Tele Tone From a Strat?

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  1. Wesman61

    Wesman61 Supporting Member

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    I'm a Strat Guy but have been playing My Son's Tele lately and love the lead tone from it. I don't want a Tele but it would be cool to get that Tele lead pickup tone from a Strat. Any suggestions for a Tele sounding Strat bridge pickup?
     
  2. Mowcheeba

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    Sorry but there is no Tele sounding Strat bridge....:)
    However you might get closer to the Tele sound by adding
    a baseplate to a somewhat hotter Strat pickup.
    Then buy one of these...........http://www.glendaleguitars.com/trem blocks.htm
    [​IMG]

    and you should've come closer.
     
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    A fairly hot bridge pickup with an added baseplate will get you about halfway, but part of that sound is the Tele bridge & saddles - no substitute for the real deal.
     
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    Duncan has a strat bridge pickup called the twangbanger that's suppose to do the tele thing pretty well
     
  5. Teleman

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    You just can't get true tele tone with a strat and do it justice. You need a tele bridge to capture it. Some pickups will get you close. It depands on how true a tele tone you're after.
     
  6. Martian

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    I've heard it. It's about as close as you're going to get but it won't be exact.

    The only other option would be getting an EQ pedal which also has a gain slide.
     
  7. Wesman61

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    Besides the eq of My Son's Tele bridge pup it's very harmonically dense compared to a Strat's bridge pup. Does the bridge play a big role in that?
     
  8. jimfog

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    Here's an ash strat w/ maple board......Fralin underwound Vintage Hots, baseplate on Bridge.........all bridge pup, live into a Deluxe Reverb, cranked. I was backing a local singer/songwriter, and he pulled out a Dylan tune, off the cuff.

    Sounds pretty tele to me........

    http://www.jimfogarty.com/audio/clips/07 Tombstone Blues.mp3
     
  9. JumpMarine

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    Seymour Duncan Twangbanger
     
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    The Glendale bridge is way overpriced & from what I hear that setup doesn't work very well with the strat vibrato.

    Just buy a cheap Tele with a vintage-style bridge and put some decent pickups in it. You'll never get a strat to sound the same.
     
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    I will do that to my next parts strat project, with a reversed plate and real tele pickup.
     
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    I put together a frankencaster that was a hardtail strat body, three saddle bridge, and a Lindy tele p.u. mounted in the p.g. I will agree with those that say that the bridge has much to do with the "tele sound". Not the same with the p.u. mounted in a plastic p.g. But close! The only other p.u. in the gtr was an old Charlie Christian. Almost everything about this gtr was "wrong", but in a good way!
     
  13. dunara

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    I've yet to hear a Seymour Duncan telecaster pickup that sounds like a telecaster. I've tried loads of 'em - Alnico 2, Vintage '54 tele, Broadcaster, Jerry Donahue - all way too harsh and ice-picky for my taste. They all sounded very similar to each other, in fact. Maybe the Donahue sounded a wee bit more 'hifi', but it was still horribly over-bright.
    Having said that, their STR-1 tele neck pickup is very good, IMHO.

    The most tele-like strat I own is fitted with GFS lipsticks.
     
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    im putting a tele pup in teh strat bridge position

    wont be exactly the same but will be more useful than a strat bridge
     
  15. FUSER

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    I have tried the Rio Grande Stelly.
    Very nice but not quite the Tele sound.

    I have come to the realization that you cant get whats not there.
     
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    Your slipping. If you want to be like tweed you gotta use teh
     
  17. Jack Dotson

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    Uh oh! Your in trouble dude. Go ahead a break out the check book and get the new Tele. Once you've discovered that Tele sound there's no turning back. Neck or bridge, take you pick.

    That's why so many of us own a strat a Tele, the two essential guitars to any arsenal. You just fill in from there. :0)
     
  18. Wesman61

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    I'm really liking that Tele. It's a Joe Strummer model so the pickups are probably not the best. I think as much as I like it I could justify getting a Tele when the money is there for it.

    So what about bridges? Does it need to have the 3 brass bridge saddles to sound right?
     
  19. Frankee

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    Just get a Tele already.....You won't regret it.
    I fought the Tele too...
     
  20. Wesman61

    Wesman61 Supporting Member

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    LOL. I don't know why I've resisted all these years. I've had 2 Teles over the years for investment reasons but didn't hardly play them. Time to break down. I saw a G&L Tribute model with traditional style pickups on Ebay for $300.00. A good starting point?
     

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