Best Tele Pickup set for early Steve Cropper tone?

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  1. LowWatt

    LowWatt Member

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    I think the title says it all. Who makes the best Tele pickup set for Steve Cropper 60s soul tone?

    Also, is there a site anywhere that compares the tone of a bunch of Tele pickups like the Acme site for Strat pickups?
     
  2. straightblues

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    Don Mare makes a great one. I think he calls it Green Onions. I just nails that tone. I have one in one of my teles and I am very happy with it.
     
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    These Duncans have the best classic Tele sound I've heard in aftermarket pickups. They should give you what you want.
     
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    I think Cropper played an early 50s Tele, so any good set of 50s Tele re-issue pickups should do the trick. I'd say it's equally important to make sure your tele has an ash body if you really want to nail his tone.
     
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    DON MARE....He's The Man!

    Jason Lollar, is Too!

    either Cat makes em RIGHT
     
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    Another vote for Don Mare. The guy does amazing things with copper wire.
     
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    Str-1 in the neck and broadcaster in bridge, Duncan. You want even better? Antiquity
     
  8. playon

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    Cropper played early 60s Tele, Esquire and Strat in the studio, mostly a Tele, this is according to an interview from the mid 1960s. I've never seen a pic of him playing an early 50s Fender. A huge part of his sound was his tweed Fender Harvard amp. I'd get the pickups from Don Mare and then a rosewood board with steel saddles in the bridge. And then some funky little 5 or 10 watt amp cranked up a little bit. And maybe some heavier strings, I don't think he was using slinkys
     
  9. LowWatt

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    Great advice and you guys have me feeling good about getting there.

    Swamp Ash body tele = check
    small tweedy amp to crank to just before distortion = check
    heavy strings = check

    I'm working with a maple neck, but that is my personal preference. I don't need to be 100%, but Cropper is definitely the direction I want my Tele tone to lead to.
     
  10. LowWatt

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    Actually, JS Moore Custom Pickups is fairly close to me and his reputation and prices look phenomenal, I think I might give him a try. I just have to narrow down the ideal magnet, wire, and output for the sound I want.

    Can any of you guys point me in the right direction there?
     
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    For Cropper? get them wound from 6.8 to 7K ish...staggered polepieces. I'm not sure what mag an early 60s tele would have had, I would ask the guy making them.
     
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    Thought you might enjoy these so I reposted them. Search Cropper in the amp & cab section for some history behind the studio and Steve.

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    thanks for posting those studio layouts and pics!
    i saved them..
    the cropper tone is really something - we take it very-very serious here.
    cause we dig it!!!!!!!!!!!
    don mare
     
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    +1 on that.

    It's so cool to see how close together everyone was in the studio in those days. I hate being in isolation rooms & I hate wearing headphones.
     
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    Best digression ever! Thanks.

     
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    if you can persuade jim to make them for you
     
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