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27 Aug 2008
Posts: 18
PostPosted: 11/05/2008 at 1:11 PM    Post subject: Pickup Issues link

I recently purchased TB1000s #782 on ebay and love the guitar very much. However I've been having some problems with high pitch, microphonic feedback issues. I play my Laney Klipp usually on volumes around "8" and with this guitar it just has a high pitch squeal when im not playing. Also there the neck pickup has a higher output than the bridge pickup:which seems really thin. The bridge pickup has also sunk down to one side.

My questions are:

1.) I've heard that re-dipping the pickups in wax might help this out. Should I have my pickup's re-dipped in wax to fix the microphonic feedback issues? This guitar is a player not so much a mint collectors piece. If I am to do this, can you guys reccomend someone who is good at this?

2.) How do I go about adjusting the hight of the pickup to level it off again?

3.) Should I replace the electronics to help out the un-even output levels on bridge to neck pickups?

Any help is greatly appreaciated. I know these are rookie questions but I'd like some advice from the experts.


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06 Jan 2008
Posts: 250
PostPosted: 11/06/2008 at 11:31 AM    Post subject: RE:Pickup Issues link

I had a bridge pickup that was thin and weak also. When I took the pickup out of the guitar I found out it was a crappy dimarzio humbucker stuck inside the Travis Bean stainless cover. (obviously not factory original) Typically the neck pu is somewhat louder anyway due to the nature of the neck position, but a rewound Bean humbucker might be the best way to balance out the output, assuming the existing bridge pu is sick.

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27 Aug 2008
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PostPosted: 11/06/2008 at 1:48 PM    Post subject: RE:Pickup Issues link

So heres an update on my situation:

The neck pickup output is normal. The reason it sounds funny is because it is sunk into the guitar at one side and is not at the proper height.

As for re-potting the pickups goes, I noticed they are sealed in epoxy. Is that normal for Travis Beans?
How would you go about fixing the microphonic problem?

Or the worst case scenario, is there anyone that can make replica pickups?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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01 Feb 2008
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PostPosted: 11/07/2008 at 8:45 AM    Post subject: RE:Pickup Issues link

weird. the pickups are set height, fastened to the neck, I don't know how it one side could be sunk, unless it was shimmed up at some point.

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