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Question for Tele gurus

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by Powderfinger, Jun 22, 2008.

  1. Powderfinger

    Powderfinger Gold Supporting Member

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    Seems like even when I get a Tele sounding perfect on the rest of the strings, I still can't get rid of the plinky ice-pick sounding E-string. If I eq against it, then the other strings don't sound right. Is this just the nature of the beast? Set up problem? Wrong guitars?
     
  2. Telephile

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    Pretty common dilemma with teles. Brass saddles can help a little if you don't have them already.You could also try a pickup with Alnico 5 magnets on the bass side and Alnico 2's on the high E and B.
    I have also found the lower the action the brighter the sound. So if you raise your high E it may shave some of that high end.
     
  3. Vintage-tone

    Vintage-tone Gold Supporting Member

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    make sure you have enough tilt on your neck also.
    What kind of tele and saddles are you using ?
    60's saddles tend to make this worse.
    What strings are you using ? 10 46 or higher ?
     
  4. Chris Rice

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    Pot/cap values (actual, not printed) can have an effect on this. The recent craze to make sure everything is overspec'd is not necessarily a good thing. A volume pot reading down around 220k can be just right in some guitars.
     
  5. diego

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    Try lowering the bridge pup... move it away from the string a bit... you might be getting a little magnetic pull on the string.
     
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    I play 10's on mine... and I grab a 'b' string out of one of my other 'raided' sets of strings to use instead of the stock 10. Makes a huuuuuuuuge difference. Also helps finger strength a little. Makes bending on any Gibby a breeze!

    -Jarek
     
  7. Brewmaster

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    somebody already mentioned these things but I'll mention them again, brass saddles, cap values, and the correct pickups make a huge difference. The biggest difference for me was the pickups. The brass saddles and changing the cap value just enhanced the overall tone a touch more.

    I love my Tele.
     
  8. Polynitro

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    All my pots measure 240...Is this normal? (all CTS)
     
  9. Chris Rice

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    Normal CTS is 250k with a 20% tolerance. Meaning the actual pots can measure from ~200k up to ~300k.
     

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