Fatter bridge pickup for Tele?

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  1. mims2

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    I have did a lot of research but am still looking for a good bridge pickup for my Tele. I want something that is fat with good bass and sounds great clean and overdriven. I don't want single spaced humbuckers. Tried a Quarter Pounder for Tele and it just wasn't me. Tried SD Jerry Donahue but not fat enough for me. Seriously thinking about trying a Rio Grande Muy Grande but have read mixed reviews. Any thing I should look in to?
     
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    Bare Knuckle Piledriver
     
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    The Piledriver and Muy Grande have really interested me. Is there anything else out there similar?
     
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    How's about the Don Mare 038?

    Broadcaster fatness abounds.
     
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    I'd call Lindy Fralin. He'll wind something to your specs, and he's especially good at zeroing in on what combination to use (winds, magnets, etc.).
     
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    Jason Lollar specials or Peter Florance VooDoo specials.:warning
     
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    I've got a texas special tele in my thinline & its super loud & fat... almost P90-ish but still retains snap & shimmer. Wound up around 11k & change. Matches great with a duncan jazz in the neck slot & the 4-way switch.
     
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    Muy Grande kills!
     
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    Just out of curiosity, are the TV Jones pickups very fat sounding?
     
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    Fender Nocaster with tone knob rolled down a bit
     
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    OH MAN, that's absolutely tremendous. Care to share more? Drop me a PM if you don't want to brag publicly. :beer


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    Love the Rio Grande Half-Breeds. Always wanted to try that Stelly p'up. I just put a Seymour Duncan SSL-6 in my strat's bridge position. Really nice p'up for cheap. I wonder if they make a similar p'up for teles.
     
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    What did you not like about the Quarter Pounder? I've put QPs in three different Teles, and always liked the results. Definitely fat. Pretty much the same sound as a P-90.
     
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    What about a Broadcaster pickup?
     
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    I have always thought of broadcaster pickups as being thin and weak. Am I wrong about this?
     
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    That's my question - if you have a decent Tele pickup in a decent Tele, rolling the guitar's Tone down to about 4-5 and the Volume down to about 8.5 to 9 should thicken things up perfectly. That's the whole point to a good Tele - you get great, musical tones by dialing them in. As has been said on TGP - ya gotta operate a Tele...

    I have an ash Tele with a Jerry Donahue that I do this with and get great thick tones...not Les Paul-ish because there isn't as much mid compression, but definitely in that ballpark...

    Do you tweak the knobs on your Tele?
     
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    Yes I work the tone knob. Maybe it's the volume decrease from humbuckers that I don't like. I feel like I have to really dig in to get the tones out there. I guess I want more gain and volume without goin to humbuckers.
     

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