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Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Dl Hattenhauer, Sep 9, 2021.
What are the best tele neck pups for a smooth, mellow, jazzy tone?
I don't play jazz, but I like the mellow nature of my Fender Pure Vintage 64 Tele pickup set.
these work for me
passive - Joe Barden
Duncan mini hum bucker
active - EMG alnico T
Are you looking for something in the traditional Tele neck pickup form factor? If not, it opens up a whole world of options like Charlie Christian, P90s, and PAFs.
The amp you play through (and how you have it set) is more important than the guitar you hit it with.
Practice is the best thing you can do to improve your tone. Yeah, it's not as much fun as a new pickup or new stompboxes, but it's waaaay cheaper.
What Peegoo said, but anyhowdy...
Far and away, the Cavalier Fat Lion King. Warm, full, and balanced without sacrificing clarity. Sounds great across the rage of the tone control. Use 250k pots...and I think I use a .022 or .033 cap.
Second choice would be the Creamery humbucker-sized Charlie Christian.
Both will give you an outstanding jazz tone with both warmth and clarity on tap without being overly bright or woofy.
You can get a great jazz tone with almost any pickup, though. So play with your knobs, amp EQ and pickup height first. If that doesn't work, see above.
Also, find a great jazz teacher and study your butt off. Being able to play jazz is a lot more impressive than just sounding jazzy...ask me how I know (currently studying with a teacher again after years of gear quests and modding).
+1 on pick-up height. Set it lower than you would for rock. I can get some good jazzy tones out of my Thinline that way.
This is the sound I want. What other pups are like this?
The EMG T System is on my radar for this reason. I don't particularly like having a battery to worry about, but maybe it's time to take the plunge.
I also like the Lion King. It really gets me going. (You have no idea.) Now I'll go out and find some sounds of the '64 Fender.
The only thing I might add to Peegoo's advice is.....remember you have a tone control on your guitar, too.....and your choice of strings. You're less like to get a good "jazz" sound with .008"s.
Yes, I have a Guild Artist Award jazzer (custom 18" wide) that came with no tone knob. I guess Guild's attitude is that you shouldn't need one. That's pretty hard nose. I ain't that good, but it's fun to work at it..
Yes, I don't like to go below 11's.
Oh!.....well that shoots down half MY advice. Guess we're back to the amp.
Oh, I don't know... They say time is money.
Thanks, Wolf. I got the fat lion king.
The Barden in the neck spot sounds very much like this.
How mitch is yr foat wuth?
Any standard tele neck pickup with a 2nF capacitor in parallel. Definately give that a try first.