Tele on steroids sounding PAF?

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  1. Always-Ben

    Always-Ben Member

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    Wow....this tone is what I’ve been looking for
     
  2. hangten

    hangten Silver Supporting Member

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    No doubt Pete can tell you exactly what’s in that (Yaron?) LP...
     
  3. hangten

    hangten Silver Supporting Member

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    Count me among the curious @sinasl1
     
  4. Funky54

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    So how many you guys go into the Gibson and Les Paul threads and dog on them, while coming into a thread like this one, to make your tele sound as much like them as you can?
     
  5. Always-Ben

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    @sinasl1 what are the specs of this particular guitar?
     
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    So if I were to hunt for a Les Paul with the requisite wood/acoustic quality with brightness and mid-range needed for a Tele on steroids sound, what would I be looking for in its build?
     
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    Man that's a great question that I don't know the answer to. My PRS with bolt on neck and Mule PAF's gets really spanky and clear. For the Les Paul I have heard some people say the bridge posts and materials can help give it that clear tone. All I know is mine was cutting right off the bat in the store. And I played a Tribute LP with P90's that was the same way, very versatile.
     
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    Some slightly hot T-Tops. I really dig my David’ Allen Powerage set
     
  9. MKB

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    Very good question. At a top level, for a good classic LP tone, single piece mahogany neck and rosewood fingerboard are musts. Light weight and good resonance are as well IMHO. Sometimes the heavy super dense LPs are a bit weak on resonance, but there are some players that like 'em heavy.

    I would really like to play a classic LP burst type guitar with all roasted woods. Am wondering if that would add back some of the vintage tone mojo. The roasted wood Fender type guitars I have are all outstanding, wonder if such mojo could be transferred to a Gibson.
     
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    Lot of text here but in case no one else has said it, I've been told that lowering the pickups and raising the pole pieces can do this.
     
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    Currently have a very light, resonant LP that when played acoustically has a very spanky sound. Has a JB in the bridge. Isn't remotely close to this sound. The neck 59 is close despite some EQ issues that I'm not a fan of. Those are the stock pickups and I'm planning to change them but yeah it's not at all the sound thats being described here.
     
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    Been considering these for this purpose.
     
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  13. Dannyz

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    Add to that list SD Antiquities and Dimarzio 59 PAF set. Both unpotted, plain enamel wire, butyrate bobbins. Really "airy" pickups.
     
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    I wish the 59's were available with covers.
     
  15. HoboMan

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    Look into a Humbucker size P90.
     
  16. Gclef

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    Harmonic design z90s
     
  17. Dannyz

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    Yeah, absolutely. Ive added niquel covers on mine but these pickups sound best uncovered. More airy and livelier that way.

    In your situation, i would get PAF Masters with worn nickel cover or Thornbuckers with raw nickel covers.
     
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    On a very quick skim of the thread, I counted about 29 distinct suggestions. Can we go for three dozen??
     
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    I'm torn between paf masters that are already light and bright and the 36th for something fatter and adding coil splits. Either way I'm thinking double creme bridge, worn nickle neck.
     
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  20. Always-Ben

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    I hear the 2014 Gibson Les Paul traditional with the 59 tribute pickups (produced only that year!) were a good example if you could get a good specimen.
     
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