Best hum canceling pickups for a tele

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  1. iamthearm

    iamthearm Member

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    I run into lots of noise problems on the road and am looking to replace the stock pickups in my 1980 Telecaster with something hum canceling without loosing the tele vibe. Fralin split blades are the only ones i've found that seem to be what I'm looking for. Any other suggestions?
     
  2. zeffbeff

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    As a soon to be fellow Tele owner, I'm already looking into this issue.

    Right now, I'm leaning towards Lace Sensors. DiMarzio also has some nice options. Seymour Duncan seems to make noiseless Tele pickups which don't even try to sound like Tele pickups, so I've ruled them out.
     
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    Lace Sensor / Fender Noiseless are excellent choices.... and no need for batteries.
     
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    Kinmans, DiMarzio Area T
     
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    The new N4 noiseless pickups used in the American Elite series guitars are IMHO the most classic-sounding noiseless from Fender to date. I don't know if they are sold separately yet.

    Fishmans Fluence for tele (Greg Koch Gristle-Tone signature pickups) are not bad either. They are active with a battery that require occasional charging though.
     
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    Barden Modern T set makes my ears very happy, even through cheap little amps.
    Totally Tele, but somehow better.
     
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    I'm still really in love with Fender's Vintage Noiseless.
    I haven't tried the N4 and the N3 was close enough for me to keep in the parts drawer for a future build.
    But there's something about the Vintage that has the right amount of spank and snarl.
    I wasn't expecting to like it as much as I do.
     
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    My Fender Samarium Cobalt bridge is great.
    Neck, the D is a little weaker than other strings tho

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    I haven't owned or heard anything better than the Bardens.
     
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    Those look interesting.....
    How do you switch between the two voicings? Via push-pull pots?
    Also will they run on a regular 9v battery?

    What other Tele pickups can you compare them to, in your experience?

    Very interested in your (and others) opinion of them versus other Tele pickups you've personally had experience with....not noiseless pickups, just Tele pickups in general.
     
  13. Sarutobi sasuke

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    just put an evh frankenstien in the bridge position. it will rock so hard, you won't care about anything else.
     
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    Dimarzio Areas have worked well for me.
     
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    I'm looking at the Dimarzio Area T neck and 615 bridge to replace my Duncan Alnico II and Jerry Donahue set. Love the sound, hate the hum, but don't want to compromise.
     
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    About the same price as the average set of pups this turned all of my pick ups into noiseless.

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    Tried Kinmans, DiMarzios, Bardens, the DiMarzios worked the best for me and sounded like a Tele should sound and respond, just sans the noise.
     
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    I've used a Duncan Tele Hot Stack for 25 years wired series/parallel. It sounds very vintage Telecaster in the bridge position. I use that with a Strat Vintage Stack in the middle and an original '64 Gibson firebird pickup in the neck position. I can get almost any sound out of that guitar, with zero hum.
     
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    Dimarzio Area T's are the best I've tried, and that includes most of the above
     
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    I put Kinman Broadcasters in a cheap old Tele and it transformed the guitar. Very happy with them.
     
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