Hot bakelights, year two!

Chipss36

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I think I have more tele pickups that any others, after running many others the DM hot bakelights have found a permanent home, and this guitar gets used for about 80% of my tracking.
I run les Pual 50s style wiring, about 270k on the pots, I am continually impressed with this set up.
And all three positions.

what are your keepers?
 

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TK Smith CC blade in the neck with matching Curtis Novak bridge.

Tom Anderson neck (stratty) and Rob Di Stefano's Fat Lion in the bridge.

I wish I had bit the bullet years ago and got the Hot Bakelite set for my third tele. Now prices are even higher through the roof.
 

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Meticulous wiring job on that control plate. You did that?

I have a set of HBLs in the queue. Should be in the mail at the end of this month or early next month.

My keepers/favourites:

Don Mare Tweed Kong.
Don Mare DonOcasters.
Lindy Fralin Real '54s for Telecaster (Lindy made only ten sets of these).
O.C. Duff's Buckaroo '63 Tele set.
 

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One of my favorite sets is the Bootstrap Palo Duro...especially now that I got the heights right.

My number one has a Cavalier Bakersfield and Fat Lion King.

I also have a set I really like from Sunday Handwound Pickups.
 

Chipss36

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Ya I like to wire, or build preamps, or compressors, or mics, or tube amps...
Or....well you get the picture..

thanks for the compliment. I appreciate it!
 

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Ya I like to wire, or build preamps, or compressors, or mics, or tube amps...
Or....well you get the picture..

thanks for the compliment. I appreciate it!

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Yeah, ya like to wire. Understatement!
I love the perfect alignment of the wires between components! No curvy, bendy, haphazardous tomfoolery. And besides looking fantastic, having those straight, and tight runs with no bends or loops sticking out, I’ll bet it just slips into the cavity easy peasy.

Pickups? For my ears, this is THAT sound:
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El Tele Lobo

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Meticulous wiring job on that control plate. You did that?

I have a set of HBLs in the queue. Should be in the mail at the end of this month or early next month.

My keepers/favourites:

Don Mare Tweed Kong.
Don Mare DonOcasters.
Lindy Fralin Real '54s for Telecaster (Lindy made only ten sets of these).
O.C. Duff's Buckaroo '63 Tele
How do the Hot Bakelites sound compared to the Donocasters. Looking to build an Esquire soon.
 

nic'o'caster

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Love my My Hot BakeLite bridge, the perfectly balanced Tele pup at 6.7k, bright but punchy (for an A3 magnet pup), perfect clean or dirty !

My keepers/favourites
For 50's Tele tones :
• Don Mare Big Box-Arch Top neck / Hot BakeLite bridge
• Fred Stuart Blackguard set

For 60's Tele tones :
• Fender Pure Vintage '64 set

For more modern Tele tones :
• Harmonic Design Vintage+ set
• Fender Twisted neck / Nocaster bridge
 

El Tele Lobo

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I’m getting ready to order a Hot Bakelite set. Have you tried the Hot Bakelite neck? Tell me what you like about the Big Box… How does it sound?
 

nic'o'caster

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I don't know the Hot Bakelite neck pup but Don says it is his normal 1954 model, 6.3k, AlNiCo 5, nickel-silver chrome plated cover.

His Big Box is completely different. Tapped, it's close to a glassy sounding 60's-like typical neck Tele pup. On full winding, which I use most of the time, it sounds just bigger, juicier, less glassy but richer ! It's great to have both positions, and they balance well with the Hot Bakelite bridge.
 

El Tele Lobo

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I’m not sure if he’s still winding tapped pups. I think I read on his website that he stopped.
 

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I’m not sure if he’s still winding tapped pups. I think I read on his website that he stopped.
yep you seem right, the description on his website does not mention the tap option anymore.
Still a great pickup if you like big cleans, but avoid it if you're after '60's like' transparent and glassy cleans.
 




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