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Discussion in 'Just Pickups' started by CyrusF, Sep 4, 2017.
Before you go swapping pickups, try some steel barrel saddles. That may be all you need.
Also, a compressor helps with that "country sound"
Depending of course what period of country music you are looking to sound like.
I installed a set of Lindy Fralin broadcaster pickups in my tele, and they work well.
I concur!! I love mine! The CS '51 Nocasters are good too. Consider a 4-way switch as well....very versatile!!
Exactly... I installed a 4-way switch when I installed those pups! That 4th position adds quite a bit of artistic versatility. I use it more often than I thought I would.
+1 for the Twang King in the neck
+ 1 on the Bardens.
This for the bridge..... Like the Twang King in the neck.
This plus a lot of practice.
Also, you can drop the pickups with regard to their position to the strings to lower their output and you have a weaker singnal but a cleaner sound.
Teles the defined country sound soooooooooo I don't think you can go wrong with almost any pu
I saw, recently, a band at an outdoor picnic town square type of thing
The guitarist in the band had an Affinity Tele that looked stock. I asked the guy and he said the guitar was stock and he'd got it for $ 100 to do "country stuff on"
And you know what, it sounded great, very twangy and country like. Now it could be argued that the tone is in the figures of the player OR it could'a been the Tele.
Fender AVRI '62s I think are hard to beat for what you're talking about, and not expensive. They have that quintessential Tele country sound, imo.
I have the bridge pickup and it's very good at what it does (altho now I'm hankering for something more broadcastery.)
64s seem really nice.
Although I was at the Albert Lee concert Saturday and he got extraordinary sound out of a Music Man Albert Lee signature guitar.
Another vote for Cavailiers. I love my Nashville Lion/Lion King set.
by the way, consider the guitar and its components before you decide
I have a bright tele: hard pine, steel saddles, maple neck -- I wanted to replace its ceramic magnet bridge pickup to alnico -- the guitar is for 50s honky tonk -- so I was thinking about Rob's "Bakersfield"
but he recommended a Fat Lion
I have a trio of Joe Barden pickups in my G&L ASAT Classic S, I think they are the most versatile pick ups that you can buy. They are actually Humbucking, but really Nail the single coil sound with a better mid range, and without that shrill ear bleeding top end. I play mostly Southern Rock and Blues now, and the pick ups absolutely kill in those genres as well. I get asked all the time what pick ups I'm using because I can Twang or peel paint, with the same guitar and the same pick ups.
Cavalier! Been messing around with various Tele Pups. So far the Cavlier's are tops!
This is it right here. Country guitar sounds grew up around the guitars in use at the time , so any vintage wind puts you in the ballpark. Those Fender pickups are all excellent. I like the Av52s, nocasters are a little fatter.
Not sure its the pickup. I think you can use any guitar for country.... but for the look ....
Especially if you use a bender and want a classic pedal steel sound... good compression + bridge pickup + good feel will get you there