Ash tray question

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  1. Wrong-Note Rod

    Wrong-Note Rod Poster Extraordinaire

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    To anybody who has a Tele with the ash tray on the bridge...

    does it do anything to the tone, in your opinion? How hard is it to remove the ash tray to change strings?

    Just curious about them.
     
  2. Ronkirn

    Ronkirn Doctor of Teleocity Vendor Member

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    yes, anything you do to a guitar will impact it's voice... the question is to what extent... and even if that's a known parameter, is it substantial enough for someone to hear it...

    Also if the cover is steel, the results will be different than if made of brass or nickel silver (White Brass).

    Simple fact is, If you like 'em. and want one, the psychosomatic influence will be stronger than any change it makes in reality.


    So... get ya one... try it.... you get to decide if any change, either perceived, or real, is something you like.

    No one can tell you with any degree of certainty if adding one, changes the voice in a specific way.

    Ron Kirn
     
  3. surfoverb

    surfoverb Doctor of Teleocity

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    as for hard to remove, most of them are hard to keep on. They fall right off. so no problem there.

    the biggest problem people have with ashtrays is not losing them, because nobody uses them and things like that tend to get lost.
     
  4. Tom S

    Tom S Friend of Leo's

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    Do not listen to Surfoverb!

    If you seriously are going to attempt removing an ashtray yourself (NOT RECOMMENDED!), Do NOT cut the blue wire!!!! Too many guitarists have been needlessly lost doing this. Leave this job to the professionals.
     
  5. surfoverb

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    you can cut the blue wire if either of the 2 red wires are grounded.
     
  6. hemingway

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    I think the clue is that they're called "ash trays" and not "integral important parts of telecasters".
     
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    True.

    But whatever you do, DO NOT touch the brown wire!
     
  8. H. Mac

    H. Mac Friend of Leo's

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    Ashtray? Ashtray? No. It's not an ashtray. It's a safety device. It protects the uninitiated from the awesome power of the bridge pickup. :p
     
  9. surfoverb

    surfoverb Doctor of Teleocity

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    more the bridge is a Medusa and the ashtray protects ones eyes from gazing upon its hideousness. Thats how Leo saw it.
     
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    fendrguitplayr Doctor of Teleocity

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    I found it hard to mute strings with it on, so...

    ...I think I have some old ones around.
     
  11. Wrong-Note Rod

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    some funny stuff here, fellas.
     
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    I am looking at getting an ashtray mosly for looks while NOT being played, and to keep dust off the bridge while on the stand. I don't think I could play with it on, without altering my playing.
     
  13. Hawk8789

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    The ashtray will do NOTHING for the dust. I had one on an old strat and that was the filthiest part of any guitar I have ever owned. It's more of a dust collector...
     
  14. surfoverb

    surfoverb Doctor of Teleocity

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    dust is mojo particulate
     
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    If you use it as an ash tray for cigaretts, does it affect the tone?
     
  16. sir humphrey

    sir humphrey Friend of Leo's

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    Yes, ash is brighter. Especially when it's still lit.
     
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    What KIND of "Cigarette""?:twisted:
     
  18. Blue Bill

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    I just shot coffee outta my nose!
     
  19. Blue Bill

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    Holy cow, I just looked on e-bay; there's covers selling for as much as $400. Apparently, the older the cover is, the better it sounds!
     
  20. Hiker

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    Blue wire? I always heard, don't touch the brown wire!
     
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