July 6th, 2012, 02:37 AM
I'm a happy owner of a MIJ 52-TX, that has Texas special pickups.
I'm quite new to teles, and I've heard so many of you recommend Lollar pickups, that I checked their website and the soundclips. They're amazing!
However, it's just a soundclip, but a different guitar, different amp, and different (better) player, so it's hard to tell if they're any better than TX specials.
Would it be an obvious improvement if I invested in a Lollar bridge pickup? I'm playing pop-rock and I'm looking for a twangy-yet-badass sound, not the very vintage, dry and thin kind of twang.
Thank you for your advice in advance.
July 6th, 2012, 04:35 AM
To clarify some more:
My TX specials sound too dark, not twangy enough. However, I've heard some comments about Lollar special T-s not being twangy at all...so, would it be a wise decision?
But all those samples sound so great, even Nash guitars on youtube, and my favorite band, The GaslightAnthem also uses Nash Teles with Lollar Special T-s.
Then again, I could buy one of these too:
Hard decision, because there's no way to try before I buy one.
July 6th, 2012, 06:32 AM
... Hard decision, because there's no way to try before I buy one.
however, you can try a cavalier lion before buying.
if this bad boy doesn't work for ya, simply ship it back home. if you decide to keep him, his price tag is $60. such a deal, eh? :cool:
the lion is very fat toned - thick treble with good mid-range sonics. it will happily twang away country style, boogie down the blues or rock yer night away.
alnico 5 rod magnets covered in 42awg coil wire, black string wrapped, deep vacuum wax potted, cloth lead wires, copper plated steel base plate. screws and neoprene height tubing included. reversing the leads fixes any phasing issues with another pup. your choice of north or south top magnetic pole. read this page to learn how to determine the polarity of your pickups - www.frettech.com/cavalier
July 6th, 2012, 10:24 AM
I have a Lollar special T in my #1. If you are looking for twangy and/or jangle, the special T is not your pickup. With the tone at 10 it is bright-ish but still somewhat round. It is great at blues and rock and really fat with the tone rolled back.
July 6th, 2012, 01:20 PM
Yeah, I realized that. I checked several videos on youtube, and they sound like thin LP-s a bit. Fat, but not twangy at all.
On the other hand I changed strings on my Tele, fiddled a bit with the PU height, and lowering the bridge PU's bass side made my TX specials twang like a dream! I really hit the sweet spot, and now I have no intention to change them. No way!
FYI, my sweet spot is the following:
Bass - 8/64" (3.6 mm)
Treble - 6/64" (2.4 mm)
November 30th, 2012, 06:31 PM
I am thinking of putting a Lollar Special T bridge in my CS NOS 60's Tele. Anyone know if it will mate up ok w/ the neck on polarity?
December 3rd, 2012, 03:08 AM
I have a light ash body rosewood neck tele that I play through several vintage blackface and tweed amps...o.k. I have the vintage T set well balanced and I can get some snap out of them but they are clearly designed for blues and rock..if you do a four ways switch the fouth position (bridge through neck in series) you will get a Les Paul tone which is damn convincing if you wanta traditional tone I would suggest Don Mare hayride set tradtional wise they knock it out of the park imo..
December 3rd, 2012, 03:35 AM
For twang, I might lean more towards the Lollar Vintage T or '52 T.