Chrome-top Tele pickups that don't sound like mud

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  1. jpervin

    jpervin Member

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    Anybody know of any Tele neck pickups with the chrome/nickel cover that don't sound muddy and lifeless?

    A less expensive one would be a big +, as well.
     
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    For a very reasonably priced alternative, the Dimarzio Twang King neck pickup is one of the better sounding chrome covered tele neck pickup that I've tried.

    If you can use a strat sized pickup, Duncan's lipstick tube looks pretty close to a traditional tele neck pickup and is bright and crisp. It's just slightly bigger.
     
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    I thought Fralin Tele neck pickups didn't come with the chrome cover...or maybe I'm thinking of Rio Grande.
     
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    Hmmmmm....

    I'll look into those. Thanks.
     
  5. Jon Silberman

    Jon Silberman 10Q Jerry & Dickey Gold Supporting Member

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    You may be thinking of Harmonic Design - here's my Tele with a Vintage Plus neck PUP (great tone; sharp Esquirey look):

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  6. Crazyquilt

    Crazyquilt Guitar Dad Silver Supporting Member

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    The Vintage do; Blues Special & the other higher output Fralins do not come with a cover.

    I really like my Fralin Vintage neck. I actually wind up playing it more than the bridge.
     
  7. r9player

    r9player Silver Supporting Member

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    Lollars, Kinmans both are awesome to me .. price that is a different issue.
     
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    stephenT Silver Supporting Member

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    Not cheap but the best i've used are Hamel's, his Tall Neck.
     
  9. Jon Silberman

    Jon Silberman 10Q Jerry & Dickey Gold Supporting Member

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    I might as well add - this from personal experience: forget "cheap." Get the right PUP for your needs the first time if you can regardless of price. You what truly ain't cheap: burning through 6 cheap PUPs before you break down and buy the expensive best fit you should have ordered at the outset.
     
  10. r9player

    r9player Silver Supporting Member

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    I'm with you Jon +1
     
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    I had Wolfe McCloud wind me one that sounds real nice, no mush at all.
     
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    I've tried many, and the best I've heard are GVCG/Lollar staggered alnico III's. Pricey, tho, and they come relic'd.
     
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    Owen Duffy made me a nice set. I asked for a SRV tone in the neck and Buchanan in the brige and he did a great job. The neck is uncovered though but the tone is exceptional.

    I replaced the Nocaster neck with the OC Duff pickup. In comparison, the Nocaster was much less dynamic. A good pickup in its own right but not nearly as expressive as the OC Duff pickup.

    Mike
     
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    illinimax Gold Supporting Member

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    Aside from many of the boutique pups mentioned, check out the Texas Tele specials from Fender. Great value, no mud.
     
  15. wgs1230

    wgs1230 Fully Intonatable Silver Supporting Member

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    The Duncan Antiquity II 60s Tele neck stands up to any neck pickup I've heard from the Fender CS in terms of clarity and cut.
     
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    I like the standard "American Series" Fender Tele neck pup pretty well. Combined with the "no-load" tone pot feature, it is possible to get a pretty good Tele neck pup sound. I have the standard Fralin neck pup on another tele. Good Pup but I don't think it has the clarity of the American Series. Of course the guitar differences (American Series - thinline tele, Fralin - solid body) may be part of the difference.

    hunter
     
  17. Crazyquilt

    Crazyquilt Guitar Dad Silver Supporting Member

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    Perhaps in comparison to Fender's offerings, but in comparison to my Fralin Vintage equipped Tele, it's a blunt, heavy object. I just got a Tele that came with AntII's, and I'm trying to fiddle with them to get them to a place I like them, but it's not happening.

    I'm trying to get ahold of Peter Florance (which seems to be a challenging task...) as I'd really like to try a set of his 60s pickups, or I'll just knuckle down & get GVCG/Lollars, if they're are any available.
     
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    On the lower cost end, the Dimarzio Twang King is hard to beat. Not so much traditional tele neck tones, but a nice mix of tele/strat/min hum tones. The VV neck ( although no cover ) is a good un also. The Duncan Antiquity is very nice although a bit more up the price ladder. I had a Fernandes neck pickup from a TE-2 ( their 62 custom copy ) that was as good as anything I've heard. A real surprise. Don't know if they are all that good of this one was a freak!

    On the botique, the Lollars are fantastic. As are ElectroKraft/Stephens/Wolfe/et al.
     
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    What type of Tele do you have? On my custom shop I changed the
    wiring to the "non vintage" option and...BANG...no mud!!:D
     
  20. wgs1230

    wgs1230 Fully Intonatable Silver Supporting Member

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    Are the pot & cap values the same between those two pieces? B/c I wouldn't describe any one of the 3 sets of Fralin Tele pickups I've tried as being particularly bright with the standard 250K/.05mfd array.
     

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