Plek system review + 51 nocaster pickups

Discussion in 'Tele-Technical' started by Okieslims, Feb 13, 2009.

  1. PhatBoy

    PhatBoy Tele-Afflicted

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    OkieSlim,

    I am assuming that you're playing rock/blues?
    I am trying to get into country and from what little I know you need to be able to get under the strings to get that 'twang'.

    So 'as low as possible' wouldn't be an optimal setting, I would think.

    When I talked with Norman Music they acted as if it would be a same day type thing.... Guess it depends on the workload.

    PB
     
  2. Okieslims

    Okieslims TDPRI Member

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    I like everything to be honest. Trying to get into country myself.

    I honestly see no down side to low action. I tune low and play heavy and don't get buzz unless I just really pop the string. You can get under the strings over the bridge easily if you need to. I don't know of anything that would require that on the fret board which is the only place you will notice the action.




    The only thing I had to get used to was with bends less is more now.

    Norman Music probably wont get to you in the same day. They have a guitar on that machine constantly and then it requires the tech to get involved. I would say that you are looking at a minimum of 3 days before you get your guitar back.


    Also, they did not ask me too much about preference for action. They just set it low. On their website, they advertise by telling you that "Your action will be lower". However, I am sure they can set it where ever you like.
     
  3. chromaken

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    I had my Wecheter Jumbo Plek's nad am quite pleased.

     
  4. mellecaster

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    How bout Tone ??
     
  5. Okieslims

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    Um.. what about it? My tone is completely unaffected by the action. My open chords ring to their full potential. I really haven't noticed any difference there. Even unplugged so that the new pick ups dont come into play, the tone of the guitar is about the same.. if not a little better.
     
  6. rhh7

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    I am no pro, but I agree with mellecaster. Plek is wonderful, if you like it and can afford it. I prefer my action a little higher. And I would prefer my frets to be done by hand by a master luthier. YMMV.
     
  7. Ricky D.

    Ricky D. Doctor of Teleocity

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    I'm sure if I spent the time and money, a PLEK job would be best, but I don't need all that. I like my action high enough that I can play hard without fret buzz. With a Mellecaster setup I'm at 1/16" at the 12th fret, .010" at the first. Good enough for me.
     
  8. Ranger

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    How Expensive is it?

    So how much does a PLEK job cost for a Tele?
     
  9. Okieslims

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    about 150 Ranger, but they seem to be flexible on the price if you buy other stuff at the same time.
     
  10. KokoTele

    KokoTele Doctor of Teleocity Vendor Member

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    "System" is one way to describe it, I guess. A Plek job involves all of the steps that a luthier would do if they were to tune a guitar's neck, frets, and nut to the utmost of playability. The Plek machine just has the ability to do it with a level of precision that humans can't.

    So, essentially, yes, it is just a fret leveling, but it's the most precise one imaginable.
     
  11. Mojotron

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    I got my Parker Fly Pleked - it had some fret problems. I was amazed at how perfect the level/crowning was - and on SS frets. I would only take my guitar to get Pleked if it was time for a leveling though. My Warmoth Strat neck and Parker NiteFly necks simply would not have benefited from it since the fret work was very good.

    I've taken guitars to get a leveling done before and been disappointed by the workmanship - I think the Plek machine allows good techs to do a great fret job. However, they would have to be good techs in the first place to get all of the adjustments right.

    The Plek is a great development in for those that like very clear sounding tone and lower action.
     
  12. GUITARmole

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    Mojotron,

    I see you're located in Seattle...where'd you take your guitar and how much did it cost? Is it extra for SS frets?
     
  13. Mojotron

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    Yep - I took it to Mike Lull.
    (http://www.mikelull.com/)

    I like to do all my own work - I hate taking my gear to someone else and I'm kind of picky, but I was very impressed with his service. I think I paid $250 and like 1/2 an hour of shop time to fix some frets (which may be more than other shops) but I had a tricky problem on a unique guitar and would rather spend a little more and get the work done right the first time.

    They have lowered their prices recently to I think $230. They do mention that they charge a little more for some guitars, but I don't think they charge more for SS frets. Most shops will not Plek on SS frets - but they had no problem with mine.
     
  14. GUITARmole

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    Thanks for the info!!

    I do all my own work too but don't have the time to tinker with everything...or a set of diamond files to work on SS frets. I have a Jazzmaster that's 98% "there" and it'd be perfect if I could just get the action a little bit lower than what it is now.
     
  15. Shepherd

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    That machine is just insane. Must be a genius to be able to design something like that. Whats next, a Clapton robot?
     
  16. viking

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    The Plek system , as I understand it , is able to scan and memorize the fretboard and frets under string tension. There still have to be an experienzed person setting up the guitar afterwards. Since most necks use wood , a Plek is not a end-all situation. The frets will still move a little in the wood , and that will require attention in the future , as usual
     
  17. Parma_TeleMon

    Parma_TeleMon Friend of Leo's

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    I read the website and the nearest one to me is about a 3.5 hr. drive. Sounds like it'd be worth the time/money/trouble. Thanks for the review!
     
  18. Astro1176

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    re. the Plek set up and action height... as far as I can understand, what the Plek machine will do is level your frets so that when the neck is under tension, you will have the most even frets possible. Whatever action (bridge/nut height) you wish, the fret leveling bit will be identical (I think). If you want to raise the bridge and have a higher action, you will not compromise what the Plek has done, although you will have to reset your intonation.

    Of course - nut slot height is another matter
     
  19. evol04gt

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    my guy is PHENOMINAL.. my les paul is like butter... the machine can be perfect- but the wood the guitar was built on isnt perfect. i like the hands on way myself.. and he does it for 70 bucks for me.
     
  20. octatonic

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    I played a Plekked MIM tele today.
    I was very impressed.

    The action was super low, but could still bend (well as much as a 7.5" allows).
    A+
     
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