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WCR telecaster pickups

Discussion in 'The Small Company Luthiers' started by oscar100, Mar 15, 2006.

  1. oscar100

    oscar100 Member

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    i just got some of the roy buchanon tele winds from jim for my exceptionally resonant suhr T

    it sounded great as it was but i reckoned that some wagner mojo coul dbe even better

    now jim charges alot for his pickups so i was determined to be savage in my assessment of them - really nitpicky.....

    well i have to say that as much as i tried to find fault i was just blown away - amazing!

    with jim's pickups - its almost like having a tone control that goes to 13

    all his pickups have an extra presence and dimension that lift them out of the mix and make them incredibly articulate to play - just stunning

    so in go teh obligatory RS guitar works wiring harnesses that i have in all my guitars

    on teh suht T - I replaced teh broadcaster and fat T neck with wcr buchanons

    result - ive always liked teh suhrs - rich fat and shiny. at first i thought the wcr's were a bit thin then this incredible richness and bell like clarity appeared as i tweaked the p/u heights....wcr's are v responsive to where they are set - always play around

    i went back to the other suhr T - my beloved suhr p/u's now sounded flatulent, obese, in your face and just plain wrong afetr hearing teh wcr's - i'm ruined!!!!! i get cut sparkle girth - teh neck pickup is teh most useable ever - almost strat like when full up going thru fat as your turn down the tone to danny gatton jazz

    example - i replaced teh 1998 gibson pafs with goodwoods in my 1998 8 1/2 lb LP

    result - if i turn teh tone knob down to 6/7 i get a much better version of teh original gibson tone then as i turn the tone up if get more spit, shimmer, fire and of course it interacts with teh vol pot in a way that normal pickups dont - v subtle and just a joy to play

    and split they are amazing giving me clean tones that you would never believe come from a LP

    example - PRS braz ltd ed mccarty

    now i hate PRS - ive owned many and always let them go - p/u's stink ( IMHO) - this one i got cos of teh neck and amazing top

    well blow me - teh previous clever owner had fitted darkbursts and teh RS PRS wiring kit

    result - what a difference ...really punchy rich full , lots of overtones and amazing split sopunds ( again somethin gi dont think prs does well) ...great for modern rock, studio sounds etc - its a keeper

    various thorns - fillmore/ crossroads custom winds - every thorn should have WCR's - thats it ...teh perfect combo

    so - hats off to jim wagner master pickup guru - just amazing and worth every penny

    just as an aside i chatted to jim last nite about getting a different wind....this morning i got an email to say they were done to my spec

    you dont get better or faster customer service than that!
     
  2. Scott Peterson

    Scott Peterson Administrator Staff Member

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    While I have never heard WCR Tele pickups (!!) I am utterly and completely WCR fitted here with SR's/Fillmore's/Goodwood's/Darkburst's here and 100% satisfied. Been 2 years now with WCR in my guitars.... and that's the way all my guitars will be from now on. I've paid full price for 'em; and they've been worth *every* penny.
     
  3. wsaraceni

    wsaraceni Supporting Member

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    i got 1.5 sets of wcrs coming. my main 2 guitars are a tele and a prs santana brazilian. the santana is getting.....black magic pickups. i also got a used darkburst bridge coming. if they live up to the hype, id love to track down a set of tele pickups as well as im not totally happy with the pickups in there but love the guitar.
     
  4. DiazDude

    DiazDude Member

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    I've got DarkBursts in my R8 LP, Good Woods in my Rossington SG & SR's in my SRV Strat (all w/RS guts).

    :RoCkIn WCR'S RULE!!:RoCkIn

    Thank You
     
  5. m4tt

    m4tt Member

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    How are the WCR tele pups for all-around rock application?
     
  6. jw71

    jw71 Member

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    I've got a DB bridge and a CR neck in my SG Standard. Great pickups.
     
  7. AJ Love

    AJ Love Senior Member

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    I didn't see any mention of Tele pickups on the WCR website
     
  8. Rod

    Rod Tone is Paramount Silver Supporting Member

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    I have WCR's in everything! I can afford!! Fillmore's in my SG...AMAZING..Darkbursts in my Heatley Modern and Red 58 LP Historic..Had Goodwoods in a Hamer Monaco Elite I traded for the H.. another amazing sounding guitar...a Suhr Tele w/ Roy Buchanans??? HHHUUUUMMMMMM
     
  9. wsaraceni

    wsaraceni Supporting Member

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    i dont think he makes them as an "in stock" item. they are more as a made to order. Send him an email, im sure he can tell you about it.
     
  10. jcshirke

    jcshirke Member

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    Which set of WCR Tele pickups do you recommend most? Jim says he makes one set, the Broadcaster set, that is twangier. His 60s set is fat and warm--almost humbucker-like. Does anyone have some clips of either set they could post?

    Thanks.
     

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