Tone Review: Player Series Tele Pickup Sets

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  1. FenderGuy53

    FenderGuy53 Poster Extraordinaire

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    I currently own a Fender Custom Tele FMT HH, which has a SD '59 (Alnico 5) in the neck position and a SD Pearly Gates Plus (Alnico 5) in the bridge position.

    I'm considering the addition of one of the new Fender Player Series Tele's, but I don't want to duplicate the tones that I already have.

    The Fender Player Series Tele's are loaded with either a pair of Alnico V single-coil pickups or a pair of Alnico II humbucker pickups. Which would be a better complement to my Custom FMT HH?

    Thanks, guys.
     
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  2. elelpe

    elelpe Tele-Afflicted

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    The bridge pickup of yours is Pearly Gates Plus, hotter Pearly Gates with A5 magnet. Great PAF, I love it. Do you want Duncans too? So, maybe going with A2 equipped pickups like standard Pearly Gates bridge and Seth Lover neck?
     
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    You're correct! My bad. I forgot that the bridge was the Pearly Gates PLUS, not the standard Pearly Gates.

    So... which Player Series Tele would best complement my Custom FMT HH, the single coils version or the humbucker version?
     
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    Original post editted for correctness. Thanks for the "heads up", elelpe.
     
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    elelpe Tele-Afflicted

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    You're welcome FenderGuy53.

    Well, Idk if you have standard tele or not. If you don't, get the single coil one I guess.
     
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    sonny wolf Friend of Leo's

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    Every serious guitarist should own a classic style 2 single coil Tele in their collection...it's a timeless design that still intrigues players these days.It would certainly be different from your current Humbucker Tele which isn't really a true Tele in the classic sense.The Player series Teles are really nice.I'd look around for a nice lightweight one.
     
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    My Custom Tele FMT HH has coil-tapped pickups: a SD '59 (Alnico 5) in the neck and a Pearly Gates Plus (Alnico 5) in the bridge.

    I'm leaning toward the Player Series Tele HH, which also features coil-tapping, and comes with a pair of Alnico 2 pickups.

    The coil-tapping feature offers the most versatility.

    That said, I can also see the Player Series Tele SS, with its Alnico 5 pickup set, as a possibility.

    There's not much info out there on the Player Series single-coil pickups.
     
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    Bruxist Friend of Leo's

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    I have a PG+ of these in the birdge of my SG. Love it!

    I think I would go the SS route. I don't think your tapped 'buckers will sound so much like a standard SS tele.
     
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    Hmmm... good point.
     
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    vanr Tele-Holic

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    Pearly Gates + is a fabulous bridge pup.
     
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    whoanelly15 Tele-Holic

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    I’m with these folks. Coil-tapping is a nice idea on paper. But I’ve never heard one that I really thought sounded right. But that’s me. YMMV
     
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    I have liked 2 tapped 'buckers together in a stratty "position 2 or 4" kinda sound, but not individually.

    Have always wanted to try a humbucker wired form series and parallel. Like the way it sounds in videos but have never hear it in person.
     
  14. stilesg57

    stilesg57 Tele-Holic

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    I have that same FMT...

    If you want something different so you can cover more ground absolutely get the standar Player with single coils. Those new MIM Player pups are surprisingly nice, and completely different than the FMT’s setup. Split buckers aren’t nearly as nice as true singles IMO; they’re meant to ape the SC sound in a pinch.
     
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