Tele Twang Pups

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  1. ThugLife

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    This is my first post and I hope I get some good feedback from it. I am going to be building a tele soon and i need some of you tone hounds to recommend some smokin' pickups. I am looking for a really vintage tele tone with a lot of twang. Going with light swamp ash body and 1 piece maple neck. Suggestions?
     
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    walterw Gold Supporting Member

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    as long as you go with true rod-magnet single coils with the baseplate under the bridge pickup, and as long as that pickup is loaded into a ferrous-steel bridge, you will have true tele twang.

    i like fralins and 3 brass saddles.
     
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    Thanks for the quick response!! i will be going with the glendale bridge with the 3 compensated brass saddles
     
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    checkout Fred Stuart's Blackguard pickups....awesome pickups
     
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    Hugo Da Rosa Silver Supporting Member

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    I use Vintage Vibe pups and I've gotten some pretty good results from it. Lots of twang in the bridge:drool
     
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    I've been hearing a lot about the Fred Stuart pups, but I can't seem to find em anywhere online to do some research. Anyone got a lil more info on these? I was also thinking about a pro cut brass nut on this tele I'll be building. Too twangy? Opinions?
     
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    Gas-man Unrepentant Massaganist

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    Brass nut is not necessary for twang.
     
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    Check at The Telecaster Discussion Page Reissue... www.tdpri.com. Not quite as much activity as here, but there's plenty, and it's almost all Telecaster. I recommend Don Mare pickups, and there are lots of posts about them both here and there. There is a link to an audio sample of the Fred Stuart pickups there somewhere.

    John
     
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    Thanks for the info, John
     
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    Lindy Fralins work for me, but there are a lot of good options.
     
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    Hey Thug -

    Welcome to TGP. Try using the 'Search' function - search on "Telecaster Pickups" - there's a ton of info.

    I use Don Mare Tele pickups, and Fralin and Seymour Antiquity too - all are great. I love the Fred Stuart Blackguard pickups too.

    Lower output pickups in general are twangier. If twang is what you're after, avoid the brass nut - use bone, IMHO.

    Good Luck, Dana O.
     
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    +1 :aok
     

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