Best Strat-like rhythm pickup

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  1. Slann

    Slann TDPRI Member

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    I go through this about once a month, and I know there have been many discussions about this. I want a Strat sounding rhythm pup..think Hendrix "Wind Cries Mary"...mot distorted, but full, clear, tight bass and glassy top end.
    I have Duncan STR3(loud but undefined), tried a Dimarzio Twang King(weak output, narrow tonal bandwidth). I like the sound of the Twisted Tele as heard on the YouTube video by the Fender Custom Shop('52 Custom Tele), but haven't heard it live.
    I spoke to a guy at Rio Grande that told me their Halfbreed was better than their Vintage Tallboy for what I wanted. I got the feeling he was trying to push Halfbreed pickups, not help me out.
    Experiences and recommendations?
     
  2. Mark Davis

    Mark Davis Telefied Ad Free Member

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    You need a low ohm pickup 5.7-6.5k.

    The CS69 Strat pickup nails that tone and its 5.8k so does the Fralin Vintage Hot.

    Have someone wind you a low ohm Tele neck pickup without a cover and you will be real close.

    I can actually get real close to that tone on my stock CVC neck pickup its the best Tele neck pickup Ive ever had in any Tele. I think its 6.4k
     
  3. TG

    TG Doctor of Teleocity

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    I find that the Fender Vintage Noiseless neck pickup has a lot in common with a strat pickup. Same clear and 'woody' tone character.
     
  4. Jason R.

    Jason R. Tele-Holic

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    I don't know about the Hendrix tone, but I am replacing my Tele neck pickup with a Fralin Blues Special. It is overwound and uncovered...very similar to a strat tone. Check out this sample by Lindy Fralin himself:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1_8xM6PyfU
     
  5. Mark Davis

    Mark Davis Telefied Ad Free Member

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    That Fralin demo was good.

    Ive never heard any Fralin in any guitar that sounded bad.
     
  6. MrDJoers

    MrDJoers Tele-Holic

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    Sometimes twisted tele pickups show up on eBay from Fender dealers who got a dozen in and want to move them. Or you could try a Don Mare S-tele neck pup.
     
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    Chrismo Friend of Leo's

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    Fralin Blues Special. Mare S-telly. On the cheaper end, a GFS Fatbody.
     
  8. Jack Knife

    Jack Knife Friend of Leo's

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    I can't comment on the Rio Halfbreed, but the Vintage Tallboy is the end of my search for a Tele neck pickup. You could cop the tones you want with one IMO.
     
  9. Jimmy Dean

    Jimmy Dean Tele-Afflicted

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    I put a GFS Protube Strat neck pickup in my Squier '51. I liked it so much that I got a Protube Tele bridge pickup for it. They have a real smooth sound & work good cranked up. I don't know about that Hendrix sound, I think about 70 to 80% of his sound was him (often copied, never duplicated). Maybe it was the coil cord?
     
  10. Ramblin Ray

    Ramblin Ray Tele-Afflicted

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    Try the Suhr "Fat T"--It's known for this quality. I have one, and it's true IMHO.
     
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    jetagegreg Tele-Meister

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    +1 & +1.

    -GB
     
  12. WaylonFan76

    WaylonFan76 Poster Extraordinaire

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    I got one of those ebay Twisted Tele pups and it sounds pretty good. But let me tell you, I recently played one of my friends' partscaster with a Don Mare S-Telly in it... it is unreal !!! 10 times better than the Twisted Tele ! Bold, powerful, glassy yet warm tone in spades ! I'm definitely thinking about an upgrade down the road ( just be aware that you will wait about 3 months for it...)
     
  13. RomanS

    RomanS Poster Extraordinaire

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    For Strat neck PU type sounds (Hendrix/SRV, Little Wing, Wind Cries Mary-type), the GFS Alnico Fatbody (or the identical Artec Fat Slug) is perfect! Don't let the low price fool you, that pickup is one of the best Tele neck PUs around (as long as you are looking for a Strat-sounding one).
     
  14. 32soundz

    32soundz Tele-Holic

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    Yes I remember you telling me about them, a Strat in a Tele apparently

    This is what the manufacturer says

     
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    Fred Stuart Compact Wonder!
     
  16. clapointe

    clapointe Tele-Meister

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    The Dimarzio Twang King Neck is very strat like !!!
     
  17. sjturbo

    sjturbo Tele-Meister

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    Wilde, L280!! Short and sweet! (Bill and Becky) Hard to beat!
     
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    vanguard Friend of Leo's

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    after the s-telly and a lollar alnico III, i found the fender nocaster to be the best tele neck pickup. the mare was too boomy and strong, the lollar was too bright and clinical, the fender was right in the middle: glassy and clear, but still warm and spacious.
     
  19. WaylonFan76

    WaylonFan76 Poster Extraordinaire

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    "the mare was too boomy and strong, "
    That's what I loved about it... guess it's a matter of taste ... :D
     
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