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Favorite Tele Pickups for Country?

Discussion in 'Just Pickups' started by CyrusF, Sep 4, 2017.

  1. Tim S

    Tim S Tele-Meister

    Oct 27, 2008
    Upstate NY
    Before you go swapping pickups, try some steel barrel saddles. That may be all you need.
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  2. Gary in Boston

    Gary in Boston Friend of Leo's

    Apr 17, 2003
    Also, a compressor helps with that "country sound"

    Depending of course what period of country music you are looking to sound like.


  3. Crobbins

    Crobbins Tele-Afflicted Ad Free Member

    Jul 10, 2014
    Meiners Oaks CA.
    I installed a set of Lindy Fralin broadcaster pickups in my tele, and they work well.

  4. danpan

    danpan Tele-Meister

    Sep 25, 2013
    South Dakota
    I concur!! I love mine! The CS '51 Nocasters are good too. Consider a 4-way switch as well....very versatile!!
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  5. brobar

    brobar Tele-Holic

    May 30, 2017
    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.
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  6. Sooper8

    Sooper8 Tele-Holic

    May 24, 2011
    UK- Midlands
    +1 for the Twang King in the neck

  7. Tony Forman

    Tony Forman Tele-Meister

  8. tele_jas

    tele_jas Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 20, 2006
    Springfield/Mt.Vernon, MO
    This for the bridge..... Like the Twang King in the neck.
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  9. terrybellcountr

    terrybellcountr Tele-Holic

    Aug 16, 2009
    This plus a lot of practice.

  10. Gary in Boston

    Gary in Boston Friend of Leo's

    Apr 17, 2003
    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.


  11. Gibson

    Gibson Friend of Leo's

    Feb 13, 2007
    Just passing thru
    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.)
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  12. Rufustelestrats

    Rufustelestrats Tele-Holic

    Although I was at the Albert Lee concert Saturday and he got extraordinary sound out of a Music Man Albert Lee signature guitar.

  13. BlueCajun

    BlueCajun Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

    Sep 24, 2010
    Houston, Texas
    Another vote for Cavailiers. I love my Nashville Lion/Lion King set.
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  14. ndcaster

    ndcaster Poster Extraordinaire

    Nov 14, 2013
    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

  15. dharleyfan

    dharleyfan Tele-Meister

    Dec 12, 2013
    Muncie Indiana
    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.

  16. Journeyman22

    Journeyman22 Tele-Meister

    Dec 11, 2014
    Piute County, Utah
    Cavalier! Been messing around with various Tele Pups. So far the Cavlier's are tops!
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  17. Ricky D.

    Ricky D. Poster Extraordinaire

    Oct 22, 2006
    Raleigh, North Carolina
    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.

  18. Ripradiant

    Ripradiant Tele-Holic

    Jul 31, 2014
    Alberta Canada
    Not sure its the pickup. I think you can use any guitar for country.... but for the look ....

  19. Reggie77

    Reggie77 Tele-Meister

    Jul 16, 2017
    Especially if you use a bender and want a classic pedal steel sound... good compression + bridge pickup + good feel will get you there

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