Hot alnico 5 Tele pickups. Please recommend.

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  1. Telepirate86

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    I want a nice, dark, hard rockin set of Alnico5 pickups. Shopping around for a set to put in my MIM Tele and would prefer not to do too many hit-and-misses. Can anyone steer me in a direction?
     
  2. rigatele

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    FYI the MIM Tele pickups are already dark and high output, if you have ones with the ceramic magnets and steel poles.
     
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    Mine read 7.1k and 5.9k. Neck and bridge.
     
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    PS - The ceramic MIM pickups should be 10k and 8k.

    Tex Mex, Texas Specials, or Twisted Tele's are higher output alnico options.
     
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    The ceramic magnets are hotter than Alnicos. Probably still pushing the lower kohm bobbins. Adjust pickup heights up to increase output and bass (but sometimes this causes muddiness so use your ears for height).

    You can put a steel base plate under the bridge pickup and 'double' the magnetic field which increases output. I've cut house electrical box covers for that before, or rummaged in the junk drawer for something that fit in the cavity and stuck to the magnets. 1/8th inch or thicker steel is perfect.

    The other mod is install a 4-way switch and you'll get both pickups in series for a stealth LP humbucker. My first mod on a new Tele.


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    I love the Cavalier Fat Lion I put in my Strat.
     
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    Listen to some clips of the Dimarzio Chopper T bridge and Twisted Tele neck pickups. They are higher output (not over the top though) and nothing makes a Tele rock better (obviously in my opinion). The Chopper T is a ceramic rail pickup, but might be exactly the tone you are looking for. The Chopper T, in particular is very well regarded. Ritchie Kotzen uses them and they come standard in his signature series Tele.
     
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    Mine measured 10.9k and 8.9k
     
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    Lots of choices. Maybe start with a set of Fender Twisted Tele? FWIW DC measurements are 10.4k/5.9k, although DC measurements in a vacuum really don't tell you that much. Also check out the Bare Knuckle Piledriver (13.1k/7.4k).

    2 questions/thoughts. First, any reason you're tied to Alnico V pickups? Ceramic pickups don't necessarily suck and may even excel at the hard rockin' dark sound you're looking for.

    Second, if you haven't already done so, install a 4 way switch with the 4th position wired to play the pickups in series. Instantly gives you a setting that is both darker and hotter than the other positions.

    Good luck!
     
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    I would consider ceramic pickups. I guess I just don't want lower than 5 if its alnico.
     
  14. El Tele Lobo

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    Cavalier Fat, Huge or Humungous Lion for bridge. Cavalier Fat Lion King or Fat Lioness neck. Thank me later. Check out @roknfnrol's or @Visual Guy's YouTube channels for demos. Thank me later...

    I, personally, like the Fat and Humungous...for different reasons. I've owned the Fat...it's a beefy rock n roll pickup...but works great for jazz in combo (parallel or series) with the Fat Lion King, where the combo yields a very P90-like tone quality. The Humungous just gets ridiculously into juicy hot P90 territory all by itself.

    The neck pickups, I could go either way. I've only owned the Fat Lion King, but I like what I've heard of the Fat Lioness.
     
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    I like the DiMarzio pre b-1. It's probably the original hot replacement pickup for Tele.
     
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    I got Texas Specials in mine, I can't say that I think they're dark, but they are a bit darker than twangy vintage pups and they do rock hard.
     
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    Here's the direction I took with my MIM Telecaster after I played a G&L ASAT Tribute Classic. Also installed a 4-way switch to include two P/U series sound, and a capacitor/resistor treble bleed circuit:

    https://www.tdpri.com/threads/new-mfd-pickups-day.997145/

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    Compared to your original post, here's what they are not:
    - Not alnico, but rather ceramic high output.
    - Not as expensive as most of the pickups you're having recommended from the pickup mojo makers.

    It's easy to check out the sound of these pickups. Just find a G&L dealer. You can order directly from them if you're convinced. $70 each.
     
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    Cheers @El Tele Lobo. Thanks for the inclusion!
     
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    If you want kind of knurly, Seymour Duncan BG 1400, youtube it.
     
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    These have had my attention for a while now. Did you not like the Huge Lion, or have you just not tried that one yet?
     
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