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Lace pickups in a tele.

Discussion in 'Just Pickups' started by twangquest, May 4, 2010.

  1. twangquest

    twangquest Tele-Meister

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    Anybody using or has used the Lace Tele pickup set in their axe? How s the clarity and sustain? I ve got a project guitar just waiting to happen and trying to get ideas.
     
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    I had Lace Sensors in a MIM Std back in the mid 90's. They were ok but I wouldn't do it again. They're missing the Tele edge, twang, etc., IMO.
     
  3. BigDaveyTwinkle

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    They're also missing the pole pieces! :rolleyes:

    I just pulled a set of Lace Gold out of a Stratocaster because they didn't "look right" enough to make up for any tonal qualities they may or may not have brought to the guitar.
     
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    I have a Lace T-150 in the bridge of a Tele. That guitar sometimes has a Lace T-100 at the neck, but currently has a Seymour Duncan Seth Lover (SH-55, with nickel cover) at the neck. Works very well for me - the Lover and the T-150 seem to balance well wrt output. The T-150 has enough high end ("spank"? "twang"?) for me.

    But I don't care a fig whether it sounds vintage or not, nor whether it "looks" vintage, I only care that it's useful. Consequently I don't know and don't care whether the T-150 sounds vintage. It probably doesn't but as I said I don't care - it sounds twangy enough for me. The guitar is very versatile while still being dirt-simple-tele to operate.
     
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    I had a Am Std Strat way back that I put gold Sensors in the neck/mid and a blue in the bridge. They were closer to a traditional Strat tone than the Tele pups were to a traditional Tele tone but my tastes have changed.

    Like anything else, it depends on what you're after at the time.
     
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    I built a guitar for someone that had Lace Alumitones in them.
    They sounded and looked great.
     
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    I have red and blue Lace Sensors on my Tele Plus.
    The clarity is good on clean channels and with distortion.
    The sustain is also good.
    They are silent.
    I find myself looking for the volume knob even when the knob is maxed out.
    I like 'em.
     
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    robt57 Doctor of Teleocity

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    A little thread drift. But I have an EMG-T set with an EMG S middle in a Tele. I won't toss out my passive PUP Teles anytime soon, but the guitar in a goto axe for me.
     
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    I've had a Lace T-150 Set in my Highway 1 Tele for a few years now and have been very happy with them. I don't miss the 60 cycle hum at all. I "suspect" what is sometimes referred to as a "sterile" sound in these pickups is the absence of the stock single coil hum....Sterile these are NOT. Nice for pretty much any style of music from country to rock, blues. I recently swapped the 250k tone pot for a 500k...YOW...really opened up the high end on the bridge pickup. I'll try it for awhile-so far, so good. I can back off the highs with my tone control (very useful little device these tone controls are ;-) The T-100 bridge pickup is wonderful for jazz...at times it reminds me of a semi-hollow body sound. I like them...and I'm as much of a tone snob as anyone I know.

    If I absolutely HAD to have a "vintage look", I might go for the Dimarzio Area T series pickup in the bridge. Looks on the Highway 1 are secondary to me, though I can see why some may feel differently...just give me something without hum.
     
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