How Many Of You Live On The Bridge Pickup Of Your Tele

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  1. Lef T

    Lef T Tele-Holic

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    My Am Standard Tele has the Twisted Tele neck pickup with the Broadcaster bridge pickup.
    It's been a while since I've been playing with others,so all my playing is currently at home.
    I'm liking the tones on my bridge pickup and that's where I go to all the time now.
    Roll some high end off to warm it up a bit and it just seems to have a nice,more complex tone.
    I get a little bit of breakup when I dig in and it makes me smile.
    If I got another Tele,I'd probably go Esquire.
    Hell,maybe go all the way and throw a Bigsby on it too.
     
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  2. telemnemonics

    telemnemonics Telefied Ad Free Member

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    Yeah I just moved to the Esquire once I figgered that out!
     
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  3. Lef T

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    What pickup are you using?
     
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    My Telecaster is two guitars in my hands. I live on the bridge pickup with a flat pick for all the reasons we all love that tone. Finger style, with its softer attack, I mostly use the bridge and neck together, in parallel to accompany myself on vocals and in series for a jazzy tone. I use the neck alone for a few songs too. I have N4 Noiseless pickups but still roll the tone down a little. Playing by myself I don’t have a mix to cut through. I will say though that I vary my bridge pickup tone by picking close to the bridge to nearly over the neck. It’s all good. Telecaster is a very versatile guitar. It would be a shame not to take advantage of all it has to offer.
     
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  5. naveed211

    naveed211 Friend of Leo's

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    I’m one of those nuts with three pickups on his Tele. And I use them all and in between, too.
     
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    3 pickups on my Tele and spend most all my time on 1. Fralin Blues Special bridge pickup.
     
  7. glenlivet

    glenlivet Tele-Afflicted

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    Sounds like a solid plan to me.
     
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    Me too.
     
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    MickM Poster Extraordinaire Platinum Supporter

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    I love my Esquire to death but regardless of the pickup you will never be able to match the sounds of a great Tele neck pickup.
     
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    I've always wanted to buy an Esquire to force this into my real world. The idea of being limited to just whatever I can produce from that bridge pickup is really a cool target to shoot for. My problem is always my interest in what all the other options might produce. An Esquire would be a pride fulfilling beast to conquer.
     
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    Timbresmith1 Tele-Afflicted

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    You spell Esquire funny.
     
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  13. Lef T

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    Huh?
     
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    Happy Enchilada Tele-Afflicted

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    I grew up playin' a '62 Esquire. Always wanted somethin' more hifalutin'. Now I've had all them fancy geetars, and I'm a-fixin' to build me a Esquire someday. If'n I lives long enuff. <cough>

    --- TDPRI John, telling my actual story.
     
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    Maybe 20% of the time.
     
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    If I still had a home (ie a tele) I’m pretty sure I’d live on the bridge.

    The neck pickup just didn’t grab me, when I briefly owned a tele, but I’ll have to try others.

    I, also, am interested in a Esquire...
     
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    Don't ruin the Esquire or any Tele by adding a Bigsby, buy a Strat if you want a trem on your guitar.
     
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    I like it, but it was much too cramped to live there…plus, since I bought my house 30 years ago, we’ve had better places to live.
     
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    Me 3.
     

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    I’m almost always using the bridge pickup in band situations. However, I do love the neck pickup for blues. I also use the 4th position which puts the two pickups in series when I want to do my ABB impression.
     
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