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Best Option to Get a Humbucker Neck Tele?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by tlandonevans, Mar 30, 2017.

  1. Bruxist

    Bruxist Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

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    Squier CV's are routed for humbuckers and have maple neck in the colours you mention.

    I put a Baja neck and a Duncan 59 neck pup in my CVC.
     
  2. tele12

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    I think it is a discontinued model. I have heard nothing but good things about Adorama.
     
  3. Bones

    Bones Telefied Ad Free Member

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    grow your own, it's easy

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  4. Revv23

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    Because the orginals werent and tone snobs took note.
     
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  5. Martinp

    Martinp Tele-Afflicted

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    as flash1999 wrote above, look at the California Fat Teles, I see them for five or six hundred US$.
    here's one one Reverb
     
  6. adamsappel

    adamsappel Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

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    I recently took the pickguard off my Rondo short-scale tele, intending to swap the pickups for a 1992 Fender set, only to pleasantly discover a humbucker neck route. I ordered a cheap Artec Mini Filtertron humbucker to try out.
     
  7. guitarmikey

    guitarmikey Tele-Afflicted

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    Go DIY.

    I saved a nearly destroyed korean Squier Tele, routed it for HB and added a SH-1. Great neck on that squier, so I really loooove this guitar. 2015-06-08 17.15.19.jpg IMG_0447.JPG 2014-09-22 13.06.18.jpg
     
  8. Southpole

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    Here's a pic of the 52HR mentioned earlier. I got this in November and it's been number ever since. Not the cheapest option but the SD minibucker balances really well with the bridge pickup and sounds good so don't rule this option out if you go the DIY route. This model was produced for a number of years from 2008 (I think) so there should be a few about. Later versions have the SD '59 for the full Keef vibe!

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  9. 10thoufirst

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    That's true.
     
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  11. caliban335

    caliban335 Tele-Afflicted

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    As others have written, many Teles will come with a pool route or a neck humbucker route at the neck. After a couple of failed projects I finally found a humbucker for the Tele neck position that sounds like a humbucker without overwhelming the bridge pickup. I highly recommend David PLummer and his Telebucker lineup. He'll work with you via email to be sure the product you spec will meet your needs.

    http://www.zhangbucker.com/telebucker.html
     
  12. darkwaters

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    I replaced the SC in the neck of my MII Squier Standard with a bucker. Luckily the body was already routed for a humbucker. Although the bucker was a low output, I found it tricky to balance the 2 pickups. In addition, I went with a 500k volume pot, which is recommended for a bucker, but will make the bridge pickup brighter. In the end I went with a Duncan Little 59 in the bridge, which was a huge improvement.

    So what I'm saying is that replacing the neck pickup with a humbucker, even if it's pre-routed, can be a tricky process. If you want to avoid any messing around I would go with a Tele that already has a bucker in the neck straight from the factory.

    By the way, here was the final result:

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  13. Robert H.

    Robert H. Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    John Suhr Tele with p/u's you want.
     
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  14. jdw3

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    I just bought a telecaster with the humbucker in the neck position. The humbucker really overpowers the single coil in the Bridge position. What’s a really good single coil pick up for heavy rock or heavy blues?

    This guitar also has a 500K volume pot. Would the humbucker sound too muffled if I installed 250K volume pot?
     
  15. Willy-son

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    Seymour Duncan Seth Lover with the standard 3 way switch all the way!

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  16. Fenderdad1950

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    What freelance said, and you hey to buy a cool new pickguard
     
  17. jdw3

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    Did you try the humbucker with the 250K pot? I'm having the same dilemma. The bridge pickup is weaker and more ice picky to the ear.
     
  18. tfarny

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    $10 1/2" forstner bit in your drill and 10 minutes and a lot of sawdust and you're good to go, pick whatever tele you want or use one you already got. Just don't go all the way through!
     
  19. darkwaters

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    Nope. I went straight to 500k. Seems a to work for me. Mind you, both pickups are now humbuckers.
     
  20. burtonfan

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    Back in 2010 I bought a Fender '52 Hot Rod Tele. It's simply amazing right out of the box. It sounds like the guitar the OP is looking for. With the exception of a mini-humbucker rather than a full size humbucker in the neck, it may suit your needs. I've had it for 11 years and couldn't be happier!

    PS I realize it's discontinued so "used" is about your only choice.
     
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