars with just the telecaster shape. The experiment is to stick with Alnico / vintage choices while reaching molten metal style.
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    Exactly! I LOVE John5's guitars, but that is NOT a "Tele".
     
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