Your favourite Tele pick ups

Discussion in 'Just Pickups' started by Chris Vee, Aug 4, 2017.

  1. Chris Vee

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    Still very new to Tele's and I'm wondering what everyone's favourite Tele pick ups are?

    What pick ups do you prefer and for what style of music?

    Thanks!
     
  2. oldfish

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    I have a 2000 am std and the ov pickups are fantastic for any kind of music.
     
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    archtop_fjk Tele-Meister

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    TV Jones Starwood telecaster pickups!

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  4. dustoff

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    OC Duff Guardsmen. Have them in one of my Teles and love them. Also Ron Kirn's pickups are great. I have one in an Esquire he built for me.
     
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  5. Old Tele man

    Old Tele man Friend of Leo's

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    I'm predominately a rhythm player but I also play chordal jazz, hence, my favorite Tele pickup is the original CBS/Fender Seth Lover WRHB.
     
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  6. jamieorc

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    Wilde (Bill & Becky Lawrence) L-290TL/L-280TN. I also like their Microcoils and the L-298TL.

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    atk1 Tele-Meister

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    Nocasters! All kinds
     
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    I prefer the pickups that came with my guitar. (I think you can get a lot more tonal variety from your amp than you can from your pickups)
     
  9. jackal

    jackal Tele-Afflicted Gold Supporter

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    So many great ones out there! I gotta say that lately I'm totally impressed by the Lollar Royal T and J Street combination. At least I am until I pickup one of the other great combinations available.
     
  10. ndcaster

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    as of today: TK Smith CCII blade and Curtis Novak bridge, both at 5k but with plenty of power

    but I sure like how Don Mare's Hot Bakelites sound in Bill Kirchen's old pine tele
     
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    cntry666 Friend of Leo's

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    For a rail pickup I've been using Guitarheads. I lucked out on a partscaster with a Loller Blues bridge pickup. That's got to be my favorite.
     
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    I'm really digging the Fender Custom Shop Blackguards right now. Both bridge and neck sound spectacular!
     
  13. Stubee

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    The ones that were standard in my AV62 Custom Tele. I like a lot of pickups and even find the ones in a stock CV butterscotch Tele to be pretty nice in that guitar...but I just love the 62 Customs.

    Here's how it is: playing at low volume in the living room while watching a ball game last night. My brother is staying with us for awhile and he said "Man, that guitar sounds good". He is not a player but loves music. I've had similar comments from a number of others, including guitarists, while on stage or just jamming.

    They just sound good.
     
  14. GuitarPlayerFL

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    I currently have SD Quarter Pounders in. They get in the ball park of Telecaster tone and they sound great distorted. However, they don't have much twang, so at the next string change I'm going to reinstall the bridge SD Vintage '54 and DiMarzio Area-T in the neck.

    If I want more beef, I can always run it through my clean boost pedal (Xotic RC).
     
  15. rich815

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    I've not been playing that long but already have three tele's. One a sunburst Fender 50's Road Worn with awesome Fender Tex Mex pickups. Gritty and growly. But warning: people either love these pickups or hate them. I find the pickups terrific and a number of very experienced players have strummed this tele a few times and have said things that range from "wow, you really got a good one here" to "geez, this guitar sounds terrific, if you ever want to sell it let me know".

    I also have a partscaster made with a red wine transparent Fender Highway One body and a rosewood MJT-relic'd Musikraft neck loaded with DiMarzio pickups: Twang King bridge and True Velvet neck. Could not be more different than the Tex Mex and I absolutely love it. Chimey, twangy, rich, warm, terrific.

    Lastly I built a tele myself from a new finished MIM Fender body in olympic white with a Mighty Mite maple neck. Loaded it with some McNelly A5 Signature pickups. Named well as they really give a great "signature" sound of a Alnico 5 magnet pickup set. A bit more output than a typical vintage sound but wonderfully tele all around. Sort of my midway between the other two tele's sound.
     
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    I like the Custom Shop Nocaster pickups. I tend to prefer the "old school" Tele sound, and these are perfect. I also like that in the middle position there's no hum.
     
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    Rumplestiltskin White Ropes. Beautifully sweet treble with clarity and without a hint of brittleness. Piano like tight low end. Nick Silver Djangos. So much going on harmonically, even clean. With drive they kinda got a single coil PAF thing going on. Really chewy. Can't believe they are not mentioned much around here.
     
  18. Sollophonic

    Sollophonic Friend of Leo's

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    I have a set of Seymour Duncan Hot Teles in my Baja

    I have Lawrence Microcoils and Keystones in other Teles.

    I even have a set of Keystones in an old beater Affinity Tele too
     
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    I've got to say that after two years, I'm still amazed by the variety and quality of tones I get out of the Ron Kirn pickups in my barnbuster. I've got mojotone clone '52 PUs in my MIM standard, which are quite nice as well, but I still prefer the Kirns.
     
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    I have Tonerider Hot Classics in my Squier CV and I think they're absolutely great. They don't take a back seat to any of my other, more expensive pickups.
     
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