"THE" Strat sound versus "THE" Tele sound.

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  1. ThebiggestJerk

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    IMHO 90% of the “Strat” sound comes from the trem springs. The other 10% from the wiring. The telecaster sound really originates mainly from the bridge pup which on most traditional models is containing within a hunk of steel that is the bridge unit, coupled with a brass baseplate underneath the bridge pickup.
     
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    What about a hardtail?
     
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    IMHO hard tail strata sound nothing like trem equipped Strats.
     
  5. Digiplay

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    BTW, I didn't think it would be wise of me to bring up the merits/negatives of blocking or decking the tremelo......


    Yet :)
     
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    Drastic differences? I am curious what you think on this...

    My hardtail Strat sounds like one to me.
     
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    Springs are very reactive to frequencies. Surely someone has added a pickup or transducer to amply the sounds produced...

    I wanted the simplicity of a hardtail. My first partscaster (1980) was trem equipped. I grew to hate the trem.
     
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    They're kind of similar on bridge pickup alone when the tone is overdriven (although there is a difference obviously). On the other settings the differences get bigger I guess.
     
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    No Tele to test with.
    Therefore I cannot test your proposed scenario.
     
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    I'm sure it's that "first time" fear StratoMutt.


    But something tells me that once you get used to it, it will become like riding a bicycle :)
     
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    I think a Tele and a Les Paul sound more alike than a strat sounds like either of them.

    That being said, I rarely hear a processed guitar and can tell you what it is.
     
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    Sort of. A bicycle relies on our bipedal species innate balance skills. Something we learned before we can remember.

    Soldering does take practice to get the finer points correct. I've been doing it off and on for 46 years. Started tinkering with it at 13.

    Learn in baby steps. Practice on scrap 18 - 22 gauge wire. Some great YouTube vids on the subject. Some bad ones too.
     
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    Jimmy Page sure used both to great effect.

    Ahyup.
     
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    Citation?
    Seems to me a hardtail or blocked Strat still sounds stratty.
     
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    Hi Nate, Happy New Year!

    Funny you should say that :)

    My best friend, who is a "real guitar player" (which I ain't......yet :) ) has a '59 Reissue Les Paul, and whereas he already owned an American Fender Telecaster (I don't remember which one, but it's a 2013 with noiseless pickups/double binding/belly cut), he just bought a Nash T-52, and he said it gives his Les Paul a run for its money on imitating his Les Paul!
     
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    See where I wrote “IMHO” ? There’s your citation.
     
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    Ah, so no actual reasoning or evidence. Got it.
     
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    it’s a subjective question not a scientifically objective one.