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Post subject: Humbucker to telecaster bridge pickup conversion ring
Posted: Fri Nov 29, 2019 10:58 am
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If I made a wood(maple) humbucker to telecaster bridge pickup conversion ring and put copper shielding tape on top or back of the wood conversion ring would that conversion ring have similar magnetic field changing properties as the telecaster bridge?


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Post subject: Re: Humbucker to telecaster bridge pickup conversion ring
Posted: Fri Nov 29, 2019 9:45 pm
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The Strat has a foil shield on the back of the pickguard and it does not mimic the Tele.
Conversely, most claim that the anodized aluminum pickguards used in the 60s has a big impact on the Strat tone.

The steel plate on the bottom of the bridge pickup, coupled with the bridge plate itself, combine to form the classic Tele tone. The thickness *and* material matter.

But even using a steel surround, a humbucker is going to lose than character anyways. Splitting the coil won't be the same, not to mention the coil position under the strings would not be the same.

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Post subject: Re: Humbucker to telecaster bridge pickup conversion ring
Posted: Sat Nov 30, 2019 10:42 am
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My reading of the opening post is that he has a Tele with a bridge humbucker and wants to convert to a normal Tele bridge pickup.

The classic Tele has a thin steel bridge plate with the pickup mounted to it. Steel spreads the magnetic field, and the plate directly transfers vibrations to the pickup. There are also inductive and capacitive effects.

Most Teles with bridge 'buckers have Strat-type hardtails with a separate mounting ring for the humbucker. So copper or aluminum shielding on a piece of wood filling the 'bucker ring won't give the same effect.

Some Tele's with bridge 'buckers have oversize bridgeplates with a humbucker cutout. But those are all thick brass, so again wouldn't be quite the same.
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Does any of this really matter? To a purist, yes.

But Fender and others have made Tele bridge pickups that don't have baseplates, but still sound like Teles.

American Standards have thick brass bridgeplates but still sound like Teles.

Shoehorning a Tele bridge pickup into a humbucker ring will give you most of the Tele bridge tone. Certainly closer than a humbucker.

You won't get the subtle nuances that make a '52RI sound a little different than an American Standard.

For that, probably best to replace the whole bridge with a vintage-design bridge but that opens a different can of worms -- the humbucker rout won't be fully covered, mounting screws are in different places.


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