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What pickups is in your tele?

Discussion in 'Just Pickups' started by aequitas, Jan 16, 2018.

  1. aequitas

    aequitas TDPRI Member

    Jun 17, 2015
    I'm looking for a new pickups for my tele. It have alder body and a maple/rosewood neck.

    I don't have a lot of knowledge about tele pickups since it's my first tele and I need some idea.

    I have try Antiquity 2 and Twisted tele but it's still not what I want. I like antiquity 2 but it can be too dark and while I like twisted tele, I want it to be more tele sounding.

    There is a lot of recommendation online but I just want to know what is a "go to" pickups for tele these days and what did you ultimately keep in your tele.

  2. Televised

    Televised Friend of Leo's

    Apr 26, 2009
    Portland, OR
    I have Bill Lawrence, (Wilde), "Keystones", however, if I'm in your shoes I would probably go with Bill Lawrence "Micro-coils".
    I also hear great things about Caviler Pick Ups.
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  3. dmoss74

    dmoss74 Tele-Holic

    Mar 28, 2010
    that's kind of like asking any joe on the street what their favorite color is. :)

    i have four teles, and all of them have different (bridge) pickups. some have the same neck pickup, but it all varies. i try to match pickups to eras, but even then, it gets hazy.

    the two that i want '50s sounding pickups in have 1) a fender '51 nocaster picklup and 2) a cavalier nashville lion. the two that i want more of a '60s flavor from have 1) a zhangbucker chimecaster, and 2) cavalier bakersfield.

    i won't get into the neck pickups, other than to say that two of them have cavalier lion kings (great tele neck pickups).

    i think i may go another route for a '50s bridge (in lieu of the nashville). i am debating another cavalier: either the 51/52, or his version of the nocaster. i'm on the fence. everyone's idea of "twang" is different. i have a particular sound in mind, i just need the right pickup to match it.

    happy hunting!

    ps...forget the woods. consider the things that really matter, in relation to amplified tone. and factor in your amp, equally, if not more.
    Last edited: Jan 16, 2018
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  4. Tonetele

    Tonetele Poster Extraordinaire

    Jun 2, 2009
    South Australia
    I love my Tonerider Alnico 111Hot Classic bridge pickups.

    The body on that guitar is Alder and it sings with warmth with A111 Hot Classics.

    I have another partscaster, Fender neck,rosewood board and it too has Hot classics in it but a wire snapped in the windings and I replaced it with a Dan Armstrong Alnico5.

    Also built a partscaster with Alnico 5 Vintage Toneriders and it has more twang than I can describe.
    Also a Blackie Stratocaster I built with Tonerider
    p/ups. They all sound good and are not expensive.
    I have been using them since being introduced to them in 2008 in Singapore by Kelvin Ho- a leading luthier in that city, he's located in the basement of the Peninsula Excelsior Hotel opposite St. Andrew's Cathedral. Colman St.
    ( No Commercial interests in Tonerider pickups- just a big fan of them).
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  5. Obsessed

    Obsessed Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Nov 21, 2012
    After playing a Baja, I put the Twisted tele/Broadcaster combo into my MIM FSR BSB RC. I'm done.
  6. regularslinky

    regularslinky Tele-Holic

    Jul 22, 2004
    Fralin stock set. Does it all for me.
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  7. gobi_grey

    gobi_grey Tele-Holic

    Jun 7, 2011
    clinton, ia
    I have several teles with Cavalier pickups. Nashville lion, 51/52 lion, Nocaster lion. All are great. Just depends on what you are looking for. His neck pickups are great too. Go to Rob's website and read the descriptions. They are very accurate. He also has many videos so you can hear them in action.
    dmoss74, what did you pair the Bakersfield with? I really want to try that one.
  8. Paul Jenkin

    Paul Jenkin Friend of Leo's

    Aug 17, 2017
    Essex, UK
    Whatever are fitted to MIJ '70s reissue Tele's made in the last couple of years. They sound fine to me but I suspect they're nothing too exotic.
  9. soulman969

    soulman969 Telefied Ad Free Member

    Mar 20, 2011
    Englewood, CO
    I have different pickups in the various Teles I own but in the Alder body model with a rosewood board like yours I have a set of Bill Lawrence/Wilde Keystones which are my favorite single coil set. The Micro-Coils also mentioned would be another good choice as would any of Rob DiStefano's Cavaliers. These are all sub $100 sets.

    If you plan on spending more there are many others from other very well known winders like Fralin, Lollar, Onamac, and others but I would not necessarily put them above any of Bill Lawrence's pickups or Rob's Cavaliers as far as tonal quality and value goes. But in the end it's what your ears tell you that counts. Buy what you like.
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  10. soulman969

    soulman969 Telefied Ad Free Member

    Mar 20, 2011
    Englewood, CO
  11. Stratohacker

    Stratohacker Tele-Holic

    Apr 18, 2013
    I've got a set of Don Mare Hot Bakelites. Great pickups they can do jazz, blues, rock, and country. No ice pick shrillness either.

    If you're not sure contact Don Mare or Rob DiStefano (Cavalier) they will point you in the right direction.
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  12. ct_anthony

    ct_anthony Tele-Meister

    Sep 8, 2014
    On my most played guitars:

    Alder/Maple/Rosewood => Voodoo TE-50 FAT + TE Long Neck
    Mahogany/Maple/Rosewood => ThroBak ER Custom PAF Set
  13. rooboo

    rooboo Tele-Meister

    Aug 18, 2017
    I have the Seymour Duncan Jerry Donahue bridge, and really like it.

    Made a comparsion video when I did the swap from a Tonerider Alnico2 Blues.

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  14. moosie

    moosie Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Jul 18, 2010
    Western Connecticut
    For a good, clean 50s sound, I like my Fred Stuart Blackguard set. Alnico 3 magnets. Don Mare Bakersfield would fill the bill, too.

    For the perfect 60s sound, the Fender AV64 set. They don't come any better than this.
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  15. MDent77

    MDent77 Tele-Holic

    Jun 13, 2016
    New England
    In a light ash telecaster,

    Analog Man Jim Weider Big-T Tele neck
    Seymour Duncan Alnico II Tele bridge
  16. Mr.Ike

    Mr.Ike Tele-Meister

    Sep 18, 2011
    Love the fender nocasters in my 52’, and Lollar vintage set.
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  17. jpjr50

    jpjr50 Tele-Holic

    Sep 9, 2015
    South Florida
    So my FSR MIM Tele came with ceramic pickups, they weren't so bad.

    I went with Fender 1962 Reissue's and what a difference. Thick tones, could play metal if I wanted.

    I love the guitar much more now. Plus for about $100 for both it was very affordable.

    Mine is an alder body with high gloss maple neck.
  18. dmoss74

    dmoss74 Tele-Holic

    Mar 28, 2010
    lion king.
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  19. Mincer

    Mincer Tele-Meister

    Dec 19, 2017
    Tampa Bay Area
    My go to Tele pickups are a Jerry Donahue bridge...and a Seth Lover neck. I tend to spend a lot of time on the neck pickup, so a really amazing humbucker there makes sense for me.
  20. morky

    morky Tele-Meister

    Jun 23, 2016
    Athens, Greece
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