Opinions on the best hot bridge tele pickup

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  1. therigaletto

    therigaletto Member

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    Lets hear it. Whats the best hot single coil tele pickup in the bridge position?
     
  2. Falstaff

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    It's not *that* hot, but the Voodoo 60's is a great, great take on a hotter, yet vintage sounding pickup.

    The Duncan BG1400 (Pearly Gates for Tele) is a different animal and is great too, but it is not a twanger.
     
  3. John Bell

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    Suhr Broadcaster bridge is the best I've found with the Fralin steel pole as runner up. Duncan hot or quarter pounders work well and the Rio Grande Muy Grande. My vote still goes to the Suhr pickup.
     
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    yea definitly got my eyes on the suhr
     
  5. bluesdoc

    bluesdoc Gold Supporting Member Gold Supporting Member

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    I'm also in the market. Where does one buy a Suhr pup??

    edit - there's no mention of Broadcasters on his site..????

    jon
     
  6. The Golden Boy

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    Not for the traditional Tele guy...

    The Harmonic Design Super-90. If you've ever wondered what a P-90 would sound like in a Tele with a Tele bridge...
     
  7. Dana Olsen

    Dana Olsen Gold Supporting Member

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    I like the Lindy Fralin Blues Specials, the Seymour Broadcaster, and the Suhrs.

    For a non traditional, really hot sound, the steel poles from Lindy and Harmonic Design are really cool sounding, and hotter 'n a pistol.

    Dana
     
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    r9player Silver Supporting Member

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    I'll add Lollar Vintage Hots to the list.
    Now if you just want HOT and don't care about tone as much ...
    Hotrails, Lil' 59 might do the trick.
     
  9. sanhozay

    sanhozay klon free since 2009 Silver Supporting Member

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    The best that I've tried:
    #1 GVCG/Lollars {anything Lollar does to a Tele pickup is magic - his ears are dialed in for tele & P90 pups. He's the best in my book}
    #2 Hamel Broadcaster
    #3 Fralin Blues Special
    #4 Suhr Broadcaster
     
  10. mainsale

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    Another vote for the Fralin Blues Specials. They give you some extra "Heat" without losing the Tele Twang, which is important to me.
    :BluesBros
    Cape Cod Booze
     
  11. SFW

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    The Rio Grande Muy Grande tele bridge pup is very nice. It's fairly hot with a sorta P90 vibe to it.
     
  12. sinner

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    Cunetto used some "hot" bridge pups for his relic teles--and some of those pickups were used for some of the very first Fender tele relics (99-2000), I got a 2000 relic with that hot pups, about 9.75 and I like it alot. Does that "Roy Buchanan" hot twang really well.
     
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    illinimax Gold Supporting Member

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    I'll second that. Moving up to 500K pots and lower tone cap values (0.022uf for example) brings the twang back a bit. This pickup sounds killer with o/d and distortion.
     
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    I have some older Joe Barden in mine, and they are very nice!
     
  15. BradKM

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    +3.

    I absolutely love this pickup.

    I've got mine wired up with a TBX tone control circuit, and that'll dial in the trad Tele sounds. I'm sure a Delta Tone or 1 meg pot would probably allow you to do the same.
     
  16. clothwiring

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    Barden or Kinman Broadcaster
     
  17. Curly

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    of the ones I've tried ...
    production pickups: the Duncan Jerry Donahue (7.8K) and Broadcaster (mine's 8.2K)

    I have a Duncan Custom Shop Broadcaster set on order - both 8K+ - that should sound great.
     
  18. david henman

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    ...$165 (USD) for one pickup is "reasonably priced"?

    -dh
     
  19. Tone_Terrific

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    Wire your bridge and neck in series. If you like it, you have saved a lot swapping work and can just send the purchase money to me!:BEER
     
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    Another vote for the Lindy Blues Special, a pickup I've used and loved for years. I recently got the bug to A/B them again with both a Suhr Broadcaster and Duncan Broadcaster (a pickup I've liked very much in the past) and for me both came up WAY short and the Lindy went back in.
     

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