Am I Wrongly Ignoring My Bridge Pickup?

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  1. Bill Sheehan

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    Hmmm, Jerry, I like that approach and will give it a try!
     
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    What, you think you are playing a Strat?

    Strats are all about the neck pickup.
    Teles are all about the bridge pickup.

    Sometimes a Tele gets a Strat or a Strat gets a Tele ... and the magic really happens.

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  3. Bill Sheehan

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    ...or a "tip calculator"...
     
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  4. Gardo

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    Run that bridge pickup through a delay pedal to get some slapback
     
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    My blue Tele has a control plate with individual volume controls for neck and bridge pickups, with a universal tone control, and a 3-way pickup selector switch. In the middle position, I get an infinite variety of tones varying the volumes of the pickups. I really like this setup- it lets me access the bridge pu more than I normally would, since I play rhythm most of the time. 20190425_133552.jpg
     
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    Exactly. Neck pickup, tone wide open. Bridge pickup, tone down 1/2.

    The bridge pickup sounds harsh on its own. In a band setting it cuts through.
     
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  7. El Tele Lobo

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    I would say, yes, you are missing something. I play worship music in church and as often as not, I'm on the series position on my 4-way switch because it gives me a fatter, fuller sound that still cuts through, but I also like to use the bridge position when I want to cut through the mix even more. I can put a little of that fatness back in with a clean boost (I use a JHS Prestige), if necessary.

    Plus, the bridge pickup has a unique character all its own. I would familiarize yourself with it and keep it in your tone palette as another sonic color paint music with. If you still don't care for it, it may be you don't like that particular variety of bridge pickup. Tele bridge pickups can cover a wide sonic range from thin and bright to warm and fat and everything in between. Different magnet types (A2, A3, A4 or A5, for example) can add further tonal nuances. However, before you go through the expense and hassle of a long quest for the "right" pickups, I would first exhaust your options with what you have. The best way to do that is to experiment with different pickup heights until you find something that really brings out the best of that particular bridge pickup.

    And in the end, if you still decide to try new pickups, you'll get no shortage of suggestions from the good folks here.
     
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    ^^This.^^

    But it also works for chords in church too.

    The Tele bridge pickup is nothing if not versatile.
     
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    I could not agree more. The Telecaster's bridge pick up is one of the greatest inventions in human history.
     
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    I just can't see ( or understand) someone NOT using ( and wanting to.use) ALL pickup positions on any guitar.

    I have a buddy with 4-5 beautiful Strats and he NEVER plays outside of #2 and #4.
    Not only is that limiting, but a lot of music sounds ( IMO) really wrong or weak if you do this, just because " I love that Strat out-of-phase sound!" Nope- open your ears!

    When he plays a Tele it's always in the middle ( both) PU selection. A beautiful sound but just not the right tone for everything.

    To me it's like playing with one hand behind your back!

    These 2 guitars with a clean amp ( and a way to make it dirty) can give you a real palette of great sound.
     
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    I find the neck pickup on most guitars give me a roundness to the tone that I love. I stay on that one most of the time. I like the Duane Eddy twang and the neck pickup is where that deep round sound comes from. A lot of it comes from how you set up your amp.
     
  12. NBS2005

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    Esquire Tele; lots of tasty sounds with Eldred mod. Dual TV Jones pup Tele mixes between both and bridge. The Strat lives on the neck but will occasionally go middle or bridge. Don't limit you sound.
     
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    Play the WOUND strings more when playing leads and single notes.
    Nothing sounds better than a tele bridge pickup on those.
     
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    I have not read the other responses, but! You GOT to use your tone pot. I like to run my Tele bridge volume at "8"ish and the tone at like 6-7.5ish.

    Also the tele bridge is wonderful with just a bit of dirt!
     
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    I had to give it some thought, but the only time I use my bridge pickup alone on my Teles is for playing leads. Use it for rhythm all the time on all my other guitars, but not on my Teles.
     
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    I have a balance/mix control.
     
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    To me the main defining sound of a Tele is the bridge pickup...that meaty twang is something you won't find on any other guitar.I enjoy the neck pickup when it's needed but the bridge pickup is the essential one.Albert Collins knew how to use it:

     
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  18. GuitarKid

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    I quite agree. I just think you’re gonna disturb the people in church if you strum too hard on that pickup wide open. I do play in church, occasionally electric, and for this I’d prefer middle or neck most of the time. But sometimes you gotta wake people up I guess.
     
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    Same with me on my Baja 50's tele to the point that the second position (neck and middle) is so sweet I never use any other setting!
     
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    Same here, but with both lead rhythm - and the 50s Baja offers some additional flavours. I take the point about rolling off the bridge pickup treble though.
     
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