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If you’ve navigated here, then you probably have questions. I’ll try my best to give you answers.

I think this page will be especially beneficial to beginning guitars players. Congratulations to those who are just starting to play or thinking about getting started!

Playing the guitar or any instrument is one of the best things you can do to improve the quality and happiness of your life and others around you.

I started playing the electric guitar when I was in middle school and never looked back. It changed my life for the better and added joy to every day. Over forty years later, here I am, and I still can’t get enough guitar time!

Here’s How “Ask Me Anything” Works

Please leave your question in the appropriate area on this site so that everyone can benefit from it. I will not respond to spam, marketing & sales pitches, or anything not musically related. This page is here strictly to help the intellectual and curious. We are all students and lifetime learners of the guitar.

If your question sparks general interest among others in the comments, then it will be my pleasure to attempt to publish an entire article about it in the future.

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Questions In Private Messages

If you have a guitar-related question that you would like to ask me in private, then you can send me an email at Frank10@MyGuitarLair.com (remove the number 10 to show that you’re not a robot). If I can help you, then I will email you back a response as soon as possible. Please post your question in one of the above two areas, unless it is absolutely a private correspondence.

Thanks & Keep On Playing!

Frank

6 thoughts on “Ask Me Anything!”

  1. I’m thinking about buying a Fender Deluxe Nashville Power Tele but, I’ve been told…when the battery dies…Nothing works, not even the Magnetic Pickups. Is there any way to just separate the Fishman pick-up from the other pickups? I’m not sure but, I believe it’s hooked up like that so you can combine all of them but I don’t see any use for it. I want the acoustic sound when I want the acoustic sound, and the electric sound when I want the electric sound. I don’t need to combine the electric and the acoustic. May I can have a toggle switch or push-pull pot, installed to totally cut the circuit off to the Fishman battery power and all…until I need the acoustic sound. Maybe that way, it wouldn’t drain the battery so fast and if it did…you would still be able to use the other pickups.

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    • Hi, Allen

      Thank You for your question!

      Yes, all the pickups on the Fender Deluxe Nashville Power Tele (the three magnetic pickups plus the piezo pickups under each bridge saddle) are wired to be active.

      There is some conjecture as to whether the made-in-America version is different from the made-in-Mexico version, but I couldn’t find any definitive info clarifying this on the Internet, and I doubt that’s really the case. I put in a ticket with Fender support, and I’ll certainly clarify this if they get back to me.

      It’s hard to know exactly how long the 9-volt battery will last. It depends on how much you play, what quality battery you install, and if you unplug the cable from your guitar when you’re not playing it. Some players have said it lasts up to 1 year and others indicated it goes dead after several gigs.

      Anyway, there have been instances where DNPT owners have bypassed the piezos with varying results. I found this workaround from TDPRI, but unfortunately, the two links for the schematic diagrams lead to non-functional pages.
      https://www.tdpri.com/threads/wiring-tips-bypassing-the-deluxe-nashville-power-tele-piezo.186289/

      Here is a link for a pdf to a schematic for the guitar’s control assembly:
      https://usermanual.wiki/Fender/01350005002ASISD.458240307.pdf

      If you buy this guitar, my advice is that you carry a few extra batteries and a screwdriver in your case, and a backup guitar, if you have one. Fender put the battery compartment on the back of the Tele so it can be replaced quickly by removing the screws. I would not recommend you modify the circuit since it has the potential to add noise to your output signal, and if you don’t do it correctly, you could permanently damage the guitar.

      Let me know how you make out.

      This is an awesome axe, and it’s not easy to find one in good condition. Grab it while you can but make sure the piezos are in good working order. Sometimes a buildup of hand sweat and grime can affect their sound quality.

      Please come back and visit my website again!
      Frank 🎸

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  2. Wow…Thanks a lot, guy, you are on it. People like you are one in a million. There are people online, who would charge quite a bit, for their knowledge and info on things like this. I and I’m guessing…quite a few others, really appreciate that you don’t charge. You are Awesome, and I believe, this info is really gonna come in handy, and Yes…I will definitely, be joining your email list to get my free 54-page eBook! I understand, there may be a cost for shipping and handling but, as long as it’s not too much, It’s cool.

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    • Hi Allen

      I’m thrilled that you found the information helpful!

      Regarding the free ebook, there’s NO cost for shipping and handling. It’s completely FREE!

      You don’t have to wait for it to arrive in the mail.

      Just enter your name and email address and then download it to your computer, tablet, or smartphone. 😎

      Here’s the link:
      https://myguitarlair.com/free-playing-tips-ebook/

      Let me know if you need anything else!
      Frank 🎸

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  3. On ‘Hedy Lamarr’ is it purelyJeff’s Trem action which makes the violin type sound which IMMEDIATELY brings to mind other Guitarists like Walter Trout, Davey Johnstone on Elton’s ‘funeral for a friend’ opening? love that sound so much.it makes you never wanting to tune off when listening to such a beautiful harmonic sound

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    • Hi, Ricky

      Thank You for your question!

      I just listened to “This Is A Song For Miss Hedy Lamarr” again, and here’s my guess.

      In the song’s opening, it sounds like Jeff may be using a tremolo or a tremolo setting on an amp, but he could be doing it with the volume knob on his guitar or with a volume pedal.

      The ‘violin type’ sounds appear to be Jeff using his whammy bar and guitar volume control simultaneously. Jeff is an absolute master of this technique!

      If I can find more info, I’ll add it here and send you an email.

      Frank 🎸

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