Tele pickups like Bardens...but...

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  1. bluefish

    bluefish Supporting Member

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    I finally got around to putting some Barden tele pickups in my nocaster (The Gatton set) and have come to the following conclusions:

    1. I really like that there is a lot of string information coming through these. They are really strong sounding pickups...chords/extentions sound really nice with these.

    2. I like that they are noiseless.

    3. I used my tone knob a lot before..now I'm constantly twiddling it.

    BUT

    To me they just lack a little soul. They don't have that thing when you attack a note..with the Bardens the note just gets louder I guess.

    SO

    Are there tele pickups out there that inhale the strings like the Bardens do, does that noiselessly and most importantly brings more soul to the party?

    Recommendations welcome.
     
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  2. bluefish

    bluefish Supporting Member

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    bump for recommendations....
     
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    Dimarzio Area T, but you gotta use 500k Pots.
     
  4. Chris Pile

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    Bill Lawrence.... And they are a lot cheaper than Bardens.
     
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  5. bluefish

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    Tried these some years back but didn't bond with em...I used a 250k harness though..
     
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  6. bluefish

    bluefish Supporting Member

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    Do they make a tele neck rail pickup or strat sized only?
     
  7. jklotz

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    Noisless tele pickups all lack soul to my ears. I've yet to find any that have mojo
     
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  8. Chris Pile

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    Tele bridge in single blade, Strat in single blade. Twin blade humbuckers if you like.
    All less than $60 street price.

    Can't remember if they offer a Tele neck with a blade...
    Most guys just have me enlarge the pickguard hole for a Strat.

    Lawrence stuff is quiet, powerful with clarity.
     
  9. Cal Webway

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    Fralin Split Blade.
    3 different types. I use the Hot. 250k.
    rail, noiseless

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    Agreed, but the fender n3's got damn close. Close enough that if 60 cycle bothered me, they'd be it for me. The new N4's are a step backwards if you ask me.
     
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    Guitarwiz007 Silver Supporting Member

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    This... and yes, use 500K pots. Awesome pickups.
     
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    Dimarzio Chopper T in the bridge, Twang King in the neck. Great, noiseless, versatile set of pickups.

    I agree about the Bardens. Very detailed, but extremely dynamic to the point of being harsh and clacky sounding. Just like Joe the time I spoke to him on the phone. :D
     
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  13. bluefish

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    Intrigued ...price is def right for the N3's...
     
  14. e???

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    They're legit. Best noiseless pups I've ever played
     
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    Slight thread derail - how do you tell which generation of Fender Noiseless you have? I recently got a strat copy with a set installed.
     
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    Oh, and back on topic. I don't know about soul, but the Lawrence Micro Coils are very good sounding. Not as much edge/treble as the Bardens, less hard sounding - balanced but hi-fi. Still don't sound "vintage" though, which is what I assume you mean by "soul".

    I wouldn't say they're "noiseless", just "less noise" though.
     
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    You need an amp like my 48 Fender Deluxe with Bardens!

    I always wondered how the Bardens would sound in a darker, semi hollow or hollow guitar.

    I have LOTS of pickups and a few that are similar to Bardens and they need the right guitar & amp combo for these types of pickups to shine imo....which sounds crazy, needing to find the right guitar and amp for a pickup LOL!!
     
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    Try adjusting the pickup height first if you haven't....maybe a different set of strings as well.
     
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    I have original Barden's that I bought from the man, himself. The pickups are incredibly sensitive and you may be happy with what you find when lowering them.

    But if you want an alternative, Carl Bradychok, a super tele picker himself, designed his own T-Blade pickup. Bradychok's T-Blade pickup is a single blade design that sounds like a vintage low output tele, but with loads of power and volume. He basically captured THE HUMBLER-era Gatton tone. It's incredible.

    https://www.carlbradychok.net/guitar-pickups.html
     
  20. bluefish

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    Yeah I have heard that I should play with the pickup height..just wondered if that would drastically affect he harmonic content?

    Those other pickups look very cool...are the Bradychok's hum cancelling?
     

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