Does Installing NECK pickup into BODy sound better ?

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  1. Dellis

    Dellis Tele-Meister

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    My dry English humour is wasted on you yanks.....

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    P.s- there are a couple of those old Esquires which do feature a neck pickup, if I recall correctly... a Fender error... oh, and Bruce's.
     
  2. boris bubbanov

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    Yup, and I would be glad to have one of those very old vintage ones, or the very recent Custom Shop 2 pickup guitars with the Esquire decal on them. Are we talking about a total of 100 of these, new and old, on the whole planet? :)

    I sure wish they'd get this better organized again and have a hard cold rule, that not even 0.2 % of all Fender Esquires are this confusing 2 pickup version. It is like a Corvette with 4 doors. It runs against the theme of what defines this model.

    I didn't mean to discuss those guitars.

    I suppose I'll have to say "1 pickup Esquires" instead. ;)
     
  3. LScero

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    I'm glad to hear you tried both, and only notices differences in the pups. That makes me feel better that there really may not be any difference between how you mount em in there. Thanks !
     
  4. LScero

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    Good to hear ! I just wanted to hear from someone who's tried both ! Thanks
     
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    My pleasure my friend. Have fun with your mods.
     
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    Don't forget the screws! Maybe slotted screws give a better tone than phillips ...
     
  7. RomanS

    RomanS Poster Extraordinaire

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    I have actually tried the same neck pickup (LeoSounds MudCat) in the same guitar (a Thinline Tele) both mounted directly to the body and mounted to a pickguard - because when I first assembled this guitar, the pickguard I had ordered hadn't arrived yet; I didn't even change strings - and I didn't notice any difference at all...

    Abou the GE Smith - there might be a bit of a difference in this case, not because of the different mounting method, but because there's no magnet-field altering bridge plate surrounding the pickup...
     
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    I have not tried different mounts of the PU. But the two screws PU on pickguard just always move (not stay in place, they tilt if I touch them - strat issue). And I was always thinking if they are firmly mounted onto the body, they dont't move at all (a little less noise). The bridge PU is fitted with three screws and it doesn't move (tilt).
     
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    RomanS Poster Extraordinaire

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    I think you need stronger springs/more rubber tubing on the screws of your neck pickup - it shouldn't move...
     
  10. jefrs

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    You will learn to explain simple puns :lol:
     
  11. Gypsyblue

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    I think a pickup probably does sound better solidly attached to the body rather than attached to the pickguard. Eddie Van Halen has said it does, and if one of the best guitarists in the world can hear that, who am I to disagree?
     
  12. LScero

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    Hmmm, now i'm tempted to try it. . . . .
     
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    I don't think it makes any difference.
    What DOES make a difference is the pickup!
     
  14. LScero

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    Pickups DO make the biggest difference i believe !
     
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