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July 09, 2007

Wiring of Telecaster done

I finally got my Squier Telecaster back from the guitar repair shop. I had handed it in because I couldn't get rid of a nasty humming problem myself.

The guitar has DiMarzio Virtual T pickups, and these are great sounding noiseless pickups. Well, for me they used to be noiseless... lately my guitar had developed a crazy hum and I tried to fix it myself by re-soldering everything, to no avail.

The guy at AXE music in Edmonton however, made my day. He rewired everything from scratch, and I took it directly to a gig here in Camrose last Friday night.

The Telecaster was back in its old form, no noise or hum and just good tone. This was the first time I've played my Fender Deluxe Players Strat at a live gig. I alternated between the Fender and the Squier Tele. I was surprised at how much better the Fender sounded through my Hellhound tube amp. I've always loved the Virtual T pickups, but the Fender clearly had a better tone tonight.

This could partly be because of old strings on the Tele, but I have to admit the Fender is a better guitar overall. It should be of course, since it's twice the money.

In the end, I am happy with both guitars, and I am glad I got my Tele fixed, even though it cost me an hour of shop time. I'd gladly pay that anytime to get something taken care of that I have trouble with myself.

Next project will be to install a Squier '51 neck on my SX Strat copy!

By Robert Renman - www.dolphinstreet.com

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Posted by Robert Renman on July 09, 2007

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