May 6th, 2012, 10:51 AM
Hello forum :)
I just bought an american deluxe telecaster. It is some 2004 edition no longer being produced: double cutaway alder body, quilt maple top, maple neck with 22-fret ebony fretboard and HH pickup config~.
I am about to change pickups, I am planing on buying John Suhr pickups - SSH+ on bridge and SSV on neck.
Does anyone have any experience with putting these (or any other Suhr pickups) on tele and what do you think about them? My alternative is seymour duncan but I have tried neither on this guitar...
May 6th, 2012, 02:47 PM
Love to see pics of your Tele :-)
May 6th, 2012, 06:25 PM
Love to see pics of your Tele :-)
Forgot to add pic, my bad :oops:
Here you go:
May 6th, 2012, 09:29 PM
I'm a big fan of Suhr guitars and pickups. It's hard to go wrong with those.
May 16th, 2012, 10:50 AM
I've had the Suhr Classic T's in my tele for one day, and they're coming out. Amazing bottom string definition in the bridge- they cluck like nothing I've ever heard, but absolutely no B and E string definition. They sound super compressed and don't ring out. Thin and wimpy. The neck pickup is pure mud. Gone!
May 16th, 2012, 09:52 PM
Funny, I was just going to put my Classic T's back in! I had them in for 3 or 4 years and decided to go more vintage with Fralin Stock staggered. I've been missing, though, what I feel is one of the best front pickups around, in the Suhr. I would'nt call it muddy at all. Yes, the Fralin bridge has more definition and less mids, as it is a lower wind--more classic Tele sounding to me--but I miss the added output of the Suhr. Still not sure I feel like taking my guitar apart again, but I have a new rig (Victoria Bassman) since I last used the Suhrs, and am curious how they'll sound in it. We'll see.
May 17th, 2012, 07:49 AM
In essence, pickups aren't really about "which one is better, or, the best."
Pickups are about finding the set, or combination that best transmits the voice of your particular guitar.
Sure, many have distinctive sounds, but the potential of that sound isn't fully realized until the pickups are installed and in use.
Then it becomes a matter of whether a tonal bias in the way a pickup is made, really does or does not work in the guitar/amp combination you use.
Most pickups are very well made and have the potential to sound great. We've all read the reviews on pickups we thought sounded horrible, yet someone else said they were amazing.
Pickups are one component. One part of the puzzle. When the right match is made, it's a rare and beautiful thing.
May 17th, 2012, 01:58 PM
Not sure what is/ was going on with my Suhr equipped tele, but the neck pickup went silent, so I'm assuming I'm dealing with a bad connection. I certainly will not make any decisions before that is dealt with. I'm really struggling the two high strings, but the quack/ tone on the bottom four strings is amazing. I was quick to judge, and I'm reconsidering all options before I make any decisions as quickly as I post here!
May 19th, 2012, 08:55 AM
A couple of days with these, and I can say I was very wrong in my initial assessment. While I don't love the neck, the middle and bridge are phenomenal!
May 19th, 2012, 09:18 AM
If I put mine back in, I'm going to drop the height's down lower than I had before. The last time I also used springs instead of tubing. I'm using a heavier gauge string set, as well. All variables that may make it interesting enough to dig out the soldering iron.