How can i make my tele twangier?!

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  1. kidamnesiac

    kidamnesiac Member

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    So, i've had some stuart blackguards in for a few weeks in my American Deluxe tele. it's still not sounding the way i want though. coupled with it, is an rs guitar kit and 4-way switch. i like the bridge, but i'm finding the neck and middle positions too dead and dull with my amps (oranges).

    i want that tele snap, quack, and twang. What i'd like is radiohead, jeff buckley, modest mouse kind of bitey/twangy.

    any ideas?
     
  2. bluesrules

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    Got brass bridge saddles? I went thru 5 pickup changes on a MIM Alder Tele. Finally the compensated brass saddles got the spank to come out!
     
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    nope, no brass. i was wondering about that actually. i was thinking about the glendale bridge and saddles to see if it'd help, but i was a bit skeptical. so it made a difference??
     
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    Yep. It worked for me. Couldn't be happier now!
     
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    yes a decent bridge is key to getting the most of a tele
    tdpri dot com should have volumes on the subject
    i have a callaham bridge and saddles
     
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    I found that brass saddles smoothed out the sound of my 50's RI Tele when I swapped to them from the steel original ones. They seemed to take away the ice pick effect. They were just a set of cheapies from Angela Instruments. I have no idea what make they are even.
     
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    Brass saddles somehow make a tele both twangier and smoother at the same time - it's hard to describe, but it'll probably take you in the right direction.

    What kind of Oranges are you using? Maybe a Fender-style AB amp would help?
     
  8. kidamnesiac

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    i've got an Orange AD15 and AD30TC. I've got a strat pro that sounds awesome through them and was hoping to get the same out of my tele. however, the strat has a steel nut and a maple fretboard.

    perhaps a new bridge and a bone nut could do the trick?
     
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    The nut will really only change the sound of open strings. Does the tone change when you play a fretted (or capoed) string vs. open?
     
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    Another vote for the brass saddles. HUGE difference. Another post nailed it - both smoother and twangier. Callaham makes an upgraded bridge/saddle combo for your guitar. It should get you there in spades.

    You also might want to explore a new neck pickup. Most stock Tele neck units aren't necessarily twangy. Pete at Vintage Vibe can custom wind you one for the price of a Duncan. Also the Dimarzio Twang King neck p/up is very twangy/clean/open sounding. Some compare it to a very good Strat p/up.

    Explore some posts over at tdpri.com. Lots of info there.
     
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    Has anyone had experience with the Glendale vs Callaham vs Vintiques?
     
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    i'd be interested in hearing as well. I've never heard of Vintiques before, but the glendale seems right up my alley with the option of different saddle materials for different sounds.
     

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