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Jimmy Page extra magnets?

Discussion in 'Just Pickups' started by merseymale, Sep 27, 2020.

  1. merseymale

    merseymale Tele-Meister

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    Hiya!

    Just watched the official fender video for the launch of the Jimmy Page signature telecaster and was surprised to see that the original had four non-guitar magnets just clinging to the bottom of the Bridge pickup!

    Presumably Page did this himself but what would be the effect of this be?

    Is this something that’s worth trying before swapping out lacklustre pickups?
    Does anyone know if Fender’s mirrored and Dragon JP telecasters have this modification too?
     
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    I remember seeing this when they came out.
    I am interested in this as well.
     
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    I would presume that adding magnets would boost the power and make the pickup hotter (similar to swapping to a more powerful magnet).
     
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    Photos? What's a non-guitar magnet?
     
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    Looks like refrigerator magnets, typical low strength magnets missing their steel shells.

    They will increase the pickup output -- unless that is a steel pickup baseplate they are stuck to which will block them from doing anything, all their flux lines will shoot out the back and not at the strings.

    A standard Tele steel baseplate on a regular tele reflects a pickup's own magnetic field at the strings. Which could be more effective to add on this pickup than the refrigerator magnets.

    So you'll want to ask if that is a steel baseplate or just a fiberboard bobbin.
    Looks like plain fiberboard from the image.

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  7. rangercaster

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    Page is a Les Paul player
    ...

    His Telecaster expertise is questionable....

    Except for the Stairway solo...
     
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    And didn't Beck give him his iconic top-load telecaster?
     
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    So, are we to assume that at the time JP was undertaking a rational scientific experiment?

    Yea right ...
     
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    He played a Telecaster in The Yardbirds and his main guitar on the first Zeppelin album was a Telecaster.

    In fact, he never really stopped playing Teles in the studio, though starting in 1970 he pretty much stuck to Les Pauls when playing live.
     
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    "I customized it by applying circular mirrors to make it almost kinetic." WHOA. Now there's a guy I want to look to for advice on how to get the best tone out of my tele.

    I love the way they show the guy from Fender looking on with a serious look on his face, really trying to absorb the great wisdom of guitar customization that Jimmy Page is laying on him.
     
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    Are we ignoring the a yardbirds and Zeppelin I?
     
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    ...and much of his best stuff, which was L.Z. first album and before. Once he got given the reins in his own band (and a Les Paul, though probably just correlation), he started seriously blowing IMO. Much better guitarist when he was contributing to someone else's project.
     
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    I haven't examined my Page Mirror pickups yet, but I intend to. I'll do it when I do the body/neck swap with my AV '64. The pickups are specially made for the Page guitars, though I don't know the technical differences. And they aren't available separately.

    I just figured they were a slight bit hotter, perhaps. But maybe they did do some gimmicky thing like doing whatever nonsense Jimmy Page did to his.

    Whatever is going on with them, they sound great, even with 9s (a string set I only have on two guitars out of dozens).
     
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    I remember hearing the first LZ album. I remember thinking the guitar was shrill and unpleasant.

    Go on with the flames, I can take it.
     
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    Ha I was thinking the same thing!
     
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    LZI is the only album of theirs I still listen to. Occasionally. That Tele sounds good to me.
     
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    Yep. LZ I is the best.

    You also have to remember that you couldn't just order a new pickup from Amazon in the late 60's. There weren't hundreds of specially wound bridge pickups and 8 different magnets to choose from. If you wanted something custom, you either had to modify what you had or find someone to make it for you.

    Page replaced the Tele because he was having to mess with the bridge pickup constantly to keep it working. Page, like Gilmour, were guitar tinkerers. I'm pretty sure that he knew what he was doing.
     
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    you just gotta luv the folk lore, the speculation, the ole wives tales, and what-not circulating in guitardumb .......
     
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    Yup. LZ is their only great album IMO.
     
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