What're your favorite matched Tele pickup sets

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  1. Butch Snyder

    Butch Snyder Tele-Afflicted

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    I have tried Texas Specials in many Telecasters; most of them being Ash or alder with a maple neck. Never was very impressed. Then, I installed them in a Telecaster with an alder body and rosewood fretboard. Those pickups came to life. They didn't twang much; but had a nice, warm, smooth tone with plenty of bite.
     
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    guitarmikey Tele-Holic

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    I believe that. That's why I made the fingerboard specification! I have another korean squier - maple neck with bridge original pup and added SH1 in neck, different animal. For rosewood the pair I mentioned sound great!
     
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    UPDATE:

    I needed to re-evaluate my choices. I re-installed the stock pickups that came in my 50s Baja Tele. That Tele is a 2006 production model, the first year the Baja was made. They didn't call them 50s Baja Telecaster then; just "Baja" Telecasters. The stock pickups are the same now as they were in 2006; Bridge - CS Broadcaster, Neck - Twisted Tele. In an ash body with a maple neck/fretboard, these pickups are great.
     
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    Lots of great choices out there and I've tried a bunch. Here are my thoughts on a few favorites.

    Don Mare Hayride - best middle position and has the most woody thump to them

    OC Duff, Big Boy/Plankster - My favorite bridge pickup and best volume balance between the pickups.

    Lollar Vintage T - most old timey sounding.
     
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    Surprised to see such a lack of Keystone love . I only saw them mentioned here once, as "runner-ups".
    Time was you'd hear people praise the keystones all the day long. I'm aware there was at least one very notable detractor, but in general, they seemed well-loved by many here. Just is kind of funny how the collective common consciousness/wisdom changes over time.

    Confession- I have a set of Keystones, but I've never heard them. Never got them into a guit.
     
  6. Butch Snyder

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    To be honest, I have never tried any pickups from Bill Lawrence (Willi Stich) or Bill Lawrence USA (that's a weird situation if you ever read about it). in the past, I held a slight interest in them; but to me, they always looked cheap. I was used to Seymour Duncans; which, to me, always looked much better made. Again, that's just my experience and opinion.
     
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    I'd have figured that weird air would have been all cleared up by now, since THE Bill (of Bill&Becky) passed some time back now.
     
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    It has, however, I'm talking about the actual time way back when.
     
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