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Modding my Blacktop Tele

Discussion in 'Tele-Technical' started by Thales, Jan 19, 2021.

  1. Thales

    Thales TDPRI Member

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    Hey tele-people! Currently i dismantled my tele for a repaint. I love this guitar but it has always been sort of boomy, no matter what humbucker i put on it. Currently it has a Lollar El Rayo in the bridge, after a whole bunch of pickups i tried on it, so i am kind of sure that the pickups are not the problem, so i started thinking about pickup placement and measured the distance from the fully intonated low E saddle to the pickup pole piece and it measured 1,5" (4cm). Then i measured the distance of my SG and it measured 1,3" (3,5cm). The same pickup in those two guitars sounds very different. In the SG it sounds much more agressive, so i got my chisel and took 0,1" (0,5cm) from the rout, but i'm wondering if i should take an extra 0.1" (0,5cm) from it before i refinish the guitar. I love a bright guitar, so personally i think it would work, but i have my doubts. Any thoughts? Is 1,1" (3cm) too close to the bridge? Would it have some weird resonant problems?

    Sorry for the long text.
     
  2. Thales

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    Disclaimer: I'm aware those guitars have different scale lengths and construction.
     
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    dogmeat Friend of Leo's

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    if you haven't done so, change the pots to higher values. thats the first thing I'd do
     
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    Low pickup height creates "boomier" sound. Get the pickup closer to the bridge and it will be brighter and more agressive.
     
  5. Blues Twanger

    Blues Twanger Tele-Afflicted

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    That's not a terribly big amount of movement IMO, the change would probably be very subtle.
     
  6. Thales

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    Thanks for the replies everyone! I've done it! Changing the pots wasn't a option bcs the pikcup was connected directly to the bridge. Anyway, it sounds brighter and more aggressive :) And to cover the rest of the hole i just ordered a new pickguard
     
  7. boris bubbanov

    boris bubbanov Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    I'd replace all the components in the control plate. Ensenada accepted those from an outside contractor, whole control plate assemblies done over in Asia and I just don't find that they're up to par.
     
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    boris bubbanov Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    When I first put together a new project, I run the bridge pickup directly to the jack. To learn the basic personality of the new guitar; the nature of it. But eventually, in order to actually use it, I run the signal through the control plate - provide a means to bypass the pots through the blade switch.
     
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