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Old February 13th, 2012, 05:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Pickup Selection Help

I have MIM tele that I would like to change the pickups on. I really dislike the stock pickups. The bridge pickup I find to be to shrill and sounds more honky than twangy. I prefer the neck pickup, but I find it too muddy sounding.

I'm not sure what pick ups I would like. I would like to have a nice fat classic rock tone. Would the Custom Shop Texas Specials fit the bill for this? I'm open to any suggestions.


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Old February 13th, 2012, 06:49 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Have you thought about changing the electronics first? On my squier
CV tele I got a 4 way harness from TundraTone.com and it clears my pickups right up and sounds A LOT better. Anyways, just a thought.

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Old February 13th, 2012, 07:20 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Have you thought about changing the electronics first? On my squire CV tele I got a 4 way harness from TundraTone.com and it clears my pickups right up and sounds A LOT better. Anyways, just a thought.
No, I'm pretty ignorant when it comes to this stuff. All I know is I don't like the sound and want to change it. Whatever I do, I plan on paying someone to do it for me.
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dimarzio twang king pickups. i put them in my mim tele and theyre great. i also heard good thinga about keystones
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Old February 13th, 2012, 10:36 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I'd check out the "Wilde" green tab regarding Bill & Becky Lawrence on the supporting vendor tab at the top of the page.
The Bill Lawrence "Keystone" Pups that I purchased for my '06 MIM Tele is still one of the best bang for the buck gear items I have, (Tele Set < $75). However, if given the same choice today I would probably purchase the Bill Lawrence "Micro-Coils", (Tele Set < $100).
Hard to go wrong with either one and certainly reasonably priced. The tone I would describe as Clear, Rich, and quiet for single coils.
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Old February 14th, 2012, 10:38 AM   #6 (permalink)
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What about the lil '59? Do any of you have thoughts on that?
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Old February 14th, 2012, 10:45 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I have MIM tele that I would like to change the pickups on. I really dislike the stock pickups. The bridge pickup I find to be to shrill and sounds more honky than twangy. I prefer the neck pickup, but I find it too muddy sounding.

I'm not sure what pick ups I would like. I would like to have a nice fat classic rock tone. Would the Custom Shop Texas Specials fit the bill for this? I'm open to any suggestions.

To answer your question...Yes..in my experience of owning them along with several other brands that I own. The CS Texas Spcls have a nice warm tone..You could certainly do Classic Rock with lower output pups...but your stock Tele pups are probably ceramic..and not so twangy. If you want some Twang..go with lower output 6-6.5k pups that are either AlNico 3 or 5 mags.

Good luck in your search..Youtube has lots of video demos
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Old February 14th, 2012, 11:01 AM   #8 (permalink)
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If '52 OVs are still on sale for $62 @ Amazon, they'll do it fine.With a 4 way switch you'll even get a strong output.
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Alnico 5's over 3's IMO ...
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Old February 14th, 2012, 11:36 AM   #10 (permalink)
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If '52 OVs are still on sale for $62 @ Amazon, they'll do it fine.With a 4 way switch you'll even get a strong output.
They are 77 now at Amazon, but that still seems reasonable. I keep going back and forth if I will try and install them myself. How difficult is it for a noob? Will I need to adjust the magnets?
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I don't think they adjust.Too bad they went up,but ebay has them all the time.They are the only original p/ups I never changed.I think mine are AlNiCo 5s.
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I don't think they adjust.Too bad they went up,but ebay has them all the time.They are the only original p/ups I never changed.I think mine are AlNiCo 5s.
How difficult is the wiring?
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How difficult is the wiring?
Just put the wires for the new ones were you took off the old ones. You pickups will come with a diagram.
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Old February 14th, 2012, 03:06 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Just put the wires for the new ones were you took off the old ones. You pickups will come with a diagram.
Ok, I'm just uptight about making the swap myself. How much does a shop usually charge to swap them?
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My tech was charging me $40, but I was changing stuff so often I just started doing it myself.

For the sound you're after, I would recommend you check out a set of Budz Guitars 42 and Tall pups. A nice fat, warm bridge, and the sweetest sounding neck pup I've ever played.
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^^ yes. It's easy, once you do it you'll be looking for the staples 'easy button'
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^^ yes. It's easy, once you do it you'll be looking for the staples 'easy button'
Ok, I'll take the plunge and do it myself. What tools would I need?
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You'll need a philips screw driver to take off the control plate, pickguard and pickups. A bigger (I think a #2) phillips Screwdriver for the bridge . A soldering iron, and a little bit of solder.
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You'll need a philips screw driver to take off the control plate, pickguard and pickups. A bigger (I think a #2) phillips Screwdriver for the bridge . A soldering iron, and a little bit of solder.
Would this iron work?
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