Taming a bright Tele

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  1. Paul Conway

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    Bootstrap make a set that looks interesting. I've not tried them but very cheap...if you end up going that way
     
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    For me, usually when a string is way too whatever, it's not an eq problem. String, saddle, bridge, fret, nut or truss.
     
  3. MikeyG

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    This being my first real fender tele, I have another observation: why put the volume pot so close to the bridge pickuo selector? Can barely get my pinky in between to change it, so i usually awkwardly reach over the top with 2 fingers to change it.

    Thanks everyone for the suggestions, ill report back
     
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  4. MikeyG

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    so I usually just use the tone knob to simulate pickup changes
     
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    As usual I preach the gospel of the Duncan Five Two.
    Twang without the pain. best sounding, best balanced Tele pickup I've ever heard.
     
  6. JAP09

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    Seems like there's lots of good suggestions here already. One option I didn't see yet; you could try a reverse slant (or left-handed) bridge plate.
     
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    Another rec--if not already mentioned-- use a 6-saddle bridge w/ a brass saddle only under the hi-E string.
     
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    pure nickel strings will mellow it out for sure (i like the GHS set). i dig the tone too. too bad there aren't really any coated options for pure nickel tone.
     
  9. twoheadedboy

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    I've always just used the tone knob.
     
  10. VintagePlayerStrat

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    Interesting. Most bucker guitars have .022 caps, even .018 to try to brighten them up, no?

    So isn't the conventional wisdom go use a value of like .066 if you want your single coil guitar to be less bright? (Replacing the common .047)
     
  11. Gig Young

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    If you're American Professional has the barrel saddles, drill the back of the high E on the bridge to make a top load, and see if that helps some


    OR... try shimming the headstock end of the neck pocket, so with keeping your same action the saddles won't be as high for the break angle.

    This might take some of the inherent brightness way from that high e

    Be worth it to experiment. And cost nothing!
     
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    Reinstall your bridge with some rubber bands under it. Just kidding.
     
  13. AlexMalaska

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    Others who have tried a .066 can chime in with their experiences, but that would be way too dark for my taste. I personally find .022 much more usable than .047 in my tele, but .047 is the vintage correct value and lots of people love it.
     
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    tone knob.
     
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    This sounds like a fun project, trying to figure out your guitar - solve the riddle.
     
  16. MikeyG

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    Throughout this thread, and in the post you quoted i explain why that doesn't work for me
     
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    Sometimes the slot in the nut for the high E is too close to the outside. I've had new nuts installed to correct this. Sometimes you can loosen the neck a little and wack it towards the low E. Teles are well worth tweaking. I like Dimarzio Area T's for pickups. Copied after his own '54 tele's pickups. No hum, sound great.
     
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    I had primarily single coil guitars at one time. There was one amp I had, a modded traynor from the 70's. All of my guitars sounded as you described. It was just terrible. I put the amp on Craigslist. This guy came over with a tobaccoburst les paul. That amp sounded like the voice of angels with that guitar. We go crazy modding guitars, and don't think about the amps too much. Very subtle changes in an amp can mean a great difference in sound. Good places to start are the speakers, and the V1 tube. I also like the comments about pickup height. Try the cheap stuff first.
     
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    There’s something odd that only the high E would be too bright. That’s the mystery.
     
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  20. MikeyG

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    I know thats why I thought it might be a mechanical issue.

    I dont usually have strings slipping off the fretboard.

    Heading to the mancave now to check it out
     

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