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The Best Neck PU for Your Tele

Discussion in 'Just Pickups' started by FrontPU, Feb 26, 2013.

  1. FrontPU

    FrontPU Tele-Meister

    Jul 6, 2008
    Please let me know of your favorite tele neck PU, doesn't have to be ranking list (plural).

    Mine (current ranking):
    1. Harmonic Design "Chrometone"
    2. Harmonic Design "Super Chrome"
    3. Fralin "Blues Special"
    4. Harmonic Design "Vintage +"
    5. Lollar "CC"

  2. dogfootblues

    dogfootblues Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 6, 2011
    New Jersey
    Im a little odd. My favorite Tele neck pickup is a reversed wound Kent Armstrong P90. It adds my Sg Special/Pete Townshend obsession to the tele. I was amazed the first time I played throigh that P90 in my tele. But for regular, basic Tele neck pickups I really like the OV, I might change my mind when I recieve my Nocaster neck pickup next week.

  3. FrontPU

    FrontPU Tele-Meister

    Jul 6, 2008
    I love my Kent Armstrong Mini HB on my 17" arch top (Triggs), it's only KA PU I know.Have you tried Harmonic Design neck PUs like "Vintage Plus" and or "Super Chrome"? They are a sort of P90 style PUs.
    Vintage Plus sounds thick, fat and round but even clearer and smoother than stock tele PUs and Super Chrome sounds more like traditional tele neck but fatter with P90 power.
    They have much better S/N ratio than my 2 real P90s from '50s, and of course they are a bit more Fenderish; Vintage Plus neck is a little Stratish, Super Chrome more like tele neck, both in texture (attack).
    Anyway thanks for the great info.

  4. Ramblin Ray

    Ramblin Ray Tele-Afflicted

    Mar 17, 2003
    New York
    I always encourage people to check out the Suhr. Really one of the the best I've heard, imho.

  5. surfoverb

    surfoverb Doctor of Teleocity

    Jul 17, 2007
    fralin stock
    rumpelstiltskin 1950 blackrope

    both are open and articulate, probably due to the nickel-silver cover. brass tends to be darker.
    Last edited: Feb 27, 2013

  6. PeterVV

    PeterVV Tele-Afflicted

    Sep 14, 2011
    South Wales, UK
    Bare knuckle piledriver

  7. rokdog49

    rokdog49 Friend of Leo's

    Mar 22, 2010
    Rumpelstilskin "Tall Boy" Blues Special
    Twang King

  8. bo

    bo Friend of Leo's

    Mar 17, 2003
    Arlington, VA
    I like the Texas Special for the neck. Can't say I like their bridge pickup though.

  9. Rod Parsons

    Rod Parsons Friend of Leo's

    Sep 26, 2009
    Winchester, Va.
    I agree ^^^^^^

  10. kmac

    kmac Tele-Meister

    Aug 15, 2010
    Plymouth, MA
    Strat neck or mid pickup.

  11. the velvet catfish

    the velvet catfish Tele-Meister

    Sep 8, 2005
    I'm currently waiting on a Mini Strat from Harmonic Design, the you tube clip I found sounded pretty dang good! I will post a review and give video when it arrives. :)

  12. kubiakl

    kubiakl Tele-Meister

    May 9, 2012
    Austin, TX
    My Brierley neck pickup sounds incredible, very smooth and clear with a sweet, deep tone. I use it about as much as I use the bridge.

  13. drob

    drob Tele-Holic

    Jan 6, 2011
    Keystone. The bridge is alright too, but the neck is really nice. Very clear, smooth. Not muddy at all.

  14. elelpe

    elelpe Tele-Afflicted

    May 1, 2008
    SD Vintage Mini
    Unknown Wilkinson (Gibson P-94 copy)

  15. jhergert

    jhergert Tele-Meister

    Feb 10, 2012
    Dallas, TX
    Harmonic Design Ministrat.

  16. aunchaki

    aunchaki Friend of Leo's

    Mar 12, 2006
    Central New York
    I'm a little odd, too. I have a cream soapbar P90 in the neck of my Affinity and love it. If I were building a new Tele right now, I'd look to the Harmonic Design mini-strat pickup mentioned several times above, or a Lollar Charlie Christian.

    In other words, I'm not a huge fan of the classic Tele neck pickup (though I have a Fender Classic in my other Tele and it's OK).

  17. TELEMAN777

    TELEMAN777 TDPRI Member

    Mar 16, 2012
    I like the paisley neck from apc pickups formally known as an adder. Brad uses it in just about all of his teles.Best I ever had

  18. JohnnyBloo13

    JohnnyBloo13 TDPRI Member

    Aug 15, 2011
    Fralin P92
    Curtis Novak Hum-WR
    Klein Mini Hum
    Rose Bourbon
    Wilde Keystone
    Fralin SP43

    And, I would like to try Manlius T-90.

  19. nic'o'caster

    nic'o'caster Tele-Afflicted

    Apr 10, 2004
    Middle Earth
    Don Mare Big Box-Arch Top
    Duncan Firebird SM-1
    Harmonic Design Vintage+
    Fred Stuart Blackguard
    Twang King

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