Tele pickups that can stand up to my humbuckers

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  1. ripple

    ripple To keep fresh, keep capped & cold. Silver Supporting Member

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    Glad to hear it! I'll be installing a set of Quarter Pounders in my Am Std Telecaster tonight, and I hope I'm as pleased as you are.
     
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  3. ilyslue2

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    Easy....roll down the tone control on the tele and hit the amp with a slight boost....A tele pickup sound very close to a low wind humbucker
     
  4. The Gainster

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    Look into the G&L "tele" pickups.... matched my 91 gold top PRS w dragon II's......
     
  5. Glass Onion

    Glass Onion Toneful truth seeker. Gold Supporting Member

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    Came to say Don Mare 0038. In my pine tele they make believers of anyone who plays it.
     
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    EMG T set
    For real
     
  7. ratedepth

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    Lol. I wish I could find humbuckers as awesome as my Tele pickups. Different strokes ;)
     
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  8. Rockerduck

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    What you need is a 500 ohm volume pot. That will boost the output.
     
  9. Fred Smith

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    EMG T pickups sound great.

    I had their SPC boost control added. When it's a minimum, you're in Tele-ville. When it's at maximum, you get boosted mids similar to a humbucker, but clearer.
     
  10. tonedover

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    precisely! i had the spc add on as well! love that guitar
     
  11. MkIII Renegade

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    I love the Texas Specials! The search is over, I feel no need to change them, although a clean boost can be useful for singles.

    Another idea is installing the EMG SPC mid boost knob (replaces your tone knob). This works for active or passive pickups, although of course a battery would have to be installed for the first time in a factory passive guitar to power the SPC itself. It enables you to have one final tweak on your guitar no matter where you happen to be standing when you feel that something is needed. :aok
     
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  12. halcyon

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    Budz Dano pickups are the closest I’ve come, personally. They are exceptional.
     
  13. jpagey

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    Burdens or Duncan Quarter Pounders, or add an on board Demeter mid boost
     
  14. Mincer

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    Quarter Pounds and the BG1400 can certainly compete with humbuckers.
     
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    Seconding the Fender Nocaster set but also wiring the middle position to be bridge+neck in series instead of parallel (or go with a 4 way switch and have both). That will easily hang with a humbucker.
     
  16. ToneIsKing55

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    Keep your pickups and add a Firebottle. It’s amazing what this boost can do with its resonance switch To adapt different single coils and HB guitars to a rig. I had mine for 5 years and it’s not going anywhere. From the Effectrode site:

    • Resonance Switch: Fine-tunes the resonant peak of a single coil pickup to alter the fundamental tone. Two settings make it possible to shift the resonant peak 2 to 4KHz down. This has the effect of making a Strat bridge pickup sound like a neck pickup or even a humbucker for a thicker, fatter and fuller sound adding a huge degree of flexibility to your guitar tone.
     
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  17. SteveK

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    Joe Barden Modern set works for me...
     
  18. Bill Lumberg

    Bill Lumberg I Drink and I Know Things. Silver Supporting Member

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    I use either a Seymour Duncan Li'l '59 Tele Bridge Humbucker or the Seymour Duncan Custom Shop Pearly Gates Tele Bridge Humbucker. Both are 4-wire pickups should you choose a coil split & both fit perfectly in a standard Tele bridge single coil spot as well as sounding great IMO. In the neck position I really like the Fender Custom Shop Twisted Tele Neck pickup.
    Both of the Duncans have enough output to keep up with standard size humbuckers.
     
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  19. mambosun92

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    I have a pair of SD Antiquity on my Tele and to get a humbucker type of sound I opted for the four ways switch solution, which means, you keep your 3 original Tele tones (Neck, Bridge and Neck + Bridge in parallel), and just add a fourth one with the two PU's in serie. Just ask your tech to install a 4 ways switch, a bit of cabling and enjoy :cool:
     
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    I have a Keeley Katana on my pedalboard for this situation. I step on it with lower output guitars to keep things consistent as needed.
     

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