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Tele Pickup In A Strat?

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by Redbell, Jan 22, 2008.

  1. Redbell

    Redbell Member

    Jun 26, 2005
    Anybody ever try this (besides Lowell George?)
    How did it sound/look etc.?
  2. Teleman

    Teleman Supporting Member

    Nov 17, 2003
    Plantsville, CT
    I had a tele bridge pickup in a Fender Am Std Strat I had a few years ago. Got the bridge tone closer to the spank of a tele but was still diffrent. For me it made the bridge more usable than having a strat pup in there.
  3. cochese

    cochese Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2006
    It's a good sound and probably a bit beefier than a stck Strat bridge pickup. It still won't sound as ballsy as the Tele.
  4. Dana Olsen

    Dana Olsen Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 2, 2002
    Santa Barbara, Marin, Chico, CA
    I agre with Cochese. It helps a Strat sound more Tele like in the bridge, but it also sounds less Strat like in the split position.

    So far, I haven't yet heard a Strat that sounded like a Tele, or vice versa, with any combination of pickups or body styles. The closest I've heard is a "Nashville Tele" - a regular Tele with an added strat middle pickup, and sometimes a Strat neck pickup too. It looks fine.

    For a Tele sound, the ashtrya bridge has a lot to do with it - same for the Strat sound, the smaller bridge (Hardtail) or vibrato bridge has a lot to do with it's tone. For that reason, it's really hard to get (the best of) both Strat and Tele tones in one guitar, IMHO.
  5. scott1568

    scott1568 Member

    Mar 23, 2007
    Something easier and cheaper is to install a base plate to the pickup. Check out Callaham or Lindy Fralin. Boosts the mids. I think tele pickups come with a base plate which is part of their sound. I like mine.

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