So I've got a set of Hamels in my Tele... thinking of trying something new
And after having them in there for over a year, I'm starting to think about removing them and trying something else. I'm not sure how best to put my finger on it, but I feel like they're a little too bright and thin. Thing is, I don't imagine anyone would describe the pickups this way. There was a point in time at which I didn't feel quite so disenchanted with them, and the guitar got a B-bender put in between then and now. The guy who put in the bender took my pickups out and didn't seem to pay much attention to what height they were at when he did so, and ever since I got the guitar back, it hasn't sounded as good. Unfortunately, no matter how much I tweak the height of either pickup, I can't seem to get back to that sweet spot I miss so much.
Anyway, the band did a recording of our full show last weekend, and while there are a multitude of things that I didn't especially like about it (not the least of which being the fact that I was using a modeler instead of a real amp), I feel like the tone of the guitar sounds really weak. Unfortunately, the other guitar player in the band also plays a Tele, so these recordings really call out the difference between his sound and mine. He's using a 52RI, but there's this extra midrange warmth that I'm just not hearing. Not tons of it, but it's not quite so bright.
Does this sound crazy? And does anyone have pickup suggestions to remedy this problem? I feel like I just want something a little fuller sounding and not quite so Bakersfield.
Originally Posted by cnote
Good lead player gets the girls...sometimes. Good rhythm player gets the gig and the paycheck...everytime.