TriplePlay Tele Installation
A customer sent a really clever Tele installation. Tele owners putting on a TriplePlay pickup may notice the product doesn’t fit really easily on these types of bridges. The pickup mount sticks to part of the bridge and the rest floats out in space over the edge. Worse yet, there is a tendency to put your palm right on the pickup levering off the part that is actually sticking to the instrument. The method here is to cut and use two different height pickup mounts, the thin one for the bridge itself, and the thicker portion to go on the guitar. The installer figured out where the pickup mounted, and then made a mark on the pickup mount where it needed to cut short of the edge of the bridge. They then cut the other side of the pickup from the thicker mounting bracket, using the first cut as a template.
Now, stick the thinner mount to the bridge hardware where you’ve measured it will go. Slide the thick portion of the mount onto the pickup itself and remove its adhesive. This, I thought, is the cleverest part: slide the pickup into the thin bracket portion on the bridge so it is in the correct position, with the pickup and its thick bracket portion, hanging off the side of the bridge and slightly off the top of the guitar. Then, using our pickup height adjustment tool, use that adjustment to lower the thicker bracket portion to the body of the guitar until it touches. Once it touches, you can press down on the pickup to make sure the thicker side is stuck. Then, carefully slide the pickup out of its mounts (you can kind of hold the pickup mounting bracket (especially the thicker portion) to the guitar to keep it from sliding around as you take the pickup off the guitar). Now, with the pickup removed, but the brackets in place, burnish and set the pickup brackets so they are secure. I tried this on my own tele and it worked like a charm (although I did end up reinforcing the mounting sticky stuff on the short portion to something more substantial). All props to Jeff Donaldson who wrote in with the suggestion. Anybody with other suggestions or tips should feel free to drop an email to us through our website: Email Fishman TriplePlay Support.