Will tele Donahue bridge do hard rock?

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by Webfoot, May 24, 2011.

  1. Webfoot

    Webfoot Supporting Member

    Oct 24, 2006
    Okay... no laughing...

    Have had a chopper and hot area t in my tele. All good but I miss the natural tone of the bridge pickup. So trying to get back to lower output/non stack humbucker.

    The JD has alnico 2, higher bass and lower treble that moves it away from the traditional trebly tele bridge pickup. My guess is I don't need a hot pickup either since I am not driving an amp direct but getting my dirt and push from a pedal.

    So will the Donahue work in the tele for hard rock? Need solos and rhythms more like thin lizzy, zz top, gary moore... not expecting heavy chunk.

    I did like the custom shop pearly gate jr demo but the amp is so saturated, its hard to tell how the pickup really sounds... plus would like it to be a true single.
  2. RockStarNick

    RockStarNick Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2005
    North NJ
    I just installed a Seymour Duncan Donahue bridge pickup today, in fact. Been using a Duncan Broadcaster STL1B for the past few years.

    The Donahue has a fuller, sweeter midrange. It's a very interesting pickup, because it's got plenty of traditonal twang, no icepick, and sounds GREAT with lots of gain.

    I'll give more of a detailed report after I play it some more. but so far, I'm really liking it.
  3. jimmyj

    jimmyj Member

    Feb 12, 2002
    Brookings, SD
    It's my favorite tele pickup for rock, blues, country etc..
    I started using the JD after reading a few comments on it by guys saying it does the early Jimmy Page tele tone. I don't know if that's exactly true but I think it's a great rock pickup for a vintage tele style, clean or with a pedal.
  4. Hoodster

    Hoodster Member

    Apr 11, 2007
    Big +1. The JD rules!

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