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Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by craigoslo, Jul 19, 2017.
How does the .005 sound? I'm sure someone around here has something lower than .022.
I use 10's but put an 11 on the high e for a little more umph.
It's a bit of an an acquired taste TBH. In the neck can roll it almost to 3 and still retain most of the highs I like to retain so it's perfect. In the bridge it sounds like a cocked wah when rolled off which is not the most versatile. In the tele where I have it , I only have a neck pickup and I use it exclusively for Jazz with 12 flatwounds.
022 is a great start and if you see you like where it takes you and you use that guitar mostly for Jazz or don't touch the tone knob in the bridge then I would go 005. That's just my opinion, through many mistakes I've learned to be more cautious
tons of mids , front pickup, velvet and leather pick!
I'd say the first thing you really want to do is adjust your expectations. A Tele will never sound like an archtop, even if you put a humbucker in the neck position
As for the "thin" sounding E string, if you're rolling down the volume/tone, you're throwing away the frequencies that give body to that string. Also, Fender style pickups are notorious for thin sounding high E strings at lower volumes. The perception tends to disappear with higher volume.
If you really want to change the tone of the guitar, I'd recommend a different kind of pickup, something like a Fralin Steel Pole or better yet, a p90. Keep in mind if you do go for a p90 or humbucker, you'll probably need to rout out the neck position even if it looks like it already has a humbucker rout. Humbuckers often have "ears" that need a deeper cavity than the body of the pickup and p90's are wider than a humbucker. I've had 2 of my teles routed for these reasons.
Teles are great for modern jazz tones. For a more "trad" jazz tone, I've given up on Teles and use a Guild Aristocrat or Slim Jim. It's the hollow body p90 combo that does it for me!
I moved from a single coil to a humbucker in mine and I have a casino like guitar (p90, hollow) so I get your comments.
Then again, one can make it work. It's a matter of taste.
Ed Bickert is one of my favorites. And this an early video before he added the humbucker.
Here is my new favorite telcaster player.
Following on the tone control issue. I would try keeping the tone on your guitar fully open, and shaving off just a bit of volume. I used to have the "thin E" problem too, but 11s + this setting do goof things for me. I also second the thick pick advice. I use 2 mm.
I have just done it the easy way .I bought a DV mark Little jazz.Perfect with my Midtown and Telecaster .I use a 4 way switch on my Tele through Van Zandts which beefs up the tone to give a cool warm jazzy tone.
I have been pushing the mids and cutting treble and bass on fender amps with great results but also wanted a solution for my amps with a tone nob.
I dropped a .015 cap in my tele today and it was exactly what I was hoping for. Great tones and a usable pot all the way down to 0. The thin E string kept all of its volume but isn't bright.
Now I can adjust at the amp or the guitar, or a bit of both depending on the backline.
Thanks for your input.
I play my tele for jazz, 11-49 gauge strings.
The solution for me was a compressor pedal...specifically, one with a clean blend knob. I use the Xotic SP Comp, with only about 25% Low compression blended in. Retains my tone and dynamics, but now all my strings are more even volume-wise, and no plinky issues with the high strings for clean tone soloing.
Glad it worked out!
For jazz tones, you can't beat a 5-way pickup selector with series in-phase and series out of phase. Series in-phase gives a lovely warm jazz tone. Series out of phase is nothing like parallel out of phase, which is thin and weedy. It's a fairly simple mod, and well worth it. I've done this on my three Teles and I don't know why Fender don't offer it.
I'm intrigued. What does it sound like? Can you put up a video demo or sound clip of your in-phase vs. out-of-phase series positions?
A four way switch set up makes the neck much more jazzy ,i have one in my Tele.Van Zandt pickups .A good way to get a straight jazz tone on a tele neck pickup is to fit an A2 Alnico pro from SD and a four way switch .Through my little Champ 600 it just gave a pure clean jazz tone with no tone adjustment on light strings .Wish I still had it.
I second the compressor suggestion. But, it has to have a blend knob and can't ruin your tone.