The original Tele neck pups were pretty dull and country guys began pulling the covers off to get some zing out of them. If you want to experience that sound for yourself get a Seymour Duncan Vintage Tele (I think it was). Unless that pickup was defective from the factory it was the dullest, muffliest pickup I ever had, and it lasted in my guitar about 15 minutes. No amount of pot/cap fiddling was going to bring that thing to life.
Very cool pickup. But what is that guitar?!
I'm familiar with the early 50's wiring but I'm not talking about the wiring, I'm talking about the pickup with modern wiring, actually my own wiring scheme using 500k pots, switchable tone caps and the usual stamped plate. That SD Vintage was very un-sparkly but I doubt Seymour would put a brass cover on it unless that was the original design.Mr Fender wanted the Tele to be useful as an electric bass as well as a regular six string electric guitar. (It predated his electric bass). That was why Telecasters came with the wiring circuit that when the neck pickup alone was selected, it had capacitors that removed all the highs making for a dull thud.
I'm familiar with the early 50's wiring but I'm not talking about the wiring, I'm talking about the pickup with modern wiring, actually my own wiring scheme using 500k pots, switchable tone caps and the usual stamped plate. That SD Vintage was very un-sparkly but I doubt Seymour would put a brass cover on it unless that was the original design.
I never saw the guts of those.
Are the long poles solid alnico?
I looked them up and see that the small screws operate as elevators to raise and lower the pole pieces, very cool, and those are some long magnets so probably deliver a powerful focused belt to the strings.
Seems like they measure pretty hot but maybe they are a thinner wire and not as hot as the 9k or so resistance suggests. Odd given the roomy well filled coil assembly.
Looking at pics of the const and reading specs I'd think it was a dark powerful pickup, more than a bright clear pup.
But all the Gretch sounds seem pretty bright and clear.
So what's up with this one?
Maybe they are generally mounted far from the strings?
I've generally seen Gretch as "the other guys guitar", even though a nice orange 6120 has always looked pretty hot from a distance.
Here's a Novak repair of an old one.
for bright, clean, sparkly clear tone?
Please present your nominations for what you think are bright, clean, sparkly neck pickups for a Tele. (No muffled, dull tones please.)
I'm considering Dimarzio's DP172 Twang King neck pickup, but want to consider top competing options.
Solid AlNiCo V. The low end really whomps, very bassy but not muddy if you adjust them right. I hate these terms about Dynas, but these are ‘Strat neck pickup on steroids’ in this Tele. The modern ones have the Stratitus problem when brought too close to the strings. TVJ T-Armonds relieve this problem, as do the hard to find modern DeArmond 2000s, both of which have shorter magnet poles. This modern Gretsch Dyna is about 8k (44ga?), and underwound compared to many vintage varities.
Vintage DeArmond 2000s are great, one of my favorite pickups. I have a vintage NOS 60s bridge in my Gretsch Streamliner. It kills, and it’s not dark at all, nor is it ice-picky compared to a Tele on set on stun. About 10k.
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Durn, I'd call that a secret weapon.
So is the only Gretsch pup Fender uses the filtertron?
Seems like the Dyna would be a no brainer for Fender to put in a Fender.
Years ago I convinced a buddy to take a really low offer on a Schecter Tele as a trade in on a single pickup '50s single cut hollow Gretsch with Anniversary plaque, and that might have had a Dyna in it?
He was in a Rockabilly band (Cheater Slicks) and I thought he really needed to not walk away from the deal over $100.
As I recall I didn't like that pickup, but maybe it was just the wrong time or the hollow body.
I stick with vintage Fender sounds.
Fender Original Vintage '52
Fender Pure Vintage '64
IMHO, both sound just the way a Tele was intended to sound. I only play clean, so YMMV.