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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Telecasters / Telecaster and Roland GR-20

Stratopastor
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somewhere in England

Vorsprung durch Ducktape
Dec 8th, 2009 02:50 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've started using a GR-20 synth with a cheap Tele copy. Just in case anyone does a search for the same question, I thought I'd post some info here, and it is this; the GK3 pickup tracks flawlessly despite being mounted further away from the bridge than the manual recommends.

The problem arises from the GK3 being too high to fit under the strings, on top of the bridge plate, between the saddles and the bridge pickup.

I've removed the scratchplate (though I could have cut a rectangle out of it) and mounted the GK3 directly onto the body, butted up against the end of the bridge-plate. Starting at the bridge, the string goes saddle, bridge pickup, GK3. The GK3 is 60mm away from the 6th string saddle, and, as I said, tracks fine.

YMMV, but if you're considering a Tele and a GR-20, consider this approach before attempting surgery on the bridge in order to get the GK3 under the strings really close to the saddles.

Frank Hudson
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Dec 8th, 2009 04:08 PM   Edit   Profile  

I put mine on a DeArmond S72 since the mouting was so easy.

So I didn't do this, but I'd think that a neck shim might allow a next-to-the-bridge install as you be able to raise the saddles.

mjames520

USA

Dec 8th, 2009 07:28 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have a 72 reissue with the Roland pickup. I cut down the bridgeplate a tad and made it look good. Works like a charm. Great combination.

Fred132
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Dec 8th, 2009 07:48 PM   Edit   Profile  

I screwed mine into the pick guard of one of my strats.

Can you post a picture of what you did?

Al S

Canada

Dec 9th, 2009 09:04 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have been using a GK3 pickup on a Nashville Power tele for 3 years - at least 150 gigs ... no problem. The Nashville Tele has the flat "American Standard" type bridge. I had to raised the saddles up a bit. I actually screwed it to the body after I placed shims under the pickup where it overhangs the bridgeplate. I perfomed a new setup where I had shim the neck a tad to match the height....it plays perfectly.

Stratopastor
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Dec 12th, 2009 09:03 AM   Edit   Profile  

Fred, it's at my church building but will take a pic tomorrow. It's black guitar so I hope the GK3 will be visible...

Frank, that would have been my next step if the Roland hadn't tracked properly. But in my case, there was no need, which was good because this cheapie guitar has a reasonable neck and body but took me several attempts to set it up, and I didn't want to disturb the setup unnecessarliy.

Stratopastor
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Dec 13th, 2009 09:12 AM   Edit   Profile  

Here's the photo. (Note to self - next time, wipe any dust off a guitar before photographing at close range with a built-in flash). The GK-3 is held on with double-sided tape but I'm definitely going to screw it in place there. Used it again this morning with no glitches.

btw does this style of bridge have a common nickname? It's not an ashtray or a string-through-body...

GK3 on Tele clone

Fred132
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Dec 14th, 2009 11:28 AM   Edit   Profile  

Ha...I was confused by the term "scratchplate". :O)

I guess you have one of the newer (to me, anyway) control units designed to be mounted on a strap peg.

Stratopastor
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Dec 14th, 2009 01:18 PM   Edit   Profile  

yep, the control unit comes with a number of mounting options but that's the way to go IMO, since it has to take the weight of the 13-way cable.

scratchplatingly yours

SP

Al S

Canada

Dec 14th, 2009 01:36 PM   Edit   Profile  

After a lot of experimentation I have found that tracking is vastly improved if the pickup is mounted as close to the bridge saddles as possible......FYI

George
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Dec 14th, 2009 03:21 PM   Edit   Profile  

"btw does this style of bridge have a common nickname? It's not an ashtray or a string-through-body..."

Those are often called "top-loader" bridges.

Stratopastor
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Dec 15th, 2009 01:30 AM   Edit   Profile  

Al, I'm sure you're right. I'm just sayin', in my specific case it's tracking very well indeed; and if anyone's guitar doesn't let them easily mount the GK3 close to the bridge, then they might like to try putting it it where is IS easy to mount and see what happens. YMMV.

George - thanks.

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