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Mick Reid

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Nov 8th, 2016 06:29 PM        

Wasn't sure where to post this... identity crisis alert!<br /> <br /> I've been loving the 2 Teles I got recently so much that "Tele-fied" one of my strats.<br /> <br /> I removed the middle pickup and re-wired with a 3-way switch.<br /> I made a "dummy" pickup out of a old pickup cover to fill the hole, and adjusted it flush to the pickguard.<br /> <br /> Two of my other strats already have 7-way switching so I can get the N & B combo with them, but I wanted something just a little bit different.<br /> <br /> I'm half hoping this little trick will keep me from buying a 3rd tele (in as many months!)<br /> <br /> I really like the sound of my new "Tele-Strat" in that middle position!<br /> <br />



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Christian Slater
Nov 8th, 2016 07:27 PM        

Very cool! Part of the reason it sounds quite different from a Strat is the lack of the 3rd magnetic field between the neck and bridge pickups.<br /> <br /> I have one like that, but it's



Mick Reid

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Nov 8th, 2016 10:22 PM        

Ah yes, I remember seeing that one.<br /> A *true* Tele-strat!<br /> <br /> How are those GFS Fatboys?<br /> I've looked at them a couple of times, but never pulled the trigger.



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Christian Slater
Nov 9th, 2016 12:59 AM        

Mick, while they sound Tele-like, the bridge pickup is not as piercing. The neck pickup is quite clear.



Mick Reid

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Nov 9th, 2016 04:17 AM        

Thanks. Good to know :^)



Mick Reid

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Nov 10th, 2016 05:27 PM        

Added a pic.<br /> Nothing special. Just an old dog with a new trick.<br /> <br /> The Lace Hot Silver was in the middle, but I tried in the neck for this experiment and it sounds absolutely stellar in that position.<br /> <br /> Happy result...



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Christian Slater
Nov 10th, 2016 09:41 PM        

That looks sweet! Nice color combination.<br /> <br /> I think it was Richie Blackmore who famously removed the middle pickups from his Strats and left the cover on there like you did.



Mick Reid

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Nov 11th, 2016 12:28 AM        

Thanks P!<br /> I shaped a piece of black pickguard off-cut and CA'ed it to the inside of the cover to block the pole piece holes. (got to keep those gremlins in there somehow!)<br /> <br /> "I think it was Richie Blackmore who famously removed the middle pickups..."<br /> <br /> I thought I was copying Robbie Robertson then realised he moved the middle pup right up against the bridge pup. I bet that would make for some unique tones too.<br />



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Nov 13th, 2016 05:47 AM        

Richie Blackmoore of Deep Purple, Rainbow fame.... had all his strats wired this way. He had no use for the middle pick up



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Nov 13th, 2016 11:04 PM        

Mick,<br /> <br /> I've wanted to try the Robbie Robertson Strat set-up for quite a few years... you've just reminded me of that...



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Nov 13th, 2016 11:10 PM        

"I've wanted to try the Robbie Robertson Strat set-up for quite a few years..."<br /> <br /> Yeah, it piqued my curiosity too. I've got an old strat pickguard that I wouldn't be fussed about hacking up just for fun.<br /> <br /> We'll see...



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