This is a page full of tips and tricks to keep your Teye-guitar or bass in picco bello condition.


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1. Set-up:

Guitar-setup-1

Guitar-setup-2

Guitar-setup-3


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2. Cleaning

The wood and finish: use a micro-fiber cleaning cloth, this is sufficient. No need for waxes except maybe once a year. When using wax, make sure there is no silicone in the wax. Prevent the wax from seeping into the wood via screws.

The aluminum plates: we use coated plates, and a gentle wipe with micro-fiber cloth is sufficient. If you have an older guitar with un-coated plates, you need to clean it with microfiber cloth after every play. If you decide to deep-clean an un-coated plate with metal cleaner, you must be careful to not get the metal cleaner into the engraving grooves as it may dislodge the engravings blacking. How do you know if your plates are coated? Push a finger on the plate: if it leaves a fingerprint, it is an un-coated plate.

Anodized plates (black, gold, or copper) do not need any special care, just a wipe-down with micro-fiber cloth.

The fingerboard: with every string change, wipe some olive oil onto the entire fingerboard and let it sit for 5 minutes minimum. Wipe it off before installing new strings. This will not just clean, it will also nourish the wood, and when you ever need a fret job, the wood will splinter less from fret removal.


 

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3. Teye volume knob black rubber O-rings

These are simple #11 plumbing O-rings: you can find these at any hardware store, or on-line. When they become rotted, simply replace them with fresh ones. In metric, the size definition is: 1.78×13.3


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4. String rattle or buzz

First, please install a fresh set of strings! See if the rattle goes away.

Second, find out if the rattle or buzz comes from a loose screw or nut. Believe me, I’ve seen this.

Then, find out if the problem is fixed after a proper set-up (see above)

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Now, if the rattle is still there, zoom in: find out where the problem is. Does the rattle go away when you fret the offending string at the 1st fret? Then it is a nut problem and you need to take the guitar to a qualified repairman. If not, see if the rattle goes away when you fret at different positions. If the rattle is still there, it may be a bridge saddle rattle.

Bridge saddle rattle. If there is even the slightest rocking motion in a saddle when you move it sideways, you must remove the bridge and force the saddle back onto the bridge floor. To remove the bridge you need a 7/16″ (11mm) wrench and LOTS of care.

You place the bridge flat on an absolutely sturdy surface, like on a wooden table right above a table leg. Protect the table, using a piece of hard-wood. Use another piece of hard-wood of about 1/4″ wide (6.5 mm) and place it on the offending saddle, so that the piece of wood will push down that saddle only. Now hit the piece of wood fairly hard with a hammer a few times, forcing the saddle back onto the bridge floor. If all side-to-side rocking motion has been removed, re-install the bridge.

(Of course, if your guitar is under warranty, you can have us do all this for you)

The Teye-bridge is a precision part made of materials that are chosen for Tone. Like a finely tuned sports car, some touch-up maintenance will be required from time to time. Nothing to panic about, but it must be done in order to get full enjoyment from the instrument. Having said this, I’ve played Teye-guitars for many years without even touching them in maintenance, except the odd truss rod adjustment because I travel so much.


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5. The Teye-way of switching his humbucking pick-ups:

2-Humbucker guitars:

  • Switch position 5 (up) – Neck pick-up
  • 4 – Neck and Bridge pickup out-of-phase (the ‘Peter Green’ sound)
  • 3 (middle) – Neck and Bridge pickups normal
  • 2 – Bridge pickup plus tapped Neck pickup
  • 1 (down) – Bridge pickup

 

3-Humbucker guitars:

  • Switch position 5 (up) – Neck pick-up
  • 4 – Neck and Bridge pickup out-of-phase (the ‘Peter Green’ sound)
  • 3 (middle) – Neck and Bridge pickups normal
  • 2 – Bridge plus Middle pickup
  • 1 (down) – Bridge pickup
    +++Plus+++
  • position 2 with Bridge volume rolled to zero – Middle pickup alone
  • In between positions 2 and 3 – All three pickups

 

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