Tele Neck PUP for Jazz

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  1. skipburz

    skipburz Member

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    PUP question for you guys: I have an American Standard Tele that I use occasionally in the jazz ensemble I play with - especially when the weather is bad and I don't want to drag along one of my jazz boxes. I usually string it with either 12 gauge Thomastik flatwounds or Bebops and I currently have it wired with a 4-way switch so I can run the PUPs in series for a "thicker" tone. I'm thinking about putting a humbucker in the neck position for even more versatility. It's already routed for a HB and I have a HB pickguard that I can install. My first choice is the Lollar Charlie Christian (Humbucker size), and I might get one down the road; but for now, I have both a Seymour Duncan Seth Lover and a Seymour Duncan Jazz so I'll use one of them. What's your vote for comping and chord melody playing through my BF Deluxe, the Seth Lover or the Jazz? I don't mind losing the classic Tele sound. I have another stock Tele for that.

    Thanks much for the input.
     
  2. Bob Pollock

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    I have a Vintage Vibe HS90A in the neck of my G&L. P90 with Alnico rod magnets in a full size HB mount. Big, warm but articulate. Blends and balances well with your average Tele bridge pickup.
     
  3. skipburz

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    Great suggestion! I'll add to the list.
     
  4. Mincer

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    The Seth Lover is one amazing pickup for trad jazz tones, in any guitar.

     
  5. Baker18

    Baker18 Gold Supporting Member

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    The Lollar CC is a great pup for jazz - thickens things up while retaining clarity. The Analogman Big T pickup is also a surprisingly good choice. I have both and spend most of my time with the Big T.
     
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    Charlie Christian is very sweet. But so is Lollar vintage t neck, the normal Tele neck pickup
     
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    Damn that was sweet. Deep deep... just a friendly word of advice to the pupil, when Ted is playing shut the F up.
     
  9. TubeStack

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    I just bought a Tele that belonged to a jazz guy. It’s got a Lollar Regal in the neck (and Vintage T in bridge). He had it strung with flatwound 11 or 12s.

    The Regal is amazing, however I’m using it for rock, blues, etc.
     
  10. Rotten

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    I like listening and watching Ed Bickert on YouTube. To me, his Tele sounds virtually the same with the stock pickup and after he installed the humbucker. I imagine he lost some hum that might have bugged him.
     
  11. stark

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    Actually I thought the stock one sounded better, but it’s subjective for sure. He’s such a great player it doesn’t matter. I always thought it was interesting that he hated fender amps.
     

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