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Old February 13th, 2009, 08:53 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Plek system review + 51 nocaster pickups

I just dropped off my tele to get it set up with the Plek system and to get some 51 nocaster pickups put in.

I will have a full review including close up photos of the fret work and new nut, as well as, sound bytes of my guitar tone before and after.


I was going to have my guitar set up in the city with some seymore duncan's, but Honest Ron told me it would take 2 weeks to get my guitar back. This is my only guitar, so no thanks... Norman Music is going to plek it in two days.
my budget was 300.
Honest Ron would have:
Installed seymore duncans (alnico 2 neck and quarterpound bridge), changed the bridge and the saddle to an ashtray with 3 brass saddles, and replaced my plastic nut with a bone one, and done a total set up including fret polishing.

Norman music is going to:
Run the plek system which includes a full set up, fret balancing, and fret polishing, installed 2 51 nocaster pickups, and a new bone nut.

I don't get the ashtray, but oh well... maybe down the line. I don't think there's a huge difference anyhow.
I get my guitar back in 2 days instead of 2 weeks. That was the deal maker.. then I went online to listen and read about the 51 nocaster pickups and I was hooked. They sound incredible to me.


So.. review and pics on the way..if you ever wondered about the plek system, I will have some answers for you soon

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I am waiting for a PLEK myself... and in my case this also includes a stainless steel refret and flattening of the fretboard.

I will have to wait a couple of weeks though...
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cool thread. I think you'll dig the nocasters and the bone nut!
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Thinking of getting a Strat of mine plekked.

Looking forward to hearing your thoughts.

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Old February 13th, 2009, 03:28 PM   #5 (permalink)
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cool thread. I think you'll dig the nocasters and the bone nut!
Would you choose bleached or unbleached?
I'd take unbleached, looks more vintage.

And ashtray bridge with brass saddles, that's my way!
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fret balancing?
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I'm looking forward to reading about this. I'll be getting my Summerscaster plekked at Norman music when it's done being assembled in March or April.
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Well I was hoping to get my review started today, but they are a little behind so I have to wait until mon. or tue. to get it back.
It happens I guess. There are only like 12 of these things in the US, so I guess it's understandable.

Anyways, I should have sound clips, photos, and my review up no later than wed.
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I would love to have one of my guitars Pleked someday-- after frets wear down and ready for refret.
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Ok. I Have my guitar back. Let me say that the PLEK system is ridiculous. My action is lower than anything I have ever played. It's almost too low.. if there is such a thing.
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If I play normally, there isn't a buzz on the neck. If I strum really hard though, I notice a tad bit of buzz. I may go back and have my low E and A string raised slightly to correct that problem.

Otherwise, I am completely impressed with the plek system and highly recommend it.


On to the nocasters. These pickups are very much Tele pick ups. My mexican standard pickups could almost be mistaken for a strat.. not these.. these get in your face and scream tele.. which I dig.

Here are some samples. I am still getting used to the low action so I mess up a bit, but you get the idea.
Demo 1 = nocasters
Demo 2 = Mexican

There's also a couple other songs in there that feature the Mexicans.

http://www.soundclick.com/bands/defa...?bandID=918774


Hope this helps you guys out. If you'd like I can post some overdriven or big muffed tones later. let me know.
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I had the tone way up on the last demo.. here is a dialed in sloppy version of lenny

http://soundclick.com/share?songid=7347035


These pick ups are responsive to your picking.. I have to learn how to control them before Ill really be able to make them sing.
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:D I can't wait to get my git Plekked!
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What the heck is fret balancing?

Man, I had some unbalanced frets on my guitar, and the whole thing shuddered and shook the whole time I was playing it. It was so bad, the knobs began falling off.


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Hmm, I think my idea of plekked is wrong. I thought it was just fret leveling of sorts... It's a 'system'?
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Man, I had some unbalanced frets on my guitar, and the whole thing shuddered and shook the whole time I was playing it. It was so bad, the knobs began falling off.


It is much worse if you are a shredder. Man, those 64th notes can shake the strap right off the buttons
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Hmm, I think my idea of plekked is wrong. I thought it was just fret leveling of sorts... It's a 'system'?
Yes. They grind your frets and set your action as low as possible. The set up your guitar completely and scan it to assure it plays great.

After a full night of noodling, I have to say, this is the greatest thing I have ever done for a guitar. I used to have a les paul studio. I could set this mexican tele beside it and 10 out of 10 blind testers would prefer the tele..



also.. my samples do not do the pick ups justice. Im going to make another demo soon. My chords are so blended now. It is like going from a low end guild to playing a high end Martin. Thats the best way I can describe the difference that the nocaster pickups have made.
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Yes. They grind your frets and set your action as low as possible.
They don't have to set the action as low as possible. Their own web page says "the most optimal string action possible for each instrument can be guarantied, matching the individual style of the musician". A Plek technician should really discuss your optimal setup with you and/or even watch you play.
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They don't have to set the action as low as possible. Their own web page says "the most optimal string action possible for each instrument can be guarantied, matching the individual style of the musician". A Plek technician should really discuss your optimal setup with you and/or even watch you play.
Agree...sometimes I feel like I'm in a 3% minority that doesn't like Low Action, and I do this for a Living...Oh well......
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They don't have to set the action as low as possible. Their own web page says "the most optimal string action possible for each instrument can be guarantied, matching the individual style of the musician". A Plek technician should really discuss your optimal setup with you and/or even watch you play.
Well, unfortunately, the closest Plek system to me is 3 states away, so my Tele will have to be shipped there and I'll talk to them about it over the phone and hope for the best. I can't imagine that they'd mess it up, I'd just tell them medium-low action.
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