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Best Telecaster Neck pickup?

Discussion in 'Just Pickups' started by brunocvieira, Jun 12, 2017.

  1. brunocvieira

    brunocvieira TDPRI Member

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    Hi guys, i'm currently changing the pickups on my Telecaster and settled on the Little '59 for the bridge, but I don't know anything about neck pickups. I don't need the pickup to be noiseless, just not muffled. Any suggestions?
     

  2. brunocvieira

    brunocvieira TDPRI Member

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    I currently have a Vintage Noiseless, but it's just OK.
     

  3. double_a

    double_a TDPRI Member

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    What sound are you looking for?

    I like Klein pickups, Mojotone, and Rio Grande
     

  4. brunocvieira

    brunocvieira TDPRI Member

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    Very traditional single coil tones, like SRV or John Mayer.
     

  5. double_a

    double_a TDPRI Member

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    Don't overlook that he obvious Seymour Duncan or Fender. Over the years Fender has produced a variety of stock pickups.
     

  6. SPUDCASTER

    SPUDCASTER Poster Extraordinaire Platinum Supporter

    Seymour Duncan standard neck offerings have plated brass covers to my knowledge. Usually equals "muffled" response.

    SRV and John Mayer are Strat players, you might look at the Fender Twisted Tele.

    I have an O.C. Duff Big Boy. Stratty, Gretschy and Tele in one.
     

  7. El Tele Lobo

    El Tele Lobo Tele-Afflicted

    Oct 21, 2014
    Florida
    Ditto on the Duff. Good choice for stratty blues tone.
     

  8. jvin248

    jvin248 Friend of Leo's

    Apr 18, 2014
    Near Detroit, MI
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    +1 that SRV and Meyer used Strats more than Teles ... so find a Strat neck pickup. Maybe add a middle Strat pickup too so you can get that Strat Quack. SRV played a lot of middle pickup. 6kohm or less output on both, set the middle pickup low. Staggered pole pieces.

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  9. brunocvieira

    brunocvieira TDPRI Member

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    I'm sorry, I didn't understand your comment. I'm actually from Brazil and english is only my secondary language. I bought the Lil' 59 for the bridge because I want to play some heavier rock music too and I've heard that this pickup is quite good. For the neck I mostly only use it for clean and bluesy stuff, so I need a very good single coil. I'm not choosing by brand or anything like that...
     

  10. El Tele Lobo

    El Tele Lobo Tele-Afflicted

    Oct 21, 2014
    Florida
    The Wilde Keystone neck is pretty stratty too.
     

  11. brunocvieira

    brunocvieira TDPRI Member

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    Read a lot of things about the Twisted Tele, I think that this pickups comes in two versions or something like that. It's always nice to know more options.
     
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  12. crossroader

    crossroader Tele-Afflicted Gold Supporter

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    Best Tele neck pickup ever made, IMO. By far.
    Lots of other good options out there, but to my ears, nothing else comes close.

    I have them in 2 of my Tele's. Not cheap, but worth it.

    I'm also thinking that it would be a good match with your Little '59.
     

  13. ptecat

    ptecat TDPRI Member

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  14. bsman

    bsman Tele-Afflicted

    Jun 8, 2003
    Santa Clara
    I stuck a pair of the Mojotone '52 clone series pickups (Alnico 3) in my MIM telecaster and have found the neck pickup is extremely versatile -- beautiful bluesy cleans and takes dirt very well, too. With appropriate amp settings, it covers a lot of ground. I just purchased a 4-way Emerson kit and can't wait to install that to see how it works in series with the bridge PU.
     

  15. metalosophy

    metalosophy Tele-Meister

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    Twisted Tele all the way.
     

  16. MDent77

    MDent77 Tele-Holic

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    I really love the Big T (Jim Weider) Tele neck pickup - wound by Lindy Fralin. (sound samples from Jim Weider here). I can get a Strat tone with my Ash Tele.
     
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  17. Dustin_J

    Dustin_J Tele-Meister

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    Dec 22, 2013
    St. Louis, MO
    The Dimarzio Twang King is really good for clear neck tones more toward the Stratty side of the spectrum.
     
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  18. telemnemonics

    telemnemonics Poster Extraordinaire

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    I'd say Strat pickup is what you describe, but lower "output" as in not Hot, Texas or Blues.
    If you don't want to have to get a pickguard that's routed for a Strat pickup, and maybe your Tele body is not routed for a Strat pickup, then the Twisted Tele option might be good.
    There are indeed two versions of the Twisted Tele neck pup, and they're hard to tell apart. AFAIK if you buy a new Custom Shop branded Twisted Tele neck pickup in Custom Shop packaging, you'll get the "good" one.

    Lots of seller misrepresent the cheap version as a CS pickup, and the wire color does not identify which it is any more.
     
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  19. ccotton

    ccotton TDPRI Member

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    +1 On this. I absolutely love the twisted tele neck pickup.
     
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  20. Minimalist518

    Minimalist518 Tele-Holic

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    A humbucker. I only half-kid. I don't think I'm necessarily in a minority in disliking the stock Tele neck pu judging by all the Esquired Teles, Kieth Richards mods and the presence of a Triple Telecaster club here.
    You could go full, mini or even stock-size blade 'bucker. If you go four-wire you could tap the coils with a push/pull pot and, depending on your bridge pu, do a push/pull phase switch to approximate your SRV sounds.
     
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