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Good Tele Bridge Pickup

Weathered

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I'm going to be putting together an Esquire-styled Tele in the coming weeks/months, and I was hoping to get some advice about a good pickup.

The guitar in question is to be an ash body, maple neck/maple board, either a Callaham or Wilkinson 3 saddle bridge.

I'm looking for something that's going to growl through my AC30 - this is built for rock and roll, and not much else. I've read much about the Nocaster pickups - anything else someone would recommend? I'm hoping to get close to a P-90 styled midrange growl.
 

Miles

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Well, it will have some high end roll off, but I always liked the sound of SD Quarter Pound Bridge pup. P-90s really have a sound their own but you will be sure to get a lot of midrange growl with a sweet moderate/high output single coil in a tele bridge through your AC30. AC30 circuits love teles.

If I were building an esquire-ish guitar, I would get either a SD Hot for Tele or a Fralin Bridge pickup.
 

mainsale

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The Fralin Blues Special is probably my favorite Tele bridge pickup. It is Phat sounding but not too hot to lose that all important Tele "twang".
 

cameron

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For nigh-P90-ish growl you probably can't beat the Harmonic Design Super 90.

I have the Super 90 as the bridge pickup on two of my guitars. One of them is an Esquire-style thing. It's not a traditional Tele pickup, but it sounds really good. And the individually adjustable pole pieces are a nice bonus.
 

Weathered

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For nigh-P90-ish growl you probably can't beat the Harmonic Design Super 90.

I have the Super 90 as the bridge pickup on two of my guitars. One of them is an Esquire-style thing. It's not a traditional Tele pickup, but it sounds really good. And the individually adjustable pole pieces are a nice bonus.
I've basically decided to go with the Super-90. I figure I can always build more Teles to try out other pickups. ;)
 

shallbe

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I've basically decided to go with the Super-90. I figure I can always build more Teles to try out other pickups. ;)
I have the HD Super 90 in my Suhr Esquire. It is fantastic.

However, DON'T overlook the Dimarzio Virtual Vintage Hot T. I just put one of these in my ash/maple Suhr Tele and it is flat out AMAZING. I mean really amazing. It is loud, big, dynamic AND noiseless. From a boutique-leaning guy like myself, I'm very impressed. It is louder than the HD Super 90, and easily keeps up with the full sized humbucker in the neck of the guitar. In fact, I had to raise the neck bucker to compete with its output. Add to all this the fact that it does not sound overwound and has Alnico 2 magnets---gravy.
 

DANOCASTER

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Fred Stuart Lapwrap - it's hot, almost P-90ish, but still retains SOME tele

A 1/4 pounder is muddy.. you dont want that
 

joesnewmatch

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I have a "stock" Fralin bridge pu in my '52RI Tele and it always makes me smile.
 

chris77

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I am a tele lover but in NO way a tele purest...I love the Rio Grande Dirty Harry I put in one of mine. Lots of balls and bark!
 




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