Guitar Experiment: Tele Bridge tone on Strat

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  1. TheDireStrat

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    Damn, what do you usually use? What's their configuration? What techniques do you use to get that sound? Thanks!
     
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    I know... same thing here. Just looked at a bunch of Johnny Hiland and Bruce Springsteen videos!
     
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    Thank you kind sir. Look into Seymour Duncan pickups, Antiquities, Five-Two, Vintage and the Jerry Donahue model.
     
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    BuddhaFingas Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    On my Squier Tele, there is a fat (~1/8" thick?) copper baseplate under the pickup, in addition to the steel bridge plate. That plate is what the bridge height screws operate on

    Copper is non-magnetic, but it would definitely influence any eddy-current effects as the mag fields react to the strings.

    It's also a massy counterweight to any vibration the pickup would otherwise experience, riding on springs as it does.

    Audible? Who knows. Basic EM physics, tho.
     
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    I'm pretty sure standard baseplates are copper plated steel plates, so that will have an effect on the magnets.
     
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    They seem great. Right now in my Strat, I got a Seymour Duncan TwangBanger. What I got from it when I had it on was a good strong sound, but the stagger made the g string sound very very present. The 12 inch radius doesn't help, and the set-up wasn't right. Does anybody here know how I can solve this problem (too present G string, ha)? Pickup height, string action/height, etc.
     
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    Also @JeffBlue , do you get a nice twangy snappy sound? Do you think that the metal bridge plate the tele pickup usually sits on really makes a substantial difference? Thanks!
     
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    bridge pickup, chicken pickin', picking as close to the bridge as possible, adiust the amp tone as necessary.
     
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    Perfect, thanks!
     
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    Copper baseplates are plated. There's steel under there.

    Dial up the mids and pick close to the bridge, and you're close enough with a Strat.

    Will it ever sound like a Tele with the box bridge? No. But 90% of the people listening won't be able to tell.

    A strat bridge is more polite. Just the nature of the beast.
     
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    Tele bridge:



    Strat bridge:

     
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    The first and third strats with the copper pickguards can get more twangy. The middle strat has a SD Quarter Pounder in the bridge and middle positions and doesn't have copper clad plates on the bottom of the pickups.
     
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    @fezz parka
    Is one of those guys that can make a rubberband stretched on a cardboard box sound good.

    Fantastic playing, fezz
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    Thanks man. :D

    But the point kinda was that they can sound pretty close. Close enough for Rock'n'Roll. LOL

    A Tele...in the bridge position...is kinda unique. A Les Paul can get close. Especially a Jr. or Special.
     
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    You can easily put a Tele bridge or neck pickup on a Strat or strat pickups on a tele. The Nashville Tele is this exact hybrid guitar. I’ve made several Strats with Tele bridge pickups but it still sounds more like a Strat than a Tele.
     
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    I think, probably wrong, that the SD twangbanger has a bottom plate to get closer to tele bridge sound. Feel free to call me a misinformed eegit.
     
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    That'll teach me to read before you post.
     
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    People have in-between sounds now? My pick up switch is three-way♥
     
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    I had been chasing the Tele in a bridge for a while. But pretty much gave up and just bought a Tele. LOL
    BUT a number of years ago, I DID buy a Harmonic Design STP bridge pickup. I did a sound test on clean settings. 1986 AVRI with the 57/62 style pickups. Take a listen: