Okay, I know that the neck pickup on a tele has been discussed countless times here on TDPRI. However, I haven’t been able to find a specific discussion of how to describe its tonal characteristics, hence this thread. This is not a “Strat neck pickup vs. Tele neck pickup” thread. I don’t dislike the former but I much prefer the latter. This is not a thread to find a vintage style Tele single coil neck pickup that I like. I’ve played quite a few Fender Teles over the last 13 years, and generally found their neck pickups to be at least serviceable. And I have three different brands of such neck pickups in my five teles: Wilkinson, Bill Lawrence Keystone and DiMarzio Twang King. Of those three, the Wilkinson is serviceable, the Keystone is the clearest and most articulate, and the Twang King neck is my personal favorite, being clear and articulate as well, but with a bit more color (in a good way) than the Keystone. And in writing that last paragraph I experienced the problem that I always have regarding tele neck pickups: describing their tonal characteristics. Like the title says, “Adjectives fail me.” How do you describe in words the tone of a Tele neck pickup (not to mention tonal characteristics in general)? My mind goes to Greg Kock Wildwood videos, where I’ve heard him repeatedly describe the neck pickup in a guitar that he was playing as “nice and squishy,” or, “It has that squish that I like.” Obviously, he meant that as a positive descriptor. And I’ve read others use that same adjective in a positive sense. But since synonyms for the adjective squishy are spongy, mushy and/or muddy, that doesn’t sound like a positive description to me. I’ve also read positive descriptions using other adjectives: throaty, woody, acoustic, full, sweet, warm, etc. I’m not fool enough to think that through this discussion thread we can collectively come up with a one-size-fits-all description, something 100% objective that everybody instantly recognizes as the new standard descriptor for Tele neck pickup tonal characteristics. I’m just hoping that I can clarify my own thinking on the subject, to the point that I can settle on an adjective to describe what I like, and be able to elaborate upon that adjective to clarify my perception if asked. So, how do you describe in words the tone of a Tele neck pickup?