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    Quote Originally Posted by spellcaster View Post
    I tried playing it a couple of days ago, but there's a nasty buzz when I play the open low E. I can tell it's in the bridge or saddle but haven't narrowed it down yet....
    Hopefully that will be easy to isolate- It can really only be one of two things

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    I kinda got sidetracked this past weekend, what with the forum stuff and all. I need to get back to the Strat, which has been stalled for a few days. Meantime, my parcel of guitar parts arrived in today's mail, so I've got the goodies to build a new control plate for the Tele Thinline. Time to fire up the stove-top
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    Time for some down home cookin'!

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    I'm planning on building the new Thinline harness this weekend. I've been kicking around the idea of converting the tone pot into something else. I have a Bill Lawrence Q-Filter that I bought with the unfinished offset in mind, but I think I'll use it on the Thinline with a Fender 250K no-load pot. I've been talking with some guys over on the Rickenbacker forum and I think the Q-Filter will work out well with the Toaster pickups.
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    I've been listening to online demos of the Q-Filter. It certainly makes a difference with single coil pickups, but I'm particularly impressed with how much more refined and articulate humbuckers sound with the Q-Filter. Just for fun, here's a demo. The guy's not an accomplished player and the guitar is horribly out of tune, but this gives a good idea of what to expect.....

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    How much do those Q filters go for, SC?

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    Quote Originally Posted by die Bullen View Post
    How much do those Q filters go for, SC?
    I think they're about 30.00.
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    I spent several hours building a fresh control panel for the Tele. I went back to the flamed Custom Shop Parts plate, added the DiMarzio special taper volume pot, and the Fender no-load pot for the Lawrence Q-Filter. It's frustrating to me that this should be so simple, but because my eyes are so bad, it took hours.....It's like soldering by braille.

    Anyway, got it all together and heaved a sigh of relief that the guitar's finally done. That's when I discovered that the guitar seemed dead when I tested it. I spent lots of time chasing my tail before I finally realized that the patchcord was bad. Tested with a different cable, and it works. I'm busy trying to resolder the original cable back together.

    The guitar sounds pretty good, although not all that I hoped. There's less top end than I expected, and the effect of the Q Filter is more subtle than my expectations. Overall though, the Tele's more playable than it's ever been, given the better Sperzel tuners, and also the new three way Oak-Grigsby switch which has finally let me hear the Ric Toasters playing in parallel.

    At some point in the future, I might decide to upgrade to a four-way switch. I generally find the sound of humbuckers too thick and lacking clarity, but after hearing how the Q Filter demos made buckers come alive, I might be interested in trying it again.

    I might take the rest of this weekend to relax, but I'll get back to the red Strat by next weekend.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spellcaster View Post
    I spent lots of time chasing my tail before I finally realized that the patchcord was bad.
    Don't you hate when stupid things like that happens? I thought I has a bad preamp tube on a job once and realized it was the stupid cable failing

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