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Least strat like tele neck pickup

Discussion in 'Just Pickups' started by KingRazor, Apr 12, 2021.

  1. KingRazor

    KingRazor Tele-Meister

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    I know pickups like the twisted tele have "strat like" qualities. I already have a strat that I like the neck pickup on. Looking at possibly getting a tele and wondering what tele neck pickups don't sound all that strat like. Without going all the way to a humbucker or p90. Something like a nocaster? Any suggestions?
     
  2. J. Bonkosky

    J. Bonkosky Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    A regular old Tele neck pickup.
     
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    I’m a big fan of the USA G&L MFD neck pickup in the ASAT. It doesn’t sound like a Strat pickup or a P90, but in between. It’s fat, and smooth as butter.
    You can adjust the pole pieces to your liking, raise the middle for a blues sound, raise the outside pole pieces for a scooped sound and so on.
     
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  4. Antigua Tele

    Antigua Tele Friend of Leo's

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    The brass covered Tele neck pickups are the least Strat like. Otherwise, the higher the DC resistance, the less Strat like it will sound. The fact that a Tele is hard tailed alone prevents it from sounding as plinky as a Strat, even if the pickups are bright .
     
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  5. KingRazor

    KingRazor Tele-Meister

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    Hey just wanted to say I found your pickup analysis posts very enlightening.
     
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    I have a cavalier lion king neck (wound in between the regular and the fat lion king) and I find that it sounds very "classic tele". Similar experience with a lollar special T neck I had in a former guitar
     
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    Original neck pickup that was in my 83 Am Std. Sounded like a whale in heat. No top end at all. Definitely the least Strat sounding, but also not good sounding.
     
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    This is true - I’ve used actual alnico strat pickups in Tele neck position a to try and get a Stratty neck sound - close but no cigar - same with a twisted Tele, twang king, etc. But for me close enough.
     
  9. Matthias

    Matthias Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    Teles neck pickups from a lot of eras were hotter than Strats - north of 7k. That’s going to be louder and darker than most Strats, so I’d look at stuff 7-8k maybe.
     
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    The DC resistance was higher because they used 43 AWG wire, but the turn count was probably the same. The covers cause them to sound darker, even nickel silver reduces the q factor slightly.
     
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