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Could use some bridge advice...Telemaster

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by highdive, Oct 27, 2013.

  1. highdive

    highdive TDPRI Member

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    I recently finished up this build. It's a telemaster style using a Reverend Warhawk body shape as inspiration. Thread: http://www.tdpri.com/forum/tele-home-depot/430976-telemaster-reverend-style.html

    I've sorted out the neck, reworked the nut and set the intonation close. The problem I'm having is low volume on the high e string. It's a blade pickup and seems to be working correctly. Looking at the pic below I see a very low break angle over the saddle at the high e. Could this cause the problem I'm hearing?


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    I've already shimmed the neck a bit to get the saddles up where they are. Don't want to shim it more, in fact, it shouldn't need a shim at all with this neck. The bridge is a top-loader, obviously, that I had in my parts box. I thought it would be easier and faster to use this type of bridge and, honestly, I was in a hurry to get the guitar put together.

    The string mounting holes are drilled rather high up on the back plate, which I think is part of the problem. So the question is how much of a pain is it to switch over to a string through bridge and will the pickup location stay the same? I don't mind re-drilling the mounting holes, but what other surprises might I be heading for? Thanks for any input ya'll might have.
     
  2. dsutton24

    dsutton24 Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Everything about the bridge mounting location and pickup location should stay the same, it's just a matter of drilling the through holes.

    You could also try drilling a new hole in the bridge lower down the back of the existing bridge plate to try your theory. It'd be a shame to put the work and money into the new bridge and not have gained anything.

    You didn't mention raising the treble side of the pickup, might be worth a shot if you haven't tried it yet.

    Good looking guitar there!
     
  3. SacDAve

    SacDAve Poster Extraordinaire

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    What Brand of pickup? What gauge strings? Is the string dead sounding on all frets?
     
  4. highdive

    highdive TDPRI Member

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    Its a Bill Lawrence L-250 pickup. I tried raising the treble side up and it didn't help much. The g and b strings got much louder though.

    Strings are Elixir nano 10 gauge. Dead on all frets. Sounds okay acoustically though. I just tried bypassing the mid control going straight from the vol pot to the output. Didn't help.

    Could it be the string? Easy to check I guess.
     
  5. SacDAve

    SacDAve Poster Extraordinaire

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    I've never cared for Elixers on electric guitars always they sounded dead just my opinion. Pickup sounds decent , dead on all frets can't be the nut. Try a new string if not that might be the bridge saddle
     
  6. highdive

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    Yeah thanks. I think I'll slip a new string on there tomorrow and see if i just got a bad one.

    Good to hear the bridges are interchangeable to some extent. I still would like to do a modern tele bridge with string thru when I get the time. Just like to get it working for now.
     
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