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1978' Left Handed Custom - Bridge Pick up swap?

Discussion in 'Tele-Technical' started by grime99, Feb 8, 2013.

  1. grime99

    grime99 TDPRI Member

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    Hi All,

    My 78' Custom is going in for a neck restoration and I've got a couple issues I'd like to take care of while she's in. (new bridge/saddles)

    But what I need advice on is switching the bridge pick up. I've never been 100% happy with it on its own. It sounds really thin. Mids and lows are really scooped. I use the neck humbucker the most, and occasionally both.

    My question is what bridge pickup would pair well with the original 78' humbucker? I don't want to swap the neck too. So I need a single coil that plays nice.

    I'm not looking for twang as much as a sustained chime and shimmer.

    Any help from this knowledgeable group would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. KokoTele

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    I'd say something like the Duncan Donahue would be a great match. The highs are less pronounced and it's got some girth to it, but still sounds like a traditional Tele pickup. It pairs well with a humbucker.

    I'm not sure I've ever heard a Tele bridge pickup that had character you could describe as chime and shimmer, not without some good effects. Have you?
     
  3. grime99

    grime99 TDPRI Member

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    Thanks Koko Tele,

    I think my description is lacking. The chime and shimmer is the end result I would like (I'll use some subtle effects to get there.) Just looking for a PU that will serve as a platform to get there, and also pairing well with my original humbucker.

    What you describe is what I'm looking for and a more accurate description.

    Thanks!
     
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  5. grime99

    grime99 TDPRI Member

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    Bump,

    Any other suggestions?
     
  6. The String King

    The String King Tele-Afflicted

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    I think Kokoteles point is that Tele bridge pickups arent generally associated with what you require.

    May I suggest a Tele sized P90? The lower output versions have a nice mid response without being too treble-y. Should pair well with a bucker, although I assume they are wide range humbuckers which are quite dark.
     
  7. grime99

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    Thanks string king,

    I admittingly do not often use language very well :)

    I think Kokoteles definately clarified what I was looking for, was just wonderin if there are any other options for my custom (wide range / single coil)
     
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