Black Neck Pups

Discussion in 'Just Pickups' started by Old Deaf Roadie, Sep 15, 2019.

  1. Old Deaf Roadie

    Old Deaf Roadie Tele-Holic

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    I am looking for a source for a decent Telecaster neck pickup with a black cover on it for an upcoming build. I am wary of the imports on Amazon & eBay, and am not comfortable with doing a cover swap on a new item from any popular manufacturer as I am sure it will void the warranty. I am okay with adding a cover to a naked pup, just not removing one especially when dealing with the wax.
    The pup need not be super hot. I am a bluesy kind of guy who prefers smooth & rich over screaming tones.
    Any suggestions?
     
  2. otterhound

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    Klein Alnico 4 . Ask for them . He has the magnets but stopped listing them because Fender never used them and that is why they didn't sell . Now the Fender offers Alnico 4 magnets in their line , my guess is that they will become vogue . By the way , my suggestion is not without warrant . I have used these pickups in the past and will continue to do so going forward . The neck pickup , in particular , is quite worthy of your posted requirement .
     
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  3. Old Deaf Roadie

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    Thanks! I will look into them.
     
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    Wilde Keystones can be purchased with a black cover. Good pickups.
     
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    I had original Fender 62s that had black string winding. They were great but stupid me sold that guitar.
    Maybe the 62 re-issues are like that.
     
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    Harmonic Design has several options in the Tele line.
     
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    True. So true.
     
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    Rio Grande use to customize pickup covers.
     
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  10. POS Guitars

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    Why not use a pick up of your choice and switch the cover?
     
  11. Bartholomew3

    Bartholomew3 Friend of Leo's

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    Flat Black paint
     
  12. Old Deaf Roadie

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    Thank you all for your replies. I am formulating a short list...
     
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    wild keystone are good but not hot.

    maybe try and ask Rob from Calavier ore bootstrap to make you on?
     
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    Do not be afraid of the import pickups. $5 or $10 or $20 each or a set.
    If you somehow you 'got into trouble' with a bad sounding pickup you are only a volume pot or tone cap swap away from great tone. I used to swap pickups but found pots and caps have as much influence on the guitar tone as the pickups for 1/10th the price of most pickups in this thread.

    Some of the import pickups measure and perform like hand-wound boutique models as they have half the internal capacitance of several popular aftermarket domestic brands often loaded in these threads that are usually way too muddy. Some people like 'warm' but one players 'warm' is another players 'muddy'.

    If you set the pickup height by ear and not slavishly to the factory spec of 'two stacked nickels from the strings' then it won't matter if you use ceramic nor alnico either.

    They are a pretty low risk in the scheme of a build. If you really hate one you are only out the price of a coffee or two and can still spend your $100 on a fancy pickup (that may need pots and caps swaps to bring it around to the tone you seek or a second $100 pickup ...).

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  15. Old Deaf Roadie

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    You make a good point. Also, there are some good shootout videos on YouTube on the subject. I should be entering into "options overload" any moment now lol.
     
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    WD Music sells black tele neck pickup covers
     
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