Tele with a humbucker in the neck position

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  1. g335

    g335 Member

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    Hello

    I was wondering if I buy a tele can I add a humbucker to the neck position without drilling in the body?
     
  2. shallbe

    shallbe Deputy Plankspanker Gold Supporting Member

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    If you mean routing the body under the pickguard? No. Teles only have room for a single coil in the neck slot. You would have to route it out.
     
  3. gtrfinder

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    Depends on how big the route is underneath the pickguard.
    Some may be large enough
    What guitar are you considering?
     
  4. g335

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    I was looking at the CIJ 62 custom reissue
     
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    The model is model number: TL62B-82TX

    Click on this model and you will see the 62 customs not the blonde 50's one
     
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    That is a kick butt guitar...almost certain you would have to route it out. For almost the same $$$ you may want to consider a used G&L Bluesboy (USA) or for another 50% more a used Fender Hot Rod 52 (love mine!!!).
     
  8. gtrfinder

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    That should be a very nice guitar.
    Not sure how much money you want to sink into this, but...
    You'll need a new pickguard, or modify the existing one.
    If you are up for it (and are technically inclined) I'd say try the route and put in a humbucker. If you are not sure pay a luthier to do it. If it is done correctly and you are not happy with it you could almost certainly reinstall a single coil in the neck and put the old pickguard back on.
    I've always liked the look of a Tele with a humbucker in the neck.

    On a side note:
    What type of humbucker are you planning to install?
    Are you planning to keep the bridge pickup that is already installed?
    You may not be as happy as you might think with the outcome without finding a good balance between the pickup outputs and wiring.
     
  9. g335

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    I would keep the bridge pickup (the pick ups are Texas Specials) I will put maybe some type of PAF humbucker or a 57 classic or Seymour 59
     
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    That should not be too bad, but the 57 Classic is a warmer sounding pickup and might be too dark with the standard 250k pots. You might consider changing the pots to 500k and putting a different cap on the bridge.
     
  12. g335

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    What kind of sound would this give me?

    Nice guitar what year?
     
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    If I add a phase switch and a pre amp to the guitar, would kind of sounds would it give?
     
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    I'm not sure about the phase switch and pre-amp. That is out of my league. (Well actually all of this is out of my league) My responses so far have been based on some research I did when i was thinking about adding a humbucker to the neck of a Tele. I never actually took the plunge.

    Anyways, changing the pots would merely be a better match for the humbucker. I think that 250k and a neck humbucker is too dark unless you are playing jazz exclusively. Now, a 500k pot should fix the neck pickup issue, but could make the bridge pickup too bright or shrill. A treble bleed cap on the bridge pickup would even things out.
     
  15. g335

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    Ok, But would I have to change both the volume and tone pot?
    A dark sounding neck pickup wouldn't sound good for rock ?
     
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    I thought US and MIM Fender Teles were routed HH or HS, like Strats being routed HSH..ya know?

    (guy who owns Fender MIA HS Tele. - now discontinued)
     
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    The American Series teles that came out in 2000 came routed for a humbucker in the neck position. Don't know if the recently released American Standards are routed that way.
     
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    Some are. Some aren't. It's kinda a crapshoot. In the last 20 years or so, Fender has not been really consistent with their body routings.
     
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    Go for a G&L Blues Boy. Find one with the Seth Lover pickup in the neck position (the standard now has a G&L-made humbucker, and the Seth Lover is available as an option).

    The trick with Teles and humbuckers is that with most humbuckers you're not going to get much of a usable sound with both pickups selected. The folks at G&L teamed up with Seymour Duncan to develop that Seth Lover variant specifically so that it would match up well with the G&L bridge pickup.

    Unless you get lucky right away, you'll either be trying lots of different humbuckers to find one that blends well with your bridge p'up, or resigning yourself to using either one pickup or the other, but not both.
     

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