Fender telecaster drop B/A

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  1. Humzgrodn

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    Hello everyone,

    I'm curious if someone here once did this.
    Because I really like the feel of telecasters but most shops don't have them tuned this low :lol:. Is it doable or should I look for a different guitar for drop B/A?
    Right now I am looking at a second hand Mexico fender telecaster (maybe swap the pickups?). I will be playing thru a 5150 212 combo.
    Can someone help me out?
     
  2. bstigen97

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    A guy I jam out with from time to time has a standard telecaster (SS configuration) tuned to usually Dropped A or G#, it goes straight into a Line 6 DT25 Head with an Orange cabinet and it sounds brutal! You'll just need thick as hell strings, I think he uses a .74 for the A? I can't say for sure.
     
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    stevexc Laura Like Butter

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    A Tele will work for B or A tuning just as well as any other 25.5" guitar - that's arguably the most common scale length for 7-string guitars. You won't even need that thick of a string, depending on your taste for tension. A .056" will work for B, although a .059"-.064" is more common.

    You may want to swap the pickups for something hum-cancelling but I found that the overall tone of a single-coil works pretty well for low tunings. If you want a humbucker, though, the Seymour Duncan Hot Rails sound great.

    The only thing that may give you issue is the saddle for the low B, if it's the traditional 3-saddle style bridge you may not necessarily be able to intonate easily. IIRC though most MIM teles lately have been using modern-style 6-saddle bridges which won't give you much of an issue.
     
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    Fender made a blacktop baritone telecaster, which has a 27 inch neck. Made for B to B tuning!
    someone just put one up for sale on reverb, i don't know if they still make them anymore.
    They are kind of hard to find.
     
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    The Jim Root tele is factory set up for Drop B and I assume easily capable of A
     
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    Open B and Open C here with a Tele.
     
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    I used to have my tele in drop A, with a D'addario light baritone set on it, 13-62 :)

    Harder to intonate tho', better off getting a blacktop baritone!
     
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    I use Ernie Ball 12-56 with a wound 22w-24w on the 3rd string, for Drop B.
     
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    I have never even thought of going low with my tele. It may be something I have to try.

    But as everyone else has mentioned, just be mindful of the saddles on there. I have the 3 saddles and it is definitely a compromise when it comes to getting intonation correct.
     
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    25.5" scale length does it!
    Tele pickups can have great grind and clarity for lower tunings, but your milage may vary. Single coil hum might be a turn-off, and I also wouldn't necessarily expect a super compressed "chuggy" tone.
    Look out for 3 saddle bridges. Intonation can be a beotch.
    As with any guitar going from regular strings to super fat strangs, expect to need the nut filed.
     
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    The Jim Root guitars come with .09s in standard tuning.
     
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    Any guitar will do any tuning as long as you put the right strings on it and set it up right.
     

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