I wanted to write to you and let you know how my Tele is with it’s new pickups, now it's a month or so on from having them fitted.
Headline reads: "Telecaster transformed into a unique and personal statement".
Now i knew there would be a difference and i expected it to be profound but not quite as profound as this. Overall the guitar (which was bright and sparkly to start with) has gained a sparkle and clarity it previously lacked. Forget actual tone for a minute, it's the sheer clarity and depth of the sound it makes now which shocked me and now i've played it on a couple of occasions in public (most recently the Knackered Jack Session in Walsall last weekend), the comments it gets from people is amazing, like it proves that it's not just me who can hear that Unique "Something" that it has. I am in no doubt that the posh rewire i had already had done by Jonathan, replacing all the std Fender pots switches and jack and including Jon's favourite Paper in Oil Cap, is helping these new pickups sound their best but that's really an aside point. The Sheer quality of what you've made is abundant and unavoidable to anyone listening. In terms of playing it, when you get it just right with both right and left hand and the sonic shudder you were looking for finally comes, the 'Reward' (for want of a better word) is massive for the player.
So, to talk about what they actually do. First the Bridge. Alligator P90.
It's known now as the 'Growl' Position. Close your eyes and it's just not a Telecaster you're hearing, it's a pissed Telecaster that's high on Crystal Meth and Heroin and still staggering round looking for something stronger !
I have a 280K Volume pot (Jonathan's Idea and works brilliantly). It has a more pronounced 'Hump' in Volume Gain and was fitted for me to clean up easier without losing too much volume so i can go from pissed angry animal to well behaved Choirboy and any amount of Wallop inbetween.
The build of the unit is so obviously hand made and it's a joy to see. All the very subtle small differences between that and a mass produced piece make an overall massive difference to what you see and feel. It even looks mean to start with having the screw pole pieces - it's instantly noticeable.