could fralin baseplate be causing microphonics on my tele??

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  1. re-animator

    re-animator Senior Member

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    as some may know, i've been battling microphonics for the last week or so with my tele. I'm positive that the bridge pickup is microphonic (squealing feedback, "tapping noises" when touching control plate/pickup, etc.).... and i've already had the pickup re-potted and waxed. While this helped a bit, it is still almost uncontrollably microphonic... and that sucks big time!


    i've been racking my brain trying to figure out whats going on... and i'm thinking the baseplate may be a culprit?? any techie people have any ideas??
     
  2. Curly

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    the baseplate is usually adhered to the pickup with wax

    I've had a baseplate pushed loose by the adjusting screws, and yes, it caused feedback.

    I've also heard others say that an uneven baseplate can also cause feedback, but I think that's less common.
     
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    thanks... but now i think i'm more confused. pickups arent my forte.
     
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    This is the same post as the one I put up on http://www.thegearpage.net/board/showthread.php?p=3650392&posted=1#post3650392

    I'm no expert but this worked for me.

    The pickup's magnets will hold the base plate to the bottom (base) of the pickup but if there isn't enough wax sealing the baseplate to the base the pickup will squeal. I had it happen with a brand new Fralin that got knocked around a little in shipping. I just put a hot soldering iron to the baseplate and ran a block of paraffin around the edge letting it run down inside under the plate, then laid the pup face down and ran the hot iron around the plate hoping to fill any voids and it cured the problem. YMMV but it worked for me.
    You could try asking on the Ampage pickup makers forum, they're pros. They'd have better advice.

    Come to think of it, Lindy's got baseplate instructions on his website.
    http://www.fralinpickups.com/bplate.asp

    By golly there's even more on Lindy's site.
    http://www.fralinpickups.com/faq.asp#5
     
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    yeah i read what was on fralin's site... but it sounds like you know what i'm talking about. My tech is back in tomorrow, so i'll take it back to him and see what he can do with it... i'll print out that fralin page for him.
     

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