Sweeter tone from bridge pickup?

Burny FLG

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Any ideas please.
First was a fender alnico copy

Second is a Fender Pure Vintage 64
Swapped the tone and vol pots to 1mg
This combo sounds like a new version of my 76 Tele but still clinical

Wondering if installing an actual vintage pickup will sweeten it up

Any suggestions?
 

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1 meg pots.......no wonder the tone ain't sweet. :rofl:
 

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What has the 76 Tele got in it......the WRHB are ok with 1 meg.
The only thing that might work with 1 meg is a Broadcaster wind....which is punchy and 'fat'. The 64 is a bright and twangy pickup.

And whatever pots you switched from, the only way a 1 meg is going to sound is hugely brighter than what it was before.
 
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76 is a standard black guard Tele, std neck and bridge,
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maple neck, ash body, came with 1 meg pots.
This ones a grandpa's axe with parts swap from the get go, currently -
Tele custom setup 2 vol, 2 tone
Alder body, maple neck,
SD Seth Lover neck,
Pots have been changed to 1 meg a while ago from oddly matched, (one was a 1 meg pot out of a 50's amp, one was 500k) but the bridge always sounded clinical with no real depth to the sound.
Neck pickup is fine and always has been.
Recently fitted a bigsby which has highlighted how bright the whole setup is.
So at this point wondering how to get it sounding sweet like the 76.
I play clean a lot too, so it's obvious.
Thanks
 

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Seymour Duncan Li'' '59? Single-sized bucker.
 

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Is the tone connected to the bridge pickup? if so, roll it down to zero or one or two-ish.
 

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Is the tone connected to the bridge pickup? if so, roll it down to zero or one or two-ish.
even with tone off it's too bright. Normally have the amp treble on 5 but that's on zero too, I like the bigsby on, wouldn't mind getting it all working, maybe change the pots or the pickup like Mr Randall suggested but what?
 

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even with tone off it's too bright. Normally have the amp treble on 5 but that's on zero too, I like the bigsby on, wouldn't mind getting it all working, maybe change the pots or the pickup like Mr Randall suggested but what?
250k.
 

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With this setup maple neck alder body 1mb pots, Putting the bigsby on has increased he brightness 400%
 

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I would suggest a 250k volume pot for the bridge, and a 250k or 500k tone pot with a 6.8nF-10nF cap. This will let you blunt the ice pick at the high end of the tone pot, with a meatier, fatter tone at the bottom end. Works great with any bright tele bridge pickup.
 

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I know just what you mean op. My single coil bridge pick-ups are all too shrill sounding. Nice for some styles but annoying to my ears
 

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Thanks for the responses, something about the bigsby has killed the tone. Can't put a p90 in (see pic) but will try a few things on the weekend, first is swap the saddle to a gibson with a block of wood under it, then some volume pot changes 500 250 etc
 

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maybe missed the obvious: have you tried adjusting the pick up height?

what do you mean change the saddle to one with a block of wood? you mean to the kind that belongs on a hollow body?
that wont do anything for the tone haha. its an electric guitar right? ;)

check the pickup height and the break angles over the nut and the bridge.
if you havent put 250k pots in there yet, then do so.
 

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Oh, just put a proper Tele neck p/up in it & leave the switch that direction; that's where the Tele magic is, anyway :jam:


And I gotta say, "sweet" isn't a word normally associated with any Fender bridge p/up; they're supposed to be nasty (though I do have the 2nd tone on my Strat hooked to work the bridge, too; don't need quite that much ice pick!)
 

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hell yeah! always got to hook up that bridge pickup to a tone control.
i love doing that, and 7 way switching mod too, or blender mod, and also might as well do a humbucker and coil split then.
or series / parallel. i literally have all that, and then some in many strats.

im down to just one tele, but it has 5 way switching. thats enough tele sounds for me, my strats do most everything else i want.
 


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