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What Pickups and/or Electronics for Keith Richard Tone

Discussion in 'Just Pickups' started by Onairangel2, Feb 14, 2018.

  1. Mincer

    Mincer Tele-Meister

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    Ha, these are my choices, too! A Seth Lover & Vintage Broadcaster, and the rest is playing style.
     
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  2. joealso

    joealso Tele-Meister

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    Dec 25, 2012
    East Haddam, CT
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  3. moosie

    moosie Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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  4. Jackadder

    Jackadder Tele-Meister

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    Speak of the devil, this just arrived on my doorstep today...

    Lappy.jpg
     
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  5. moosie

    moosie Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    How does the steel pickup differ from an early Tele style? Aside from the two screws...
     

  6. kafka

    kafka Tele-Holic

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    Maryland
    OK, so, say I'm entering a Keef Richards lookalike contest, and I just want to nail it. What is the official, bona fide correct Keef way of attaching this beast to a Telecaster? Does it screw into the wood?
     

  7. Guitarteach

    Guitarteach Poster Extraordinaire

    Aug 6, 2014
    UK
    I’d not nail it, I’d def. use a screw. :)
     
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  8. Alamo

    Alamo Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Nov 15, 2006
    Berlin
    Just use two screws instead of three. ...and yeah, no nails.lol
     
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  9. RLee77

    RLee77 Friend of Leo's

    May 15, 2016
    Silicon Valley
    But if he uses screws and it all comes together perfectly, he can then say, “Nailed it!”
    ;)
     
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  10. NiceTele

    NiceTele Tele-Afflicted

    Dec 20, 2012
    Australia
    Any Tele into a Twin Reverb with a mild dirt pedal will give you most good old rock sounds -the rest is up to your fingers.
     

  11. kafka

    kafka Tele-Holic

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    Oct 18, 2013
    Maryland
    I bet Jack White would nail it.
     
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  12. burntfrijoles

    burntfrijoles Poster Extraordinaire

    Almost any Tele (or other guitar) with the right amount of breakup will get a Keith tone if you use Open G tuning. I don't think any mods are absolutely necessary.
     

  13. dswo

    dswo Tele-Meister

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  14. SPUDCASTER

    SPUDCASTER Poster Extraordinaire Platinum Supporter

    Pickup Wizard makes/made a Micawber set.

    Get a Fender amp, Tele and an open G tuning, crank it up and have fun.
     

  15. TRexF16

    TRexF16 Friend of Leo's

    Apr 4, 2011
    Tucson
    Two screws, in a brass plate:
    MicawberTop.jpg
     
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  16. cousinpaul

    cousinpaul Friend of Leo's

    Jun 19, 2009
    Nashville TN
    Also, note that the humbucker is flipped around and installed with the adjustable pole pieces facing the bridge.
     

  17. Alamo

    Alamo Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Nov 15, 2006
    Berlin
    ...and.... the humbucker is very close to the neck, the pickguard is cut around the bucker frame and one slug is pulled from the lapsteel pickup.
    also the 17th fret dot dropped out the night before the Manchester show on the 40 Licks Tour. September 4th, 2003.

    Micawber.jpg
     

  18. TRexF16

    TRexF16 Friend of Leo's

    Apr 4, 2011
    Tucson
    Depending on how your bridge pickup is built, pushing out the E-string magnet could be either absolutely no big deal, or highly likely to "kill" the pickup. So proceed with care if you are that deep into the lookalike contest.
    If the wire is wound directly against the magnet pole pieces, moving them 90 degrees to the wire wind could break one of those tiny wires, and it only takes one...
     

  19. Mouth

    Mouth Tele-Meister

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    Technically it is only one. :lol: How many grooves in a record and all that.
     

  20. Tonetele

    Tonetele Friend of Leo's

    Jun 2, 2009
    South Australia
    I have a book from The Stones concert here last year. McCawber has a brass Gotoh -like brass bridge bar one string saddle, taken out so he can play without the dropped D on the 6th. string. Also , like that SD Antiquity, it has two screwholes ( I am looking at a very detailed picture now). I believe it is screwed into the wood body, like Andy Summers of the Police, similar bridge BTW.
    Alamo's pic shows it clearly.
    You will also need an old PAF humbucker and a very old Fender Telecaster. McCawber is the sum of all parts. Guitar, pickups, bridge, G -Tuning and most all KR's playing. Good luck.;)
     

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