what is the consensus on the PICKUPS in the squier classic vibe teles?

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  1. Derelict

    Derelict Member

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    i have a 60s classic vibe. the pickups sound pretty good but wondering if it would be worth it to upgrade to some seymour duncan broadcaster or dimarzio twang kings. i can't really tell from youtube or manufacturer clips how much better, if at all, they sound than the stocks that come on the squiers. the squiers seem to sound good but are just a bit on the weak side.

    thoughts?
     
  2. Porrig

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    I have a CV 50's tele VB. I THOUGHT when I got it that I'd probably want to switch out the pickups at some point. Hasn't happened - I like 'em fine as is.
     
  3. Will Chen

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    I was very impressed with the bridge pup on the CV 50's Tele I reviewed for FG. not so much the neck. But I rarely like tele neck pups...
     
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    My take is if you have two teles that have Don Mares and Lollars and you get a Classic Vibe, maybe you won't be blown away by the pickups.

    Compared to what came in the slightly more expensive MIM Standards for years, the Classic Vibes are a considerable step up from those.

    Be realistic. They are a fantastic value but they are not the best. As far as non-Antiquity Duncan pickups or Dimarzios, I can see going with something if your main goal is more output as opposed to 'better sound' but in terms of tone, my guess is in comparing the stock pickups vs the Twang Kings, you'd have plenty of people that preferred the stock pickups.
     
  5. Matt L

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    I had a Classic Vibe Thinline, and I found the pickups to be surprisingly good, but I could also hear a little thinness that could maybe be eradicated with an electronics swap. Same thing with the CV '50s Strat.....certainly could be slightly improved upon, but by no means bad-sounding stock pickups.

    Has anyone swapped ONLY the pots and/or caps in their Classic Vibe? I'd be interested to hear how the tone changed just doing that.
     
  6. Derelict

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    i may just stay as is then.

    i think they sound good just a bit weak, but that's cool since it doesn't push the amp into oblivion.
     
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    Same here. I originally bought it thinking I'd put a Charlie Christian in the neck, but I like it too much the way it is.
     
  8. Will Chen

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    Honestly, these days I'm much more of a fan of lower output pickups. You can always boost the signal to get more dirt but its very hard to get the same clarity you get from lower output pups from hotter ones.
     
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    Ive got the vintage modified with the duncan designed ones in it.. I feel no need to change them at all...they really do sing
     
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    Let's just say if you like Toneriders, you'll like the CV pickups. :)
     
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    I thought they were just fine as well. Low output but not bad sounding at all.
     
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    I thought they sounded great at home...when I got to the gig, not so much. Not horrible but I just didn't care for them at higher volumes.
     
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    CV '50's

    Bridge = good
    Neck = meh
     
  14. Sidmore

    Sidmore no talent hack Silver Supporting Member

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    CV 50's

    Bridge = like it quite well
    Neck = don't use it (yes, I know; not using the neck pup on a tele is sacrilege... )
     
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    Whats the difference, if any, between the ALNICO III's in the white tele vs the ALNICO Vs in the butterscotch tele?

    IMO, in the demo vids Ive seen, the white tele sound funkier/more country sounding than the butterscotch.
     
  16. jamdogg

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    I dig the cv '50s bridge pickup. But i will admit i dig it much less after playing lollars regularly.

    Neck pickup didnt do much for me.
     
  17. galibier_un

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    I was tempted to start another thread for this question.

    Has anyone pulled the neck off a CV 50's Tele? Does anyone know if the neck pocket is bare wood?

    I like a bare wood to bare wood contact between the neck and the pocket, but one thing I absolutely hate doing is stripping paint out of neck pockets.

    If the neck pocket is bare wood, I'm contemplating a using CV50's as a baseline for a USACG neck and some Don Mare pickups.

    Cheers,
    Thom
     
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    Yes I have the "White" Blond and the Alnico III mags are the best IMO.
    I'm going to change out the pots and caps for best clarity some day but the pickups are staying!!
     
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    I'm with you.....most all my guitars are under wound or slightly over wound.
    My CV 50s Tele is what it is.....Old Teles are like that.....sweet!
     
  20. jamdogg

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    Yes its bare. Have a look on ebay for pics.
     

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