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Gibson Classic 57 in a Squier Classic Vibe Custom Tele neck

Discussion in 'Just Pickups' started by Hastings, Nov 10, 2017.

  1. Hastings

    Hastings TDPRI Member

    74
    Dec 2, 2015
    Simcoe, Ontario
    I've been looking for something to put that pickup in for a while, and I have just about decided on the CV. I'm 95% on the neck and 5% in the middle, so I probably would not change the bridge pickup.
    Please feel free to encourage my inclinations or slap me around.
    Thanks
     
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  2. Bristlehound

    Bristlehound Tele-Afflicted

    Age:
    58
    Jan 4, 2017
    Wales
    Do it... then tell us about it. It's an option I have further on down the road so I'm interested in your thoughts. (about the pickup - your other thoughts are your own!! :D)
     

  3. bender66

    bender66 Poster Extraordinaire

    Jan 18, 2010
    on my bike
    Middle? *shudder

    Please don't add a pickup ring. That poor guitar doesn't deserve this.
     

  4. Hastings

    Hastings TDPRI Member

    74
    Dec 2, 2015
    Simcoe, Ontario
    I want a HB guitar. I nearly bought an excellent Les Paul the other day, but something said no, I think it is the scale length from playing Fenders. I don't have the Tele yet, I could as easily buy the same version of Strat and use the 57 there. So far I am leaning to the Tele. It won't be back in stock locally for about 10 days. I can argue with myself until then.

    FYI: ""In an article in Guitar Player magazine (July 2007) Randall was asked what rig he used to record the solo on "Reelin' in the Years". He states, "That was my '63 Fender Stratocaster with a PAF humbucker in the neck position, straight into an Ampeg SVT bass amp. The SVT wouldn't have been my first choice for an amp--or even my fifth choice--but it worked a storm on that recording!""
    Wikipedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elliott_Randall
     
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  5. Zepfan

    Zepfan Poster Extraordinaire

    Nov 30, 2013
    Horn Lake, MS
    25.5 scale is good for harmonics and whammy bar HB play while the shorter scales are better for bends and thicker tone. Nothing wrong with either. There are a few 25.5 scale Gibby types out there.
     

  6. Hastings

    Hastings TDPRI Member

    74
    Dec 2, 2015
    Simcoe, Ontario
    There are a lot of players - not least of all Eric Clapton - who spent a lot of time trying to find Strat playability and Les Paul round-sound, in one guitar. Clapton's solution was the mid-boost thing.
     
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  7. DHart

    DHart Tele-Afflicted

    Oct 12, 2012
    Scottsdale, AZ USA
    EXACTLY! Fender playability (they’re just so comfortable to play, especially while sitting. Vs. a Les Paul, which is so body heavy and comparatively unbalanced) and that, combined with the round smoothness of the Les Paul tones, is a very wonderful thing.

    My solution was installing Gibson Classic ‘57s, without covers, in a Tele HH. Fantastic result... on the left, below
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    As you can see, I also installed some humbuckers in one of my Strats. They were D.Allen humbuckers. For some reason, I didn’t like the D.Allens in the Strat nearly as much as I did the Gibson Classic ‘57s in the Tele.
     
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  8. brenn

    brenn Tele-Afflicted

    Dec 8, 2013
    Kentucky
    I agree. I'd never put a middle pickup on a Tele, but a humbucker at the neck is always good.
     

  9. Rowdyman

    Rowdyman TDPRI Member

    Age:
    63
    93
    May 17, 2013
    Eastern Canada
    Well, I did it a couple of years ago and it works great.
    I did find it a bit 'woofy', so I added a simple, "bass-cut" pot.
    I love a neck humbucker!

    cheers, RM DSC07112.JPG
     

  10. backporchmusic

    backporchmusic Friend of Leo's

    Nov 28, 2006
    USA
    Classic 57 is my favorite Gibson pickup. Do it.
     

  11. Micky Mojo

    Micky Mojo TDPRI Member

    64
    Dec 21, 2010
    North East
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    I have a couple of Teles I’ve put humbuckers in and gig them most weekends. I have wired them to balance the humbucker and the single coil bridge otherwise the humbucker sounds muddy.
     
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  12. DHart

    DHart Tele-Afflicted

    Oct 12, 2012
    Scottsdale, AZ USA
    Not all humbuckers sound muddy, but many do.

    Gibson Classic '57s, especially with a swap to AlNiCo V magnets, ring clear, bright, and articulate - and still give that round, warm Gibson-like tone. Fantastic.
     

  13. Micky Mojo

    Micky Mojo TDPRI Member

    64
    Dec 21, 2010
    North East
    Agreed humbuckers don’t sound muddy but if you fit one and wire it straight into the Fender circuit that’s designed to work with single coils then there’s a good chance it will sound muddy. You can always set your amp to compensate but then the bridge can sound overly bright.
     

  14. Micky Mojo

    Micky Mojo TDPRI Member

    64
    Dec 21, 2010
    North East
    If anyone is interested this is how I wire mine.

    CTS 500k volume pot
    TBX tone pot
    470k resister wired from the bridge pickup hot wire on the switch to earth on the volume pot.

    The 500k volume pot brightens up the humbucker and the 470k resister darkens the bridge pickup to provide a nice balance between pickups. With the TBX I can go from sparkly Fender tones to a nice thick almost Gibson like humbucker tone.

    Pickups are Tonerider Alnico II humbucker and Bare Knuckle Blackguard bridge.
     

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