Doctor of Teleocity
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- Oct 11, 2019
- Beast of Bourbon
Another homebrew humbucker Tele with TV Jones Filtertrons:
I had a Bluesboy also and regret selling it. Also had a melancon with two noiseless singles. Also regret selling it. UghSince seeing and playing the G&L ASAT Blueboy when it was first released I've always kept a space in my heart for Telecasters utilizing one or more humbuckers. One of my current Melancon T's sports a pair of PAF with a mini switch to choose between multiple humbucker or single coil configurations.
I’m thinking of doing this to mine. I love that guitar. I want to refret it with medium jumbo tooFender AVRI 52 Hotrod Tele
SD mini hum at the neck
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Gorgeous. Who did the thinline with standard pg and controls?Does a bear poop in the woods?
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No, nobody like humbuckers on Telecasters.I will admit that the humbucker is one of the most significant inventions in the history of guitar electronics. Whereas Gibson's P90 pickups, as well as many Fender guitars, had single coil pickups that caused a lot of hum and increasingly unwanted feedback, in 1957, Seth Lover created the humbucker, which would buck (IE cancel) is hum and buzzing of single coil pickups. The PAF pickup (as it was called) stood for patent applied for, and the patent was finally awarded in the early sixties.
Soon after, several other companies, including DiMarzio, Seymour Duncan, EMG, Fishman and Fender followed Gibson's lead. I don't generally like humbuckers on Strats, however, a lot of great superstrats from the Eighties have a humbucking pickup in the bridge position. I do however, think that the humbucking pickup in the neck of a Telecaster is pretty good, and is the closest thing to making a Telecaster sound realistically like a Gibson. There are lots of good Telecasters that have had humbuckers--Terry Kath's battered 1966 Fender Telecaster he used on all the vintage Chicago recordings had a Gibson SG humbucker in the neck of his Telecaster, which allegedly was the neck pickup of one of many Gibson SGs Terry used.
Andy Summers and Robbie Robertson were also known to play humbucking Telecasters. I don't think the bridge of a Telecaster should be humbucking, but I do like the Telecaster Deluxe and Telecaster thinline, so I guess humbuckers are okay on those Telecaster bridges.
Keith Richards also has a lot of modified Telecasters. His first one, Micawber, has a brass replacement bridge to accomodate 5 strings, with the humbucker in neck position and the nut cut, not evenly over the fingerboard, but with the first string modded to move over a little. Richards uses this Tele to play Brown Sugar and Honky Tonk Woman.
Richards also has another Telecaster, Malcolm, which is also modified with a cut nut and humbucker in neck position, but this one stays capoed at the 4th fret and is tuned in B. Richards uses this Telecaster to play Tumbling Dice and Jumpin Jack Flash.
Nancy Wilson, the lead guitarist and singer in Heart, also has a heavily modified Lake Placid Blue 1963 Fender Telecaster, with a PAF humbucker in the Telecaster neck position, that Nancy has been using since the late Seventies. Whether the Telecaster already had the humbucker in it before Nancy acquired it, however, is unknown.
But if you guys have any humbucking Telecasters plase post it here.
Thanks!You've got to be a hell of a player to bring that up on stage. Stunning!
He sounds familiar.....was he the guitarist for Milli Vanilli?Does anyone like humbuckers on Telecasters? . . .
Well there's this guy in England that seems to do pretty well with the configuration... his name is Kieth Richards.. anyone heard of 'im?
His friend named Pete also enjoyed humbucker-equipped Telecasters (well, parts-casters) in the 1980s:
damn dude, you should design for FenderOh boy, howdy, yeah! Just my kind of thread.
For me, it all started with my first Tele (after being a Strat guy for decades). Fender "Blacktop" HH. I wanted something similar to a Les Paul, but with Fender ergonomics. Stock pickups were crappy.
So, I re-vamped with a pair of Gibson Classic '57s, and 870k volume pot, and '50s wiring. Also swapped the magnet in the neck pickup from A2 to A5, for some extra sparkle at the neck. Very clean, clear, sparkly but fat tone from this guitar now. Absolutely love it.
I like the Gibson Classic '57 so much that I popped one in neck position this Mystic Red Fender American Standard. (A2 mag swapped to A5.)
I love exploring different pickup combinations, so not averse to trying some Classic '57s in a Strat, as well.
In time, more Teles acquired and customized. Gibson Classic '57s once again.
SD Antiquity II Mini (awesome sounding pickup!) on the left. Duncan '59 in the middle Tele. Classic '57s on the right.
SD Antiquity II Mini
DiMarzio PAF Masters
SD Antiquity II Mini at the neck. Fender CS Fat 50 Strat pickup at the bridge.
Cavalier "Phoenix" Firebird at the neck
SD Antiquity II Mini
TV Jones Classic "Filter'tron"
Gibson Burstbucker Pros (A5)
American Standard with Cavalier "Phoenix" Firebird at the neck
Pair of American Standards, SD Antiquity II Mini on the left. Cavalier "Phoenix" Firebird on the right.
So yeah, I sort of do enjoy varieties of humbuckers in some Teles.