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Weider Big T vs. Twisted Tele vs. other tall magnet pickups

Discussion in 'Just Pickups' started by Stylemaster, Mar 14, 2012.

  1. Stylemaster

    Stylemaster Tele-Afflicted

    Jan 9, 2009
    West Orange, NJ
    I have the Baja Twisted Tele neck pickup, I also have the Nocaster neck pickup and a Budz pickup that is taller than all of them. Dave named it the Stylemaster after me :D.

    I was wondering if the Big T has any advantage in output and tone over these other tall magnet neck pickups or if it would be redundant.

  2. Stylemaster

    Stylemaster Tele-Afflicted

    Jan 9, 2009
    West Orange, NJ

  3. GuitarJonz

    GuitarJonz Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 16, 2003
    Betcha not too many guys here, if any, have tried the TT, Budz and Big-T pickups, thus the crickets (or were they peepers?) :lol:

  4. Stylemaster

    Stylemaster Tele-Afflicted

    Jan 9, 2009
    West Orange, NJ
    Well I've tried the Twisted Tele and the Stylemaster (which is a great, great pickup) but I have never tried the Big T. I wonder if the Big T is similar to the Stylemaster. The Twisted Tele seems too scooped for me - favoring the high and low end.

  5. sevycat

    sevycat Tele-Meister

    Aug 8, 2008
    Newark, DE.
    I will let you know what I think of mine as soon as I get it installed. ordered a Big-T for my tele and once it's in I will be sure to post.

  6. moondogz

    moondogz Tele-Holic

    There's a review of the Jim Weider Big T pup in a recent issue
    of Vintage Guitar Magazine. They were impressed if that means

    Here's a demo of it if you are interested.

  7. fakeplastic

    fakeplastic Tele-Meister

    Feb 24, 2007
    I haven't tried the Big T or other tall magnet pickups. But I wasn't really that impressed with the Twisted Tele I tried, seemed a bit thin to me, I preferred the stock American Std neck pickup.

  8. Groberts

    Groberts Tele-Holic

    Dec 22, 2009
    I love my Budz purebred neck PU. Not sure how different it is from the stylemaster or twisted Tele PU. I have a new custom shop fender on the way and it has a twisted Tele neck pu that blew me away when I first played it. No experience with the Weider Big T. Keep us posted.

  9. Ramblin Ray

    Ramblin Ray Tele-Afflicted

    Mar 17, 2003
    New York
    Suhr makes an outstanding front pup.

  10. sevycat

    sevycat Tele-Meister

    Aug 8, 2008
    Newark, DE.
    I just finished installing the Big T neck pickup and from what I hear, the results are good. I will have to play it way more to know everything it can do for my sound, but so far very very good results.

  11. Joely

    Joely Tele-Meister

    Feb 9, 2011
    Hertford UK
    The Big T is excellent.....I have had about a year now. Put it in my 92' 52 reissue. Always found the neck pickup weak (even with the modern wiring) , I think more into that fullness richness (strat-like). It sounds full clear (plenty of crystal bottom if you want it). Its not Stratty souinding but in the same bracket....just what i was after...neck pickup with controlled upmh!!

  12. TeleKato

    TeleKato Friend of Leo's

    Mar 28, 2011
    Naples, FL
    Well, not much experience except with the Twisted Tele in the neck of my Baja (and the one that was in the neck of my Custom Shop Deluxe before I got rid of it for not having any real soul ...). BUT ... you said 'other' and I have Rio Grande Tall Boys in a Partscaster. I like 'em -- powerful. I have 'em set low (I actually had to skinny-up the top-piece of the bridge pickup so that it would sink to level with the bridge itself). There ya go ... another county (parish?) heard from.

  13. Webfoot

    Webfoot Tele-Holic

    Jan 13, 2007
    I have a baja and felt kind of 'so-so' about the twisted tele. Never played with the height that much and probaly should have. I also had the big T in another tele and put it in the baja. The bit T sounds natural, big and fuller. Also better and more musical then the TT... but I think the big T should be modded as follows...

    The big T has long pole magnets that stick out the back end quite a bit. While it sounds big which is great, it is too bassy for me. I am surprised they did not taper or cut down the length of the magnet poles under the E and A string etc. In fairness maybe its not super bass heavy but playing through fender amps they tend to be overly bassy anyway.

    Its beautiful for finger picking but as stated a bit bottom heavy and have to really lower that the end of the pickup. To some degree its hard to get a traditional bridge pickup to balance against it. I just replaced the baja bridge with a bare knuckle pickup flat 50. Both of those pickups are probably best in their class but its not your traditional twangy thinner tele sound. But its a much more serious players axe especially for guys like me doing harder rock.

    So I can get really good strong bridge humbucker like tones for lead and heavy dirt and then switch to the middle or neck pickup for cleaner and more open sounds for rhythm and jazz.
    Last edited: Apr 23, 2012

  14. figaro

    figaro Tele-Meister

    May 18, 2010
    Sweet Carolina
    The tall magnets are what give these neck pickups their sound.

    I'm worried that the Big T will not have enough high end, like the Lollar Special T neck pickup that I tried. Or is it too much low end?

    The Twisted Tele is the best neck pickup that I've tried so far, but I would like one that has it's clarity and low end but not as scouped in the mids.

    But maybe that's not possible?

  15. vanguard

    vanguard Friend of Leo's

    Feb 7, 2007
    Charleston, SC
    my fav pup of this flavor is don mare's englishGuard. it's a custom order now, but it combines massive alnico III mags with a low wind of special gauge wire. the combo of big mags/low wind makes for a very gretsch-like clarity.

  16. wreckmark

    wreckmark TDPRI Member

    Jan 10, 2011
    Greenville, SC
    I got a green sparkle CS '60 Tele with a TT at the neck. I ordered a Big T for it because I love it in my other '52 RI Tele.
    I like the TT, but will update upon installation~

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