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Top 3 Desert Island Bridge Pickups (every budget)

Discussion in 'Just Pickups' started by LegChai, Jun 28, 2017.

  1. LegChai

    LegChai TDPRI Member

    Dec 18, 2010
    You're stuck with one guitar forever.
    It's the last guitar on Earth, and you can't make more.
    It's an Esquire.
    The pickup is missing.
    Any single-coil Tele bridge pickup currently produced by anyone is for sale.
    You have no money, but a Mysterious Benefactor has offered to buy you a pickup.
    You don't know the budget (your benefactor is Mysterious), but it will be enough.

    What pickup do you choose (and why?), if your budget is...

    1. ...unlimited?
    2. ...enough for a regular average pickup?
    3. ...just enough for a cheap one?
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  2. hopdybob

    hopdybob Tele-Holic

    May 28, 2008
    Bill Lawrence microcoil, together with his esquire wiring

  3. TimothyC

    TimothyC Tele-Afflicted

    May 12, 2016
    All three for me would just be the broadcaster pickup that was stock in my AmStd. Does everything I need it to. Not super boutique or fancy or cork sniffery, but it sounds like a good Tele bridge should with a wide frequency response, plenty of beef and attitude.
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  4. waltschwarzkopf

    waltschwarzkopf Tele-Meister

    May 17, 2017
    1. Seymour Duncan Quarter Pounder
    2. Tonerider
    3. Cheap from amazon
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  5. Whoa Tele

    Whoa Tele Tele-Afflicted

    Mar 20, 2009
    Smyrna Ga.
    Budz 542 is still the best of the many I've tried. I also dig the OC Duff Plankster for a darker thicker bridge tone. As a third choice I'd have to go with my stock Fralin.


    SPUDCASTER Poster Extraordinaire Platinum Supporter

    A Cavalier Hydra with a Huge/Nashville/Bakersfield combo.

    You didn't say it couldn't be tapped.


    SPUDCASTER Poster Extraordinaire Platinum Supporter

    o_OSorry with the double post. Sometimes this thing has a mind of it's own?

  8. Whoa Tele

    Whoa Tele Tele-Afflicted

    Mar 20, 2009
    Smyrna Ga.
    Hey Spud. Not to derail but how much difference exists between the Bakersfield and the Nashville taps and which do you prefer. Ive been thinking of having Rob wind a set and wire it with a mini toggle.

  9. gtrjunior

    gtrjunior Tele-Holic

    Nov 14, 2016
    NorthEast U.S.
    Does the desert island have electricity?
    What amp are we using?
    And is either Kate or Juliet from Lost going to be there?

  10. Doghouse_Riley

    Doghouse_Riley Tele-Afflicted

    Sep 11, 2016
    1) Seymour Duncan Alnico Pro II - This is in my #1 Tele. It just plain sounds awesome.
    2) Wilde Keystone - IDK. I've heard so much good stuff about them.
    3) GFS Lil Puncher - Great budget pickup. I put a set in my Rondo Franken-tele.

  11. Ex-riverman

    Ex-riverman Tele-Holic

    Jun 17, 2016
    Tulsa, OK
    Fender vintage 64
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  12. tlsmack

    tlsmack Tele-Holic

    Jan 20, 2007
    Lonk I-lant, New York
    1.) Don Mare 0038
    2.) SD Jerry Donahue
    3.) GFS 50's Alnico

    I never owned the Don Mare, but my amp tech has one in his partscaster. I tell myself, if I ever make the leap from mediocre player to good, I will spring for the 0038's!

    I currently have the SD JD in my AmStnd, esquire setup. Really cuts through the mix nicely. Just slightly hotter than the SD Alnico apro II, which is exactly what I was hoping for.

    The GFS 50's - a very good pickup at any price, for $30 hard to beat. I had one wood mounted on a parstsquire, very lively!
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  13. Rich B in Tempe

    Rich B in Tempe Tele-Holic

    Apr 20, 2016
    Tempe Arizona
    Im all in with the Cavalier-HYDRA-its a tripple tap pickup Rob can wind several ways- right now (& forever) ive got my HYDRA WRAPPED- HUGE LION-FAT LION-NASHVILLE TWANGIE LION-! True tele love!!u can get nice, thick,spankie,twangie tele tones out of 1 Cavalier!! Rob also holds the record for best customer service!!
    Last edited: Jun 29, 2017
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  14. Zepfan

    Zepfan Poster Extraordinaire

    Nov 30, 2013
    Horn Lake, MS
    P90 or Fat lion.
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  15. emisilly

    emisilly Tele-Afflicted

    Jun 24, 2004
    Virginia Beach
    Yeah that's a super underrated pickup. No need to swap out for "better". Booteeks and other aftermarket makers get plenty of buzz, often earned, but Fender makes some outstanding pickups. They've only been at it for 70 years or so.
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  16. screamin eagle

    screamin eagle Friend of Leo's

    Oct 9, 2008
    S. CA
    Considering this mysterious benefactor is allowing for the potential of a single high-cost item, I'm surprised I haven't seen anyone ask for the pickup out of an original 50's nocaster, broadcaster or telecaster.
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  17. LAGinz

    LAGinz Tele-Meister

    Sep 27, 2016
    Los Angeles
    Yeah I like this one too--same as the one in my Baja 50s. I also especially like how dynamically responsive it is to picking technique.

  18. 4pickupguy

    4pickupguy Poster Extraordinaire

    May 12, 2013
    Fort Worth, Texas
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  19. bparnell57

    bparnell57 Poster Extraordinaire

    Feb 10, 2014
    Philadelphia, PA
    Infinite: offer Keef $10 million for some of his.

    Mid range: Bill Lawrence

    Low end: donlis alnico's or used classic vibe custom Pickups.
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  20. Ricky D.

    Ricky D. Poster Extraordinaire

    Oct 22, 2006
    Raleigh, North Carolina
    Don Mare triple tap

    Fender OV bridge

    Duncan Broadcaster

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