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Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Lef T, Oct 13, 2021.
yes I did! I love them. Rolls off well for nice cleans. But can really dig in when needed
Same, couldn't seem to fit my bed on the pickup.
When I started playing guitar I wondered how anyone could get by with fewer than two pickups and having three pickups seemed like such a great idea!
My picking stayed in one location
My volume and tone knobs stayed 'dimed'.
I used the switch to change my tone.
Now with more experience an Esquire or Junior platform 'just works' since I pick where I need to and fiddle with the knobs.
My most frequently played guitars have only a single pickup.
When I played in a country band, I used the bridge pickup a lot, but not exclusively. These days, I play in a band where I trade parts with a vibraphone player, and I spend much more time in the middle or neck positions. Horses for courses...
BUT a Tele bridge pickup - particularly one that's wound a little hot, with a reverse slant and a little dirt -- is my reference point or gold standard for what a great bridge pickup can do. When I play any other other guitar's bridge pickup, it's what I immediately compare it with and measure against.
Neck and middle for me. Never use the bridge. I’d be quite happy with a Tele that was neck only. I guess you’d call it a Reverse Esquire.
It's been the Esquire over the Tele when I reach for single coils. Been that way since I figured out how to use the Esquire in all 3 switch positions.
god damn that's nice! what is that body and what colour sparkle is that?
I've got a very stratty sounding neck pickup so I use it a lot actually.
Yeah,I missed that post.
No switch,so it must just be volume,tone.
Did somebody say Esquire with Bigsby?
That would be a definite yes !
With a 3 way switch, yes, I tend to be on the bridge pickup almost all the time.
But with a 4 way, I use N + B in series about as much as the bridge alone.
None of my Esquires or E types use a Bigsby. A hardtail Esquire has three balls and one with a Bigsby -- doesn't.
The older I get, the neckier I play!
I guess I'm the opposite of an Esquire player...
I do like the bridge pickup on my Thinline better than the bridge pickups in any of the other guitars I've had, but I'm still a nut for variety.
I use all 4 positions on my aftermarket pickup switch (Bridge, both, both in series, and neck), plus I have a stereo output jack for the Brenner Piezo One saddle I put in it...
I use both, as well as the middle position....it was the neck tone that originally caught my attention and made me want a Tele.
So while I recognize the bridge pup for the epic thing it is, I do spend a good quarter of my time on the neck alone.
Ben Smith & Left T,
it is an alder MIM tele (originally Olympic White), professionaly painted using Krylon mat brass primer, glitter gold sparkle and clear sealer spray cans.
I "esquired" it with one BS Extra Crispy but only use a V & T control. That is all I want.
I keep Life simple.
It's funny you mention that guitar with those pickups. With my Classic Vibe, I was always on the neck pickup or both but almost never the bridge alone. Then I got an American Standard with the Twisted Tele and Broadcaster pickups and I find myself spending more and more time on the bridge, with a little high end rolled off. Both of those pickups are fantastic but that Broadcaster has changed my opinion of Tele Bridge pickups.