52 Hot Rod Owners Club

Discussion in 'Guitar Owners Clubs' started by Nicky B, Nov 13, 2008.

  1. chezdeluxe

    chezdeluxe Poster Extraordinaire

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    Quote "Reverb is memory" Any advice on apparent ground/shielding problem?
    When I'm not touching any metal on the guitar, my '52 Hot Rod RI (Telebration model, w/ the '59SD in the neck) buzzes like crazy in the bridge-only position, somewhat in the blended position, and barely at all in the neck. This gets worse when the amp &/or guitar are dialed up, in about even measures. I understand that buzzing is inherent in single coils, and I am playing this thing, and my amp, dialed way up. But, still, it seems excessive, and will get in the way of recording we're set to do soon.

    I use Electro-Harmonix's Hum De-Bugger, which works great. It kills all the florescent-light sounding, thinner buzz that single-coils can produce. But the remaining, when-dialed-up buzz is of a beefier, harder sort.

    So is this a grounding or shielding issue, or possibly both? Is it readily fixable by a tech? (l'm 9.5 thumbs when it comes to gizmo-ing.)
    Thanks for any advice you can give! Quote



    As a Hotrod 52 owner I can say this is a shielding issue and is somewhat fixable by a tech.

    Grounding is fine as indicated by the fact that the noise dissipates when you are in contact with the bridge/strings/control plate etc. In this instance your body is actually acting as a large antenna (Shield) shunting extraneous noise to ground. That is the only purpose in having the bridge grounded in the first place.

    The humbucker is already well shielded in a grounded metal cover as opposed to the bridge pickup which is causing you the most problem.

    Grounded shielding in the bridge pickup and controls cavities may improve the situation which, by the way, varies from one physical environment to another.

    I use a playing style which concentrates on keeping in contact with the grounded strings/bridge and this minimises noise considerably.
     
  2. MBtele

    MBtele TDPRI Member

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    Just got my 52 Hot Rod

    After a long search I finally got my hand on one of these. :lol:

    The fat neck and 9.5 rad and bigger frets are what I'm really looking for over my regular 52.

    I think I'm going to put a Gotoh Modern bridge on it, little 59 bridge pickup, and switch to 500k pots. The bridge pickup doesn't seem to bite the same way as my regular 52 does.

    One thing I did notice is that this thing is LIGHT. haha. I have to get it on the scale soon.

    I certainly won't be trading this one.

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  3. LGOberean

    LGOberean Doctor of Teleocity

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    I keep lurking here with the intent of one day becoming a member. Every time I set something aside for it, something else comes up that takes precedence. I guess y'all know how that goes. The latest setback has been an old computer giving me trouble, which led to purchasing a new one, as well as a new one for my wife's purposes. Anyway, I'm hoping that by the end of the summer I'll be able to pull the trigger on my hot rod.

    As some may recall, I'm looking to have a custom built hot rodded version. I have some salvaged lumber from a house fire 5 years ago dedicated to a guitar project to be called a "Firecaster." Actually, I already have one custom Firecaster, built by Bob Logan of Logan Custom Guitars. I plan on having a second made, and I'm still leaning towards a hot rod pickup configuration.

    Bob works with you on what features you want, pickups included, of course. I've posted before about considering a Firebird pup in the neck, and Rob DiStephano's Cavalier Phoenix Firebird pickup is the front runner right now. Bob Logan usually stocks Kent Armstrong pickups, and so I'm wondering about that brand of Firebird as well. Anyone here have experience with that one?
     
  4. acstorfer

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    Hi everyone

    It's been ages since I've signed onto tdpri. It's sad, but it's been ages since I've owned a Telecaster. Well I'm back with a Telecaster so I decided to do it right. I picked up a 2011 52 AVRI Hot Rod and I could barely put it down.

    I dig the bridge pickup in it, but I do have a new Seymour Duncan L'il 59 ready to put in there. What can I say, I just really love that pickup.

    Anyway, onto the porn :)

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    I would take a shot of it in it's case, but even symbolically I'm not putting it away.
     
  5. 52Tcaster

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    My Honey

    My first good electric guitar.
    I haven't played in 20 years there was only one Telecaster.
    ...20 years later I decided to finally get one. Suddenly I am confronted with dozens of choices. (More than dozens )
    Which one to get.
    I think I made the right choice for my first.
     

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  6. jc93230

    jc93230 Tele-Holic

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    You made a great choice. One of the few guitars in my stable that a permanent member
     
  7. hotrod52

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    52 hot rod tele

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  8. acstorfer

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  9. 52Tcaster

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    I've got a 52 AVRI w a 7 1/2 rad neck I'd like a 9/ 1/2
    If you still have yours Nd might be interested in a trade.
    I also have a 52 Hot Rod And really like the neck.
     
  10. HotRodSteve

    HotRodSteve Friend of Leo's

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    Just replaced the stock bridge pickup with a SD Little '59 since it wasn't hot rodded enough. Definitely has a fatter, nastier tone now. I think it may be perfect now.
     
  11. acstorfer

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    First thing I did. I actually liked the stock pickup, but I'm a L'il 59 fan and I had to do it. It blends beautifully with the neck.
     
  12. Teleforlife

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    I'm a new member and way late to this party. I bought my 52 hot rod in March 2007 and out of the 20 or so guitars I've had since then its the only one that stayed. Absolutely amazing guitar. Its been divorced relic but still plays like a dream. Exwife threw it out of a window 7 feet onto the concrete. If anyone is interested in the old is it really a thinskin? Do they have poly undercoat? Just ask because I have chunks of wood missing from mine and can clearly show you.
     

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  13. HotRodSteve

    HotRodSteve Friend of Leo's

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    Forgive me Father for I have sinned. In September I replaced the stock bridge pickup with a SD Little '59 and all was well, until I started thinking that now I have two guitars that pretty much do the same thing, my 52HR and my Les Paul. So I got to thinking, de-Hot Rod the 52HR and make it an old school Telecaster. I picked up a set of Fender Custom Shop '51 Nocaster pickups and had them installed. Now it twangs. I saved all the old hardware just in case, but technically it's not a '52 Hot Rod so I better turn in my membership card. :cry:
     
  14. LGOberean

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    The make up of this club is quite diverse in terms of nationality, which is cool. But for today, to all my American Hot Rod-owning TDPRI brethren: Happy Thanksgiving! :D
     
  15. EuroBailey

    EuroBailey Tele-Holic

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    Quick questions - the necks on hot rods are maple... Is the fretboard maple as well?
     
  16. jc93230

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    Other than the truss rod cover they are one piece necks.
     
  17. EuroBailey

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    Thanks jc!
     
  18. Madmat

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    Hi all (from Lyon in France)
    I am new to this group as I recently bought this 52 Hot Rod from one of my band mates. I do not know when it has been built and I understand the serial number does not tell much about the year.
    One question: my friend I bought it from says there was no "ash tray" delivered with the guitar when he bought it new...is it correct that some series were not delivered with this (useless?) accessory?
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  19. jc93230

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    Your friend is correct. The ash tray bridge cover came with the 52 reissue, but not the 52 hot rod.
     
  20. Gearhead88

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    My 52 hotrod came with the ashtray bridge cover , also included with the case candy was another bridge with individual saddles , a bag with a capacitor , a cool vintage leather strap and a bunch of literature.



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