Dragonfire Telecaster Pickups

Discussion in 'Squier Tele Forum' started by Bigjoedo, Aug 27, 2019.

  1. Bigjoedo

    Bigjoedo TDPRI Member

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    Hello All,

    I was updating the electronics on a Squier Thinline telecaster. I like the Telecaster single coil twang but they are sometimes too bright. So I replaced the original single coil pickups with Dragonfire Alnico 5 rails for telecaster. They Definitely need 500K pots. These pickups are more balanced yet still have the tele twang, but not ear-piercing highs. I hesitated to buy "cheap pickups" but did not want to spend $150 or more for a set. These were $60. These pickups are worth the price and sound very good. Hope this helps other people.


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  2. Lord_Ingipz

    Lord_Ingipz Tele-Meister

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    Had dragonfire hexbuckers in a aria bolt on explorer which were screaming and made the guitar sound so good. Had good experiences and considering on buying a bridge pup for the esquire but having tons of trouble on what I actually like.
     
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  3. FenderGyrl

    FenderGyrl Friend of Leo's

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    I have Dragonfires I'm a few of my modest priced guitars.
    And I have been buying sets for future projects.
    They are great PUPS for the price.
     
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  4. JK202

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    Gotta agree w/ Fendergyrl and others... I installed the Texas Blues pups recently in my Squier Bullet Tele. I also got their Area 52s for my Affinity Strat - the difference there was astounding. And I put their humbuckers in my Ibanez GAX70. Inexpensive guitars all, but w/ DF's pups it was a great improvement over the stock ones and only $50-60 a set.

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  5. nicod98

    nicod98 Tele-Afflicted

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    The base tone of the pickups will be different depending on the moddel, and of course, I have no problems believing that these pickups are good.

    But if you don't want piercing high end... why do they definitely need 500k pots... As I understand it 500k pots let more highs through than 250k pots....
     
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  6. djh22

    djh22 Tele-Holic Ad Free Member

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    Adding my 2 cents to the comments of JK, Fendergyrl and others. I am quite happy with the Dragonfire H90s and Vintage Buckers.

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  7. jimilee

    jimilee Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    I put the same rails pickups in my tele. They sound great. I used 500k pots, and lowered the pickups just a bit. About a nickels width at the apex of the arc.


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  8. Hippieway

    Hippieway Tele-Holic

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    I picked up a modified Squire 51 with a pair of Dragonfires, makes the guitar.

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    Uncle Butch Tele-Meister

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    Good to know so many happy customers with Dragonfire pups. I've been thinking about upgrading the electronics in my Squeir Bullet with a 4 way wiring harness from Mojo tone. Not sure about what pups to go with. I wasn't sure if the Dragonfires were a real upgrade from the the stock pups that my Bullet came with.
     
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  10. Michael A.

    Michael A. Tele-Afflicted Ad Free Member

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    I'm very pleased with the Dragonfire Fat Tele pickups that I used to upgrade my $65 Sawtooth Tele. Added a 4-way switch as well, like that tonal option.

    They were only $40 for the set. This model seems to come and go on the Dragonfire site, and the last time I saw them, I think they were up $10.

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    Love my Squier '51!

    Cheers,

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    I have a set on a parts rig utilizing a bullet tele string through body in surf green and a xgp guitarfetish maple neck. I play this guitar more than my modern player plus. Love the pickups and also changed to cts pots and switch. I' m still " playing it in" and will do a refined setup in the future. The ones I used were overwound vintage I believe and they cover slot of tones and ring sweet on clean tones.
     
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