What're your favorite matched Tele pickup sets

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  1. archetype

    archetype Fiend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    That's my favorite "do it all" set, followed closely by the Fender AVRI '62 Telecaster Custom set.
     
  2. jvin248

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    16kohm humbucker split into single bobbins on a 4-way switch.
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    Actually, pickup setup is very important.



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  3. El Tele Lobo

    El Tele Lobo Friend of Leo's

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    +1 on both of these: Nashville Lion/Lion King or Fat Lion/Fat Lion King. Also really like the O.C. Duff Buckaroo set (but don't own one yet).

    Honorable Mentions:
    Fender Pure Vintage 64
    O.C. Duff Guardsman set
    Bill Lawrence Keystones
     
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  4. Keefsdad

    Keefsdad Tele-Meister

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    I really like my Bootstrap Pretzel pickups. The bridge is nice and fat, neck is clear and a bit Strat like.
     
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    3-Chord-Genius Poster Extraordinaire

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    I agree with this. Every other set I've owned seemed like a mismatch between bridge and neck. I always had to replace one or the other. The Tex Mex set is matched perfectly (and contains the only telecaster neck pickup I ever liked).
     
  6. gtroates

    gtroates Tele-Meister

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    I love the Broadcaster Hybrid set from Lindy Fralin I have in my ‘52 RI, all the sounds I want from a Tele.
     
  7. theprofessor

    theprofessor Friend of Leo's

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    The Cavaliers don't really come as sets, but for my purposes, I really like an underwound (i.e., wound with 42 AWG instead of the typical 43 AWG) Lion King in the neck and a Bakersfield Lion in the bridge.

    Another pair of pickups that works great is a Peter Florance "Crook" Tele neck pickup in the neck and a TE50 in the bridge. Unfortunately, those pickups are no longer available.

    I also really like the sound of the Fender Pure Vintage 64 set, from what I've heard on YouTube. They seem to balance one another quite well.
     
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  8. crisscrosscrash

    crisscrosscrash Tele-Meister

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    Fender Custom Shop Blackguards -- I've only ever been able to find one set! (What happened to these? They are amazing).

    Honorable mention: Lollar Vintage-Ts
     
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  9. EddieLocrian

    EddieLocrian Tele-Afflicted

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    Noiseless N3s

    BTW never seen the word 'What're' before.

    I've seen 'How're', I guess you could have Why're, When're and Who're.
     
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  10. Cysquatch

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    Boring choice, but the SD Alnico Pro II set in my #1 is outstanding. They have that classic tele tone, but with minor fiddling with height they can cover a lot of ground and take gain exceptionally well. Plus they sound really great with a 4-way mod. Don't get as fat and humbucker-y as other sets to my ear, but get plenty beefy while maintaining a lot of articulation.
     
  11. hdvades

    hdvades Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    Fender CS Texas Special Tele pickups.
    Second would be the set in the recently discontinued AV52 Telecaster.
    Those are my favorites.
     
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  12. nojazzhere

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    Perfectly acceptable contractions......don't they speak English over there? ;)
     
  13. gkterry

    gkterry Tele-Meister

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    Florance Hot 59's
    Cavalier Nashville Lion
     
  14. grolan1

    grolan1 Friend of Leo's

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    Without a doubt for me it's a Twisted Tele neck and a Broadcaster bridge (Fender).
     
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  15. EddieLocrian

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    Hi, yes but what're is not an efficient use. The missing letter marked by the apostrophe still has to be voiced when saying the word aloud (unlike more established abbreviations such as we’ll and there’ll) and in writing, it saves the writer only one written character.
     
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    DHart Friend of Leo's

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    I don't have just one favorite, but the ones I really love include:

    Cavalier Wolf neck pickup (this is a Lion King, but with 42AWG wire, I like 9600 turns for about 6.5k DCR)
    Cavalier She Wolf neck pickup (this is a Lioness, but with 42AWG wire, again around 9600 turns for 6.5k DCR)
    Cavalier 51/52 bridge, Cavalier Nashville bridge, Cavalier Fat Lion bridge - they all sound great!

    I also have a Fender Twisted Tele neck/Broadcaster bridge set which sounds very good.

    And for noiseless, DImarzio Area-T neck & bridge set is dead quiet and sounds like a Tele.

    Most recently, to see what all "the fuss" is about, Ryan will soon send a custom set of Bootstraps to me:
    Pretzel neck (42AWG wire, tall A5 magnets, about 5.6k-5.8k)
    Original Recipe bridge (42 AWG wire, A3 magnets, about 6.8k-6.9k)
     
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  17. don m

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    While I like many that I've had, favorites would be Fralin Blues Specials, & Don Mare Green Onions. Also fond of Fralin Stock Vintage & Custom Shop Nocasters.
     
  18. Butch Snyder

    Butch Snyder Tele-Afflicted

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    There are a few "sets" I like. I'll name three.

    1. Fender CS Blackguard set. Had one of these. To me, they were somewhere between a CS Nocaster set and Original 52 set. They are in The partscaster I gave my daughter. Sometimes, I wish I would have removed them before giving her the guitar. Oh well.....

    2. Fender CS Nocaster set. Had a few of these. They're wonderful in an ash body with maple neck/fretboard.

    3. Fender Tex Mex Tele set. Had a few of these too. They are what's in my 50s Baja. I like their fuller twang. They have a cool rawness to them that makes them cool to get gritty with. They can smooth out nicely and are sensitive to picking techniques.
     
  19. Marc Morfei

    Marc Morfei Tele-Holic

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    I am getting ready to put these in my American Standard. The guitar has the stock "American Tele Single Coil" pickups, whatever those are.
     
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    Butch Snyder Tele-Afflicted

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    Interesting thing, when Fender went back to the "American Standard series" and away from the "American Series", that was the pickup combination they used. Neck - Twisted Tele and Bridge - CS Broadcaster.

     
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