Experimental long-plate bridge, does it exists?

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  1. h34vy d1st0rt10n

    h34vy d1st0rt10n TDPRI Member

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    Hi,

    after I heard steel bridge plate having effect on bridge pickup's magnetic field, therefore completing the telecaster bridge tone. And also the amount of metal-plate laying flat against the body adds something there....

    I am wondering if long size bridge-plate exists. Something that made so long the metal plate extends to the neck and have a cutout for the neck pickup too. Have you heard or seen anything like that?

    I know thick steel plate in such a size can be like additional 1 pound, but this just helps clip some considerable amount of metal weight to the headstock without making the instrument headstock-diving.

    Obviously I imagine a studio-session guitar, played while sitting on sofa rather than a live-gig instrument.
     
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  2. El Marin

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    That is just an urban myth, mate. As strings through body, bolted neck and all that bla bla bla... is just the neck pickup mate.

    Let me introduce you my BEST sounding tele witch actually is not a Tele... With a Dimarzio Twang King on bridge, a The Creamery Wide Range on neck and no metal plate whatsoever.

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    El Marin,

    I love that SG.
    It's got a lot of class.
    A unique beastie, for sure!!


    h34vy d1st0rt10n,

    I have never seen such a full-length metal bridge plate as you describe.
    I am quite sure that you can get a local metal fabricator or cnc specialist to craft, by hand, what you describe.
    It wouldn't be that hard.

    A noble experiment, in any case.
    I would love to hear how it sounds, and whether it helps you to achieve the tones you envision in your head.

    ;)
     
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    Metal around a pickup is no urban myth…
    It moves the pickups resonant frequency or “q” around, and changes the gauss pattern.
    this is a know and documented thing.

    not saying this is good or bad, just that it is a thing…

    I have never found this to work very well, better pickups do though.
     
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    Metal ring thru ur nose does amazing things for ur tone.

    Def read that somewhere on the internet and I believe everything I read.
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    The myth about the plate is only as real as the ergonomics it causes people to play. If you have a sharp edged Tele plate you'll rest your palm on the back of the bridge plate and thus pick between the saddles and the pickup. You'll find a huge amount of !Twang! there. Pick in that same location on any other guitar you have and you'll get Twang because that is where that tone hangs out. Other guitars like Les Pauls TOM bridges cause players to palm mute with their palm across the saddles and pick more toward the middle region between pickups. Strats cause players to pick between the middle pickup and the neck because they are afraid of hitting that volume knob. Where you pick your strings colors your guitar tone.

    There are slight variances in tone from ergonomics due to where the bridge is located relative to the body thigh cut when sitting or the strap pins when standing. Play a Strat, then a Tele, then a LP, then and SG, and finally an Explorer and you'll feel how your playing position moves from your right to far left especially when trying to hit those cowboy chords on an SG or Explorer as those notes are practically in the next county. A Tele is about the best centered guitar you can find and why they are unconsciously often preferred player choice guitars.

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    It might be easier to add a metal plate to the bottom of the neck pup as any good Tele has on the bridge pup. Otherwise, much of that metal will be doing nothing. Or just do a metal pickguard. I always wanted to do a raw copper scratchplate, but have no appropriate body yet.
     
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    h34vy d1st0rt10n TDPRI Member

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    Yes, I understand what you mean. Though I have seen experimental stuff where the same amp and telecaster body was used and the guy began swapping necks on it, each take miked. Less difference though when you change eq on amp or swap speakers. These are subtle differences, I am curious what changes in the sound, that's why I need information about bridge plates.
     
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    Of course eddy currents and other stuff are affected by metal (aluminum as much as ferrous metals) in proximity to a pickup's magnetic field, but most of this theoretical long plate would be far out of range. It might have some impact on the sound, but probably more for mechanical reasons than electro-magnetic ones.
     
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