How to achieve that Tele bridge pu sound?

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  1. KenA

    KenA TDPRI Member

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    In the following video Richard Barrett is playing a light overdrive sound with the bridge pu for the entire tune. Normally at least for my guitar, the bridge pu is very trebly, but there somehow it sounds similar to a more warm sounding humbucker.

    That's probably a combination of things, but I just don't know to achieve a sound similar to that. Any opinions?
     
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    985plowboy Friend of Leo's

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    Pick closer to the neck pickup?
    He is changing pickups at some point in the video.
     
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    Yep, that, maybe. Play near the neck, roll back the tone? He's definitely changing pickups. Can't see the amp settings. I love the Chrissie Tele by the way.
     
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    Thanks all ... amp settings can be a crucial part of the equation ... I remember Ciro Manna once demonstrating how he achieves a humbucker-ish sound from his single coil PRS ...

    Also the volume/tone knob combo, but in my guitar that gets a bit muddy ...
     
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    The amp is 70% of the equation.
    Pickup height experimentation is a must. Lowering them a bit will often give a more useable sweep of your tone knob.
     
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    tone knob on the guitar, pickup height, pedals, amp settings. That kind of a "basic rock tone" is pretty easy to get out of a variety of guitars.
     
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    Seems like a straightforward guitar tone. Through a smaller Fender amp broken up a bit. When I play a Princeton, for example...thats the kind of tone that happens...no voodoo.
     
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    Change picking positions and try different guitar picks. Different sizes and materials have a profound effect on your sound.
     
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    It is 100% amp choice and tone knob. I suggest you start with the latter because it's free.

    These days I almost never play my Tele with the one knob on 10, but I very rarely touch the tone knob on my other guitars. It's unique to the Tele how critical the tone knob is to a great sound.
     
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