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Uncovered Neck Pickup Question

Discussion in 'Just Pickups' started by Bruxist, Jul 12, 2018.

  1. Bruxist

    Bruxist Friend of Leo's

    Oct 12, 2010
    Kentucky, USA
    Are any manufacturers' uncovered neck pickups made to actually fit the neck pickup route on the pickguard?

    Most I have seen just use the standard bobbin without the cover which leaves alot of room between the pickup and the guard.

    Mostly just curious about this.

    Thanks!
     

  2. Wally

    Wally Telefied Ad Free Member

    Mar 17, 2003
    Lubbock, TX
    Okay...I’ll bite.
    If you change the bobbin, you change the pickup. It will sound different compared to a ‘tele’ pickup. If you really want to have less of an opening around that bare pickup, you could see if someone like Chandler would custom build a pickguard with an appropriately smaller opening.
     
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  3. Derek Kiernan

    Derek Kiernan Friend of Leo's

    Sep 7, 2008
    Princeton, NJ
    It would only sound different if the coil itself changed. Having wider bobbin plates won't have any sonic effect and it would be bizarre if it did.

    Bill Lawrence's Keystones *may* fit since the uncovered version was designed to be used uncovered, but it's been a long time since I looked at one. If you just want exposed poles, they do one with a black cover that looks pretty slick.
     
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  4. ftbtx

    ftbtx Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

    I believe Q pickups makes one, they can be found on eBay and Reverb.
     
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  5. Wally

    Wally Telefied Ad Free Member

    Mar 17, 2003
    Lubbock, TX
    As long as the wire, magnet, and number of turns was the same the difference would be slight....but...a wider pickup senses a larger portion of the string and things are different.
     
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  6. LtKojak

    LtKojak Tele-Meister

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  7. Bruxist

    Bruxist Friend of Leo's

    Oct 12, 2010
    Kentucky, USA
    Thanks for replying, Wally.

    Part of the reason I was asking is that some of them, like the Bill Lawrence T1 (not a Wilde pickup) appear that they do. Of course, some of the rail pickups also look like they do.
     
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  8. Wally

    Wally Telefied Ad Free Member

    Mar 17, 2003
    Lubbock, TX
    Yeh, Bruxit, I was trying to stay with the pickup you have...thinking that the gap was the only problem you have with the pickup. If you don’t particularly care for the pickup, then all sorts of options are open. Personally, I don’t worry about that small gap....don’t even notice it when or if ever I have seen such a thing....and I am sure that I have seen such a thing.
     
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  9. Bruxist

    Bruxist Friend of Leo's

    Oct 12, 2010
    Kentucky, USA
    As long as it is not big enough to drop a pick down... :)
     

  10. FMA

    FMA Poster Extraordinaire

    Apr 29, 2003
    I have an uncovered Rio Grande Vintage Tallboy in my American Standard and I never really noticed how it fit. I guess I'm distracted because it is among the finest-sounding Tele neck pickups I've ever heard.
     
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  11. Rob DiStefano

    Rob DiStefano Poster Extraordinaire Vendor Member

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    Mar 3, 2003
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    any fender dimensioned strat pickup, sans cover, will fit into a tele pickguard rout and for the most part the body rout as well. it's larger bobbin can be wound close enuf to uncovered tele neck spex.
     
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  12. rich815

    rich815 Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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  13. rich815

    rich815 Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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  14. LtKojak

    LtKojak Tele-Meister

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    Sep 10, 2013
    Milano, Italy
    A penny for your thoughts?
     

  15. rich815

    rich815 Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    Mistaken duplicate post I cleared.
     

  16. Twang Guitars

    Twang Guitars Tele-Meister

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    Grand Rapids, MI
    T.v. Jones makes one. Theres a used one on ebay...(not mine)
     

  17. lineboat

    lineboat Friend of Leo's

    Aug 6, 2012
    I ordered one of these covers from Philadelphia Luthier Supply. Pull the old cover off, put this one on, get a much better tone and fill that gap. Less than $10! IMG_9204.JPG
     
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  18. Bruxist

    Bruxist Friend of Leo's

    Oct 12, 2010
    Kentucky, USA
    I put one of those on a partscaster I built for my wife's cousin a few years ago. The pickup was a Fender MIM Alnico.
     
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  19. Tony474

    Tony474 Poster Extraordinaire Platinum Supporter

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    Apr 16, 2007
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    And best of all it prevents the nasty habit of the first string occasionally catching under the top bobbin plate. I had a GFS Fatbody uncovered neck pickup in one guitar, and I was very happy with its sound, especially for the extremely reasonable cost even when mailed to the UK. But that string-catch was a killer, so I took the pickup out. I more recently bought one of these covers to go on it, only to find that it didn’t work any more. Oh, well...
     
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