Dang it! I need a Tele pickup with balls!

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  1. serviviente7

    serviviente7 Supporting Member

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    I have 1974 Tele that i restored (yes the original color was long gone) that has a set of texas specials pickups. The neck pickup sounds fantastic, its clean but it also take od's pedals very nice. My problem is the bridge pickup. It sound too treblish, and just whimpy! I need a bridge pickup with balls...that will help me with my distortion sound. Please recommend me one. I would love a pickup that will sound like a humbucker. I would love to go with the sound of a pearly gates (in a strat) if there is such a thing for a tele. I need to make it right. Any suggestions? Thanks.
     
  2. DonM

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    Duncans Hot Rail if you can handle it? its a little 80's Metal meets Santana - but WHAT FUN !!!!!
     
  3. Steve73

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    That sounds like a dare...... :D
     
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    stephenT Silver Supporting Member

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    Budz pickups, exactly what you want.
     
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    hot rails are pretty wild! but not for everyone.
     
  6. G&L Player

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    Lollar Special - does the pissed off Tele tone really well
    Harmonic Designs Super 90 - P90 stuffed into a Tele bridge pup
    Joe Barden......cna be a little bright, but really powerful pup.
     
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    +1 on the Loller Special. Great pup. Phat tone!
     
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    wcr tele pup with 42 guage - woof:banana
     
  9. Blue4Now

    Blue4Now Gold Supporting Member

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    the Lollar GVCG ALnico 5 is the real deal balls to the wall but still with traditional tele sounds, tele pickup. But also, use a thicker bridge like one from a Highway 1 (which I have on my parts tele) and it will give you more balls.
     
  10. telemike

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    You might want to look at a SD Quarter Pounder. I have one that is the tapped version. I used a five-way switch so that I can get the full PU and then flip the switch and it sounds like a normal Tele bridge PU. The switch is set up like this with position one being down all of the way towards the bridge:
    1 - Full PU Bridge
    2 - Full PU w/ neck
    3 - Neck
    4 - Neck with tapped bridge
    5 - Tapped bridge
     
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    If you want to keep the transition simple, then maybe you should consider a Seymour Duncan "Little '59"... a small easy-swap Humbucker that will enhance the good looks of that Tele... Think "Hot Rails", but not as "hot"... More of a "classic" tone - WITH NO "NEON SIGN" 60-CYCLE BUZZ!!
     
  12. serviviente7

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    Well guys keep them coming! So far i think the Lollar Special might just be what I am looking for. I found this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STMzZWoywR4 video and that guy is using them. It sounds pretty good and i can tell that there is a lot more growl where that is coming from in case it's needed! My brother purchased the quarter pounder for his tele but he is building it and even though they are installed the guitar is not finish yet. As far as that duncans rails...hmm....they are not convincing me. Too 80's tone for me and kind of all over...might be over the top. I also found a youtube link of the Budz pickups i do not know much about those pickups. The search continues!
     
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    Bare Knuckle Brown Sugars ought to get you there
     
  14. DrumBob

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    You want balls? Buy a Les Paul.
     
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    If you want to maintain some of the Tele twang, then the Rio Grande Muy Grande set is a good choice. They are about as hot as you can get while still maintaining some Tele twang.

    If you don't mind giving up the twang and moving more towards the P90 camp, the Lindy Fralin SP43 set is excellent! I have Tele's with both sets. The Rio Grande is my favorite set, but the Fralin SP43 would be my choice if you wanted a heavier sound sound without making the transition to humbuckers.
     
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    rmconner80 Cantankerous Luddite Silver Supporting Member

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    +1

    You can add a high output pickup to a tele but you loose all the character, beef, twang, steel, and spit that give the Tele it's balls. You trade it for that generic, flat, midrange bump, and high, sterile output of a "high-DCR-pickup-stuck-into-a-Fender"

    My SD Antiquity flatpole Tele has a DCR of 6.8K but it's literally the loudest traditional tele pickup I've heard. Somehow. Which doesn't make much sense. Plenty of beef, but still not a Les Paul.
     
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    don mare graf airship?
     
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    SD Jerry Donahue.
     
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    That's the suggestion I was going to make.
     
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    +1 for the SD Little 59.

    I had one in my last tele and it was stellar.
     

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