Pickups....oh boy

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  1. theredhandedc33

    theredhandedc33 Member

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    So, I recently bought a Fender '72 Telecaster Custom (the reissue), and I'm looking to replace the neck humbucker. I've heard good things about Duncan P-rails, and I like to have as much versatility as I can. Any suggestions? Should I also look into replacing the bridge pickup? Thanks!
     
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    Didn't Seth design the original humbucker for the 72 custom?
     
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    Yes, he designed the originals which are fantastic pickups. The new ones differ in many ways.
     
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    I just did what your thinking of doing and it didn't work for me. I have a Jerry Donahue tele bridge PU and dropped a P-rails in it. They didn't get along at all. The P-rail overwhelmed the bridge pu. Also, I didn't really like the sound of it.

    I put a Dimarzio Humbucker-from-Hell in it that I had in a box of pu's I have and it was perfect. Its one one the lowest output humbuckers available and it blends very well the a tele bridge. Unfortunate and misleading name, though.

    I'm thinking I need a little hotter pu in the bridge. May go with a Zhangbucker Paul Bunyan.
     
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    Interesting, I will look into that Dimarzio for sure. I know the levels will be somewhat different no matter what unless I also replace the bridge pu.
     
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    just buy a set of originals from the 70's, but is that worth it?...i would just sell that guitar and buy a real vintage telecaster deluxe, tele custom, or thinline theyre not that expensive and are pretty darn nice guitars.
     
  7. Miles

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    P-Rails are beefy! They sound great, but will require some decent degree of mod (if you're comfortable with it) due to extra switching that will be required to swap/combine the Humbucker and P-90.

    You'll have one hell of a versatile neck tone though - I'd say go for it!
     
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    If you're going for something in the Wide-Range vein, check out Jaime @ The Creamery. His wide-range repros (while not 100% vintage blah blah) sound phenomenal.
     
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    Try adjusting the pickup heights before you decide they are bad sounding.
     
  10. theredhandedc33

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    All good info to have, thanks everyone!!
     
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    There's a guy on TDPRI who rewinds and re-works RI wide-range humbuckers to the original spec. He goes by Telenator on the TDP. He does great work. Tell him Pete sent you. He'll **** his pants.
     
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    Curtis Novak can rework this pickups to original construction. here is a link with pictures comparing the original to the current pickups.

    I have a 80's MIJ tele custom and i ended up just buying an original 'Wide Range' pickup on ebay (which sounds fantastic when paired with 1Meg pots - and a Lindy Fralin Blues special in the bridge) - they go for around the $350-$400 mark.

    Lollar makes a version of the original pickup - also worth checking out
     
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    The P-rails really sound killer. It's a unique humbucker sound that works very well in the neck position. If you want a repro WRHB that is as close to the original as you'll ever find, www.telenator.com
     
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    Slider's Pickups. Tell Rod I sent you. His Fat Tele set is absolutely amazing!!! He'll also wind individual pickups or complete sets to your needs. He's a really great dude to work with and is extremely knowledgeable, detail oriented. If you've seen his ebay auctions you'll know what I mean.

    sliderspickups at bigpond dot com
     

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