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04-11-2012, 11:25 AM
I recently purchased a 2012 American Fender Telecaster Deluxe. It has a Fender noiseless in the bridge and a lipstick in the neck. The issue I have is that it seems like the B and high E strings are a little weak. I had a Mexican Tele at one time with humbuckers. The B and E strings screamed on it. Just wondered if anybody had any suggestions on how to make the B and E come out a little more. I was thinking about maybe trying a Dimarzio area pickup in the bridge. I currently have the pickup adjusted so that the lower area of the pickup is higher as to pick up the B and E a little more. But it's still weak.
04-11-2012, 12:12 PM
I would take a look at the saddle and the setup. The E and B share a saddle on a Tele, no? Make sure the saddle is smooth and there are no grooves that could be limiting string movement/vibration.
Is it on both pickups or on one of them. If it's on both individually, you can all but eliminate it being a pickup problem. Maybe try a heavier string to see if that makes a difference.
04-11-2012, 02:31 PM
The Deluxes have individual saddles.
04-11-2012, 03:54 PM
most higher end guitars are tempermental, plus the noiseless pickups are notorious for having dead spots. suggestions would be to smooth out the saddles, then make sure you are using quality strings tele's love 10's or better. on the strings use pencil lead on each saddle before you restring it. check your frets there may be a few rubs or dead spots on the neck. i own a 69 tele and the neck is a little loose and i have to push it in tune from time to time buts its great sounding and perfect for worship. good luck.
04-11-2012, 04:59 PM
What does pencil lead do? Better sustain? The tele I had before that had humbuckers had 9's on it. And like I said before it was screamer. Yes this Tele is great for worship.
04-12-2012, 03:05 PM
the lead contains graphite which acts as a dry lubricant eliminating any unnecessary rub on the strings. It's an old roadie trick. I've been doing for years and never have any problems with string grab or drag, which surely would inhibit string resonnance.
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