Pick-ups question - Best humbuckers for Tele twang

Discussion in 'Luthier's Guitar & Bass Technical Discussion' started by guitarperson777, Jan 13, 2008.

  1. guitarperson777

    guitarperson777 Member

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    I'm building a new guitar using a one piece swamp ash tele body, maple neck with Pau Ferro Fretboard and LSR nut, Fender American Deluxe Series six saddle chrome over brass bridge. My dilemma is what pick-ups to use. I want to use humbuckers but don't want to lose the tele twang.
    I am having the neck pick up location routed for a full size humbucker and the bridge for a std single coil. My first choices are Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates at the neck position and a Seymour Duncan Little 59 lead at the bridge. I was thinking of using the Custom Classic wiring with a 4-way or Torres Engineering BluesTone wiring with a 5-way switch.
     
  2. greggorypeccary

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    Other's with more experience with lots of PU may chime in with other info, but IMO if you want "Tele twang" you have to use a Tele single coil PU. Anything else is a comprimise.
     
  3. bluestarbass

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    I have a reissue 72 deluxe and that is a humbucker guitar with a hint of tele twang. They are just the stock pickups, which ive heard dont hold a candle to the orignals. Those are about as close as youd get I think.
     
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    The answer to your search just might be the Lindy Fralin "Twangmaster". It's a cousin of his P-92's. Check out his website then give him a call.
     
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    Lindy Fralin Un-Bucker! I have an Ash Tele with a Un-Bucker neck pup. You can split the Un-Bucker, and get Tele Twang all the way. (1 coil is way hotter than the other) This results in a very convincing Single coil sound.
     
  7. Rosewood

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    Bill Lawrence has a humbucker that may do it, L-500.
     
  8. leofenderbender

    leofenderbender Supporting Member

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    The Florance Voodoo '59 bridge does a nice twang for a humbucker. That said, GregPecc is right about a tele pickup being the right thing to use for twang.
     
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    It's not just the pickup. A three saddle bridge plate helps too. The thin, POS stamped steel bridge plate contributes a LOT. Check into Joe Barden; he does a hum cancelling pup in a Tele size...isn't that what Danny Gatton used?

    Also, DiMarzio makes a low output bucker in a twin blade design that's pretty close to Gretsch twang.
     
  10. Mike9

    Mike9 Supporting Member

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    I dunno - "Humbucker" and "Tele Twang" in the same sentence . . . it's a bizarre concept - go figure. :D
     
  11. guitarperson777

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    Single coil it is.. A friend has offered me a set of SD quarter-pounders to try, but commented that he replaced them to get a more vintage tone. After listening to the feedback (thanks to all), I'm going to try different pups till I find the right combo. Any experience with an SD Jerry Donahue tele lead single coil - based on audio clips and reviews it sounds like a good starting point.
     
  12. jzucker

    jzucker Supporting Member

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    i like the dimarzio VV tele bridge pickup
     
  13. Home Grown Tele

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    How about a set of TV Jones TV'trons? They're designed to fit humbucker mounts and can get you closer to twang than most humbuckers can.
     

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