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Discussion in 'Just Pickups' started by Chris Vee, Aug 4, 2017.
I like the Twisted Tele/ Broadcaster set in my 2016. I see no reason to change them
I don think anyone mentioned em yet but my number #1 has Fred Stuarts, his "lap wrap" set. My other teles have Don Mares and Lollars which I love and have all sorts of tones but for me, the Stuarts can get me through any gig. The lap wrap is his lap steel set based on pickups found on the earliest teles, very big tele tones
I have ten T style guitars, but my favourite three pickups sets are:
1 - Bare Knuckle Brown Sugars, in my MIM Classic 60
2 - Tonerider Vintage Plus, in my MIJ Wilko Johnson Clone
3 - no name P90's in my engraved metal fronted thinline (avatar pic)
I think my favorites are the Nashville Lion/Lion King set in my #1. I also have a Porter Custom bridge and 9t neck I really like, especially now that I fine-tuned the pole pieces on the neck.
I have different favorites for jazz: Dimarzio True Velvet offers some wonderful warmth in the neck position, but the bridge gets some serious twang too. My recent build has a lone Lollar El Rayo neck pickup...in a word, Gorgeous.
I have three different sets in separate guitars and like them all, for slightly different reasons:
1. The LsL T-bone pickups are wonderful: warm, yet with some twang.
2. A Jeff Callahan set that are close to the specs that he used for Bill Frisell's guitar in Guitar In The Space Age
3. Custom Shop '51 Nocasters, which I really like a lot.
I'm waiting on a TK Smith CCII/Curtis Novak set like ndcaster's new set. I'll put those into a partscaster with a roasted swamp ash body. Should be interesting.
Lollar PU's are my favorites.
Still like my BL, (Wilde), "Keystones" after all these years but have come close to swapping out for some "Microcoils" a couple of times now.
+1 on the V Mod Pickups in the Am Pro Tele.
Seymour Duncan Alnico II Pros: APTR-1, APTL-1. These came stock in my Special Ed Lite Ash Tele and they're the best tele pickups I've played. Phenomenal bridge sound and the neck is pretty awesome too. I play blues, blues rock, country rock and classic rocK.
Stock in bridge, hot rails in neck
Duncan Antiquity II
I have CS Nocaster bridge pickups in two of mine, and a super distortion in the other.(no neck pickups in any of my tele's)
I play metal with the nocasters.
1) Keystone Dlx.
2) Fender CS Texas Specials
Cavalier, Cavalier, and Cavalier!
There are a million good telecaster pickups, it's hard to get a really bad one. You've got to decide if you want a traditional tone or something hotter or something clearer and more "hi fi" and if you want "noiseless" designs. Otherwise the question isn't really worth asking. Though you'll get answers!
Of the many that I have tried, I think Duncan makes a great tele pickup for a fair price (love the JD), and the Dimarzio Areas are great in the noiseless department. It's not worth the effort it takes to type the response of course since I haven't done any sort of real comparison testing.
i have three teles (now). in guitar one (bridge) i have a lollar special ('52 partscaster). i like it a lot. i have a lollar "vintage" neck in the same guitar. it's okay, but it doesn't floor me.
in another (late '50s build, rw neck), i have a zhangbucker chimecaster in the bridge (with steel 3 saddle bridge). i love it. it is paired with a neck pickup that i absolutely love, but i can't remember where i got it from. it may have been a gfs purchase from around 2001, but i really can't nail it down. the original pickups from that '52 ri were awfully microphonic, and the neck pickup got damaged in my failed attempt to pot them.
last model (surf green body/classic series '50s neck) has a set of fender '51 nocaster pickups in it. i love the bridge (are we sensing a pattern here?), but am underwhelmed by the neck pickup. not by a lot, but it's definitely not as favorable as the bridge pickup.
i really wish i could find two more of those neck pickups. they are perfect for me. it is way more snappy than the other two i have, but it doesn't venture into strat territory, ala the twisted tele neck pickup i had in a '50s baja tele i had.
Cavalier Huge Lion. Barely potted. Perfect bridge pickup for spunky Keef and more. Still has the tele character with more goodness.
I love the Fralin stock replacements that came in in my '62AVRI Custom tele!
OC Duff Plankster and Bigboy in one custom built tele and
Rumplestiltskin White Ropes in another custom Tele are my two favs
I have SD P90/Quarter Pound in my Squier CV which sound good also
I've had Tonerider Vintage and they are also very good