Esquire on the way! And pup question.

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  1. TelePlank

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    So I bought a Telebration Empress Telecaster and I also have a Classic Series '50s Esquire on the way. A nice 7.2 pounds! The listing said it has a DiMarzio Twang King bridge pup and the Mike Eldred mod. Anyone else use this pup or are there any you recommend more so? Just don't want anything too thin sounding. A NGD post will happen with pictures, but I figured I'd kill two birds with one stone and post both in the same thread later.
     
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    El Tele Lobo Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    I would play it for a few weeks and spend some time tweaking your pickup height amp to fit it and find its sweet spot before you swap pickups. From what I hear, the Twang King is a pretty nice pickup. I've never owned one, but I did have a DiMarzio True Velvet which was very nice. Good luck. Happy NG(s)D!
     
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    Hngd's to you. Looking forward to pics.
     
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    Depends what kind of music you intend to play on the Esquire.

    When I had my MIM Classic Series 50s Esquire, I put a Seymour Duncan Jerry Donahue pickup in it, and it rocked.
     
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  5. TelePlank

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    Got permission to use some of the sellers photos. Very excited!

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  6. DavidP

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    I highly recommend a tapped pickup -- OC Duff wound an A2 for me years ago. I don't have the values in front of me; IIRC one is vintage and then the top is around 9K... Got that coupled to a 4-way with Eldred setting for each tap level, along with a no-load tone pot. Very versatile!!
     
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    That is really nice! I love the Twang King neck pickup, but I’m not familiar with the tone of the bridge one.
     
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  8. TelePlank

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    Yeah that's definitely what I'm gonna do. I may love it!
     
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  9. SixStringSlinger

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    Obviously live with it a little first and mess with pickup height and other settings. But if afterward you still want a new pickup I can recommend Cavalier pickups. Read up on his site and email Rob with what you're thinking and what you're trying to achieve, and he'll steer you right.

    I put a Cavalier Fat Lion in an old Squier Tele I made into an Esquire, based on what I read on the Cavalier site and Rob's recommendation. I wanted something that could straddle oomph and twang, leaning slightly towards oomph, and this thing delivers.
     
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    I have Twang King Bridge and Neck pickups in my 77 Tele. I think they both sound great. I am building an Esquire that I am putting a PreB 1 in. Interested to hear the difference.
     
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    I've put together a few Esquires , used the PreB-1 in a couple , I put a Duncan BG1400 in one (resistance 29 K ! ) , but the pups I like best are made by The Pickup Wizard in Canada . Among others he makes a Broadcaster pup wound to about 10K and one overwound to 12.5 K . I have one of each in different Esquires , love them both . Not thin sounding , but neither is the BG1400 , or the PreB-1 .
     
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    Congrats!

    +1 on the Cavalier
     
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    ....that Esquire:):):).....enjoy!
     
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    I had a Classic Series 50s Esquire. In my case I changed out the stock pickup (which was kind of anemic IMO), and put in a Don Mare Twangzilla, which made it sound killer. I regret getting rid of that guitar.

    F.Y.i - know that the Classic Series 50s Esquires have VERY chunky necks - shades of a Nocaster, and very much like a Vintera 50s Tele. While I prefer fatter necked guitars, you may not.
     
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    Twang King bridge is great, but not at all what I'd consider traditional tele sound. Despite the name.
     
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    Thanks for the pickup info. As for the guitar I've owned 2 or 3 before. These necks are great! Gonna keep this one for sure. It's getting some work done.
     
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    Beautiful guitar. I want one.
     
  18. RoscoeElegante

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    I put a Fat Lion into my Classic Series '50s Esquire and it's a great pickup, indeed.
     
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