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High E catching on the screw head - La Cab style with TV Jones

Discussion in 'Tele-Technical' started by Throttleneck, Feb 26, 2013.

  1. Throttleneck

    Throttleneck Tele-Afflicted

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    Hi Folks,

    I just got a La Cab style partscaster that is completely awesome. It sounds fantastic. However, I have a really annoying problem when I play it.

    I cannot play it for more than 5 minutes without catching the high e on the screw head of the TV Jones Classic pickup.

    I the picture below the e hooks over the edge of the screw to the very right of the picture and gets hung up there. The screw that holds the pickup in place.

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    You can see from the picture above that the pickup is not completely centered in the rout. So re-centering would probably help. But I live 90 miles from the nearest guitar tech so it will be a while before I can take it in.

    Here is the gap on the right:

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    And the gap on the left

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    It sounds great but this is driving me crazy.

    I thought about putting a little clear nail polish there so that it wouldn't catch.

    I thought about filing it down but that didn't seem like a great idea.

    Does anyone have any ideas about what to do until I can take it into a tech?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Wrong-Note Rod

    Wrong-Note Rod Poster Extraordinaire

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    lower the pickup? would that help? Is that possible?
     
  3. The String King

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    Either lower the pickup, file the screw head or, and this is what I'd do, swap the screws for dome head pozidrive screws.
     
  4. Ramblin Ray

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    Maybe a little clear silicon sealant, which could be removed after a permanent solution is found.
     
  5. Jupiter

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    You're talking about the mounting screw? Seems to me that if the string is hitting that screw head at all, the pick-up must be way too high--or else you're a total wild man! :D That screw is lower than the pick-up posts; if you're hitting that one, your strings are whanging into the pick-ups all the time, aren't they?

    I'd check first to make sure that the pick-up height is right, and then I'd look into smaller-headed screws.
     
  6. dsutton24

    dsutton24 Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    It looks like the screw heads overhang the pickup body a bit. I'd remove them and either reduce the head diameter using the drill & file method. or replace them with a screw with a smaller head, like those that are used to mount P90s.
     
  7. Bartholomew3

    Bartholomew3 Friend of Leo's

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    Flat-head screws ?

    But first I would sandpaper the screw-head and smooth out the top of that screw so it can't catch the string - or grind it down.

    You can also raise the bridge on that side slightly - I would try both before looking for flat-heads that fit.
     
  8. edocaster

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    I've got this same problem on my Gretsch. The high e string keeps getting caught in the neck pickup mounting screw head. Usually when I get a bit too excited and strum a bit too hard.

    I will try look into the suggestions above and subscribing to see more suggestions.
     
  9. SPUDCASTER

    SPUDCASTER Poster Extraordinaire Gold Supporter

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    ^^This^^
     
  10. JohnS

    JohnS Friend of Leo's

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    Yes! that overhang lip is the problem. Even look at socket head screws.
     
  11. Throttleneck

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    Well, sometimes I am just impulsive. I just filed the freaking thing down and now I can bang away to my hearts content.

    My background is punk so I am a bit heavy handed I guess. Though I like the idea that I am a wild man. :)

    Smaller screws was a much better idea. I'll get everything right when I get the alignment fixed.

    The pick up is not too high. I measured everything from that TV Jones site. That wasn't the problem.

    I appreciate everyone's help. Thank you all.
     
  12. SixShooter

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    I'm glad you got it sorted out.

    How about a picture of the full guitar? Did you build it?
     
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