We get asked all the time, “Why does my old pickup sound dull?”
There are many reasons the tone can suffer on vintage pickups…
These p’ups aren’t just *playing* dead… They’re actually dead!
We can’t resurrect or improve every beaten, tired, old pickup that we come across. Some of them, like the ones seen above, are just too far gone. Only a complete rebuild, with brand new parts could bring them back to life – but at that point, you may as well just replace it! You can’t shine a turd, as they say (even if you could, you’d still just have a shiny turd). But, just maybe, your dull sound isn’t the turd you thought it was, so in this edition, we’ll address the possible causes and potential solutions.
Occasionally we’re asked whether we suggest that our customers wire their Tele’s in what is known as the “Vintage” wiring schematic (also known as “Dark Tone” or “Blackguard” styles). A simple answer: No.
Got a squealing Tele-CAT-ster? We just might be able to help you out with that.
As a follow-up to our last post about pickup potting and the effect it can have on microphonics (which can be found here: https://www.lollarguitars.com/blog/2014/01/what_is_potting/), we thought we’d address the issue some players have with their Tele bridge pickup squealing like an angry cat. This can be caused by an overly microphinc pickup, the bridge plate, or both. We’re here to help you narrow down what is causing the problem and how to go about fixing it.
As we’ve demonstrated time and time again on this blog and our Facebook page, we love unique and beautiful guitars that house Lollar Pickups. From Fano to Rhoney to M-Tone, we are blown away by some best builders in the biz using Lollar to bring the tone to their incredible designs. We wanted to share luthier Marc Connelly’s wild take on the Telecaster, know as the ‘Blastercaster’ – a guitar sold at the Hydroplane & Raceboat Museaum Gala and Auction for a cool $11,000! Let’s hear from Marc himself about this one-of-a-kind instrument:
A 4-way switch mod for Tele style guitars has always been a fun, “secret sauce” menu item for discerning guitar players. We don’t offer a pickup set that will work with it as a standard option but if you ask nicely we just might make one for you…
The standard three-way-switch gives you the three classic Tele position we all know and love. Neck pickup alone, neck + bridge in parallel, and bridge pickup alone – A tone formula that’s had the ladies swoonin’ and shakin’ since 1951. The 4-way Tele mod (TELE 4 WAY PDF) introduces a new position, the neck and bridge combo in series, which can give any Tele player a bit more versatility.