July 16th, 2012, 10:36 PM
to my ears @least, the lil 59 I have in my tele's bridge is insanely bright, not really warm @all. It's a stock MIM bridge, cts 250k pots, and series/ parallel switch for the lil 59. Rolling the tone off helps some, but then it seems almost... Thin? Tried lowering the pup itself, but completely unscrewed the screw before the pup went down much. Haven't messed with the poles yet, but I'm plannin on doin so.
also, even after an attempted setup (alot easier to setup my sg as I don't have radius gauges YET), my high E damn near sits on the pups. If I was to raise the saddle to compensate, the action would be really high. Any ideas?
July 16th, 2012, 11:59 PM
What amp - are you putting your treble way up there - are you usng the tone controls and volume on the guitar ?
Had one on a 68 and also have Les Pauls. The tele became a hybrid, the sound was ok, wasn't thrilled, thin like you said, not warm. I put the original back.
The lil 59 balanced well with my neck PAF and had no hum but the sound was not what I wanted so I'm saving it for something else.
July 17th, 2012, 01:12 AM
amp I'm using is an old Alamo tube amp. Just volume (for each channel) and a master "tone", which is similar to a guitar tone knob, but the more you crank it, the more overdrive you get from the amp as well. I generally run the "tone" around 6 on my amp which keeps it quite warm, and never shril.
I do use volume and tone on my guitars. If I need/wish, I roll the tone down to warm up the sound, and I use volume to go from clean to overdriven, and push further with pedals. This tele's pups just don't do alot. But I've seen other examples where a lil 59 sounded pretty nice.
I am planning on replacing pups (nocasters), but considered keeping the spare parts (planning on modding alot) and then have a second tele from the leftovers; was thinkin lil 59 and p90. That's why I was wonderin about this pup and/or wiring.
July 17th, 2012, 06:21 AM
My guess would be the pots. I have 500k in mine (mim std) and think it sounds pretty good.
July 17th, 2012, 06:41 AM
You sure you've got it wired up correctly? Sounds like you might have just wired one of the coils by itself rather than both of them. They aren't a bright pickup at all.
July 17th, 2012, 07:32 AM
Could you post a diagram or photo of how the pickup is wired in?
July 17th, 2012, 01:36 PM
I'll see if I can find my camera's cable for the computer and upload a pic, as I didn't do the wiring. Highly possible that something is off wiring wise because it would seem, to me at least, it may have a grounding issue... it hums, you touch any of the controls and the hum stops.
July 18th, 2012, 10:26 AM
I think blarg has your answer.
July 18th, 2012, 10:45 AM
agree with possible mis-wired theory; mine is a somewhat dark sounding pickup. nice full-throated roar out of it.