BIG-T Fender Telecaster neck pickup by Jim Weider
Jim didn't design this pickup to sell it and market it, he designed it because he tried everything available and could not get the tones he wanted.
The normal neck pickup in a Telecaster is just not that great... Leo originally thought it would be used to play bass lines, so all Teles up till the late 60s had an odd switch set up : the forward position ran just the neck pickup with a preset BASSY sound. Almost everyone rewires the switch so you can use the neck pickup normally, with normal tone control. But the neck pickup does not match the wonderful bridge pickup for output or clarity. Many players (KEEF!) carved up their old Teles and mounted a humbucking pickup in the neck position, but that's no longer needed with the BIG-T.
Jim came up with this pickup so he could use it for rhythm and leads on his world tours with The Band, and with his solo projects and numerous recording gigs. We finally decided to make it available, so we talked to Lindy Fralin about producing them for us. Lindy made a bunch of prototypes based on Jim's custom pickup and we finally got one that may be even BETTER!
Here is a little video about Lindy on Youtube.
I have been asked technical questions like What is the resistance of the pickup? The BIG T pickup was designed to work with any normal type bridge pickup, even a hotter one. The ohms don't mean that much - the wire type, number of turns, magnet type, and magnet strength all work together to make it sound like it does. It's not a just normal Tele pickup that's over-wound to make it stronger, winding too much will take away the chime. Only the black fiber bobbin and nickle plated cover are shared with a stock Fender pickup.
- Strong output, matches any stock or aftermarket Tele bridge pickup
- Higher output but WITHOUT the darker tone that comes from simply overwinding a pickup.
- Tone is very well balanced, warm and deep, but keeps high end and string separation intact.
- Comes with 3 wires, so you can match polarity and ground with any bridge pickup. Also allows easy installation of a Tele four-way switch, so you can select both pickups in parallel or series.
- Looks like a normal Tele pickup from the top, great for your vintage Tele to keep it looking like it should!
- Personally hand-wound by Lindy Fralin, the master, himself.
100$ shipped cont USA
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