Does my strat have a tele dynamic?

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  1. diverse379

    diverse379 TDPRI Member

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    I have a strat with a metal Pickguard
    And it has a very boomy quality

    man I experiencing the same dynamic that the tele pickup in the metal bridge plate has on the tele sound?
     
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    Lets hear it.
     
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    It’s probably the pickups and not so much the metal guard. I also wouldn't call the my typical Tele bridge pickup sound ‘boomy’, but some of the Tele bridge pickups did just that, usually with A5 and wound up around 7k @42ga. or higher.

    That said, I do prize the Tele bridge as an essential part of the Tele sound. If that’s accurate and accepted, then it can be reproduced elsewhere. Looking at the design, it’s three machine screws suspending the bridge pickup from a thin steel baseplate. The pickup coil itself sits on a metal plate. The string saddles also share the same thin steel plate, and in fact provide some pressure to hold it down, and of course the strings are anchored in the body, but not always.

    The only similar thing on the Strat you describe is a metal plate suspending the pickups. If you like it, cool. But too many factors between all the parts and pieces to say something definitive. I mean, you didn’t even say what ‘tone wood’ was used! Lol jk :D
     
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    For what it's worth, I switched my Strat from the stock plastic pickguard to an anodized aluminum one, and I haven't noticed any real difference in its tone when plugged in. Somewhat when unplugged, but not in a more Tele direction.
     
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    kennl Tele-Afflicted

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    tone pickguards.
     
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    The magic of a Tele bridge plate is its location/ergonomics for where a player picks, plus no Strat volume knob. Hand rests on the bridge or behind it and picks over the bridge pickup or between the bridge pickup and the saddles. A Strat bridge sits a bit back to the right due to strap buttons and thigh cut plus that volume knob gets in the way.

    Now, a steel baseplate under the Tele bridge pickup does increase output because it reflects the magnetic field.

    Main root cause is you probably changed the pickup height to the strings when swapping pickguards. 1/8th inch change can push your tone around.

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    Lies&Distortion Tele-Afflicted

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    That would be the simplest explanation and where to start (adjust pick up height).
     
  9. diverse379

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    Thanks interesting insights coming from a Tele forum.

    If it is the pickups these are some boomy pickups
     
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