Recommend some budget-friendly Tele pickups with attitude

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  1. Drumnbum

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    I have a little beater Affinity Tele that I actually quite enjoy playing. I've been wanting to tinker with her for a while now and do some upgrades such as pups, pots, etc...this will be my first foray into changing my own electronics, fwiw.

    Anyhow, I don't want to drop a lot of coin on pickups, but I'd like something better than the super cheap pickups it has in it from the factory.

    I'd like something with some attitude...nothing too tame or sweet. When I play this thing, I want it to have some character (if that makes any sense). Something that says "I've seen bar fights, had beer bottles thrown at me, and have incited a couple riots".
     
  2. Ron Kirn

    Ron Kirn Gold Supporting Member

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    Bill Lawrence Micro-coils... simply stunning...

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    Pickups won't do that... Brian Williams might be able to write some lyrics for you.

    Check out GFS pickups. Lots of great sounding budget choices.
     
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    What Ron says, the Wildes are just that.
     
  5. Tommy Biggs

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    DiMarzio Pre B-1

    Does that too
     
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    Huge fan of the Dimarzio Twang Kings...those pickups have some attitude.
     
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    Seymour Duncan Vintage Broadcaster
     
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    +1 on Twang King.
     
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    Twang king necks are fantastic. The bridge i found ok at best. But that neck....i can't imagine anyone not liking it as much or more than anything else.

    I wanted to try one of those microcoils in the bridge but they don't sell them seperately ! I don't know of any other pickup maker that does that.
     
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    I like the Fender Nocaster set...
     
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    I put a set of Kerry Learned's Tall Blues pickups in a MIM '50s RI Tele a couple of years ago. Those pickups had some attitude and sounded great! Under $100 all in when I bought them.
     
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    Look at GFS Pro Series. They make both 50s and 60s Tele sets that sound amazing for about $70.
    I am also selling an excellent condition set of Fender N3 Tele pickups in the Emporium. $100.
     
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    Dimarzio Area T and Area Hot T. I have them in Squier Classic Vibe Custom and it really upped the tone on the guitar. Plus they're noiseless!
     
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    Could not agree more! I wanted mine to sound as close to a standard Tele as possible, so I went with the Area.

    For the OP, I would recommend the Area Hots.
     
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    Zhangbucker Paul Bunyans have the 'tude that you're looking for and won't break the bank.
     
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    Wildepickups.com is selling the Bill Lawrence Micocoil set for the introductory price of $80.

    http://wildepickups.com/
     
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    I have a Seymour Duncan Broadcaster bridge pickup and a Duncan 5/2 in the neck, with a 4-way switch. It's a great sounding combination and not too expensive.
     
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    LOOOOVE the Harmonic Design Vintage +s
     

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