Which Tele pickup for early Zep tone?

Johnnytone

Silver Supporting Member
Messages
2,055
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?
 

ricoh

Member
Messages
1,195
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
 

mainsale

Member
Messages
1,695
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.
 

cnardone

Member
Messages
2,100
I've heard that Lentz (spelling?) used to make a Tele pickup like your talking about. I'd aslo call Lollar.

cmn
 

shallbe

Deputy Plankspanker
Platinum Supporting Member
Messages
11,928
Harmonic Design Super 90 or Tele Plus. Either will get you there, with the Super 90 being a little ballsier.
 

No Code 5

Member
Messages
391
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.
 

71strat

Member
Messages
9,361
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)
 

Oinkus

Member
Messages
5,464
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.
 

ant_riv

Silver Supporting Member
Messages
5,660
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.......
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.)
 

WordMan

Homo Logos
Platinum Supporting Member
Messages
8,596
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.
 

Cal Webway

Member
Messages
9,568
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.......
So true!
But, Don Mare from what I've read thru the yrs, esp at the Tele Page.

.
 




Trending Topics

Top