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Reggie Young's black Tele. Any insight ?

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  1. WaylonFan76

    WaylonFan76 Poster Extraordinaire

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    Hi. Big fan of Reggie Young here. I was wondering if anybody had any knowledge of the pickups and wiring on his black Tele. It seems to be wired similarly to a Nashville Tele with a single coil in the middle, but also a P90 or HB in the neck. Anybody ?

     
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    None except he makes it sound mighty good.
     
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    a gift from the riff godz for sure!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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    One of our Members Bill Hullett may weigh in on this ?....I'm sure Bill would know.
     
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    Telemarkman Doctor of Teleocity

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    I don't know what guitar Reggie uses here, but his outro solo on this one is one of my all-time favorites!

     
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    It's a 1969 Tele. Here is a bit of an interview he did for Premier Guitar magazine.


    What are your main studio guitars?

    For the most part, I really only use two guitars, a 1957 two-tone sunburst Fender Stratocaster and a black 1969 Fender Telecaster. The Strat is almost original stock but I have Bill Lawrence pickups installed – they are fantastic. The back of the headstock is signed by B.B. King; I recorded with him on his Love Me Tender album. My Tele is more unique; it has three pickups, special electronics and a Glaser B&G bender. In the bridge position I use a Lindy Fralin pickup, in the middle a Seymour Duncan Hot Rail Blade and in the neck a Bill Lawrence pickup, with the normal Telecaster 3-way switch to dial in the different combinations. The stock tone pot is replaced with a blend control for the middle pickup. At one point, I had a Gibson mini-humbucker and active EMG pickups in the guitar, and the additional switch on the control blade has been disconnected ever since. In addition to these two, I also sometimes use a Jerry Jones guitar-bass that is tuned one octave below a normal guitar to double some passages to get a fatter sound.

    Here is a link to the whole interview:
    http://www.premierguitar.com/Magazine/Issue/2007/Sep/Forever_Young_Reggie_Young.aspx?Page=1
     
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    I know this doesn't answer much about the OP's question, but I've always loved Mr. Young's tone on this...

     
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    Man, you're not kidding - he is good...
     
  10. WaylonFan76

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    What a great vid ! But, what is up with Willie's hair ??? :eek:
     
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    Dude, Reggie's the man... :cool:
     
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    Can't believe I'd never seen that vid. Really good.
    Willie's hair looked like when a mom lifts and curls their baby's hair on top.
     
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    Keep in mind many of the Reggie recordings were done before the pickups
    mentioned were manufactured. Probably prior were stock factory pickups.
     
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    The OP's question was answered correctly and in detail in pd_audio's post, just prior to yours ..... Nobody seems to notice though. :oops:

    Thank you, pd_audio! :cool:
     
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    Reggie....

    I may be all wrong on this but if you look at the clip where hes explaining his licks hes got it back looking stock again..I think thats the way the guitar is at present we did a session together about a month ago and I swear if my memory is right thats the way it was....And I think he told me recently he was using Lindy Frailin pups.....

    Bill Hullett
     
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    Thanks for the info.
     
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    Reggie's has also been using Bill Lawrence's pickups for many years.... but like many uber talented guitarists... he probably has one or two guitars... setup a bit differently...

    Ron Kirn
     
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