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Old April 12th, 2012, 08:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Tele neck pickup that sounds like a Strat?

I love all Fender guitars in every pickup position, but I'm partial to a Tele bridge pickup and a Strat or a Jazzmaster/P90 style pickup in the neck. Are there any Tele pickups in the chrome housing that sound like Strat pickups? As far as the P90 route, I could get a humbucker equipped Tele and switch pickups. Has Fender ever made a Tele with a traditional Tele bridge pickup and a P90 neck pickup? I know they make the Modern Player Thinline with 2 P90s.

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Try a Twisted Tele p'up.
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Old April 13th, 2012, 07:24 AM   #3 (permalink)
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+1 on the Twisted Tele. Very Strat-like, but still retaining Tele-ish overtones. Great match with conventional vintage type bridge p/up, (Fender OV for example).

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Old April 13th, 2012, 10:50 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I had a GFS "Fatbody" tele neck pickup that I put a tele nickel silver chrome cover on. Very straty sounding for low $$. The Bill & Becky Lawrence Keystone neck pup is on the straty side of the tele neck pup spectrum. The Twisted Tele and I believe Done Mare's "Stelly" are specifically designed to sound straty. As for what specs tend to achieve a straty sound, 42 AWG wire, rather than the standard 43 AWG for a tele neck, and taller magnets/coil structure help. That is the recipe I have used for straty sounding tele pickups I have wound, and it works. I believe it is the way they make Twisted Tele and Stelly pups.
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Old April 13th, 2012, 11:08 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Twisted T is the way to go. GREAT pickup.
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Old April 13th, 2012, 11:31 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Another yes on the Twisted, and it's all setup for a 4-way switch (with separate cover ground wire).

Have one in my VB CV50 with the stock 8.8k bridge pup and 4-way switch. Great combo!

Roll off the tone knob and it sounds a lot like an OV neck pup.
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Old April 13th, 2012, 12:16 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Harmonic Design...

or just put in a strat pup.
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Old April 13th, 2012, 02:36 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Joe Barden Danny Gatton neck pup, problem solved.
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Old April 13th, 2012, 03:34 PM   #9 (permalink)
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don mare stelly (underwound a touch) or fender nocaster.
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Old April 13th, 2012, 06:54 PM   #10 (permalink)
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install any strat pup - pull off the cover, wrap a bit of common black electrical tape around the coil, and yer good to go. yes, an uncovered strat pup will fit inside a tele pickguard routed for a tele neck pup.

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Old April 13th, 2012, 07:15 PM   #11 (permalink)
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The Twisted Tele makes a very good strat neck pickup, squeezing the American Tele (AmSer) bridge pickup into the strat was a bit more of a problem, I had to enlarge the hole obliquely.. Result, very powerful strat-like telecaster pickups, in a strat.
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Old April 13th, 2012, 07:46 PM   #12 (permalink)
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install any strat pup - pull off the cover, wrap a bit of common black electrical tape around the coil, and yer good to go. yes, an uncovered strat pup will fit inside a tele pickguard routed for a tele neck pup.

Wow!, Rob, That is so cool. I put a strat pickup in my tely a long time ago using another pickguard and enlarging it's hole... I went back to the tele pickup, but this info about the string around the wire.... How clever.. could be very useful. Thanks. R
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Old April 14th, 2012, 12:08 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Another vote for the Fender Twisted Tele.
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Old April 14th, 2012, 05:41 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Are there any Tele pickups in the chrome housing that sound like Strat pickups?
Bill Lawrence's L202TN and Keystone neck pickup are available with a chromed cover that has no effect on the tone, and are clearer than almost all Strat pickups on the market while getting classic Fender sounds. I don't think you'll find other pickups with chrome covers that don't alter performance.
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Old April 14th, 2012, 05:50 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Twisted. I have one in a mid 80΄s MIJ with a Stewmack Golden Age in the bridge. Love the combo.
And yes, it΄s pretty strat like.
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Old April 15th, 2012, 05:25 PM   #16 (permalink)
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+1 on the GFS FatBody!

... just installed one along with a 60s Hot Alnico in my SX wigglestick today. -- Still tweaking height/balance, but definitely a stratty sound comes out of the neck -- I like it a lot!
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...and another +1 for the GFS Alnico Fatbody (with a silver-nickel add-on cover, if you need that look); I actually have real Strat pickups in one of my Teles, but my Thinline with the Fatbody sounds just as Strat-y as that one.
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Old April 15th, 2012, 07:19 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Are there any Tele pickups in the chrome housing that sound like Strat pickups?
The Twisted Tele neck pickup is the closest sound to a Strat's neck pickup I've ever heard in a Tele-style pickup. By a mile.
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Old April 16th, 2012, 08:37 AM   #19 (permalink)
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Just taking the cover off my stock p/up got me about half way there already. I like the look with the cover much better but the with the cover off the clarity is vastly improved. I would love to try a real strat p/up someday.
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yes indeed - there was a reason why the tele neck pup was designed with that grounded metal cover (and added treble sucking tone cap). the coil materials, how it was wound, and that metal cover, were part of an integrated design for a special purpose that is not needed these dayze, 60+ years later. a modern tele neck pup has that "vintage look", and it sure has that "vintage sound" that wasn't intended to be a guitar. rather than remove that metal cover, replace that "vintage style" neck pup with one that's more conducive to the tone you seek.
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