The impossible: make Strat bridge sound like a Tele...

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  1. PC_Hater

    PC_Hater Tele-Meister

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    I have a Warmoth Tele Thinline body routed for a hardtail bridge and a Strat bridge pickup.
    I am looking for a noiseless pickup that sounds reasonably close to a Tele bridge pickup.
    If I have to I will take a router to the body to fit a proper Tele bridge and pickup. But only if I have to...
     
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  2. tfarny

    tfarny Poster Extraordinaire

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    The Duncan Twangbanger is made for this application, it's a really good sounding pickup and not crazy expensive.
     
  3. SPUDCASTER

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    Along with the SD TB.

    Harmonic Design "STP" and the O.C. Duff "Two-Timer". Mare I believe has one too. But, it's going to be a wait.

    Unfortunately, you can't get the Fezz Parka "Maverick".

    And I'm not parting with the one I have.:D
     
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    I caved and installed a Duncan Five-Two. It's close to a Tele sound. Not exactly...but close.

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  5. Ron C

    Ron C Tele-Holic

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    I was on the same mission 15 years ago!

    Of the noiseless Strat pickups I've tried, the Wilde 298 or 290S was the closest, but didn't get all the way to where I wanted it to go. I've never tried them, but I suspect one of the more mid-heavy DiMarzio stacks might be closer still (Virtual Solo, Virtual Heavy Blues 2, etc).
     
  6. hopdybob

    hopdybob Tele-Afflicted

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    sounds reasonably close to a Tele bridge pickup.
    maybe it would help if you could elaborate that with some sound samples?
    so many people have a thought what a tele bridge should sound like.

    maybe use a G&L PTB tone stack?
    it takes my wilde Bill lawrence pickups (L90 and L500) in tele territory.
    his almost noiseless microcoil from can be tweaked with caps.
     
  7. Matthias

    Matthias Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    I would get an Alnico V with a high enough output then add a metal baseplate and metal pickguard. All that metal around a Tele bridge pickup affects the magnetic fields, I believe.

    I’d add brass saddles too.
     
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  8. jvin248

    jvin248 Doctor of Teleocity

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    Buy or make a steel baseplate for the Strat bridge pickup you have now. It needs to be 1/8th inch or thicker steel to work. I've cut up house electrical octagon box covers ($1) before and they worked perfect, I've rummaged through the junk drawer and found a bracket that fit and it worked well, too thin and it's good for noise shielding but not for tone. Goal is good magnetic strength to reflect the pickup magnetic field from going out the back of the guitar and focus it back at the strings. Then play with the bridge pickup tilt bass/treble by ear for what you want from there.

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    naveed211 Friend of Leo's

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    I think you’re gonna have to.

    That bridge is a big part of the sound.
     
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    sloppychops Tele-Afflicted

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    I've long thought the Tele bridge plate is a big part of the sound, but couldn't really explain why. This makes sense!
     
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    The "noiseless" thing makes the whole thing a "no go" ,there are plenty of single coil pickups that will get what you need though.Or simply add a BASEPLATE to your existing bridge pickup

    http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-5...0001&campid=5338148343&icep_item=322428023806


    I have bought many from the a/m vendor & they work great.
     
  13. Guitarteach

    Guitarteach Doctor of Teleocity

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    I achieved this with an SD Quarter Pounder middle pickup in the bridge of my strat. Sounds very like my broadcaster equipped Tele and the in between tone is really funky too. None of the brittle thinness.

    Baseplate is a good suggestion
     
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  14. That Cal Webway

    That Cal Webway Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    I would just route the Strat body with a Dremel or whatever
    and have the pup placed exactly in the position the Tele pup is,

    the angle and such.
     
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    Matt Sarad Tele-Afflicted

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    stormin1155 Tele-Holic

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    I fit a tele bridge pickup into a standard strat body without routing by flipping it so the two mounting screws face forward.
     
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    BCblues55 Tele-Meister Gold Supporter

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    Same here. Good option to routing. Sounds good.
     
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    Rutters makes a hardtail bridge with 3 brass saddles, like a tele. It might bring whatever pickup you decide on a little closer to a tele sound.
     
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  20. That Cal Webway

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    A cheap alternative to the Rutters

    That works would be buy a Wilkinson three saddle compensated bridge and cut off the front part
     
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