Which Tele pickup for early Zep tone?

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by Johnnytone, May 1, 2005.


  1. Johnnytone

    Johnnytone Supporting Member

    Messages:
    1,683
    Joined:
    Sep 13, 2004
    Location:
    Queens, NY
    Hello all

    I'm ditching a SD Lil 59 in my Classic 50s tele and wanted a pickup that will get me the early Zep sound.

    Fender, Duncan, others?
     
  2. ricoh

    ricoh Member

    Messages:
    1,199
    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2004
    Location:
    surfside fla
    The raised pole piece type that I had in a 60's Tele had that tone.
    Duncan makes a nice replacement-w- his Antiquity line. They are a little thinner sounding and more harsh than the flat pole type
    I'm sure there are others as well.
    Rico
     
  3. mainsale

    mainsale Member

    Messages:
    1,699
    Joined:
    Nov 16, 2002
    Location:
    Cape Cod Blues
    That's exactly the tone Terry C. McInturff went after in his new "Terrycaster". He used a mini-humbucker at the neck and a VooDoo SC at the bridge with a "magic" mid control. Check out his site for more details, that may be of help to you.
     
  4. cnardone

    cnardone Supporting Member

    Messages:
    2,061
    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2002
    Location:
    Stony Point, NY
    I've heard that Lentz (spelling?) used to make a Tele pickup like your talking about. I'd aslo call Lollar.

    cmn
     
  5. mrfjones

    mrfjones Member

    Messages:
    1,009
    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2004
    Location:
    the mid west
    voodoo te60bl staggared like a 1959 or 1960 pickup just like page used.
     
  6. shallbe

    shallbe Deputy Plankspanker Gold Supporting Member

    Messages:
    10,185
    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2002
    Location:
    Gulf Coast, AL
    Harmonic Design Super 90 or Tele Plus. Either will get you there, with the Super 90 being a little ballsier.
     
  7. Johnnytone

    Johnnytone Supporting Member

    Messages:
    1,683
    Joined:
    Sep 13, 2004
    Location:
    Queens, NY
  8. Teleman

    Teleman Supporting Member

    Messages:
    1,725
    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2003
    Location:
    Plantsville, CT
    SD Broadcaster
     
    fretless, InkStained and Ayrton like this.
  9. ToneKing

    ToneKing Member

    Messages:
    1,428
    Joined:
    Nov 27, 2003
    Location:
    Iowa
    Another vote for Lollar. Give Jason a call, he'll set you up with what you need.
     
  10. Johnnytone

    Johnnytone Supporting Member

    Messages:
    1,683
    Joined:
    Sep 13, 2004
    Location:
    Queens, NY
    Update: I picked up one of these for $39.95 and am VERY happy with it.


    Thanks
     
  11. No Code 5

    No Code 5 Member

    Messages:
    391
    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2004
    Location:
    Houston, TX
    Agreed on the SD Broadcaster.

    I had a lot of good tones from that. I eventually had some problems with the pup cutting in and out... traced it to the pup.

    I replaced it with a Fender '54 tele pup... similar tone and I like it just as well. A little bit twangier than the broadcaster, but still good stuff.
     
  12. 70' s Tone

    70' s Tone Member

    Messages:
    1,392
    Joined:
    May 30, 2017
    Any new opinions on this...?
     
  13. Seth L

    Seth L Silver Supporting Member

    Messages:
    20,555
    Joined:
    Mar 22, 2014
    Location:
    N.C.
    Fender Nocaster with the treble rolled off a little.
     
    stratman89 and Cal Webway like this.
  14. 71strat

    71strat Member

    Messages:
    7,156
    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2013
    Don Mare

    The ZepOTones
    (1) "Zep0tone 1"-Studio Version,

    With: 5.7 Bridge/6.9 Neck / Nickel Silver Cover Al-3 neck

    (Staggered AlNiCo 5 Bridge)

    :These 5.7k bridges were found to KILLER!~WITH PINE WOOD bodies~

    as used by, Rick Kelly "Carmine Street Guitars" NY, NY.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    (2)"Zep0tone 2" Live Version,

    ROCKERS or BLUES PLAYERS, this is the,"go to set up!"
    (Bridge is hotter than studio set,the story goes the bridge
    was rewound for Live work and became 6.6k)
    With: 6.6 Bridge/6.9neck + Nickel Silver Cover- So on the Neck we used AlNiCo 3
    "this was is used in place of
    A-5 to simulate a highly degaussed AlNiCo 5 that was
    found on the original."

    (But the Bridge is Alnico 5 Staggered)
     
    big mike and Cal Webway like this.
  15. oldtelefart

    oldtelefart Member

    Messages:
    4,538
    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2009
    Location:
    Tropical Oz
    Once you've got the pickups, you need a little old Supro cranked in a big space, with a Neumann U47 about 4-5 feet away, running into vintage compressors, vintage desk, and onto 2" tape.
    Oh, and play like JP.......
     
  16. Oinkus

    Oinkus Member

    Messages:
    1,081
    Joined:
    Nov 14, 2014
    Location:
    Yorktown VA
    I have a handwound set of Alnico 3s that does it pretty good. Another person that knows pickups to talk to would be Lindy Fralin , give him a call.
     
  17. ant_riv

    ant_riv Supporting Member

    Messages:
    3,963
    Joined:
    Nov 10, 2006
    This!
    All of these pups will do a great 'classic' tele tone, so take your pick.
    A vital component is the amp, also. (Plus the other stuff, but that probably ain't happening.)
     
  18. K-Line

    K-Line Gold Supporting Member

    Messages:
    6,929
    Joined:
    Jun 24, 2006
    Location:
    St. Louis, Missourah
    Lollar Special does it just fine.
     
  19. WordMan

    WordMan Member

    Messages:
    1,295
    Joined:
    Dec 18, 2004
    Seymour Duncan Jerry Donahue signature pickup. Based on his '52 Tele's pickup. A bit hotter. Played through a Tweed with a quality dirtbox is Zep heaven.
     
  20. Cal Webway

    Cal Webway Silver Supporting Member

    Messages:
    8,954
    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2013
    Location:
    Larry, ND
    So true!
    But, Don Mare from what I've read thru the yrs, esp at the Tele Page.

    .
     

Share This Page