My 2003 Hwy 1 Tele has Learned how to Twang

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  1. Platefire

    Platefire Friend of Leo's

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    I don't know why I would never raise the bridge pu up. The guitar never had a twang like a classic tele.
    I was thinking I needed to get a different bridge pu. I finally adjusted that bridge pickup closer to the strings and it's twanging like I've never heard it do before. Very happy with it now, it's got that classic twang now. I think the stock pu sounds fine. Platefire
     
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    Yeah I'm not a fan of setting pickups too low where you lose output.I like them high enough to maximise the output but of course not too close to the strings to where it causes too much magnetic pull and out of tune sounds.
     
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    When you find THAT sweet spot you are in heaven! :cool:
     
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    Twang on bro!
     
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    Thanks fellow twangers! I like my teles to sound like a tele. If I want a LP sound, I'll play a LP.
     
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    I too made that discovery not that long ago. It kinda sucks though, because I also like a vintage stagger on the bridge pickup and the combination of stagger and pickup height often hinders my picking - I go through picks like crazy now because the pole pieces just shred them. Oh well, that twang is why I play a Tele!
     
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    Wow! That's a bummer! My pickup poles are flat, so that's no problems on mine.

    Just measured the height below strings and the Big E is about 5/32" and the little E is about 3/16".
    I tried to adjust them closer a couple of times but the twang wasn't as pure, so I had to back
    it off a little--seems to be the sweet spot. I'm running it through a DIY 5F6 Bassman circuit set pretty
    bright but when I switch to the neck pu it still has that nice mellow jazzy tone even with the amp set bright. So I'm liking that because I can get my classic twang and switch to the neck for the mellower stuff. Of course there is the middle position to get a good combo of both. Platefire
     
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