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Discussion in 'Just Pickups' started by zooyuka, Feb 13, 2012.

  1. zooyuka

    zooyuka Tele-Meister

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    I have MIM tele that I would like to change the pickups on. I really dislike the stock pickups. The bridge pickup I find to be to shrill and sounds more honky than twangy. I prefer the neck pickup, but I find it too muddy sounding.

    I'm not sure what pick ups I would like. I would like to have a nice fat classic rock tone. Would the Custom Shop Texas Specials fit the bill for this? I'm open to any suggestions.
     
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  2. TeleLover223

    TeleLover223 TDPRI Member

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    Have you thought about changing the electronics first? On my squier
    CV tele I got a 4 way harness from TundraTone.com and it clears my pickups right up and sounds A LOT better. Anyways, just a thought.
     
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  3. zooyuka

    zooyuka Tele-Meister

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    No, I'm pretty ignorant when it comes to this stuff. All I know is I don't like the sound and want to change it. Whatever I do, I plan on paying someone to do it for me.
     
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  5. ludashoeless

    ludashoeless Tele-Afflicted

    dimarzio twang king pickups. i put them in my mim tele and theyre great. i also heard good thinga about keystones
     
  6. Televised

    Televised Tele-Afflicted

    Apr 26, 2009
    Portland, OR
    I'd check out the "Wilde" green tab regarding Bill & Becky Lawrence on the supporting vendor tab at the top of the page.
    The Bill Lawrence "Keystone" Pups that I purchased for my '06 MIM Tele is still one of the best bang for the buck gear items I have, (Tele Set < $75). However, if given the same choice today I would probably purchase the Bill Lawrence "Micro-Coils", (Tele Set < $100).
    Hard to go wrong with either one and certainly reasonably priced. The tone I would describe as Clear, Rich, and quiet for single coils.
     
  7. zooyuka

    zooyuka Tele-Meister

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    What about the lil '59? Do any of you have thoughts on that?
     
  8. musicmatty

    musicmatty Former Member

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    To answer your question...Yes..in my experience of owning them along with several other brands that I own. The CS Texas Spcls have a nice warm tone..You could certainly do Classic Rock with lower output pups...but your stock Tele pups are probably ceramic..and not so twangy. If you want some Twang..go with lower output 6-6.5k pups that are either AlNico 3 or 5 mags.

    Good luck in your search..Youtube has lots of video demos
    ;)
     
  9. Teleterr

    Teleterr Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 7, 2011
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    If '52 OVs are still on sale for $62 @ Amazon, they'll do it fine.With a 4 way switch you'll even get a strong output.
     
  10. AllroyPA

    AllroyPA Tele-Meister

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    Alnico 5's over 3's IMO ...
     
  11. zooyuka

    zooyuka Tele-Meister

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    They are 77 now at Amazon, but that still seems reasonable. I keep going back and forth if I will try and install them myself. How difficult is it for a noob? Will I need to adjust the magnets?
     
  12. Teleterr

    Teleterr Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 7, 2011
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    I don't think they adjust.Too bad they went up,but ebay has them all the time.They are the only original p/ups I never changed.I think mine are AlNiCo 5s.
     
  13. zooyuka

    zooyuka Tele-Meister

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    How difficult is the wiring?
     
  14. Mreilander

    Mreilander Tele-Holic Vendor Member

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    Just put the wires for the new ones were you took off the old ones. You pickups will come with a diagram.
     
  15. zooyuka

    zooyuka Tele-Meister

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    Ok, I'm just uptight about making the swap myself. How much does a shop usually charge to swap them?
     
  16. harphunt

    harphunt TDPRI Member

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  17. BWNadeau

    BWNadeau Tele-Holic

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    My tech was charging me $40, but I was changing stuff so often I just started doing it myself.

    For the sound you're after, I would recommend you check out a set of Budz Guitars 42 and Tall pups. A nice fat, warm bridge, and the sweetest sounding neck pup I've ever played.:cool:
     
  18. Mreilander

    Mreilander Tele-Holic Vendor Member

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    ^^ yes. It's easy, once you do it you'll be looking for the staples 'easy button'
     
  19. zooyuka

    zooyuka Tele-Meister

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    Ok, I'll take the plunge and do it myself. What tools would I need?
     
  20. Mreilander

    Mreilander Tele-Holic Vendor Member

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    You'll need a philips screw driver to take off the control plate, pickguard and pickups. A bigger (I think a #2) phillips Screwdriver for the bridge . A soldering iron, and a little bit of solder.
     
  21. zooyuka

    zooyuka Tele-Meister

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