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Warm PAF-like single coil neck pick up for tele

Discussion in 'Just Pickups' started by OwenHu99, Mar 26, 2017.

  1. OwenHu99

    OwenHu99 TDPRI Member

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    Nov 6, 2016
    Shanghai, China
    I have a MIM tele (maple neck, alder body) with stock pickups, I mostly use the neck pick up. I am looking for a very warm PAF like pick up that is good for cleans and preferably also dirt. I'd also like to have an almost compressor-like attack, like when you pick really hard with your thumb. Oh, and I'm running into a blues junior that is very bright. Thank you in advance!
     

  2. radiocaster

    radiocaster Friend of Leo's

    Aug 18, 2015
    europe

  3. OwenHu99

    OwenHu99 TDPRI Member

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    any specific model? thanks!
     

  4. Guitarteach

    Guitarteach Poster Extraordinaire

    Aug 6, 2014
    UK
    +1 a low wind P90... mine are more piano like and clearer than PAFs

    Of all the pickup designs, I think brands makes least difference to the core tone.

    I have a cheap Wilkinson P90 in one and original 60's in another. All sound nice.

    I had thought I might have swapped the Wilkinson for a 'boutique' PU before I got the guitar with it in but I was very happy with it.
     

  5. rogb

    rogb Tele-Holic

    658
    Jan 3, 2012
    London, England
    I don't know if this will help, but in the neck of one of my Strats I have a Lace Sensor Blue, and it does exactly what you ask and is designed to replicate the warm PAF tone. I use that pickup all the time as it sounds so good.
    You'd need a modified scratch plate of course.
    http://www.lacemusic.com/Sensor_Blue.php
     

  6. musicalmartin

    musicalmartin Poster Extraordinaire

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    Norfolk UK
    Tone rider P90 s work well .I swapped out the stock P90's from a PRS SE semi hollow and the Tone rider were a vast improvement .I used the a2 low out put versions but a hotter one in the bridge would also work well .You can buy a pickguard from GFS i think but you better check you have a humbucker route first .
    Having re read this is not actually much help to you but it may be to others.
     

  7. parademe

    parademe Tele-Meister

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    Feb 7, 2013
    Berlin, Germany
    Another vote for a P90.
    Tone riders are great but for that compressed-like sound I think that AlNiCo II magnets are not the best choice. I tried different kinds of magnets in a P90 and A2 are a bit loose sounding in the low end. I have an underwound P90 with A5 mags in the neck position of my tele, which has a way more defined low end.
    They are wound to 6,5kOhms, a good match with my Texas special tele bridge pickup.
     

  8. OwenHu99

    OwenHu99 TDPRI Member

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    Shanghai, China
    I couldnt find many clips with lace sensor blue in the neck of a tele, so im still not very sure. What im looking for is quite specific, i fear that I poorly described, so just to make sure, heres a youtube clip of the tone im looking for (at 0:40) :) do you think it can be achieved somewhat with the lace sensor? Thank you.
     

  9. Guitarteach

    Guitarteach Poster Extraordinaire

    Aug 6, 2014
    UK
    ^^ sounds like the guitar tone or amp treble is turned down.

    Sounds like a standard neck tone though you could get from many pickups.

    What amp are you using?
     
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  10. sjtalon

    sjtalon Poster Extraordinaire

    Try a 4 way switch.
     

  11. Guitarteach

    Guitarteach Poster Extraordinaire

    Aug 6, 2014
    UK
    ^^^ +1 on that too. Series wiring the two pickups does sound thick and warm and very close to the tone in the video.
     

  12. rogb

    rogb Tele-Holic

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    Jan 3, 2012
    London, England
    The Lace Blue does sound very much like that (with .11s I would add) but as the others have said, try a 4 way for the pickups in series and take down the tone a bit to warm things up.
     

  13. mabley123

    mabley123 Friend of Leo's

    Aug 21, 2011
    ashland kentucky
    PAF.... Fralin Pure PAF. Low Wind A2 x .015 cap, and make sure Pots are in spec.

    ThroBak '55/'56-SB Vintage P90... Yes, they will sell just 1 pup.

    Tom Holmes H450... But theres an 8 month wait. My favorite.
     

  14. MilwMark

    MilwMark Poster Extraordinaire Ad Free Member

    Apr 29, 2013
    near Arnold's
    That is a very standard tone that any Tele neck pickup can get. Turn your amp up. Maybe roll back the volume a bit on the guitar. Possibly the tone. It is technique and working the guitar and amp controls, not a specific pickup to chase.
     
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