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Esquire... how do i fatten up the sound? new pots?

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by dakotaplaysgtar, Aug 27, 2011.

  1. dakotaplaysgtar

    dakotaplaysgtar Tele-Meister

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    I built a shell pink esquire that is just wired volume and tone and straight to the output jack, no pickup selector. I have had 3 differnt pickups in the guitar (bill lawrence, dimarzio, and a duncan, all "fatter" sounding bigger sounding pickups, but each one sounded identical, very bright, and when i rolled the volume off... ice pick in the ear for sure, and the tone knob had a very harsh roll off, meaning barely anything happens untill the about 9, then it is very woofy sounding.

    It is wired with 250k pots (switchcraft i think) and each pickup i drop in it sounds the same...

    Would switching to new pots, new capacitor, basically rewiring it, change the sound? If so any suggestions on certain parts i should get? I love the guitar but i cant take the thin sound it is giving me.

    Pickup that is staying in it is a Dimarzio Virtual Hot T bridge pickup.
     
  2. JCSouthpawtele

    JCSouthpawtele Friend of Leo's

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    With most stacked tele pickups they suggest 500k pots.
    What cap are you using on the tone pot?
     
  3. JohnnyBloo13

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    Two things come to mind that you might try, Toneshaper for the Esquire, a little pricey but goves you four clicks on a switch plus cap choices that you can easily change by flipping a dip switch. But you would have yo put in a selector switch which is included. And the set up os solderless.

    Link http://www.toneshapers.com/ToneShaper-for-Esquire-P2622C218.aspx

    Or try the ToneStyler.

    I have and really like both (on separate guitars).

    Good luck.
     
  4. Colt W. Knight

    Colt W. Knight Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Id just add a resistor from the hot wire going from the switch to the volume. 100 ohms would probably be a good size.
     
  5. oldsoultroy

    oldsoultroy Tele-Meister

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    +1 to colt. quick, cheap, easy and effective.
     
  6. dakotaplaysgtar

    dakotaplaysgtar Tele-Meister

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    there is no switch, as in its just wired to the pots then to the output, just one and done
     
  7. telepath

    telepath Friend of Leo's

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    Well what does that tell you? - It would tell me that the same advice holds good without a switch - i.e. just ' pickup hot wire > resistor on the volume lug '
     
  8. dakotaplaysgtar

    dakotaplaysgtar Tele-Meister

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    i know nothing about wiring haha so ill show this to my friend who wires my guitars
     
  9. Colt W. Knight

    Colt W. Knight Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    You can put the resistor inline with the bridge positive to the volume then.
     
  10. dakotaplaysgtar

    dakotaplaysgtar Tele-Meister

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    any exact part i could get? allparts link or something?
     
  11. Colt W. Knight

    Colt W. Knight Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    I buy mine from the local radioshack. They are super cheap, and I try to keep several different sizes around. That way I can try smaller and larger ones to see which one sounds the best.
     
  12. dakotaplaysgtar

    dakotaplaysgtar Tele-Meister

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    Right on Colt, after i wrote that i thought, hmm prob just go to radio shack lol
     
  13. motor_city_tele

    motor_city_tele Tele-Afflicted

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    1 pickup - three different tones

    I was looking to do the same thing. I liked the bridge for the twang but wanted something other than just rolling the top end off in the middle and the "dark" bass tone of the front position. I tried the circuit below and liked it.
    I then converted my six Esquires to this circuit exclusively.

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    goolge "arlo west cocked wah" for sound samples.

    first half of video is bride second half is cocked wah.

     
  14. dakotaplaysgtar

    dakotaplaysgtar Tele-Meister

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    i dig it! i might just go ahead and try that... but im using this pickup, http://www.dimarzio.com/pickups/tele/hum-canceling/area-hot-t-bridge

    do you think i should use 500k or 250k pots?
     
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