1. Win a Broadcaster or one of 3 Teles! The annual Supporting Member Giveaway is on. To enter Click Here. To see all the prizes and full details Click Here. To view the thread about the giveaway Click Here.

ever wondered what a lipstick tube pickup sounds like in a tele?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by ben smith, Nov 4, 2019.

  1. ben smith

    ben smith Tele-Afflicted

    Posts:
    1,140
    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2019
    Location:
    london
    just a few basic chords going through a hiwatt DR-103. 1st riff - bridge pickup. 2nd riff - middle position. 3rd riff - neck. riffs from songs I have written in the past. I love the sound especially the middle position and bridge. what do you think?
     
  2. ben smith

    ben smith Tele-Afflicted

    Posts:
    1,140
    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2019
    Location:
    london
    p.s my name is actually wayne thomas cole, split personality?
     
  3. wabashslim

    wabashslim Tele-Afflicted

    Age:
    69
    Posts:
    1,908
    Joined:
    Nov 26, 2005
    Location:
    Sonorous Desert
    Which one/ones are the lipsticks? And what make are they?
     
    ben smith likes this.
  4. refin

    refin Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    4,722
    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2005
    Location:
    Florida Panhandle
    Great sound---spanky,narly,and clean!
     
    ben smith likes this.
  5. ben smith

    ben smith Tele-Afflicted

    Posts:
    1,140
    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2019
    Location:
    london
    riff 1 was the bridge which is the lipstick riff 2 was in the middle lipstick and neck riff 3 was just the neck. the neck pickup is a seymour duncan STR-3 quarter pound. the lipstick tube is a cheap generic but very nice Alnico V with a tele base plate conversion
     
    wabashslim likes this.
  6. Mincer

    Mincer Tele-Holic

    Age:
    50
    Posts:
    721
    Joined:
    Dec 19, 2017
    Location:
    Tampa Bay Area
    I've found that many love the look of the lipstick, but might not realize how weak and bright it is. For the right player, it is wonderful, as long as they aren't expecting it to sound like a Strat or Tele pickup.
     
    ben smith likes this.
  7. LPTyler

    LPTyler Tele-Meister

    Posts:
    206
    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2016
    Location:
    Lakewood, CO
    I’m impressed you have a Hiwatt. I have heard they are super loud, but clearly amazing!
     
    ben smith likes this.
  8. jvin248

    jvin248 Poster Extraordinaire

    Posts:
    9,670
    Joined:
    Apr 18, 2014
    Location:
    Lions & Tigers oh Mi !
    .

    I had very low expectations of Lipstick pickups until a summer local concert where a player used a Danelectro with lipstick humbuckers and the guitar was impressive.

    Another change from expectations was a Teisco Tulip guitar I picked up, repaired the neck on this 5.5lb guitar, and didn't expect the the tone was like a good Jazzmaster yet meatier than I'd thought it could be. Here's a link after I finished the repairs, less artfully played, neck/bridge/series with clean and then drive.



    Key point is there are surprisingly good pickups out there.

    .
     
    Vfc13 and ben smith like this.
  9. Zepfan

    Zepfan Doctor of Teleocity Gold Supporter

    Posts:
    10,245
    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2013
    Location:
    Horn Lake, MS
    Remember that Jimmy Page used a Danelectro DC with Lipstick Tubes on Kashmir and a couple other good songs.
    Just about any pickup can sound good if the heights, electronics and settings are right.

    There's 2 Danelectro Hodad guitars(with 2 lipstick tube humbuckers) for sale on Memphis CL right now that are very tempting.
     
    ben smith likes this.
  10. studio

    studio Poster Extraordinaire

    Posts:
    7,664
    Joined:
    May 27, 2013
    Location:
    California
    Probably.

    Do you both live in the same city?
     
    ben smith likes this.
  11. ben smith

    ben smith Tele-Afflicted

    Posts:
    1,140
    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2019
    Location:
    london
    no ben smith lives in london wayne thomas cole moved to sweden three years ago
     
  12. ben smith

    ben smith Tele-Afflicted

    Posts:
    1,140
    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2019
    Location:
    london
    great thing about living in the middle of nowhere in sweden now is that you can crank an amp at any time of night, I might make the cows moo but that's it for complaints
     
    LPTyler likes this.
  13. ben smith

    ben smith Tele-Afflicted

    Posts:
    1,140
    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2019
    Location:
    london
    nice sound I love a bit of high gain, sorry finger picking chicken lickin tele players!
     
  14. ping-ping-clicka

    ping-ping-clicka Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

    Age:
    72
    Posts:
    3,583
    Joined:
    Jun 28, 2019
    Location:
    left coast
    I don't know, :( I don't know, o_O I don't know, I just don't know, but .....:twisted: Denny Walley,
    plays but teles and mostly Danos, maybe I think he knows.
    Dig the Dano that he's playing in this clip, I saw the Beefheart band with prince of slide guitar , Denny playing a Dano cut like this one, rare , as is his style and grace when putting it down.
    Does that sound like a Tele?:confused: this does @ 2:34


    this sounds like a Dano:



    I don't know, ;) I don't know, :twisted: I don't know,:cool: I just don't know, but .....:rolleyes:
     
    Last edited: Nov 5, 2019
    ben smith likes this.
  15. Zepfan

    Zepfan Doctor of Teleocity Gold Supporter

    Posts:
    10,245
    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2013
    Location:
    Horn Lake, MS
    The Lipstick Tube Pickups in that bottom pic look a lot bigger than the original pickups.
     
  16. radiocaster

    radiocaster Poster Extraordinaire

    Posts:
    7,502
    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2015
    Location:
    europe
    No, they are big, bigger than a strat pu, plus the camera angle.

    However, that Bellzouki has been refinished plus new pickguard and knobs.
     
  17. preactor

    preactor Tele-Holic

    Age:
    62
    Posts:
    873
    Joined:
    Nov 27, 2009
    Location:
    gainesville, ga
    They have really cheap lipsticks on the Walmart website for <$15. You might be able to get an idea from one of those.
     
  18. Dan German

    Dan German Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

    Posts:
    9,620
    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2008
    Location:
    Left of the Left Coast
    Dear god, no...

    I love me some lipstick pickups, but el cheapo ones aren’t doing anyone any favours. They were inexpensive to produce back in the day, but modern “inexpensive” construction is not the same. Cheap ones have bobbins, smaller magnets, thinner wire... I have heard several brands, and they range in sound quality. I can’t imagine anything from “Yosoo” or “Lyumu” for $12 is going to be anywhere but the low end of that range.
     
    ben smith and preactor like this.
  19. 985plowboy

    985plowboy Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    3,321
    Joined:
    Feb 5, 2012
    Location:
    South Louisiana
    Charlie Starr of Blackberry Smoke has a Tele shaped guitar with a P-90 in the bridge and a lipstick at the neck.
    Works for him.
    Can't be a bad thing.
     
    ben smith likes this.
IMPORTANT: Treat everyone here with respect, no matter how difficult!
No sex, drug, political, religion or hate discussion permitted here.