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 Post subject: Jazz Tone on a Solid Body Tele
PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2013 9:07 am 
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Ok so I went to New Orleans and I saw Teles on nearly every stage playing jazz. Not semi-hollow bodies either. Hard bodies.

How does one get that smooth jazz tone on a Tele? Basically roll off all of the treble and make it a little bass and mid heavy?

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 Post subject: Re: Jazz Tone on a Solid Body Tele
PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2013 5:49 pm 
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Neck pickup.

Tone rolled back some, or all, depending on taste.

Clean amp - tube or solid state.

Picking/strumming near the neck instead of back by the bridge pickup.

Most importantly: the ability to play jazz. Music theory, genre-appropriate licks, complex chords, knowing "standards", being able to read charts (Real Book, for example), etc.

The theory is the tough part, at least to guys like me who play 3- and 4-chord rock/country/blues stuff.


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 Post subject: Re: Jazz Tone on a Solid Body Tele
PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2013 6:39 pm 
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In 2007 I made myself an Andy Summers like Telecaster and get some really nice Jazz tones. Here are the specs:
Tele Neck
Bound Tele body
SD Jazz hum bucker (that has been coil tapped)
Fender CS Broadcaster bridge pickup
5 way switch
After Burner Volume boost circruit
Mid-range scoops pot (I'm not sure what this thing is actully called, but what it does is remove the mid-range and act like a regular tone knob). At low volume and using the Afterburner I can get very clean, almost acusticlike tone.

I hope this helps.


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 Post subject: Re: Jazz Tone on a Solid Body Tele
PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2013 8:51 pm 
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If you have the vintage type saddle, putting on the "ash tray" cover can help get your hand resting closer to the neck pickup. But most of the Jazz tele players actually use the standard type neck pickup


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 Post subject: Re: Jazz Tone on a Solid Body Tele
PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2013 4:27 am 
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Start with these below, adapt to your own style of play, amp etc. and experiment.
A youtube search "telecaster jazz tone" brings up a lot of videos...
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The key to getting a jazz sound on a telecaster is cutting down the high's a little and boosting the lows on the amp, while having the tone knob on the guitar halfway and the volume all the way up.



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 Post subject: Re: Jazz Tone on a Solid Body Tele
PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 12:47 pm 
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Here is a version I did:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2W6FIaL5Yc

And I don't use any humbuckers either.

How ?
1) Deluxe Reverb amp
2) Alinico 2 pickups -- seymour duncan.
3) Soft playing with the fingers on chords. If you must use a pick use a HEAVY one and play softly.

I don't roll down the tone.

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 Post subject: Re: Jazz Tone on a Solid Body Tele
PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2013 10:11 am 
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Is there anything that "can't" be played on a Tele with the proper technique? :wink:


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 Post subject: Re: Jazz Tone on a Solid Body Tele
PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2013 1:01 pm 
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flatwound strings makes a good job on a tele :!:


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 Post subject: Re: Jazz Tone on a Solid Body Tele
PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2013 2:58 pm 
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As Cajunblues stated .The SD Alnico II is s great jazz neck pickup ,also for blues .i havnt tried the bridge version .
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 Post subject: Re: Jazz Tone on a Solid Body Tele
PostPosted: Tue Feb 11, 2014 11:38 am 
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Great Jazz tone can easily be had out of a Telecaster. I have two, a blonde 52 RI (with a chambered Ash body and maple neck) that has the Nocaster pickups and a second alder body tele with the Fender Texas Special Pickups and a rosewood fingerboard. The 52 I originally had the blend pot wiring (one volume knob and the second a blend pot to dial in both pickups). I have heard many people getting good results from this, I never could so I went back to the stock wiring and it is incredible sounding. Roll the tone off (I usually keep it somewhere between 5 and 6.5), back a bit off the volume and you'll get the idea. The Texas Special's I never really considered a Jazzy pickup until I messed around with it one day and they are a superior tele pickup in almost every way. The neck pickup is so clean and articulate with great bass response. I play mostly through a Princeton Reverb (an incredibly clean amp), usually dialing in the bass somewhere between 8-10 and the treble as needed for the space (somewhere between 4-7) with just a touch of reverb (2, maybe 3). The other wild card is the pickup height of the neck. Start with the factory specs and then play around with the height, and this is a good exercise, bring them way up close and then back off to see what the changes will do. The other wild card are the strings and pick. Flatwounds I think are great on telecasters, they mellow the tone out nicely, or some of the half rounds are okay too. I usually play with both pick and fingers, the Dunlop Jazz IIIs are my pick of choice. I've seen a lot of guys try them and throw them out, but give them a chance, if you are playing with a really light guage pick you are going to have to adjust your playing style a bit, but the tone you ultimately get is worth it.


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 Post subject: Re: Jazz Tone on a Solid Body Tele
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Ask this guy... http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v305/ ... 466d3a.jpg


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 Post subject: Re: Jazz Tone on a Solid Body Tele
PostPosted: Sat Feb 15, 2014 6:53 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Jazz Tone on a Solid Body Tele
PostPosted: Sun Feb 23, 2014 9:16 pm 
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Jmattis thank you for the response posted! I looked at the video, adjusted my Vox amp to clean with the settings reccomended in the video and my Black Paisley Tele sounds jazzier than the Ibanez AF 75 ... which is now for sale!! 8)

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 Post subject: Re: Jazz Tone on a Solid Body Tele
PostPosted: Mon Feb 24, 2014 7:27 am 
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Thumbs up, Bogiedr, glad if I was any help.

(Vox&Paisley, now that's a nice cocktail...)


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