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Broadcaster Pickup?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by remmert, Nov 15, 2004.

  1. remmert

    remmert TDPRI Member

    Jun 20, 2003
    I'm ready to buy a Broadcaster-type pickup to finish off my Esquire project. I've been bouncing around the Fender Nocaster, the Duncan Vintage Broadcaster, and the Bill Lawrence L-290T. I'm looking for something brash and ballsy, but not over-the-top rockin' like the quarter pound Tele pickup I'm getting rid of. I want it to still sound like a badass Telecaster, just not a Tele on steroids. Any preferences for any of these pickups? Any other advice? Thanks for all of your input in advance!

  2. Kevin

    Kevin Friend of Leo's

    Mar 16, 2003
    Terre Haute, IN
    You can't go wrong with the Nocaster or Broadcaster. Personally, though, I prefer the Broadcaster.
  3. Mark Davis

    Mark Davis Telefied

    Mar 2, 2003
    Bakersfield Ca.
    Ditto on the SD Broadcaster best all around bridge pickup for the $$. Look for a used one.
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  5. mk

    mk Tele-Meister

    Mar 16, 2003
    Austin, TX
    You might also keep your eyes open for an early Nocaster pickup (the 10k version). Lots of punch, but still vintage tele.
  6. remmert

    remmert TDPRI Member

    Jun 20, 2003

    Wish I'd asked earlier, I'd beeen watching a SD Broadcaster pickup and let it go on went for 33.50 plus 7.50 shipping...seems like a pretty decent bargain...

  7. lenny

    lenny Banned

    easy come easy go..
    er sumthin
  8. Rob DiStefano

    Rob DiStefano Poster Extraordinaire Vendor Member

    Mar 3, 2003
    NJ via TX
    It's hard to beat a Duncan Broadcaster, IMO.
  9. Core

    Core Tele-Meister

    Nov 7, 2004
    Hampshire, England
  10. TwinReverb

    TwinReverb Tele-Meister

    Mar 26, 2003
    The Netherlands
    I'd say

    A Voodoo Broadcaster.
    Slightly darker sounding and very ballsy but still vintage.

  11. Poppatwang

    Poppatwang Friend of Leo's

    Mar 17, 2003
    St. Paul, MN
    SD Broadcaster is my main pup.

    For more midrange punch, the SD Jerry Donahue.
  12. TheGoodTexan

    TheGoodTexan Doctor of Teleocity

    Apr 28, 2003
    Nashville, TN
    The Duncan Broadcaster is the only Tele bridge pickup that I use. Love'm, for the exact reasons that you described.

    Of course most used pups are cheap enough that you can afford to experiment a little, to find the right one for you.

    One word of caution is this - you can easily get tangled up in every little slight nuance of different pickups...even within the same model, and that can become a huge distraction, without you even realizing it! "The seach" can actually take away from your playing.

    So once you find something that you're relatively happy with, try to stick with it for a while.
  13. Boudreaux

    Boudreaux Tele-Meister

    Sep 15, 2004
    OK, USA
    Brilliant minds (sic) think alike...

    I just scored the SD Broadcaster from E-bay...

    One of our own members was kind enough to respond to a PM I sent last night (regarding a neck pup and wiring). I just love this forum.

    Once I get the partscaster together, and gig it...I'll certainly post my thoughts.
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