What's the Thickest, Fattest, Bluesiest sounding Tele bridge pickup?

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  1. AJ Love

    AJ Love Senior Member

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    I've got a cool Telecaster with a Red Cedar body with Nordstrand pickups. The neck pickup is the most incredible sounding Tele neck pickup I've ever heard, but the Bridge pickup is very very trebly (*please note edited comments below) and thin sounding... I'm wondering what you guys think is the Thickest, Fattest, Bluesiest sounding Tele bridge pickup made today? I'm a Blues player...

    ***(I'm editing this to note that the very thin trebly sound of the Nordstrand bridge pickup was due to a bleeder cap on the guitar, not the pickup. I discovered after cutting out the Bleeder Cap that the Nordstrand pickup itself is very good sounding, similar in some ways to a 60's Fender but "hotter"... I know how people sometimes search this forum for info about specific pickups and I don't want to denigrate Nordstrands. They are great pickups, and again, the Nordstrand neck pickup is the greatest Tele neck pickup for Blues I've ever heard...as it is I did end up changing out the Nordstrand for a Lollar Special, but the Nordstrand bridge is a good pickup)
     
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  3. sanhozay

    sanhozay klon free since 2009

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    You might want to try the Lollar GVCG. It's a very fat.

    Fralin with do Steel Pole Tele pups that rawk!
     
  4. cbpickin

    cbpickin Tweed Supporting Member Silver Supporting Member

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    I vote for the Fralin Blues Specials! I have them in my '68 tele and it is the fattest tele pickup I have heard. No ice pickin' and with some od it is just huge. And, I am also a blues nut.
     
  5. Peppy

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    A Hot Rails Tele Bridge...wired for single coil, not humbucking....will get you there. Fat and full, yet still retaining enough Tele tone (vs. the overwhelming power of a humbucking pickup).
     
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    SD Jerry Donohue. Thicker than your basic tele bridge, but with better string-to-string balance, and still maintaining plenty o' twang.
     
  7. Crazyquilt

    Crazyquilt Guitar Dad Silver Supporting Member

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    As far as pickups I have direct experience with, the Fralin Steelpole. Definitely heavier than a Blues Special. The SK T-90 or Harmonic Design pickup which is P-90-like would likely be good contenders, too, but I don't have direct experience with them, and some of the feedback on the HDs is that they don't sound as Tele-like.
     
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    Big +1
     
  9. VaughnC

    VaughnC Supporting Member

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    I once owned a Fender Custom Shop '51 Nocaster and the stock bridge pickup setting gave me goose bumps. It rang like a grand piano.
     
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    gnugear Member

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    I've got nocaster pickups and they're really fat. They make a strat sound tinny.
     
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    What's the Thickest, Fattest, Bluesiest sounding Tele bridge pickup?

    Well some people here in the Bay Area think thats the Bridge Pickup in
    my Scott Lentz Olympic White Telecaster!
     
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    Try some Rio Grandes they make some awesome singles, get you a Dirty Harry for back there or a Muy Grande, check them out.
     
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    Do not, at any costs get a Quarterpounder !!! - they sound terrible, i had mine in and out again within a week . Gone with some texas specials in my tele and using my LP for the meaty stuff .
     
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    +1 for the Fralin Blues Special in the bridge. Very rich in tone while still retaining the "twang". They are phat and full with great articulation IMHO.
    :AOK
     
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    I love the Fralin Blues Specials, but I'm not really after 'thick and fat' in the Tele bridge position. My first thought was the Harmonic Design Super 90, a pickup I had for a while and definitely had 'thick and fat' in spades.
     
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    esoteric pete Supporting Member

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    i have a A5 gvcg/lollar bridge and its fat as hell.....awesome tone..
     
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    +1

    i have one in my $600 esquire and it makes that guitar sound like a $700 esquire!:D

    seriously though, it made my esquire sound great!
     
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    Seymour Duncan Little 59. It's a single coil-sized mini humbucker that will drop right in. I had one in the bridge of my 72 Telecaster Custom and it was a sweet sounding pickup - definitely not thin or twangy.
     

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