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Tex-Mex Tele pickups...are they worthy?

Discussion in 'Just Pickups' started by tele_paul, Mar 12, 2013.

  1. tele_paul

    tele_paul Tele-Meister

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    Feb 18, 2013
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    Own a Nashville Tele with Tex Mex pickups. I like the tone overall, but this is the only Tele I've ever owned, have nothing to compare them to. Are these pickups worthy and capable of delivering classic Tele tones?
     
  2. dsutton24

    dsutton24 Poster Extraordinaire

    Dec 29, 2010
    Illinois
  3. tele_paul

    tele_paul Tele-Meister

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    In your opinion, should they be modded with a baseplate, for example, or left stock?
     
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  5. IRG2

    IRG2 TDPRI Member

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    Ithaca, NY
    I just got a Road Worn Player Tele that has a Tex Mex in the bridge, and a SD '59 humbucker in the neck. I thought initially I was going to pull out the TexMex, but I'm starting to like it. It actually mixes pretty well with the humbucker. On it's own, I wouldn't mind a bit more output with it, maybe a bit more bottom end if that's possible. Overall though I think it's pretty good, and seems pretty indicative of that Tele sound, but I'm no expert. I use Teles for stuff that's less than traditional, more hard rock, ambient, doom, but blues too. No country or pop.
     
  6. waparker4

    waparker4 Doctor of Teleocity

    Nov 9, 2011
    Philadelphia, PA
    That's the description of adding a base plate, check out the article on this website about it.
     
  7. tele_paul

    tele_paul Tele-Meister

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    Feb 18, 2013
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    If I were to boost the low and cut some upper-mid frequencies with an EQ pedal would that give the same effect as having a baseplate?
     
  8. IRG2

    IRG2 TDPRI Member

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    Ithaca, NY

    Would you happen to have the link handy? Did a quick search, not sure what I'm looking for exactly.
     
  9. tele_paul

    tele_paul Tele-Meister

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  10. I would put affixing a Mojotone base plate at twice the level of difficulty, of clearing the body holes to the neck pocket.

    I like the sound with the base plate. Adds bottom, played clean. Could have downsides if played very high gain; that's the only negative other than the task of buying and adding the plate.
     
  11. tele_paul

    tele_paul Tele-Meister

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    Feb 18, 2013
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    Awesome, thanks for the input. I'm very paranoid and not very confident when it comes to performing work on my guitars, which is why I ask these questions lol. I'd love it if someone would say that I could achieve the same effect with an EQ pedal but that's just wishful thinking I suppose. :D

    Maybe someday I'll try the baseplate mod and drilling out the body holes after I practice on a friend's guitar first. :twisted:
     
  12. waparker4

    waparker4 Doctor of Teleocity

    Nov 9, 2011
    Philadelphia, PA
    Well for starters if the bass and volume of your amp aren't already at max, bumping them up a bit couldnt hurt. :?:

    An EQ pedal could help you dial in exactly that tone too.


    Edit well for starters put the bass side of the bridge pickup higher
     
  13. tele_paul

    tele_paul Tele-Meister

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    Maybe I'll try raising the bass side as well as a few EQ tweaks. I hesitate to adjust the pickups height because now it's got a really good quack sound in the neck/bridge position, but I can play around with it I guess. Thanks for the suggestions.
     
  14. bo

    bo Friend of Leo's

    Mar 17, 2003
    Arlington, VA
    I don't know what's in the middle of your Nashville, but in a regular Tele I found the Tex Mex bridge pickup a little too raspy and strident. I loved the neck pickup.
     
  15. YoGeorge

    YoGeorge Tele-Holic

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    Mar 16, 2003
    Michigan
    I've got a Road Worn tele with Tex Mex pickups and despite have a number (oh, five or six) teles, some of which have had 5 sets of pickups in them, am completely happy with the Tex Mex pickups in all three switch positions. They stay, and that's saying a lot for me. I've gotten numerous tone compliments playing the guitar out.

    George
     
  16. tele_paul

    tele_paul Tele-Meister

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    Yo, George! ;)

    Does your Road Worn have a baseplate on the bridge pup?
     
  17. YoGeorge

    YoGeorge Tele-Holic

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    You know, I've never take it apart to look. I assumed that it did, but on a quick image search on Yahoo, realize it may not. I don't think that a baseplate makes for a major change in what I hear.

    For instance, I have a Duncan Hot Tele and a Rio Muy Grande in two of my teles, no baseplates, and they are staying... I also have teles with a Duncan B'caster, a Fender '62 RI (assume that's what is in my Muddy Waters tele--left stock--never looked), and a Fender Nocaster pair (which I recently installed in one guitar and which do have a plate).

    Although I have a lot of teles in which I have played the "changing pickup game", I have kind of lost interest in this, and if a guitar sounds great, I tend to leave it as is and work on my playing.

    George
     
  18. tele_paul

    tele_paul Tele-Meister

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    Good point there about focusing on playing. I often fuss about the details of my gear and contemplate stuff like baseplates, probably way too much. I'm kinda ashamed to admit that I do that much more often than I actually practice guitar lol. Thanks for the feedback!
     
  19. JohnS

    JohnS Friend of Leo's

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    Mar 18, 2003
    San Jose, CA
    In my world I need to futz with my equipment AND futz with my playing. Just saying.
     
  20. YoGeorge

    YoGeorge Tele-Holic

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    No problem, I was on the TDP from about 1997 to 2003 very regularly for hundreds of hours, and worried and thought a LOT about hardware. Since it turned into the RI page, it's gotten a bit larger, and I got tired of the same old questions about alder vs ash, maple vs rosewood, etc. If it feels and sounds good, it is good.

    A great player on a cheapo Squier trumps a hack on the best Custom Shop guitar out there--I have seen it, and do my best to be the player and not the gearhead. The fact that I am posting on this page at all shows that I'm not totally successful :)

    Good luck,
    George
     
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