And the top 3 Tele neck pickups are...

Antigua Tele

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As the OP, I feel it's time for me to chime in here, once again.

Today I installed a Cavalier Bakersfield (custom low-wind - 8,100 turns rather than 8,500 turns). 42AWG wire around A5 magnets, about 6.6k DCR. Volume pot is 520k, Tone pot is 480k.

Yes, it's a BRIDGE pickup.... installed it in the NECK position. :lol:

Funny thing, I'll say for right now, it's most definitely in the running as my favorite sounding Tele pickup in the neck position. (Among 12 other Teles with more "typical" neck position Tele pickups.)

Clean, clear, rich, full-bright, articulate, and sparkly - all at once. My kind of Tele neck pickup!

There really is something great about the concept of running a Tele BRIDGE pickup in the NECK position! (And the middle position, too!) Why don't more people try this?

Neck: Cavalier Bakersfield 6.6k
Middle: Cavalier 50/51 7.2k
Bridge: Fender CS Nocaster. 6.8k

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Where did you get the chrome selector switch tip? That looks really slick.
 

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My favourite neck pickup could be described as possessing "muffled, dull tones", so leaving that one out...

Right now I'm enjoying the Fender 51 Nocaster neck pickup - the one that comes in a box as a set with the corresponding bridge pickup - although it's still relatively new to me. The thing is, once I find something I believe works the way I want I stick with it and don't mess with it. This one seems to be heading for that category.

There's another cool one I like, made by Q Pickups. It's an Alnico II which sounds (to me) how I imagine the Duncan equivalent would be without the brass cover.

But maybe if I had to choose just one to cover all the bases it would be a pickup I discovered years ago while lurking on this forum. It's a Fender and the part number is 0053780000 -

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I can only speak from within my own frame of reference and those three are what I'd consider having the qualities mentioned in the OP, albeit in different amounts.
But I'm definitely liking that Nocaster neck.
 

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Following on my last post here, this may not come as a shock, but right now, my favorite Tele neck pickups continue to be Tele BRIDGE pickups! :eek:

Most recently, Boostrap Palo Duro bridge pickup used as the neck pickup in one of my Strats.

World still keeps on turning.

Tele BRIDGE pickups give neck tones to die for. They have spoiled me for conventional Tele neck pickups.

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But maybe if I had to choose just one to cover all the bases it would be a pickup I discovered years ago while lurking on this forum. It's a Fender and the part number is 0053780000 -

Good thing you put the number in your post, I couldn't quite make it out from the label. :lol:

Anyway, that is the neck from the Original Vintage, Vintage Telecaster set, AKA '52 Tele/American Vintage.

A III, enamel wire.

Original Vintage Tele Neck Pickup:

DC Resistance: 7.7K

Inductance: 2.45 Henries
 

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Good thing you put the number in your post, I couldn't quite make it out from the label. :lol:

Anyway, that is the neck from the Original Vintage, Vintage Telecaster set, AKA '52 Tele.

A III, enamel wire.

Original Vintage Tele Neck Pickup:

DC Resistance: 7.7K

Inductance: 2.45 Henries

Yeah :D But I know that even nowadays there are still some folks preserving their bandwidth for whatever reason and so browse with images turned off. And actual text is always preferable to a photo of text when people are using the search function :)

e: Anyway, that's another small mystery solved for me - the exact identity of that pickup. Cheers.:cool:
 
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Couldn't resist, when I scrolled the page that image made me push my chair back a couple feet, YIKES ! :lol:

My pleasure on the I.D. info my friend.


And yes the CS Nocaster neck is a sweetheart as well............not muddy, kinda Strat-y, I've had those as well, the bridge is fabulous.

Happy Pickin'
 

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For future reference I'll make a note to resize anyway:cool: But it could be worse, because I used to shoot photos used on billboards for a living. :lol:

Yeah, the Nocaster neck is nice indeed, although if I started using the OV again I'd probably be just as content.
Haven't tried the Nocaster bridge but I'm sure I'll get around to it one day. :)
 

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for bright, clean, sparkly clear tone?

every time I install a set .. I'm simply stunned...

1, Bill Lawrence Microcoils.. #2, Bill Lawrence Keystones... #3, anything else Bill has to offer... Do Not let the low cost fool you.. Bill kept the cost low simply because he could not, in good conscious charge what some of the others are...

and, sure, there are other pickups that qualify.. but on the Bang-for the-Buck meter... these things simply peg the needle on a good solid 10..

rk
 

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here's the thing about Bill's pickups. Those qualities the OP mention are the very foundation of Bill's standards... He never made pickups that were supposed to sound like something from the 50's or 60's... or something that was supposed to make "you" sound like some rock star.... his criteria was sonic purity... simple sonic elegance...

He understood that with such precision "tools", a musician was in control and could produce whatever sound he wanted....

I remember when he introduced his last creation, the MicroCoils at NAMM in '09, sitting there with Arlo West, Reggie Young, Arlen Roth and a few others I shouldn't have forgotten, watching their excitement over them. Seymour Duncan was in the next Booth, even he had to come try 'em...

If it's clear, bright, sparkly, tone, and allow me to mention their articulation.. Bill's pickups are the thing... and nothing cuts through the mix with their precision....

comparing their overall performance to the "norm" is like comparing a Ferrari to the more pedestrian motorcars we drive... they do what they're supposed to do, and do a darn good job of it too .. but the Ferrari is quite frankly like being abducted by a super human intelligence and given the opportunity to pilot their "ride".. "Phew!!

and to answer the follow-up question.. Yes.. I have.. and I know what it's like . .

r
 

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there is no such thing as a "top" or "best" guitar/bass/whatever pickup. that is literally impossible.

just about everything associated with music is highly subjective, and in many ways unique.

if a pickup works as it was designed, it's a good pickup. some will call it "best" others will call it "not so good" - subjective thinking that's either personal or created via some manner of "peer pressure" ("hey, it's a Whiz Bang pickup that Eric, Jimmy and Stevie use all the time, so it's just got to be great!" --- um, really?)

beauty will always be in the eye of the beholder. add ears to that phrase as well. ;)
 

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ditto Rob...

that says it all...

Something is good only if to you and it becomes best if it's performance is better to you than anything else you have tried... It there was a best.. all the professionals would be using it...

r
 

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Rob and Ron... perhaps it needs to be noted that this thread specifically requested individual's personal top choices for:

Tele neck pickups for bright, clean, sparkly clear tone. (Not "BEST" pickup.)

I asked so that I might consider a group of different pickups, that people here were familiar with, that they considered be considered bright, clean, and sparkly.

I hope you understand that distinction now. :)

Nowhere was there any statement that any particular pickup is "the best". But there certainly can be a top group of pickups that sound bright, clean, and sparkly to an individual's ears.

The specific request at the outset of this thread, and I quote, was: "Please present your nominations for what you think are bright, clean, sparkly neck pickups for a Tele."

Most here recognize that what is bright and clean, and sparkly to one individual may be less-so to another individual.

And, I think any intelligent individual would know that there is no "best" guitar pickup, any more than there is any "best" guitar color, "best" string gauge, "best" beer, or "best" hair color on a woman. :lol:

There are just a lot of options suited to some particular styles/applications/preferences... and not so much so to others.
 
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every time I install a set .. I'm simply stunned...

1, Bill Lawrence Microcoils.. #2, Bill Lawrence Keystones... #3, anything else Bill has to offer... Do Not let the low cost fool you.. Bill kept the cost low simply because he could not, in good conscious charge what some of the others are...

and, sure, there are other pickups that qualify.. but on the Bang-for the-Buck meter... these things simply peg the needle on a good solid 10..

rk

Thanks Ron for that input.

I have yet to try Bill Lawrence pickups, but they get rave reviews from all four corners of the world, so.... I really need to order some up and see what all the excitement is about! :)

I need to mention another option to the topic, as well.

The Bootstrap Pretzel Tele neck pickup is among the brightest, cleanest, clearest, and most sparkly Tele neck pickups that I've tried. And they're priced wonderfully low. Worth a go, for sure. :)
 

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"And the top 3 Tele neck pickups are ..." - that statement alone begs for a "best" because it demands a comparative evaluation that always leads to a "best" and a "not so best".

what should matter most to all is that no matter what, it's all subjective and there is no right or wrong.

there are definite levels of tone, but the major caveat is that each of us *should* evaluate "tone" individually, not as a group.

there's already far too much "group think" going on in today's world, let's get back to individual thinking.
 

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Don Mare '54 Neck.

It's a gorgeous sound.

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