Has anyone tried the Cavalier "Wolf" Tele neck pickup?

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  1. theprofessor

    theprofessor Friend of Leo's

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    Hi all -

    I'm wondering if anyone has yet tried the Cavalier "Wolf" Tele neck pickup. I just noticed it on Rob's site. Here is the description. Sounds great to me! Would love to hear a report or sound bytes from anyone who may be able to offer them.

    The Wolf - The Wolf is a covered, or uncovered, Tele® neck pickup that's wound with 42AWG coil wire (instead of the normal 43AWG Tele® neck coil wire) and offers a more Strat® type of treble tone. The thin nickel-silver mirror chrome cover is independently grounded from the coil leads, allowing phase reversal and easy hook up with ANY type of pickup select switch: 3-way, 4-way, 5-way, mega, etc. Supplied with body or pickguard mounting screws and height tubing.

    The Wolf - 42AWG coil wire over AlNiCo 5 rod magnets, approximately 6.7k resistance.
     
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    Bruxist Friend of Leo's

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    I just found out about it yesterday.

    My real confusion was that it comes covered and uncovered, instead of having a "She-Wolf" for the uncovered version. But hey, I am a fanatic for parallel structure. :)
     
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    The "She-Wolf!" Love it! Rob could also do a dog series, so he could name an uncovered one "the b!tch."
     
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    Mine is at my local shop to be installed, but they are usually a little backed up so I don't expect to get it back for a week or so.

    Also, I am terrible at guitar, so I don't think anyone would want a demo by me.
     
  5. El Tele Lobo

    El Tele Lobo Friend of Leo's

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    I would listen to a demo by you. It doesn't have to be full of flashy guitar playing. Just play some chords and arpeggios, clean and overdriven, and maybe a few simple riffs. I would do some with the neck alone and some with the neck and bridge together.
     
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    archetype Fiend of Leo's

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    I wonder if it’s on tall magnets like a Twisted Tele.
     
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    Cool. Love my Cavalier 51/52 bridge pickup! Rob does good!

    Sounds like this one might be along the lines of the Lindy Frailin Blues Special? I use one of those, uncovered, in the neck of another tele:

     
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    I'll see what I can do once I get it back :D As mentioned, it might be a week or two... my local tech has a queue and the only thing I have ever soldered was just to remove a capacitor in an AC15 (so I didn't even need to solder anything, just warm it up enough that the cap came off). If it was a Squier I might experiment doing it myself but I don't really want to jack up my US standard.
     
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    I took pics before dropping it off at the local shop, but they are just the top and bottom... I didn't take a profile one so can't really say (and don't have enough experience with tele pickups to know if it is tall or normal height)
     
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    Sure would like it if he also offered an 'open' cover option like this:
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    I kinda think this is the best of both covered/uncovered worlds, as I often snag my high E on the side of an open tele neck pickup!
     
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  12. theprofessor

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    You definitely need one of these! You ARE the Tele Wolf!
     
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    Ha ha. I don’t have any more teles to put it in! Unless someone wants to donate one. I’m going to be in x-ray school for another year and a half and I’m looking at a lot of my equipment now wrestling with what I can part with.…if I have to. I definitely don’t have a budget for any new builds.

    But I’m not gonna lie…when I saw the title, I was like, “It’s meant to be!”
     
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    archetype Fiend of Leo's

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    That's how I "killed" a Texas Special neck pickup. Snagged the high E on it one too many times. It's now rewound and somewhere in Germany.
     
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    Ask and ye shall receive... terrible playing and all.



    I just got my guitar back about an hour ago. I just did once through real quick without any re-takes or edits or anything. Clean through dirty is neck alone, when I go back to clean it is middle position from then on. It is a 2009 American Standard (Fat Lion is in the bridge), using a Fender Deluxe preset in a Line 6 Helix LT recorded directly via USB into Reaper. I feel it is giving me the sound I want and makes me actually want to use a neck pickup which I don't think I could say before now.
     
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    Thanks so much for doing this! Love the tones! Great presence in that sound! And I don't know what you're talking about with "terrible playing." There's nothing terrible about that playing! And this is a demo that actually demonstrates the tonality of the pickup. Many demos don't; they just feature somebody who's a better player than I am wanking off on various licks. Good work!
     
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    Thanks - true, I guess my playing at least represents the "every man" :D
     
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    Very nice! Thank you for this. I echo the Prof's sentiments! Really a fantastic, straightforward demo and the playing was solid and spot on. Strong rhythm, straight in initially, a splash of effects here and there and you didn't get in the way of letting the pickup shine either with your playing or your signal chain. Props!

    I was going to ask where I could hear more. Please tell me you have a YouTube channel. If you don't, please start one right away and then let me know so I can subscribe. If you're worried you're not good enough, just go over and listen to mine and then you'll feel a lot better about your own playing.
     
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    Race to the bottom! I’m worse than both of you! :D
     
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    I do have one, but it is mostly videos of my kids :D Don't have a ton to demo, just the one electric guitar that now has the Wolf/Fat Lion combo. Amp-wise, just the Helix LT and then a small Frontman 10G when I want to do a quick practice or exercise without setting up the Helix.
     
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