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From: seymourw–(at)– (SeymourwD)
Subject: Re: Can you make Strat sound like Tele?
Date: 17 Oct 1994 17:45:02 -0400
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In article , da–(at)– (David Morning)

The Telecaster has a ferrous bottom or elevator plate which is copper
plated to keep it from rusting and ease in soldering the beginning wire of
the pickup to ground. The bridge plate is also steel and surrounds the
pickup and pulls the magnetic field from the pickup out further from the
pickup. The bottom plate pushes the magnetic field up towards the
strings. The magnet is in the pickup to magnetize the strings which move
within the magnetic field and generate an alternating current to the
amplifier. I have made similar pickups for the Stratocaster for players
like Jerry Donahue and Jeff Beck. We made special plates for the Strat
pickup to simulate the field of a Telecaster. The angle of the Telecaster
pickup is different from the Strat too. The bridge plate and bridge
saddles help contribute the tone of a Telecaster. Good luck.. SWD


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