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Best Tele neck pickup!

Discussion in 'Just Pickups' started by DeadEyeRy, Nov 9, 2017.

  1. DeadEyeRy

    DeadEyeRy TDPRI Member

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    Jun 2, 2012
    Hello all!

    I'm thinking of swapping out my US standard next pickup for something with a bit more body & grit. My current thinking is a TV Jones filtron type pu.

    Anybody got any suggestions? Routing isn't a problem if need be.
     

  2. telemnemonics

    telemnemonics Poster Extraordinaire

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    Mar 2, 2010
    Maine
    I'd like to try a Charlie Christian neck pickup.
    A low wind Gibson mini hum is always a great sound though, and I have one waiting for some repair.
     
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  3. FirTrader

    FirTrader Tele-Meister

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    Jan 8, 2017
    Alberta Canada
    Filtertron would definitely fatten things up a bit... a P90 style pickup might just be too aggressive, I guess it depends on what you are after...
     

  4. DeadEyeRy

    DeadEyeRy TDPRI Member

    49
    Jun 2, 2012
    P90 is probably a bit thin for what I'm going for... and I don't like the look of them! I hear Bareknuckle pu's are good too...
     

  5. popthree

    popthree Poster Extraordinaire

    i put an american jazzmaster pickup in the neck of one tele, and i really think it sounds great.

    i have another tele with a set of keystone pickups, and i think the neck on that one sound pretty super.

    i also tend to like the nocaster pickups quite a bit
     

  6. jvin248

    jvin248 Friend of Leo's

    Apr 18, 2014
    Near Detroit, MI
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    Before you get to the pickup swap with routers and chisels and what all ... Install a 4-way switch and play that for a while. I use the regular schematic, swap the neck for the bridge wires to the lugs, then rotate the switch 180 degrees so I have neck/parallel/bridge/series humbucker. The usual way puts the humbucker option the most forward then neck, parallel, bridge. Also mess with your pickup heights. This can be a $10 mod. My favorite Tele change.

    I think the TV Jones pickups are low-wound so if you are looking for thicker/hotter you'll want something different than them.

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  7. telemnemonics

    telemnemonics Poster Extraordinaire

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    Mar 2, 2010
    Maine
    Yeah I was thinking if the OP finds a P-90 "a bit thin" then I doubt a TVJ tron will satisfy.

    Re: four way switching, lots of players seem to love it, though I prefer fewer sounds with none significantly louder than others (2 pups switched in series- big boost).
    But again, some find that works great for them.
     

  8. moosie

    moosie Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Jul 18, 2010
    Western Connecticut
    Not more grit, but I'd love to try a TV Jones T-Armond sized for the Tele. Like a Tele and Jazzmaster had a baby...
     

  9. Strato50

    Strato50 Tele-Holic

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    Mar 30, 2017
    Port Arthur TX
    I like the TS..its a good one
     
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  10. Dacious

    Dacious Friend of Leo's

    Mar 16, 2003
    Godzone
    Well you don't want a Filter'tron then. A P90's a lot girthier. That's the Humbucker you have when you don't vwant a humbucker! 3.9kohm for a classic Gretsch or TV Jones, pretty bright. Maybe a Dynasonic.
     

  11. ndcaster

    ndcaster Poster Extraordinaire

    Nov 14, 2013
    Indiana
    what does your neck pup meter?
     

  12. Bird Dog

    Bird Dog TDPRI Member

    74
    Feb 8, 2012
    Jefferson City, Mo
    Another solution is to buy a pickguard that will allow a Strat pickup to fit in the neck position of your Tele. Or get someone skilled to cut/sand yours out.

    Once, that is done, there are a lot of decent options for your tone quest using slightly hotter than normal Strat pickups including: a Fender Texas Special as well as various Duncan options. I really like Dimarzio Virtual Vintage Blues for a noiseless blues soloing option. An Area 61 does much the same. They sound really nice for lead work and warm chording. At the next price point up, a Fralin or Lollar Strat pickup is guaranteed to sound great in the neck of a Tele.
     

  13. Thin69

    Thin69 Friend of Leo's

    Oct 28, 2009
    Galveston, TX
    I had a Dimarzio FS-1 Strat pickup in the neck position of a Tele and loved it. Nice and fat but it still had a nice high end. I get tempted to buy another one and slap it into one of my Teles frequently.
     

  14. user34603

    user34603 Tele-Meister

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    Dec 5, 2016
    Richmond VA
    ... I have put in 5-6 of the 4-ways over time. Easy, cheap, and pays off BIG ! And makes resale a cinch.
     
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  15. Lefty Addams

    Lefty Addams Tele-Afflicted

    May 6, 2012
    England

  16. Rob DiStefano

    Rob DiStefano Poster Extraordinaire Vendor Member

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    Mar 3, 2003
    NJ via TX
    unless you titled this thread tongue-in-cheek, understand that there is no "best" tele neck pickup. that's ludicrous since pickups, and most other things in life, are fully subjective, opinions of others in this matter are just that and will only add more subjectivity to your tone quest,

    the better tele neck pickup for *you* will require sampling, which means money and time. some pickup types are radically different in design, tone and output, such as going from a true tele single coil to a p90 or paf. but ultimately it's what yer ears like "best". and in the long run you may come to realize that chops and taste are more important than nuances of tone, no matter what, good luck!
     

  17. songtalk

    songtalk Friend of Leo's

    I just set the amp for the neck pickup and then use my tone knob on the bridge. It's actually great because the bridge pickup will give you a super dramatic bright and brilliant "Keraaaaaang" strum with the tone knob up too!

    I thought this was The Tele Way tm.
     

  18. ricknbaker

    ricknbaker Tele-Holic

    672
    Nov 12, 2014
    Watford, UK
    The Texas Special in the neck of my Am. Special sounds pretty good to me. I rarely use it on its own, usually middle position with the bridge. This forms the basis of my clean tone.
     

  19. uriah1

    uriah1 Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Feb 12, 2011
    Around
    Yikes. New neck pickup with Grit. Not sure a Gretschy style would fit your need.
    Like RD says, so so so many you really have to go out and hear or look at
    video feeds of stuff you like.
     

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