Will tele Donahue bridge do hard rock?

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

  1. Webfoot

    Webfoot Supporting Member

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    Big +1. The JD rules!
     

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