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Pickup Suggestion Please

Discussion in 'Luthier's Guitar & Bass Technical Discussion' started by hot_tube_tone, Apr 25, 2008.

  1. hot_tube_tone

    hot_tube_tone Member

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    Hello there I have a Fender Telecaster that has a Full-sized Humbucker in the neck position and a regular Tele Bridge pickup. Right now the pickups are not balanced at all. I was wondering if anybody else has found a set of these pickups that are close to the same output. I am looking for a vintage style tone. I would like to find a Tele bridge pickup that would match a PAF style Humbucker.

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  2. ncndude

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    Vintage rock or vintage country type tone?

    Are you going to replace the neck pickup also?
     
  3. RockDC

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    There are a lot of high output pups for tele single coils on the market... I wanted to experiment some with my tele so I found a well recommend and cheap company named GFS to buy from... I got a 62' in the Bridge with an output of 9.6k which should be close to most PAF if not more. Its sounds fabulous!

    Don't know if this helps.
     
  4. hot_tube_tone

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    Vintage Rock tone (Keef and Chris Robinson (the Black Crowes)) and yes I want to replace both pickups. I have already changed the pots to 500K and replaced the tone cap with a .022. I also plan to replace the selector switch.
     
  5. RockDC

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    With that tele being a maple neck you may want to change that pot to 300K... the highs may take your head off. Otherwise look for a dark pickup especially for black crowes tone.
     
  6. ncndude

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    I like Dimarzio pikcups so here goes:

    DP413 Tele Virtual Hot T Bridge, output: 230, Alnico 2 DC Resist: 9.34

    DP190 Air Classic Neck, output: 206, Alnico 5, DC Resist: 8.34 [can be ordered with factory installed nickel cover]

    By way of comparison the totally metal Dimarzio D-Activator X Bridge has an output rating of 500 which is completely over the top. :)

    A PAF Pro runs about 300.

    www.dimarzio.com
     
  7. JUS1BEER

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    What type of pick up is in the neck ...I can not tell by the picture. Looks like a Harmonic Design Z-90, then again it could be my tired eyes. HD I hear makes a good bridge pup for a tele (I have only heard one) and if that is a z90 neck they might go together well. The comments I have heard are fat and vintage. Check his out his web page and yu can send Scott an email, he might have some suggestions.
     
  8. abadiemet

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    Lollar pickups are a good option. An Imperial humbucker (possibly underwound) in the neck and a Special T in the bridge should work. Call him for suggestions.

    I created a similar problem with a tele. I tried a Wolfetone Marshallhead in the neck position and a Don Mare Graf Airship Three in the bridge. Kept the 250 pots. I knew the pickups would not be balanced, but I wanted to see if I could make the combo work.

    The neck position was a touch too dark and the bridge was extremely bright compared to the Lollar Special I previously had in the bridge. By adjusting pickup and polepiece heights I have it just about where it has become a great combination.
     
  9. Monroe

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    +1 for the Lollar Imperial Low Wind in the neck.
     
  10. hot_tube_tone

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    Thanks for all of the suggestions I think that I will talk to Lollar and get a couple of his pickups.
     
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    Lollar low-wind Imperial in the neck and Broadcaster bridge.
     

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