Strat has hotter output than Tele?

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  1. dougb415

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    My wife got me a MIM Standard Tele for Christmas, and it has become my favorite go-to guitar... so much so that the LP and Strat usually get little use.

    I just got my new order of Snake Oil strings and decided to re-string the Strat first. I got that done, plugged it in and... HOLY CRAP! Crunch right from the git-go! Not HB crunch, but not single-coil clean like the Tele either.

    My Strat is a mid 80s MIJ model. No mods to it to the best of my knowledge. Would the pups on a stock Strat tend to be hotter than those on a stock Tele?
     
  2. r9player

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    In my experience Tele pick ups tend to be hotter.
     
  3. Mayflower

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    +1 That has been my experience as well.
     
  4. Todd Lynch

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    My Tele is hotter than my Strat - and the Strat's got a HotRails in the bridge position. The Tele is just a punchy guitar with great clarity and that in itself is a contributing factor to perceived volume, et al.
     
  5. Pete Galati

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    To me, Tele neck pickups seem pretty weak. But I'd be very surprised if a standard Strat pickup was hotter than the average Tele bridge PU.

    It sounds like that Stat's tonal range is probably great for you, and that makes the PUs seem hotter.

    Pete
     
  6. Rich

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    ????

    There are a zillion different strat pickups and probably half a zillion for teles. Some hot, some not.

    You cannot generalize.
     
  7. Mayflower

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    You can if those are your past experiences.
    He was also referring to stock pickups.
     
  8. Pete Galati

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    There's nothing more fun than generalizing about something that can have almost unlimited posibilities!

    In all fairness, dougb415 was talking about MIM Strat pickups, which are built nothing like standard Strat pickups. And that might be a major factor in his thinking that they're hotter than Tele pickups.

    Pete
     
  9. Rich

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    Sure, lets keep this going.

    Which stock pickups? Fender uses a whole mess of different ones on their different strats and teles.

    His observation is one tele, one strat. So that limits your "past experiences" rationale.

    My past experience says you cannot simply make a blanket statement.
     
  10. mbratch

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    The stock pickups in my strat were hot. As much output as my humbucker guitars. I replaced them with more "vintage" pickups and the output was very noticably reduced.

    So I agree you cannot generalize, although each persons' experiences may be different.
     
  11. dougb415

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    No.... the Strat is a mid-80s MIJ model. The Tele is an '05 MIM Standard.
     
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    I think you can generalize to this point:
    Atleast in the American standard series and in the vintage reissues of Strats and Teles the Tele bridge pickup is hotter than the Strat's. Right? Altought the sound is totally different anyway because of the bridge and so on..
     

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