Leveling the Tele Bridge Pickup

Discussion in 'Tele-Technical' started by Tenderfoot, Jan 9, 2017.

  1. Tenderfoot

    Tenderfoot Tele-Meister

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    [Since my eyesight is not what it use to be] I wanted to share a method I use to level my tele bridge pickup should you also have a visual acuity issue. I use a small bubble level that came with a picture hanging kit (please see pictures for details). Just make sure that your guitar is laying on a level surface. After applying this method I did have a slight improvement in tone/volume YMMV.

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    Thats a pretty cool idea
     
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    I appreciate this "level" of OCD.
     
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    Many times your strings are not level with the bridge plate
     
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    So instead of your eyes, try using your ears.

    That slight rotation fore and aft ain't gonna make much of a difference.

    Height, yes. A little uphill or downhill, no.
     
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    Not a "mental disorder" just 50 years in Quality & Six Sigma. Therefore, if anything, I would call it an "Obsessive–compulsive discipline" to do it right the first time to requirements.
     
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    I set mine quite askew on purpose.
     
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    Which compensated saddles? RSD? new name for me.
     
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    Is that the one with the naval uniforms and aliens?
     
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    What is the purpose? Please share as there might be benefit to others. Thanks
     
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    The RSD bridge plate came on my CS NOS Postmodern Tele and I swapped out the Fender saddles with a set of Rutters.
     
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    You must be a Crosby "Zero Defects, Quality is Free" to think that!
     
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    I applaud your ingenuity, but I just set them by ear
     
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    I follow the same advise generally given on strats.
    Lower on the wound side, higher on the treble.
    Two stacked quarters clears the wound side, one on the treble.
    It just works for me.
    I also have two different magnet slugs in it.
    A little smoother response.
    I think it allows me to keep the amp set the same when going between Strat, Tele and 335.
    I probably would go level if I played straight country
    twang.
    It could be I'm just fool'n myself but It works on at least a psychological level.
     
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    +1

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    For me it was to tame the highs.

    These Texas Specials were a little too hot and spickey in the high frequencies.

    Lowering that side of bridge pickup helped enough to satisfy me.
     
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