NGD Fender Cabronita Build, Finally Finished! Thanks Agf!!!

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  1. Lamf77

    Lamf77 Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    First off all thanks to all the great forum members here who gave advice on everything from neck adjustment to tuner bushings to pickup wiring.
    What started out over a year ago, as a AllParts Telecaster Neck, has ended up my new Fender Cabronita...technically a partscaster.

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    Allparts neck, licensed Fender Body, Licensed Fender Parts (neck plate, strap buttons, input jack), Gotoh Tuners, custom made wiring harness (tone/volume knob), HipShot Bridge, and Crytal Clear Hand Wound Pickups from Madison Music (Reverb).
    I know for many this is 1st grade stuff...but was an ordeal for me! Input jack, ground wire, neck/bridge adjustment and most of all installing the pick guard on a "virgin" body....this has been a welcome and rewarding challenge.


    Anyway...the thing sounds great. I have had no experience with these type of pickups. In the clean channel they sound sweet. Clear, crisp with that nice Tele boom-twang. In the Gain channel, they still sound nice, but not as much as the clean. My ears are used to humbuckers playing dirty, so it may just take some adjustment.

    So thank again to all those who answered the previous thread today to help me complete this. And save a trip to the shop for a set up. Giordanos Pizza and beers on me (figuratively), if you're ever near zip 60516!

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    In that config, forget what they look like or the Gretsch guitars that they are known for, I think of the filtertrons on a Cab as a warmer thicker Telecaster sound.

    They can do dirt, but you may have to adjust the amp a little differently.
     
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    Lamf77 Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    I found that I needed to turn the volume on the guitar down a bit and adjust the tone. Most Cabs only have the volume, this one has a "double knob" with tone in the middle, volume on the outside. I notice the cleans sound great through the fender amp. More punch and smoother than a Tele. So manybe punch + smooth = warm?
    Thanks again for all your help in the other post.
     

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    Nice job! Looks perfect! My GAS for a Cabronita is building.
     
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    That is one classy lookin' guitar man!

    Job well done!
     
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    Tasteful selections sir. Looks awesome!!!!
     
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    love it! the hipshot just adds to the Class!
     
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    What you are hearing as smooth + punch is likely higher midrange output which means warmer to me (highs are not as strong on a relative basis). They are still way less midrangey than a Gibson style humbucker so rolling the volume back and the tone knob are cutting highs further and getting you a balance closer to what you are used to. You could achieve a similar effect with an eq pedal or tone controls on the amp.
     
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    Outstanding work! Welcome to the Cab Club!
     
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    Looks awesome, well done!
     
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    One thing I did not measure is the distance between the strings and the pickups. I just eyeballed it. I may have made an error thinking it should be simular to humbucker guitars. Do these need to be closer or farther than your typical humbucker or P90?

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    Nice work man! Just curious what is the radius on that neck. From the pic, to me, looks pretty round - 7.5?
     
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    Hmmm, I don't know. I never measure pickup height, I just strum and screw and go by ear.
     
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    Sounds like my drunken college days...thanks for the tip!
     
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    Agree with this strategy. Not that I won't stop trying, but I just haven't been able to 'hear' very well with my eyes.
     
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    I have tried using a db meter to "objectively" balance the output level with pickup height. Besides the sheer futility of trying to pick or strum evenly, it sounded like shit when done. Some things are just better done without scientific measurements and precision.
     
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    The drunken part explains your poor choice of football programs! :D
     
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    Or rather, we have the scientifically precise measuring tools contained within our physiology and don't always need the assistance of external measurement technology.
     
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    Not really a choice. Disliking SEC Football Factories and USC is (are?) a choice.
     

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