how can i make my strat sound more like my tele

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Twang King, Sep 19, 2010.

  1. sonny wolf

    sonny wolf Friend of Leo's

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    I play both Strats and Teles because each one excels at certain things more than the other.I like the regular Strat bridge pickup for certain things but I agree that in certain contexts it can sound thin and bright compared to a Tele's bridge pickup.I find wiring the bridge pickup on a Strat to the lower tone control is the easiest thing to do to make it more usable.I sometimes dial it back to 7 or 8 to knock off a bit of treble and it smooths out the tone to make it a bit more versatile.Another thing to consider is that a typical Tele bridge pickup is hotter(commonly around 7.5k range)compared to a Strat one(commonly at 6k).I did install a Texas Special bridge pickup in one of my Strats which is wound hotter(I think around the 7.5k range).So along with the slightly hotter output and rolling back the treble down to 7 or 8 I get a thicker,ballsier tone.It doesn't nail the Tele tone but it works better for stuff I'd play typically on a Tele(Rolling Stones style guitar licks actually sound pretty good now on that Strat).Ultimately I don't think you can ever nail the Tele tone on a Strat(and vice versa)because the way they are designed...strum a Tele acoustically and then a Strat and the sonic differences are already apparent even unplugged.Even acoustically the Strat typically sounds thinner and quackier compared to the Tele's thicker and ballsier twang).
     
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    jackinjax Friend of Leo's

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    I bought my Tele exactly because it felt, sounded and played totally different than any of my other guitars. Variety; that's what I look for.
     
  3. Zepfan

    Zepfan Poster Extraordinaire

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    I had a hard time with Strats. Most of my heroes played Strats, but I couldn't find one that I liked in all positions( liked 2 & 4 only). So I replaced the singles with double coils.
    I have heard Strats with Tele bridge pup that sounded great and I've heard Strats with P90's that I like alot.
     
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    You say you already have 3 Teles, so what's the point getting another one with the strat shape?
    I prefer the tele too, but if I play my strat I want it to sound like a strat – including the thinner – or clearer, crisper – bridge pickup.
    You say it sounds weak and lacking when switching from the tele. Did you try to adjust your amp settings? Maybe it just has less output then the tele and with a bit more volume and eq-tweaking you like it for what it is?
     
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    I have the Twangbanger and they are not bad! I'm happy with it
     
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    You could do like they did on my Albert Lee.
    Add a steel base plate to the bridge pickup.
     
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    They are such different animals. You could sell the Strat and buy a 3 pickup Nashville Tele. You get that mean Tele tone and some nice in-between positions.
     
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    Sold my Tele, so when I need a Tele sound for a gig or recording, I carefully dial-in a good compressor ... not to chicken-pickin levels, but enough to thicken the sound and add a bit of sustain. Also, tweaking your truss rod just a bit for a little extra relief can help. I have a Strat set up that way, and with a thoughtfully adjusted compressor, it sounds pretty much like a Tele to me.
     
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    Put your Strat neck on a stock loaded Tele body, that will make it sound just like a Telecaster
     
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    I dislike the bright, thin strat bridge tone myself. A no-load tone pot just makes it worse.

    I get the fatter, meatier broadcaster tone I like with an SD quarter pounder in one and get a great tele 'soundalike' with a split SD Hot Rails in another Strat style.
     
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