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    Jammin'John
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    I had to go with what I had,a soapbar. An 11 degree angle allowed the strings to line up with the poles on the pickup.
    If I had a longer pickup I would have gone with more angle.
    Clean up the lows,fatten the highs.

    JJ

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  • Jason Rodgers
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    Right you said that earlier... I guess I was scrolling too fast.

    So with that slanted neck pickup, is the idea to clean up the low strings? How much slant do you think is necessary to get a noticeable change in tone? Bass builder Jens Ritter slants his pickups a bit: just a tad on the bridge, and a little more on the neck, both tilting the bass side toward the bridge.
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    Last edited by Jason Rodgers; 05-10-2016, 04:40 AM.

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  • Jammin'John
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    Sound

    I made the thin strings fatter & the fat strings clearer & more percussive.

    JJ
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  • Jason Rodgers
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    Originally posted by Jammin'John View Post
    I want to put a compensated lefty ashtray on my guitar.
    I think I know what to do but correct me if I'm wrong.
    I have to remove the 3 saddles from their intonation adjusting screws and put them on backwards.
    I also have to place them in different places on the ashtray.
    High E where low E was etc.
    Am I close ? Right on the money ? Way off ?

    JJ
    Anything in particular you're trying to achieve by doing this?

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  • Richard
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    I like the look, after playing it for a year, it will have some nice patina and character.

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  • big_teee
    ToneOholic!

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    Getting a modern non ashtray lefty bridge with individual saddles, IMO was a good call.
    Also that type of bridge has the whole pickup a little farther toward the neck, which is a + IMO.
    Kind of the Jimi answer using Tele parts.
    Nice Ax, but for me I would need some gloss to relic, too dull for my taste.
    GL,
    T

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  • Leo_Gnardo
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    Originally posted by Jammin'John View Post
    The stain was soaking in unevenly so I said screw it,I'll hand sand it a bit and try and give it an old look without relicing it.
    That's just how it went with my grey 'barnboard' Guild. Sometimes when things aren't going to plan, it's best to back off and let the wood do what it wants. 40 years later the urethane clear coat has gone yellow a bit, just seems to enhance the aged look. Besides the fact, now it really has aged.

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  • Jammin'John
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    Thanks Leo.
    I'm diggin' this axe a lot. I'm going to take her out tonight,I have a country gig.
    She's 7 1/2 #'s of comfortable alder. I had the pups already and scrounged the Tele parts.
    Chunky neck with Jumbo frets,locking tuners.
    I had to drop the p90 a bit to balance the pups a bit and they sound great together & cancel the hum.
    The stain was soaking in unevenly so I said screw it,I'll hand sand it a bit and try and give it an old look without relicing it.

    JJ

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  • Leo_Gnardo
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    Good one JJ! Like the "weather worn" finish too. Late 70's I did much the same to one of my axes, with black stain for the barn board look.

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  • Jammin'John
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    Lefty

    I finished the guitar. The bridge made the trebles fatter & the bass percussive and clear.
    I like it a lot.
    Now,on to the next angle.

    JJ
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  • big_teee
    ToneOholic!

  • big_teee
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    You cock the saddle on the plate.
    I do it all the time setting up stock teles.
    write the ebay guy and ask him for a picture of a bridge saddle taken looking at the end of the saddle.
    Ask if the left saddle and right saddle are the same.
    That way you can tell if the saddle can be flipped over to reverse them?
    Ask someone that has that bridge plate to look at the saddle.
    Remove all the unknowns, divide and conquer!
    I'm done, Good Luck.
    T

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  • Jammin'John
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    It's not compensated.

    JJ

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  • big_teee
    ToneOholic!

  • big_teee
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    What about this regular bridge.
    LEFTY 3 Brass Saddle Tele Bridge Chrome - IN STOCK!
    I use regular saddles, and just cock the saddle on the plate, right or left.
    I've had good luck with that.
    T

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  • Jammin'John
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    I know it's the safer way but it's also a more expensive way.
    I'm diggin the Gotoh modern but it's pretty expensive.
    Warmoth has the best price but they will not say when they will be back in stock.
    Gotoh Standard Tele Bridge, Left Hand, Chrome

    JJ

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  • big_teee
    ToneOholic!

  • big_teee
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    It depends on how the stagger is on the bottom of the saddle.
    If it is the same as the top, then the stagger can not be changed.
    Just turning the saddle around does not change it.
    A safer bet would be to buy just the bridge plate, and then buy 3 right hand conpensated saddles.
    T
    ** The individual saddle bridge would work.

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