Initial Thoughts about Troubled Tele's pickups

Nick Ellingworth

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After a few months I've finally got round to installing the pickup that Troubled Tele wound for me in my lapsteel. The original pickup was a generic piece of chinese rubbish, so it was noisy, tinny and generally awful. With TT's pickup in the guitar it's been transformed the sound is clear and warm (for a strat style single coil), with a bit of reverb it absolutely nails the bluesy tone I was after. It also responds really well to my ebow.

I intend to record a sample in the next couple of days, I want to find the right amp settings and get the new strings played in a little bit.

 

Nick Ellingworth

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Well I promised a clip and here it is, I didn't attempt anything flashy, just a basic bluesy improv complete with dodgy timing and multiple mistakes. :icon_biggrin:
 

jimh

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Hey Nick.
Love the sound of that clip.  Proper old school vibe going on.  It'd sound great with a bit of tremolo for that throbbing spaghetti western sound.

Tell me more about the lapsteel.  I've been tempted by one or ages, but never really know where to start.  I know Duesenberg make one which is supposed to be good, but I cant really afford it at the moment.

 

Nick Ellingworth

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My lapsteel is one of the simple Harley Benton things made in china (or somewhere in the far east atleast) for the German webstore Thomann.de, I think I paid something like £65 for it (current price is £70). So as I said in the first post it's stock electrics really were poor, however replacing them with decent things was a little stressful as I had to widen the rout slightly to take CTS pots and original pickup was slightly smaller than a regular strat pickup so I had to modify the metal pickguard too, which I discovered upon installing the pickup is a little crooked, that limits the maximum height of the pickup a little so the guitar is fairly quiet.

Worth doing all the work though as I really like the sound and after I posted the clip I discovered that Syd Barrett style weird slide routines sound even better than the bluesy stuff, although I don't have the skill on a lapsteel yet to be able to play them well.
 

neuftone

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Side comment...honestly the thought of using my Ebow on my lap steel had never occurred to me!  What a great application!  Thanks, for that bit of inspiration, at least!
 
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