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OT: jazz on tele's etc.
It's interesting how certain elements work together on specific
guitar models. A Tele can be a great jazz guitar with the treble
rolled off, a humbucker or P90 in the neck position certainly helps,
but heavy strings even more so. Put some 12 or 13 flatwounds on a
standard Strat and off you go!
I got that from a studio player friend of mine who is constantly
changing instrument's setups, putting nylon strings on older
Martin's, thin strings on a jazz box, heavy gauge stuff on a Strat
just to see what he comes up with. Quite a bit of setup work there
(also some cheaper guitars might start to go south under 13's these
days), but probably more rewarding that trying out your 12th variant
of a modded Tubescreamer clone.
On the other hand my luthier once as an experiment (no extra holes
drilled) put a Tele bridge on my 1960 Gibson Melody Maker (the single
cut LP shaped variant with P90's added) - and that small mahagony
swampthing suddenly started to put out some serious twang, amazing
difference. Too much twang for me, we put the Pigtail one-piece-
bridge back on...