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Telecaster Replacement Pickups for '52 Reissue

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I hsve a 91 model Reissue that I acquired recently that has a duncan in the bridge from a previous owner. I think the neck is original.

Thinking about swapping for some with a little more bite but still want to sound Tele-like.

What's out there?
 

griggsterr

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I will second the Dimarzio thing.
I am a pickup hound, For Teles I have owned Texas specials. Duncans, Fender Twisted Tele, Lollars, Rio Grande and of course Fralin. My favorite so far is the Area T series, I have owned all of them.
 

suparsonic

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I will second the Dimarzio thing.
I am a pickup hound, For Teles I have owned Texas specials. Duncans, Fender Twisted Tele, Lollars, Rio Grande and of course Fralin. My favorite so far is the Area T series, I have owned all of them.
How do the N3s' rate?
 

Krausewitz

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Twisted Tele for me.

(Well, the Rumpelstiltskin equivalents: a Tall T neck pickup and White Rope bridge)
 

sickboy79

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Fralins, Peter Florence Voodoo, and Manlius all make fantastic Tele pickups that will suit whatever your needs are. I'm partial to Broadcaster style myself.
 

rhinocaster

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Everyone is making great Tele pickups now....the standard '52 pickups that come in the Fender guitars are really terrific. The Nocasters are great too but have a bit more wool in the neck position and compression in the bridge.

Fralin, Klein, Voodoo, Mare...they're all great too. The Seymour Duncan Antiquities are fantastic pickups.

Just choose and era and then choose pretty much any builder that offers that wind. You'll be good. :)
 
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thrashmetl

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I just picked up a Klein Nocaster bridge for my Tele, it's absolutely fantastic, but the pickup it's replacing is actually just as good, a Fred Stuart LapWrap, the Stuart is a bit pricier though.

The Klein Nocaster set is a great option here. It's going to have more bite because it's a hotter set than what's in your '52 and they sound amazing. It's the epitome of the Tele sound with a bit more hair on it. Roll back the tone knob on the bridge a bit and you can fake a P-90 pretty convincingly.
 






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