Three Pickups in a Telecaster

An extra pickup...

The Telecaster shaped style guitar has been with us since the 1950s and has been factory modified by Fender, with design tweeks, different pickups, materials etc ever since. The Telecaster is a mass produced solid body electric guitar that was well designed, easy to play, effective, rugged, affordable and great sounding. It had a simple black pickguard, a maple neck with all the tuners on  the top edge of the headstock and a combination of bridge and bridge pickup in one integral unit.

With only two pickups, the desire for an extra pickup, like the Stratocaster, has always been there. The Nashville Telecaster is exactly this, a three pickup variation of the Standard Fender Telecaster. 

The Telecaster style guitar has always been a design layout that has appealed to guitar modders and partscaster builders.

Rat Bait Guitars build an eco-friendly guitar that is similar to the Nashville. Some have 3-way switches and some 5-way. The five position version is similar to the configuration of a Stratocaster and the three position one is wired, one position for each pickup.

£150.00 UK Post Free.

This guitar body is made from Paulownia with vintage mahogany repair patch, reconstructed and restored in our rat infested shed in North Devon. The red paintwork on the rear and sides of the body has been partially removed and gives a roadworn, battered, relic look. 

This Nashville style guitar sounds very old school. The middle single pole pickup is a vintage one that is at least 20 / 25 years old. The bridge pickup, electrics, machine heads, bridge and Jack socket are new. The black 3 ply scratchplate has been salvaged from a defunct Telecaster. 

  • Salvaged body made from Paulownia
  • Approx. Thickness: 41.5mm
  • Chrome Neck Pickup
  • Vintage Tone
  • High Quality Approx. Resistance: 6.39k
  • Middle single coil pickup
  • Black 3 ply scratchplate
  • Black Telecaster bridge pickup
  • Approx. Resistance: 6.37k
  • Vintage Tone
  • 22-fret maple neck,
  • Rosewood type fretboard
  • New 10mm Machine Heads
  • Nut Width: 1.656 In. (42 mm)
  • Scale Length: 25.5"
  • New waterproof gig bag

The Nashville Telecaster was introduced in 1996, in 1998 it was upgraded with a three-pickup configuration similar to the Stratocaster layout. The neck and bridge pickups were replaced with the hotter Delta Tone pickup system and the new middle pickup was the same "Texas Special" overwound single-coil pickup used in the Stevie Ray Vaughan model Stratocaster.

About Rat Bait Guitars

If you are looking for a unique and eco-friendly electric guitar, you might want to check out Rat Bait Guitars, a UK-based company that makes hand built guitars from recycled materials.

Rat Bait Guitars are different from other guitars in several ways. 

  • First of all, they are made from recycled wood gathered from various sources, such as old furniture, fence posts, roof constructions, flooring, and more. These discarded bits of timber are reused and reshaped into guitar bodies that have a unique character and history. The wood is also upcycled, repurposed, and recycled, which means that it reduces waste and saves resources.
  • Secondly, Rat Bait Guitars are custom built, which means that each guitar is one of a kind and not repeatable.
  • Thirdly, Rat Bait Guitars are affordable and accessible for beginners and intermediate players who want a Fender-style guitar without breaking the bank. The guitars range from £125 to £450, depending on the model and features.

Why not visit our online store and build yourself your own guitar?

Why not visit our on line store and build yourself your own eco-friendly guitar?

We have a selection of new and used spare parts for your vintage guitar, relic guitar or partscaster. Why not visit our online shop and search for that missing part.

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