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Classic vibe tele 2012 -Pickups upgrade

Discussion in 'Squier Tele Forum' started by Jonosuar Jr, Oct 19, 2020.

  1. Jonosuar Jr

    Jonosuar Jr TDPRI Member

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    Hello

    I have the classic vibe tele from circa 2012.

    I am thinking I'd like to upgrade the pickupsa, maybe get some higher output ones, nothing too gainy I like stonesy rock a bit of break up that sort of thing.

    Any recomendstions, reasonably Small budget?
     
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    You need to tell us which CV you have, because the BSB 50s one and the CVC 60s one with rosewood board have the low output Tonerider equivalent A5 ones, but the White Blonde ones have the hotter Tonerider equivalent A3 ones.
     
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    I have the 60s one I think it’s sun burst with white binding and a mint tinted pick guard ..
     
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    Then your pickups are the Squier equivalent of the Tonerider Classic Blues, which are low wind vintage spec Alnico 5 pickups.
    If you want a bit more output, then the Tonerider Hot Classic set with Alnico 3 magnets would be a good choice.
    They're 64 pounds for a set, and the neck measures 7.1k, the bridge measures 9.2k, while your pickups measure 6.8k for the neck and 6.5 for the bridge, not a real big difference on the neck, but quite a bit hotter on the bridge.
     
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    What kind of music do you play?
     
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    Mainly Stoneys rock , bit of alt country and indie don’t need super high gain but just something with a bit more output to push the amp a bit more..
     
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    If you're into humbuckers, I loved my coil sized humbucker rail bridge with overwound neck. A stacked neck would be cool too.
     
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    I thought they already came with de facto Toneriders?
     
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    I'm thinking the 60's came with these

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    The Classic Vibe A3 version/ Tonerider Hot Classics are fantastic pickups. I think the 60's Classic Vibe has the A5s and they are thin to my ears, more Bakersfield than Stones. The Hot Classics aren't overwound at all, they use a different wire gauge which affect the resistance reading. Neck pickup has nickel silver cover for clarity.
     
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    I have the Duncan Lil 59/ vintage stack combo in my Affinity, though not cheap they are excellent and sound like what you want, especially with a push/pull pot for series/parallel coils at the back pickup.
     
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    Your CV 50's A5 neck pup is a good one. Get a CV 50's A3 bridge and you should be good to go.
     
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