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Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by nashsed, Jan 14, 2019.
That's a great suggestion. Thanks for the tip. Will definitely give this a try.
That's my primary genre so good to hear.
I may have over emphasized the metal bit. I'd just need to be able to play some Metallica in standard tuning cause my SG is setup to Drop C and I don't keep messing with it.
Just for you:
One of my teles came with a Seymour Duncan blade humbucker in the bridge, and it can definitely dish out some crunch, but honestly so can my other teles with single coils in that spot. My favorite for this is has a set of Bootstrap Palo Duros, which can do both twang, and bluesy and classic rock tones. Honestly you can do anything with a tele.
Also, I get a lot of punky brunch out of my teles using the neck pickup alone, with a bit of clean drive, or more depending on the mood.
Hot damn!! Definitely gonna search for one of those Tele bridge covers. Has such a cool retro vibe.
I don't think its the bridge pup you need to worry about, as others have said. The neck pup on the other hand, might need thinking about imo ...
I've used his Fat Lions as higher output Esquire bridge pickups and they work well. Still very smooth.
If you really want to lose all of the "twang" try a SD Quarter Pound. I have one in a Tele with a P90 neck pickup and that one is my Blues Rock player. Lots of power to drive an amp or pedals.
Cavalier Fat Lion bridge
Cavalier Huge Lion bridge
DiMarzio Area-T bridge
I have all three of these (in different Teles), and they're all awesome. Go with Area-T if you want noise-less.
I can also highly recommend Area-T for the neck pickup.
Area-T pickups in both neck and bridge, and you've got exceptionally great tones and not even a hint of noise nor buzz.
Thanks everyone for the terrific advice. Definitely going to keep this in mind when I decide to make some mods.
For now, I've just picked up this beauty and am going to enjoy the twangy goodness for a few weeks before i decide to make any wholesale changes.
I don't know why so many are convinced that a SD Quarter Pounder won't twang. Check out youtube, even with 250k pots it twangs nicely. I find that it's a do-it-all pickup.
A bit late to the tread, but...
I find my Rio Grande Muy Grande bridge pickup has been EXCELLENT as everything from blues to classic rock to hard rock... I even get my Yngwie on occasionally LOL...
I've had the pickup in there for 25 years.
Anyone use a Dimarzio Super Distortion T?
That Tele can already do everything you want it to and more. Hell, you can play blues, or whatever, on ANY guitar and get a great tone. Just use the eq on your amp.
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My vote is either a Jerry Donahue (if you want some twang) or a Little 59 (if you want to rock more).
Congrats on the tele. put the guitar thru its paces I think you will see that the stock pickups are pretty good, have a conversation with a local luither, or investigate online about the different 4-way switch mods, in my case I had the fouth position for the tele neck pickup to bypass the dark circuit and keep the original 3-way switch positions. In your case a series/parallel 4-way mod would probably scratch that itch.
Exactly, it's not like all these pickups are that different from each other. They're all going to sound like a Tele unless you do something like totally lose the Tele bridge.
It's all how you play it.
John 5 is a great example.. heavily heavily different and they still sound like a Tele, particularly when he wants to sound twangy.
In reallity, you need TWO teles. One for twang and another for the harder rock. Wait, and one with a bigsby, one Esquire, and why not one Cabronita and a Deluxe.
You get the ideia.
That Tele in the previous picture with the tort guard looks incredible! Forget the pickups, get the tort guard!
Dimarzio Chopper T in the bridge. It's what Richie Kotzen uses and sounds amazing.
Yep, I'm gonna need one of them there tortoise pickguards..