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I Don't Like Bridge Pickups - How 'bout You?

Discussion in 'Just Pickups' started by Grandy, Nov 30, 2017.

  1. 4pickupguy

    4pickupguy Poster Extraordinaire

    May 12, 2013
    Fort Worth, Texas
    I love both ends of the tele!! I can say this! That bridge pup is a wonderous marvel of complexity! It will blend with, enhance, sweeten or boost any other pickup. Series or paralell with any other pickup is sheer magic.
    By themselves they are THE most versatile most expressive!! Love the neck pup too!
    Leo got it right the first time.
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  2. Viejo

    Viejo Tele-Holic

    Feb 12, 2011
    Southern IL
    I disliked them for years ,never used them alone, just with another pickup. Then I got into Mike Campbell and learned how to play on them . Now I love them. You have to play cleaner with better technique especially vibrato. Tele bridge pickups are designed to be played alone. With a strat a baseplate helps, as does a blend pot to roll on just a touch of neck pickup to fatten them up just a little

  3. fatcat

    fatcat Friend of Leo's

    Jul 6, 2010
    Very Deep South
    I don't dislike them, but im a neck pickup guy all the way.

  4. TwangToInfinity

    TwangToInfinity Tele-Holic

    May 2, 2013
    how about me?

    i think theyre the main reason!

    even when playing Duane Eddy!

  5. cabra velha

    cabra velha Tele-Afflicted Platinum Supporter

    Jan 21, 2016
    estados unidos
    I couldn't really come to terms with bridge pu until I started completely rolling off the treble on my amps (which of course depends a lot on the individual amp), especially with any single coil pu.

  6. claes

    claes Tele-Holic

    Aug 20, 2007
    This is not written in any cind of anger...I find this discussion amusing because this is the telecaster forum, the bridge pickup (and bridge) is what give the telecaster it's distinct sound.
    If you dont like the bridge pickup then you're really in the wrong place:D
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  7. El Tele Lobo

    El Tele Lobo Friend of Leo's

    Oct 21, 2014
    I like a variety of tele bridge, New York in June...not so much...

  8. Downshift

    Downshift Tele-Holic

    Jan 16, 2006
    Neck pickups always sounded too doodle-de-doo for me. Give me the loud, harsh, raucous tone of a bridge pickup, and leave it there.

  9. Stratohacker

    Stratohacker Tele-Holic

    Apr 18, 2013
    For me it was just a matter of finding the right pickups. Don Mare Hot Bakelites. No ice pick, clear and bright. When driven they have a great growl and bark.

    Not me but this is the best demo of the pickups out there.

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  10. Obelisk

    Obelisk Tele-Holic

    Apr 1, 2013
    NW USA
    If you are a Tele player, then I can't possibly understand why you would never use the bridge pickup as it is such an iconic sound.

    At any rate, I use all positions on almost all of my guitars. Some guitars might need adjustment to the height of the pickups so they balance up with one another. If you play loud tube amps. then for sure you would be on your bridge pickup more often as they tend to cut through the overdrive with more pizzazz My natural proclivity is to use the bridge pickup more for rhythm and use the neck pickup for leads when I am playing above the 10th fret. It really depends on context and what I want to hear.
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  11. raysachs

    raysachs Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    May 21, 2017
    Near Philly
    But on most strats that also means one hyphenated word - re-wiring! My strat is wired with one tone control for the neck and middle and one for the bridge. I STILL don’t play the bridge by itself though. I sometimes use that control when I’m in the bridge-middle position...

  12. trev333

    trev333 Telefied Ad Free Member

    my fav bridge pu is this stacked wilko p90..... :D

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  13. 3-Chord-Genius

    3-Chord-Genius Friend of Leo's

    Apr 3, 2015
    Winchester, VA
    I always tried to achieve good tone from the bridge pickup without the use of the guitar's tone pot, because (and I could be completely wrong here), it seems like when the tone knob on a guitar is dialed back, the signal is hitting the amp with less ummpphh!! I prefer to hit the amp with everything it has, then use the treble knob at the amp to dial back the highs. Again, my approach might be as valid as carrying a lucky rabbit's foot, but I've convinced myself that I can hear the effect of this....
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  14. 4pickupguy

    4pickupguy Poster Extraordinaire

    May 12, 2013
    Fort Worth, Texas
    I have never got along with tone controls either. I wish I could! If the sound is too trebly then I tend to keep scrolling through pickups or play with a different technique etc,. I can certainly see why guys are fussy about the tone controls on a tele, especially concerning the bridge pickup. I have no tone control on my guitars, but I like to think I have some control over their tone without one..
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  15. crossroader

    crossroader Tele-Afflicted Gold Supporter

    Sep 24, 2004
    Endicott, NY
    That re-wire is moving one wire from one lug to another. Crazy simple. And so worth it.

    I use the tone knob on all my guitars. You may believe you're choking off your guitar's "ummpphh" but that's nothing I've experienced.
    And even if there were some truth to it, just bump up the volume knob when you roll back the tone.

    Of course if you're a "leave all the guitar controls on 10" kinda player, then.....I got nuthin'...

  16. Golem

    Golem Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

    It took me a long time to find bridge pickups I liked. Now that I have found several I use the bridge more than ever. I love neck pickups though. That classic bright jazzy tone from nocaster pickups is my favorite tele tone. I only like the bridge with gain.

  17. Octorfunk

    Octorfunk Tele-Meister

    Jan 20, 2014
    I guess everyone is different, because I've never found a neck PU that I want to spend much time on. These days I'm a bridge-only player, and the last couple guitars I've owned have had a single bridge PU.

  18. archtop_fjk

    archtop_fjk Tele-Meister

    Aug 4, 2009
    Lebanon, NH
    Interesting thread. I live mainly on bridge pickup when gigging, but switch to the neck pickup for blues and certain songs which need it. For rockabilly, it's neck+bridge (e.g. stray cat strut) or bridge.

  19. David Barnett

    David Barnett Poster Extraordinaire

    I'm just the opposite. I want the cut and clarity of the bridge pickup for rhythm, it seems to find its place in the band mix that way. For solo time, when there might be more space for me and less clutter to cut through, that's when I'll go to the neck for a tone that's more smooth and "singing", with a little help from an OD or fuzz.
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  20. Dismalhead

    Dismalhead Poster Extraordinaire

    Feb 16, 2014
    Auburn, California
    Guess the OP wouldn't like my LP Jr. then.
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