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My telecaster is too Twangy !!

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by 50 cool 50, Jun 19, 2009.

  1. shades

    shades Tele-Afflicted

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    First welcome to the TDPRI. Secondly, change to a heavier string gauge.
    Should that not do the trick, have the setup re-done to get into the sweet spot. Congrats on the sixties axe, you have chosen wisely.

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  2. 50 cool 50

    50 cool 50 TDPRI Member

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    ok i get the message...

    Hey guys thanks for all the ideas.

    I mean dont get me wrong the guitar is great and has a far superior quality about it.
    'Plink Plank' sort of sound is the right description. The pick ups are not origional , they are reisuues in it, but i have some late 60's ones in the post so hopefully that will help. I dont want to change any of the parts on the guitar, i wanna keep it orig. apart from back to origional pickups. i think that other guy was right when he sujjested maybe another value cap in it , i would maybe do that, but not the pots.
    i'm playing through a mesa boogie but this guitar just sounds pure country to me. it would have been great back in my country playing days. But i am after a more contempory jangly sound now like the byrds rather than plink plank plonk... Maybe i should go for a more british amp like a marshall that is less forgiving and some higher gauge strings 12's ect. ???


    :mad: $250 for it????? I want at least $300 or you can just forget it!!!
     
  3. Stevie 202

    Stevie 202 Tele-Afflicted

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    Plink Plank Plonk...

    :lol::lol::lol: Sorry mate, but that is hilarious
     
  4. octatonic

    octatonic Poster Extraordinaire

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    Get involved with the tone pot a bit more is my advice.
     
  5. Vedder323

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    +1 setup
     
  6. 50 cool 50

    50 cool 50 TDPRI Member

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    your never gonna believe this but the post man knocked on my door 10 minutes a go and delivered the late 60's bridge pickup off ebay.
    great!!
    i've just soldered it in and i love it , but this is wierd...

    :arrow: that pickup sounds fat and great, and the kneck one is the one that came with the guitar still and that sounds o.k. even if it is plink plank plonk plunk but, when i select the middle position the guitar goes super thin and sounds all out of phase???????
    shed some light on this please!!!!!:eek:

    the 60's pick up looks like its had new wire installed on it sometime in its life so i thought maybe its been wired backards so i took the wires off the guitar again and reversed them/ and soldered them back on the guitar, but then nothing! no sound from the pickup at all, and nothing from the middle position on the selector switch. eehmmmmmm...
     
  7. bingy

    bingy Friend of Leo's

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    out of phase it is!
     
  8. 50 cool 50

    50 cool 50 TDPRI Member

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    yer
    i checked the 66 wiring against the wiring on the mexi tele and they are both the same

    could there be a fault with the 60's pickup i bought?:idea:
     
  9. bingy

    bingy Friend of Leo's

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    and you did reverse the wires...regardless of color coding?
     
  10. 50 cool 50

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    yes i did the reverse wires for the bridge pickup (flipped them over) and the pickup was absolutely dead
    and when i moved the toggle switch to the middled position there was nothing as well...

    i switched the wires back again and the pickup works again but the toggle middle position is again out of phase
    very wierd:eek:
     
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  11. surfoverb

    surfoverb Doctor of Teleocity

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    put some Fred Stuart 60s Tele PUPs in it.
     
  12. superbadj

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    maybe when you switched the wires you didn't get a good connection? I would think that if it works, it works, even if one way is out of phase.

    odd.
     
  13. Televised

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    My vote is:
    1. Get it set up and intonated by a pro dude......ususally pretty cheap and well worth it

    2. I'd switch strings...I have D'addarios which I like but they are bright and "twangy". I just picked up a set of David Gilmour Blue Boomer strings which are light gauge on the 1st 3 strings and medium gauge on the last 3. Might help with the tone

    3. Try good old fashion fine tuning and with guitar and amp tone knobs.

    Would try the easy stuff with a little TLC to your 66' before you started getting into serious hardware changes. Just my opinion but, "Mongo pawn in game of life".
     
  14. telo

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    Of course, there is the possibility that the OP might actually like a modern sounding/playing Mex Standard more than a '66. Why not? Aside from monetary value that's overinflated by collectors, who's to say that every single guitar made in the sixties has to be better than anything - even MIM - made now? They didn't make duds back then? Just a thought.
     
  15. Rumblebones

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    I wish my telecaster had "Plink Plank..."

    If you can get the 60's p-ups to work that'd be great. I'd put the reissues back in it and try to dial it in with different strings and brass saddles, then tackle the p-ups later on. Don't mess with the cap or pots.

    Try different amps and/or peddles.
    Rock on.
     
  16. 3 Chord

    3 Chord Friend of Leo's

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    What kind of shape are the frets in? Are we hearing a lot of the fretboard?

    p.s. a car can't be too fast
    a truck can't be too heavy duty
    a girl can't be too pretty

    and a Tele can't be too Twangy!

    some guys have all the luck.
     
  17. 50 cool 50

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    i had a pre cbs tele 62' years ago and i always remember it being better than this...
     
  18. 50 cool 50

    50 cool 50 TDPRI Member

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    very true. I mean there are some great mexi's around.
    a tele 66 wasn't vintage back in the day. it was a new american standard.
    Its only vintage 40 years later. they had 40 years to perfect it so i reckon it could be on parr
     
  19. SteveY

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    Weren't sixties Tele's using 1 meg pots?

    That'll get you twang when opened up full.
     
  20. play_loud

    play_loud Tele-Meister

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    Put a humbucker in it.

    *runs away before someone throws something at him*
     
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