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Old February 26th, 2013, 05:37 AM   #1 (permalink)
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The Best Neck PU for Your Tele

Please let me know of your favorite tele neck PU, doesn't have to be ranking list (plural).

Mine (current ranking):
1. Harmonic Design "Chrometone"
2. Harmonic Design "Super Chrome"
3. Fralin "Blues Special"
4. Harmonic Design "Vintage +"
5. Lollar "CC"

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Old February 26th, 2013, 05:44 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Im a little odd. My favorite Tele neck pickup is a reversed wound Kent Armstrong P90. It adds my Sg Special/Pete Townshend obsession to the tele. I was amazed the first time I played throigh that P90 in my tele. But for regular, basic Tele neck pickups I really like the OV, I might change my mind when I recieve my Nocaster neck pickup next week.
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Old February 27th, 2013, 03:46 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Im a little odd. My favorite Tele neck pickup is a reversed wound Kent Armstrong P90. It adds my Sg Special/Pete Townshend obsession to the tele. I was amazed the first time I played throigh that P90 in my tele. But for regular, basic Tele neck pickups I really like the OV, I might change my mind when I recieve my Nocaster neck pickup next week.
Interesting.
I love my Kent Armstrong Mini HB on my 17" arch top (Triggs), it's only KA PU I know.Have you tried Harmonic Design neck PUs like "Vintage Plus" and or "Super Chrome"? They are a sort of P90 style PUs.
Vintage Plus sounds thick, fat and round but even clearer and smoother than stock tele PUs and Super Chrome sounds more like traditional tele neck but fatter with P90 power.
They have much better S/N ratio than my 2 real P90s from '50s, and of course they are a bit more Fenderish; Vintage Plus neck is a little Stratish, Super Chrome more like tele neck, both in texture (attack).
Anyway thanks for the great info.
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Old February 27th, 2013, 07:35 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I always encourage people to check out the Suhr. Really one of the the best I've heard, imho.
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Old February 27th, 2013, 07:51 AM   #5 (permalink)
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both are open and articulate, probably due to the nickel-silver cover. brass tends to be darker.
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Old February 27th, 2013, 08:10 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Old February 27th, 2013, 11:02 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Old February 27th, 2013, 11:12 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I like the Texas Special for the neck. Can't say I like their bridge pickup though.
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Old February 27th, 2013, 11:15 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I like the Texas Special for the neck. Can't say I like their bridge pickup though.
I agree ^^^^^^
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Old February 27th, 2013, 11:19 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Strat neck or mid pickup.
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Old February 27th, 2013, 11:29 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I'm currently waiting on a Mini Strat from Harmonic Design, the you tube clip I found sounded pretty dang good! I will post a review and give video when it arrives. :)
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My Brierley neck pickup sounds incredible, very smooth and clear with a sweet, deep tone. I use it about as much as I use the bridge.
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Old February 27th, 2013, 11:45 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Keystone. The bridge is alright too, but the neck is really nice. Very clear, smooth. Not muddy at all.
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Old February 27th, 2013, 11:46 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Old February 27th, 2013, 12:26 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Old February 27th, 2013, 03:31 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Im a little odd. My favorite Tele neck pickup is a reversed wound Kent Armstrong P90.
I'm a little odd, too. I have a cream soapbar P90 in the neck of my Affinity and love it. If I were building a new Tele right now, I'd look to the Harmonic Design mini-strat pickup mentioned several times above, or a Lollar Charlie Christian.

In other words, I'm not a huge fan of the classic Tele neck pickup (though I have a Fender Classic in my other Tele and it's OK).
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I like the paisley neck from apc pickups formally known as an adder. Brad uses it in just about all of his teles.Best I ever had
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Fralin P92
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And, I would like to try Manlius T-90.
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