Hey, somebody's got to start one. I might as well, since I think I've tried so many over the years. Still there are some I haven't tested yet. My post is in no way meant as the definitive answer--I want to hear from all the Tele freaks out there. I'm just gonna write a bit about the ones I have tried and let the thread take its course. My opinions are totally subjective and I expect both agreements and disagreements--its all good. I'd just like to get a reference that might be valuable to other Tele players. As a disclaimer, I do love single coil pickups. I have been through a bunch, which I am leaving out of this thread. Unfortunately, the recording environments and the clubs I play wreak havoc with single coils--even when the guitar is shielded. That led me to my search for a quiet (humbucking) Tele pickup that could convince me it is a single coil. Some have come close, but none have perfected a convincing illusion. 1. Joe Barden. This PU has the tonal range and retains the highs of the single coil, but adds a personality of its own. No longer in production and expensive on EBAY. It has nice balance between lows, midrange and highs. Somewhat punchier than a true single coil though. Sounds great, but yet different than a true single coil. 2. Bill Lawerence 280-T. Similar in sound to the Joe Barden but with less midrange punch and a slightly different character in the high end. Almost as bright as a single coil, but lacking that effervescence that a true single coil produces. Great value. 3. Duncan STK-3b--A stacked humbucker that emulates a single coil. Output is close to a standard single coil. This one nails the high end convincingly, but falls short in the low end. It also has some of that sweet humbucker character in its attack--reminiscent of the lead guitar on Southbound by the Allmans. Not humbucker in tone at all--just has a certain voice. If this pickup had more lows and low mids, I'd consider it perfect. 4. Fender Noiseless. This PU has more midrange and girth than a single coil. The upper octave of highs seems shaved off--lack of high end chime. Might be a good choice for a player who doesn't want the real high harmonics. It sounds good through an overdrive and has plenty of twang left. Imagine a single coil with the tone knob rolled off a notch or two. Incredibly immune to squeal--even in a Tele with a stamped bridge. 5. Seymour Duncan Hot Rails--Only for the Tele player who wants a hot, dark sounding pickup. This sounds nothing like a single coil. Of course, I didn't expect it to. I have thought about tearing it apart and pulling about 1/4 of the windings off each coil. Might get me into the ballpark. 6. Seymour Duncan Lil '59--Again, another beast altogether. More meat, midrange and punch that a single coil. Less high end. A PU voiced for rock and overdriven music. Might make a good match with a humbucker bridge PU if one wanted a guitar that leaned toward Gibson character. 7. Anderson Stacked Tele--All I remember is that I installed it and took it out immediately. I have not tried any of the Kinman PU's or the Dimarzio's. Other than the GFS Barden clones, which I have not tested, I don't even know of any other manufacturers making "noiseless" Tele pickups. Your additions and comments would be welcome. And--yes--I know that some purists would consider even the thought of a humbucking Tele pickup heresy, but please consider those of us who are looking for as close as we can get without the hum and noise. Thanks!