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What's the best Tele pickup?

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by ttingley, Jun 29, 2006.

  1. ttingley

    ttingley Member

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    I recently had the privelage of recording with a rented '53 Telecaster. Needless to say it was amazing. Now I have to have a Tele. I can't afford $40,000 to buy a real deal early 50's tele but who makes a killer vintage tele bridge pickup? I've heard good things about suhr, fralin, and duncan antiquities.

    Also, the neck pickup was exceedingly dark, what's the deal with that?
     
  2. enharmonic

    enharmonic Old Growth

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    Oh man...you're gonna get as many answers as there are options available. The Lollar/GVCG's are getting a lot of love these days.
     
  3. Teahead

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    I have Kinman Broadcasters in my US Std. Tele and while I wouldn't say the neck is dark, it's definitely warm and thick. Teles don't get jazz gigs for nothing!

    Anyway, the Kinmans are excellent, a world of improvement over the stock pick ups.
     
  4. Unburst

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    I would recommend Hamel, but the wait time is very long, so I'd suggest Fred Stuart Blackguards.

    http://www.virtualvintageguitars.com/stuartcustomguitars0005.html


    If it had original wiring then the neck pos (i.e. the pup selector toward the bridge) has a tone rolloff cap to emulate a bass.
    The middle pos is actually the neck pup, there is no "in between" pos on the early Teles.
     
  5. Bonedance

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    For early 50's Tele tones, Hamels, Lollars, Stuarts and Don Mare. Hamels get great press for tone, but negative press for wait time and communication.

    Lollars are pure class and tone all the way and Jason is excellent on turn around time and communication.

    Don Mare winds the 2324 Roy wraps and they are exceptional. Again, good turn around time and communication.

    From what I've read about the Stuart blackguards, they are killer. Not sure on contact info though.

    Tom Short gets very good reviews on his tele pups, but not much press.
     
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    MAGICboy Gold Supporting Member

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    trudat

    I'm loving mine.

    Big, round and lively


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  8. El Jimbo

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    Anyone have contacts/links for these?
     
  9. Pedro58

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    For $40-50, get a Duncan Antiquity off Ebay. They're as good as anything. Seymour knows and plays Teles. His best designs, IMO, are for Telecasters. For the neck... who knows? I like the Harmonic Design pups. Slap those in any Tele with a big maple neck and you'll be good to go.
     
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  11. longgonedaddy

    longgonedaddy Supporting Member

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    I'm very happy with my Fender Nocasters. They bumped the Bardens right out.
     
  12. eric-d

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    I love my Antiquities.....
     
  13. Enjoyer

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    +1 dat!

    What he said.

    I recommend Jason Lollar without hesitation.

    I am a believer!

    Prepare to be amazed and totally pleased.
     
  14. DANOCASTER

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    DUDE.. we have been thru this SO many times

    The BEST TELE PICKUP is the one that sounds the best in YOUR guitar.. I had great p/ups that were OK in one guitar and KILLER in another.. ya gotta experiment

    TRY :

    Lollar , Hamel , Voodoo , Duncan Antiquity , Rolph

    find em used and experiment

    Probably NOT what you want to hear but just because a Voodoo KILLS in someone's tele doesnt mean it will in YOURS.. Take it from me - I've owned and / or built about 100 teles in the last 5 years.. I'm a tele FREAK

    my .002
     
  15. 1964

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    IMO, the best Tele bridge pickup is the Fender No-caster, bar none.
     
  16. chrisgraff

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    If it's a vintage tele you're looking for, have Jeff Senn build one for you. They absolutely get there, and reasonably priced compared to some others.
     
  17. Big Bob

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    +1 on what Danocaster said. I have swapped tele pups (along with pots and caps etc.)from one guitar to another and gotten totally different sounds.

    That said I have a Duncan Broadcaster pup from the early 70s that ain't ever commin out o my tele. I just don't see how it can get any better.

    I really like the Muy Grande too for certain things.

    Bob
     
  18. analogmike

    analogmike Gold Supporting Member

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    I like those too, Jim Weider told me to get some for my Tele and they sound awesome.
     
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  19. Bonedance

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    Don Mare is www.buckcannon.com email is tonemagic@lycos.com

    Tom Short is www.tomshortshandmadepickups.com

    I've also heard great things about David Plummers tele pups. I have not tried his tele pickups, but his buckers are top notch. His email is david.plummer@grubbellis.com

    I keep hearing great things about bare knuckles pups also. They have several models of tele pups. Country Boy, ( ala ALbert Lee ) The Boss, ( ala Springsteen ) Brown Sugar, ( ala Keef ) Yardbird, ( Page/Beck ) Piledriver, ( ? ) Anyone have experience with these?

    I am just freaked over the tele bridge pup Don wound for me. I keep waiting for the honeymoon to be over, but it continues to inspire.
     
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    Don Mare is a super nice guy. I dealt with him last winter, I can't speak about his pickups though mine was a rewind. Kinman's are always cool, I run a pair of AVN 60s. I had a Broadcaster set in my Gigliotti but that guitar really needed Barden's. I love Barden's as well (in my Gigliotti GT Custom), they are bright and hot pickups but are a great compliment for a dark guitar. If you can, get yourself a set of the MIJ Esquire/Telecaster pickups from the 80s. I had an MIJ 1986 Esquire that had a great sounding pickup in it.
     

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