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Favorite Tele? Favorite Tele neck pickups?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by DHart, Oct 23, 2020.

  1. Muku

    Muku Tele-Meister

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    My 2005 Fender USA HS Telecaster. I have had three and this one is a lifer.

    Stock Seymour Duncan Invader Hum neck PU.

    Made for three years but the 2003 was a funky Fender high output PU no pickguard.

    I bought one new. Regretted its sale. My second one was a dented dog.
    Then arrived my MINT HS. I was the 26th, last second, bidder - eBay for $1,025.
     
  2. boris bubbanov

    boris bubbanov Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    Beauties!

    But you know, this is funny. The one thing I like best about "Americans" and by that I include Ams, American Series, American Standard before 2012, is the A5 stock neck pickup.

    Without that pickup, I'd never have bought even the first one of them. Everything else is "compromise" and features I don't have much interest in - the A5 neck pickup saves the day.
     
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  3. DHart

    DHart Poster Extraordinaire Gold Supporter

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    Was that just called the "American Tele" neck pickup? (2008-2011)? About 7.7k?

    Is there an equivalent pickup offered today, like perhaps Lion King/Lioness (about 8k, A5 mags, 43AWG wire)?

    Original pickups in these 2012/2013 American Standards were the Twisted Tele A5 neck (5.9k) and the Broadcaster A5 bridge (7.3k). Great sounding pair.

    Truth is, there are a lot of great sounding A5 Tele neck pickups. I love the Mini Hum and Firebird neck pickups in the photo of my Am Standards, and Rob's Cavalier Lion King/Lioness A5 pickups are fantastic, as well. No wrong answer here, really.
     
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  4. hockey guy

    hockey guy Tele-Meister

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    My favorite Tele was my AVRI 64 Telecaster. That truly was a great guitar!
     
  5. TeleBluesMan

    TeleBluesMan Tele-Holic

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    AV 64, as pictured in my avatar.
     
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  6. JRapp

    JRapp Tele-Holic

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    Used everything from 60s minis and Melody Maker pickups, Franz and Gibson P90s, to a mid-50s neck pickup. Last one was a CC repro (more like a P90 really). Back to a stock setup with an 8.5K A5 AVRI pickup. Just sounds right...
     
  7. DHart

    DHart Poster Extraordinaire Gold Supporter

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    It seems like the sweet spot, in a traditional Tele neck pickup (for a lot of Tele players) is one wrapped with between 7500-8500 turns of 43AWG wire (roughly 7.4k to 8.4k DCR), and A5 magnet slugs.

    There are quite a few Tele neck pickups in this particular specification envelope, including Fender's Pure Vintage 64, Cavalier's Lion King/Lioness, Bootstrap's Palo Duro, and many more. Coupled with a 250k+ volume pot and a no-load tone pot = rich and sparkly tone (no mud).

    Remove the cover for a touch of extra treble!

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  8. Diytelecaster

    Diytelecaster Tele-Meister

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    I've got Blues classics by Alexander Pribora. Necks quite hot at 8.5k but chimes more than my strat.
     

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  9. richiek65

    richiek65 Friend of Leo's

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    Squier vintage modified, started as a SSH, now a SH with a Gibson Firebird in the neck. Sorry for the blurry photo, my phone is a cheapy!
     
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  10. donrichfan

    donrichfan Tele-Holic Gold Supporter

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    If I feel the need for a neck pickup for blues and rockabilly stuff, the TK Smith CCII pole piece is my all-time favorite. Very even output.
     
  11. DHart

    DHart Poster Extraordinaire Gold Supporter

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    I know that Firebird neck pickup sounds great in your Tele!
     
  12. richiek65

    richiek65 Friend of Leo's

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    Yep, balances perfectly with the Texas Special bridge, very happy
     
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