Just want real Tele sounding pickups, nuthin else

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  1. mickg

    mickg Tele-Meister

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    Please let me knoe what pickups will make my Tele sound just like a simple Tele. I have one with EMG T-Set, One with SCN, One with Area T's. Love them all but none sound really just like a Tele. i guess because they are all noiseless. Well ok. I can stand a little noise if that's what it takes but I want a great Tele sound.
    Don't get me wrong. I put all these through my DRRI and they all have great individual sounds. But I wanna sound like a twang bustin blues shootin tele for a change. What wiull give me that sound (Besides learnin to play a bit better). HELP
     
  2. sjtalon

    sjtalon Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Keystones or Nocasters
     
  3. Jason Collins

    Jason Collins TDPRI Member

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    Don Mare. Yes that's right Don Mare.
    Contact him, it could be life changing.

    tweedtwin
     
  4. Chrismo

    Chrismo Friend of Leo's

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    Fender Original Vintage set for starters.
     
  5. MrDJoers

    MrDJoers Tele-Holic

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    Call Pete Biltoft at VV and tell him what you want. He'll deliver the goods. Or try OC Duff.
     
  6. Ricky D.

    Ricky D. Doctor of Teleocity

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    That's it: the baseline. In current mass production and priced accordingly. Affordable, and they sound great. Run them with a .047 uF tone cap. For a gutty sound, just roll back the tone a little to knock back the bright edge. Tone wide open, you've got the twang and cut that define Tele sound for most of us.
     
  7. kddean66

    kddean66 Tele-Holic

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    Well, depends on what "that tele sound" refers to. Tele pickups changed over the years and so did the "tele sound". Other parts of the tele also changed over the years affecting the sound as well. What typically works best is to identify particular songs or artists that achieve the sound you are looking for and contact one of the boutique pup makers and let them make the correct pups for you. Some of the boutiques that are commonly used by members here are:

    Don Mare
    OC Duff
    Jason Lollar
    Fred Stuart (Vintage Vibe)
    bgpups
    Bill and Becky Lawrence

    and others.
     
  8. kenfolk

    kenfolk Tele-Holic

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    i'll second the keystones or nocasters
     
  9. firefuocco

    firefuocco Tele-Holic

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    Keystones are very reasonably priced.
     
  10. Happy Tele

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    for cheap: Fender OV

    medium priced: Nocasters

    break the bank: Fred Stuart or Ron Ellis
     
  11. Legato

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    Budz Purebreds, check out the clips on his site. If that's what you want, that's what you will get.

    Dan
     
  12. robt57

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    Don't know if available as a Fender part or not.. If you can get a pulled set, the PUPs that come in the Paisley and Floral MIJ RI of late [2008-09] are that set you seek. They are the quintessential Tele tone in the sparkle and twang department. and the middle with both PUPS is simply 'it' IMO. They are 5.7-8 and 6.1 K FWIW, alnico 5 and smaller diameter poles if I am not mistaken.

    My distinct impression, although I have not used Buckcannon, is that Don Mare can/would nail any era Tele spot on. He covers the gambit, and I would say knows exactly what constitutes how to wind and the materials to nail each.
     
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  13. Strongpersuader

    Strongpersuader Tele-Meister

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    You can't go wrong with a set of Nocasters.

    I haven't tried any of these boutique pickup makers yet, but with the Nocasters set in my home made Tele I feel no need to try anything else. They can deliver the traditional twang sound and also be nasty and gnarly with lots of guts without breaking your bank account. Of course others MMV.
     
  14. robt57

    robt57 Telefied Ad Free Member

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    Seymour Duncan 5/2 set is pretty much there too IMO.
     
  15. ZZB3

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    I have had great success with Seymour Duncan Broadcaster STL-1b Bridge and Vintage Rhythm STR-1 Neck pups. They work great in my Tele. I have had boutique pups but ended up choosing these. Have fun, Wayne
     
  16. OuttaspaceMan

    OuttaspaceMan Tele-Afflicted

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    +1 on the SD Broadcaster.
     
  17. Happy Tele

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    angelas sells squier affinty PUPs for like $10
     
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    Fender OV's are the place to start. The rest are just up to personal taste. I design my pickups for maximum twang and clarity. My amps do the rest.:D

     
  19. Bob Mc

    Bob Mc Friend of Leo's

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    Yeah me too.
     
  20. cacibi

    cacibi Friend of Leo's

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    +1 for Don Mare's
     
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