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Got a problem, losing my tone

Discussion in 'Squier Tele Forum' started by DrBGood, Sep 25, 2018.

  1. DrBGood

    DrBGood Tele-Meister

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    I think I might be losing some of that precious tone, through the strap button.

    Oozing tone.jpg
     
    Last edited: Sep 25, 2018
  2. LocoTex

    LocoTex Tele-Afflicted

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    Just try to stay loose so you don't lose any more.
     
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  3. Danjabellza

    Danjabellza Tele-Afflicted

    Sep 22, 2014
    Pahrump, nv
  4. memorex

    memorex Friend of Leo's

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    Seems like that tone would just recycle through the strap into the other strap button.
     
  5. howardlo

    howardlo Tele-Meister

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    Your tone is loose???
     
  6. DrBGood

    DrBGood Tele-Meister

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    Sutton QC, CANADA
    Thanks, excuse my loose English.
    Edited that.
     
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  7. DrBGood

    DrBGood Tele-Meister

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    But I never wear a strap !
     
  8. Jim622

    Jim622 Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

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    Have you cleaned your ears lately, so you are maybe hearing differently?
     
  9. memorex

    memorex Friend of Leo's

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    Well then you're probably losing tone out of both strap buttons.
     
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  10. ChuckC

    ChuckC TDPRI Member Gold Supporter

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    That's why! Also using the plain G string ... You need one of the fancy ones ....

    EDIT: I looked again .. You've broken a piece out of the little knob thingy that the strap goes on.
     
    Last edited: Sep 25, 2018
  11. Jim622

    Jim622 Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

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    How do you know what he's wearing?
     
  12. radiocaster

    radiocaster Friend of Leo's

    Aug 18, 2015
    europe
    Go to the tonedist and have it pulled.
     
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  13. ChuckC

    ChuckC TDPRI Member Gold Supporter

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    Here is another very strange thing that will effect the tone of guitars. It seems most apparent on my Fender type guitars, maybe because of the design of the pickups. I have noticed that only when I take Pepto Bismol and play a gig, my tone is very noticeably brighter. I've since discovered that Pepto Bismol contains a soft metal called bismuth that is anti magnetic. Bismuth repels magnetism.
     
  14. That's why you never use someone else's strap. They can end up getting some of your tone!
     
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  15. memorex

    memorex Friend of Leo's

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    It also blackens your stool. Just sayin'.
     
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  16. RifleSlinger

    RifleSlinger Tele-Meister

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    Strap buttons are a common leakage point for tone. This is a point where proper maintenance is critical.

    The most common point of failure is the felt gasket. These should be replaced every 150 playing hours, or every 10 hours if using a boutique tube screamer type pedal, which will create a back pressure spike of the haunting mids.

    Next, make sure the screw is not cross threaded and is precisely torqued- not enough torque will cause leakage, and too much could damage the gasket or even strip the threads, which can cause a massive tone rupture, and even result in injury from the smoking hot tone.

    With a small amount of routine maintenance, all of your tone can reach the amplifier.
     
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  17. DrBGood

    DrBGood Tele-Meister

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    What ... what ? What did you see ? Tone erosion maybe, but there's no chip there.
    I religiously use Q-Tips every morning and I didn't have any knowledge I was losing my tone before I took this picture.

    It's one thing to hear a leak, but to see it ? Have any of you ever seen a tone leak like this ? Or maybe it's Fairy Dust coming out ?

    I think I'll make a visit to my local inorcist. Tried the exorcist before and it just got worst.
     
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  18. pipethemike

    pipethemike TDPRI Member

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    most likely a leak...just go to the nearest shop and have them top off your tone fluid. this will become regular maintenance from now on.
     
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  19. Churchjack

    Churchjack TDPRI Member

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    Oct 22, 2017
    Texas
    I'm not real geeky 'bout my gear, I'll stack strap buttons until it's just a wash of feedback and hiss. Love it. Not for everybody.

    But the guys on That Strap Button Show put buffers after.
     
  20. Fearnot

    Fearnot Friend of Leo's

    Jan 17, 2010
    Decatur, GA
    The question is, are your strap buttons directional? Maybe you have them backwards.
     
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