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

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  1. Midgetje94

    Midgetje94 Tele-Afflicted

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    yes I did! I love them. Rolls off well for nice cleans. But can really dig in when needed
     
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  2. ejphotos

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    Same, couldn't seem to fit my bed on the pickup.
     
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  3. jvin248

    jvin248 Doctor of Teleocity

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    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.

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  4. Sea Devil

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    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...
     
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  5. Ron C

    Ron C Tele-Holic

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    Me too.

    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.
     
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    darkwaters Friend of Leo's

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    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.
     
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  7. Old Deaf Roadie

    Old Deaf Roadie Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    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.
     
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    Bridge.
     
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    god damn that's nice! what is that body and what colour sparkle is that?
     
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  10. ben smith

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    I've got a very stratty sounding neck pickup so I use it a lot actually.
     
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    Yeah,I missed that post.
    No switch,so it must just be volume,tone.
     
  12. SixStringSlinger

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    Did somebody say Esquire with Bigsby?

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  13. Lef T

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  14. boris bubbanov

    boris bubbanov Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    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.

    :^
     
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    The older I get, the neckier I play!
    Yes…neckier. :D
     
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  16. srolfeca

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    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...
     
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    Hi.

    Cool.

    Pax/
    Dean
     
  18. ArdeliasTele

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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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  20. The Angle

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    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.
     
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