Tele Pickup In A Strat?

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  1. Redbell

    Redbell Member

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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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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