Pick-up Upgrade - HW1 Tele

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  1. mcdonaldkd

    mcdonaldkd Member

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    Considering upgrading the pick-ups in my HW1 Tele and would appreciate suggestions. Rock and Blues - no country to speak of. Thoughts?
     
  2. gkoelling

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    What's your budget?

    Is the Tele ash or alder, maple or rosewood?
     
  3. mcdonaldkd

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    Alder, Maple. I don't mind spending some money, if it's really worth it.
     
  4. gkoelling

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    I'd look at http://www.donmarepickups.com/home.html

    There are a boat load of choices. Email Don and let him know what you're looking for, his recommendations are usually spot on.

    I have his pickups in two Tele's and a bridge pickup waiting to go in a Fat Tele.
     
  5. Scott Auld

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    Hayrides.

    They ain't just for country.
     
  6. gkoelling

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    Hey!

    I have a Hot Bakelite waiting to go in the Fat pine body but it'll be a while before it's done.

    Also, the Super Sport bridge in the other pine is great for blues & rock, I just like different flavors in my Tele's.
     
  7. Scott Auld

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    Yeah man, Don Mare knows his Tele pickups.
     
  8. strat6866

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    Lollar Special T......look no further!
     
  9. Tele71

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    For pure country and twang it's really hard to beat Don Mare's stuff. He's got it down to a science. For hotter P 90ish tones there are many on the market now. The new Lollars look nice I am going to try one of these
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    Should be pretty cool.
     
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    a lollar vintage t into a cranked amp is simply stunning, but back of and it cleans up like an angel
    who needs humbuckers when a single coil sounds so fierce and nasty?
     
  11. AJ Love

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    another vote for Jason Lollar pickups
     
  12. XmasTree

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    I have the same guitar
    I've picked the LOLLAR SPECIAL T

    ...but i haven't put it in yet because i've been playing w/ other toys


    Read the description for every pickup you consider and for what style of music as well

    **the stock hwy1 pu's can handle some high gain really well btw, which is a pretty nifty trick
    choose wisely
     
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    I just put a pair of Nocaster P/U in my Texas Tele. I love 'em, particularly the bridge.
     
  14. mcdonaldkd

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    Thanks for the help, guys. I'm a little surprised that no one suggested Antiquities, though.
     
  15. gkoelling

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    Antiquity's should work great!:rimshot
     
  16. mcdonaldkd

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    Any reason to mix and match the neck and bridge?
     
  17. gkoelling

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    If you're happy with the neck pickup in the guitar, just buy a bridge. You don't have to have a "matching set." If there is such a thing.
     
  18. mcdonaldkd

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    Sorry. I wasn't clear. I was asking if anyone had any recommendations on an "unmatched set". For example, a bridge Antiquity and an XXX neck. Sorry for the confusion.
     
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    I put a Seymour Duncan Quarter Pounder in the neck and A Little 59' in the bridge of Hwy 1 and it rocked!!!! I wired it with a series/split/parallel switch for the bridge and I just about played the frets off it!! It went in a trade for my Firebird so that's cool. But out of all of the git's that went in the past couple of years it is the one I wish I could have back.
    Peace. J.J.B.
     

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