How many of you are very happy with the neck pickup?

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Revelation, Aug 4, 2018.

  1. Chicago Matt

    Chicago Matt Friend of Leo's

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    Another neck dweller here. All my Tele neck pickups are fairly traditional sounding and not out of the ordinary. I have Tonerider Hot Classic, Keystone, Cavalier, Area T and Tex Mex. I like them all. The Tex Mex is more dark and middy than the others, but I like it - very woody sounding in my Road Worn.

    I'm on the Tele neck about 80% of the time, bridge 15% and middle 5%. I love the neck pickups in my Strats as well and spend most of my time there.
     
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  2. Digsy66

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    I use the neck Seth Lover in my AVRI 72 Thinline a bunch for slower blues and it gets a pretty good tone when I dig in for a Texas shuffle if I can’t be arsed to pick up my Strat. Got my American original 52 reissue last week and was expecting the neck to be way darker like the original but it’s much brighter and cleans up beautifully.

    Just on the side and off topic, I’m not a middle position fan at all most of the time, but the middle on that original is superb and will be getting a lot of attention.
     
  3. DHart

    DHart Friend of Leo's

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    If the neck pickup doesn't sound great to me (rich, full-bodied, and sparkly bright)... it gets yanked and immediately replaced.

    A great sounding neck pickup is a requirement of mine! :)
     
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  4. Blue Bill

    Blue Bill Poster Extraordinaire

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    Count me in the heck yeah neck pickup club. I only go full bridge if I am getting lost in the mix and need to bust out the ice pick. I do like the 4-way setup. Three sweet sounds plus the ice pick.
     
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  5. Chiogtr4x

    Chiogtr4x Poster Extraordinaire

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    I only have 3 electrics now ( years ago, I sold everything that I didn't use/need for gigs) a Strat, a Tele, and Dano - use all PU's alot as I really just kind of dial in one basic tone from my amp (+ always ON OD pedal) - so my changes in sound come from the variety in PU positions- I like to change up alot!

    I love my ( MIM) Tele neck PU as it sounds great on it's own ( usually Tone control all the way up, as both of my pickups are NOT overly bright) but it is really well- balanced with the bridge.PU when using both, for old R&B, Rockabilly, etc.
     
  6. Billnchristy

    Billnchristy Tele-Afflicted

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    I have a fat lioness and the switch is almost always pointed toward it
     
  7. Xanthum

    Xanthum TDPRI Member

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    I don't think I've ever used it.
     
  8. dogmeat

    dogmeat Tele-Afflicted

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    me... love Duncans
     
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  9. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    I love the TV Jones Supertrons in my Gretsch and avatar Tele.
    They are my all time favorite neck pickups.
    The sound warm, clear, and full, and are completely hum-free.
    Perfect, for me.
     
  10. Tonetele

    Tonetele Poster Extraordinaire

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    I want to put Seymour Duncans in my 2004 Hwy. 1
    Can anybody there use the conversation s avenue and advise me what I might like. Band plays covers up to 90s. I have tried Texas Specials and find them a bit too twangy for my tastes and sound ( Princeton amp and mic).
     
  11. HWTele

    HWTele Tele-Holic

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    CS Blackguard set in a 03 Highway One couldn’t be more satisfied.

    Use the neck position a lot.
     
  12. Andy Summers

    Andy Summers Friend of Leo's

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    Tele neck pickups are my favorite guitar tone! Using a Dimarzio Twang King now....Its amazing!!!
     
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  13. Tootle

    Tootle Tele-Meister

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    TV Jones Starwood. Clear, flutey, harmonically rich. Hard to get enough of it.
     
  14. Mincer

    Mincer Tele-Holic

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    Do you want it to still sound like a Tele? If you don, go with a Jerry Donahue in the bridge. If you want something more versatile, look at the Little 59. For the neck, a Vintage Stack.
     
  15. OldGuy6873

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    I primarily live on the neck and in between neck and middle on my Strat or neck and bridge on my Tele. Once I get the Tele back from Fender, I'll take a much better listen to it, as before I had to send it away, I found the neck pup on it to be a little darker than I'd like. Chances are I will change over to the Gristle Tone pups or the Area Ts on the Tele eventually.

    It's rare that I use the bridge pup on either guitar.
     
  16. kookaburra

    kookaburra Tele-Afflicted

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    I use the neck pup only occasionally. That said, I am happy with my options: Zhangbucker Bell Tones in the necks of two Teles, Zhangbucker A3 mag pups in my Strat, SD Jazz in the neck of a LP, and Classic 57 in an SG.
     
  17. big jilm

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    I use the neck pickup on my 50's Baja - the Twisted Tele pickup sounds great to me!
     
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  18. bftfender

    bftfender Friend of Leo's

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    couldn't live without a 490 and Vintage 7
     
  19. Revelation

    Revelation Tele-Meister

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    Well I love my American Tele neck pickup. It has a clear tone, sounds great and I would never want to change it. If I want a humbucker, I will pull out another guitar.
     
  20. rooboo

    rooboo Tele-Meister

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    I had a Tonerider Alnico II Blues but traded it for a Seymour Duncan Vintage for Tele. I really love that neck pickup. I made a little comparsion vid when I made the switch.

     
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