darker sound

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Purplebolt, Feb 6, 2015.

  1. Purplebolt

    Purplebolt TDPRI Member

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    Thanks to you guys advice I'm a happy owner of a Classic 60 Baja Car.
    Have the guitar now for almost 3 weeks.
    I would like to put on new strings , I think these original strings are to bright for my style (blues etc...)
    What are strings you would recommend ? Just a bit less bright.

    mellower I mean ;)
     
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  2. Scotty 2

    Scotty 2 Tele-Holic

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    Purplebolt,,I use D'Addario Pure nickle wound.I think the word used to describe
    these strings are "mellow".You will still get twang,but to a little lower degree
    in tone. (Did I say that right fellows)??:lol: Happy pickin
     
  3. Iago

    Iago Friend of Leo's

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    I'd just use the tone control on the guitar or amp...or both.

    Have you tried flatwounds?
     
  4. AirBagTester

    AirBagTester Friend of Leo's

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    Whichever strings you decide to try next, be sure to give them some good playing time before judging how they sound. You probably already know this, but brand new strings are usually bright & trebly sounding anyway until you put some wear on them.
     
  5. Purplebolt

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    Iago , I have a Mustang 3 v2 any ideas ? I'm learning to play BBking rain or shine a lot atm ;)
     
  6. Spaceboy

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    use the tone knob

    I play daddario 11s
     
  7. xtrajerry

    xtrajerry Doctor of Teleocity

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    Assuming you've already tried tweaking knobs I'm with Scotty, try some pure nickel strings.. I use them to tame a couple of my guitars..
     
  8. soulman969

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    And I'll make it a third to suggest this. Tweaking the tone may add some bass or more accurately reduce the treble but from what you've posted it sounds to me like you want mellower right from the get go. Pure Nickel strings vs Nickel Wrapped strings will get you there.

    If we used D'Addario strings as an example and on a scale of 1-10 we made Nickel Wounds a 10 as far as brightness goes (actually steels are even brighter but we'll ignore that) then Pure Nickels would be about a 3 to a 4 so that sounds like the way you want to go. EQ adjustments can't change the basic character of the string itself.
     
  9. qblue

    qblue Tele-Afflicted

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    I like Fender 150's pure nickel strings. I think cheaper than D'Addario's. They are a quality set of strings, too.
     
  10. Hackney

    Hackney Tele-Meister

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    Pure nickel is my personal choice.
     
  11. jvin248

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    Curt Mangan fusion matched 10s or 9s.

    You might change the capacitor to get generally darker tones.
     
  12. Drubbing

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    I dunno what strings Jim Campilongo plays, but his amp bass is always on 10. He said he never played a Tele that has a problem with treble.
     
  13. Purplebolt

    Purplebolt TDPRI Member

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    As I play atm around 20 hours a week on the tele , I 'll order

    1 set epn 110
    3 set 150 Fender ,

    Thx input ppl :)
     
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  14. xtrajerry

    xtrajerry Doctor of Teleocity

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    Let us know how it works for you..
     
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    Davo17 Friend of Leo's

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    You could turn your amp up and back down the volume for a darker sound.
    Another thing to consider is a longer (and so darker sounding) cable.
     
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  16. Purplebolt

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    Installed 150 R Fender Nickel set. Just stopped after playing for 3 hours , There GREAT !!! my Baja classic 60 sounds great :)
     
  17. qblue

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    If you want even darker tone, try a coiled cord. It will act as a capacitor.

    +1 on Fender pure nickel 150 strings. That is all I will use on my Tele
     
  18. Jushden

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    I'm curious about those fender 150s. Are they hex core?

    I'm using dr pure blues for the same reason as the op and I really like them. I read they have a larger round core and they feel a little bigger than a standard 11 set I think.

    Anyone tried both or put the fenders up against other pure nickel sets?

    In other news spell check keeps changing fender to dender on my phone... Happy Friday!
     
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