Best Seymour Duncan tele pickups?

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  1. TylerHier

    TylerHier Tele-Meister

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    I'm replacing the pickups on one of my teles, and I wanted to know what you think is the best Seymour Duncan pickups? I play everything from country, to blues, to metal and kind of need a versatile tone. Preferably, I'd like something that would sound similar to the EMG T-set. Any opinions?
    -Tyler
     
  2. Jack Wagon

    Jack Wagon TDPRI Member

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    Li'l 59 bridge / Quarter Pounder gets in done here. The right amp can get you to metal. You can't quite get to twang, but I never tried the split coil wiring option
     
  3. ScottJPatrick

    ScottJPatrick Friend of Leo's

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    Alnico II's pretty much cover everything you need except metal but a 4 way switch would help that.
     
  4. TylerHier

    TylerHier Tele-Meister

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    I heard that the quarter pounds were just amazing.
     
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    tele12 Friend of Leo's

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    Any reason you don't just get an EMG T-set?
     
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    Love my Quarter Pounds. Been using them for over 20 years. You can get all sorts of sounds out of them :D
     
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    LOVE the Antiquity bridge pup. Just love it.
     
  8. max_twang

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    For country and blues, I like both the Broadcaster and Jerry Donahue pups. Can't help you with metal, but if you get your sound from stomp boxes, I wonder if those pups would work for that too...
     
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    Broadcaster.
     
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    Broadcaster!!!
     
  11. TylerHier

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    Because I like to have versatility. There's no point of having 2 guitars that have the same sound. I just like my bridge pickup to have a decent amount of bottom end.
     
  12. TylerHier

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    I really like SD pickups, I just wish they made gold pickup covers for the neck pickups.
     
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    DMace Friend of Leo's

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    I've had the '54, Broadcaster and the Antiquity. Without question, the Antiquity is my favorite.
     
  14. BucksStudent

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    Seymour Duncan Twangbanger for the neck. I have one in my Squier '51.
     
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    Its a bit pricey but the BG-1400 is a killer bridge pickup.
     
  16. elelpe

    elelpe Tele-Afflicted

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    Quarter Pound it is. I had it paired with P-rails in the neck. Versatile and rocks! I'm more into lower output these days and my tele now has APTL1 - '59 combo. APTL1 is fat for a vintage output pickup. To my surprise, it has enough bottom end to make me smile (I play rock, blues, and jazzy stuffs). More bottom end than APH1b in my Epi Dot. Maybe swamp ash body contributes to that. I don't know.

    I don't like regular SD tele neck pickup (never tried Custom Shop and Antiquity pickups). Well, maybe 5-2 if I have to pick. I prefer clear tele neck pickup like Keystones, Nocaster, Twisted Tele, or Twang King. My favorites are Keystones and Nocaster, not as bright as Twisted Tele and Twang King, IMHO.
     
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    Jerry Donahue!!

    I like it a LOT better than any other SD tele bridge pup! It's in my bender.
     
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    x2 for the Alnico II you can get good gain out of them blues some rock country and a little jazz.. heavy metal....meh maybe not so much
     
  19. Jakedog

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    I've had a Hot Stack Lead in my last four teles, and in my custom built one-off T-style. A lot like a P-90 to my ears. It'll still do some twang, but it'll flat out rock too, and quiet as a mouse. My all-time favorite Tele bridge pickup.
     
  20. Fussel62

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    Two weeks ago I put new pups in my second Tele (a very cheap one).
    SD Li'l '59 in bridge position and the SD Alnico II Pro in neck position. Great!
    I use a 4-pole 5-way switch with them.

    the 5 positions:

    1. bridge HB
    2. both coils of bridge HB in parallel
    3. bridge SC
    4. bridge SC + neck
    5. neck

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    The Li'l '59 demands quite a lot of patience when adjusting its height and its pole screws to find the sound you want and the right ballance. I'm really happy about the result and it still has Twang switched as a single-coil. The combination of both (neck and bridge) is a very sweet tone to my ears.
    The Li'l '59 in HB mode sounds semilar to a Gibson PAF.
     
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