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Bass response on neck pickup.

Discussion in 'Tele-Technical' started by Ivyjane, Oct 24, 2020.

  1. Ivyjane

    Ivyjane TDPRI Member Silver Supporter

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    Hi All,

    On the neck pickup of my Squire Classic Vibe 50s Telecaster (2020) I'm finding that the bass frequencies on the neck pickup are quite pronounced. To the point where I'm having to cut the bass on my amp, which unfortunately then makes the bridge pickup sound rather thin.

    Volume wise, from low e to high e, it's balanced.

    Also the pickup if I hit the metal covering with my pick, I will hear this as a loud click.

    Again as this is my first telecaster I don't know if this is normal or not.

    Thanks!
     
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    fasteddie42 Tele-Afflicted

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    play with the pickup height!

    Lower the bass side of the neck pickup.
     
  3. Ivyjane

    Ivyjane TDPRI Member Silver Supporter

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    It wasn't so much the volume of the bass strings, it was more the frequency response where it seemed more bass heavy.

    But I will Give this a go.

    Thanks!
     
  4. Ivyjane

    Ivyjane TDPRI Member Silver Supporter

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    Thanks, I dropped the bass side of the neck pickup and the bass frequencies were dropped.

    thanks again.

    I’ve just never had a situation like this with my strats or other guitars before in the past
     
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  5. Weazel

    Weazel Tele-Holic

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    You'll find that the traditional tele style guitar is a different kind of animal.
    In more ways than just the electronics.
    It's an unforgiving beast of a guitar.
    I hate it.
    Not really, but yes. But no.
    But yes.

    I have five of them.
    I assembled all of them myself.
    I'm kinda stupid.
     
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  6. sjtalon

    sjtalon Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    A good 30-60 minutes with amp settings,(they usually have three knobs for a reason) a screwdriver, and your ears is time WELL SPENT.

    Height specs are O.K. for a START point. From there I'll go one or two screw turns at a time, going up and/or then down taking notes of those turns so you can record sweet spots.

    Tilting is a good thing too sometimes for accenting either bass or treble strings response.
    I have several pups that aren't parallel to the pickguard and never went to jail over it.;)


    Pickup heights can make or break ANY pickup/guitar, and even if low is good, one shouldn't worry they are pealing themselves on power. That's why you have an amp.

    Happy Pickin'
     
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  7. Wallaby

    Wallaby Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    Good luck with your pickup heights!

    Lowering the bass while keeping the right amount of midrange is the trick, at least for me.

    I've learned that sitting in a good spot so you can hear all the frequencies is really important for pickup height adjustment - sometimes it takes a long time and it's tempting to move to that comfy spot where you can relax but the treble frequencies are reduced...

    A tiny tweak on the volume knob ( from 10 to 9.something ) might change the whole character of the sound, so maybe there are multiple tones available at a particular height. There are options to explore.

    I learn more every day.
     
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  8. cousinpaul

    cousinpaul Friend of Leo's

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    By the way, welcome to the TDPRI!
     
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  9. Ivyjane

    Ivyjane TDPRI Member Silver Supporter

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    Thanks all. And yes the telecaster is a different beast indeed
     
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    dougstrum Tele-Afflicted

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    Along with height adjustments, I find it useful to have the tone control connected only to the bridge pickup.
    That often brightens the neck pickup and allows tone control of the bridge where it's needed~
     
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    dougstrum Tele-Afflicted

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    Along with height adjustments, I find it useful to have the tone control connected only to the bridge pickup.
    That often brightens the neck pickup and allows tone control of the bridge where it's needed~
     
  12. sjtalon

    sjtalon Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Seems doug likes delay too :p
     
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  13. Ivyjane

    Ivyjane TDPRI Member Silver Supporter

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    Nothing wrong with delay =P
     
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    davidge1 Friend of Leo's

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    That's just the nature of a Telecaster. All Tele players have to deal with that, and I've never found a solution – other than putting a different pickup in the neck spot, but then it doesn't sound like a Telecaster. The best solution for me is to set the amp to where it sounds good on the neck pickup, then roll the treble off on the guitar when using the bridge pickup to balance things out.

    Lowering the bass side of the neck pickup will lower the volume of the low strings, which might make the chords you strum sound less bassy, but it doesn't lower the bass response of the pickup.

    Yes, that's normal. The neck pickup in a Tele is very microphonic..
     
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  15. schmee

    schmee Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    The Tele neck pickup can definitely be soft/compressed. ... and often microphonic to tapping. It's either something you work with or, like many, put a strat pickup in there.
     
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  16. Ivyjane

    Ivyjane TDPRI Member Silver Supporter

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    Thanks again everyone.

    I definitely want this guitar to sound like a Tele. So I’m not going to change the pickups. Unless I replace them with better Tele pickups.

    I’m in love with this guitar. So no changes will be made.
     
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