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Looking for telecaster neck pickups with unconventional/non-standard covers.

Discussion in 'Just Pickups' started by _MementoMori_, Mar 3, 2021.

  1. _MementoMori_

    _MementoMori_ Tele-Holic

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    I'm building a T-style partscaster right now that will not have any nickel/chrome/silver colored metal anywhere on it aside from the frets. I'm having trouble finding a good looking neck pickup that works aesthetically with this build, however. Even the uncovered Tele neck pickups have a small metal frame, so to speak, that is always nickel or chrome.

    Anybody got any ideas? Many thanks in advance!
     
  2. Bedder18

    Bedder18 Tele-Meister

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    Plenty of blades are all black...

    ...but I’m sure I’ve seen all black traditional Tele neck pup covers.

    *edit* loads of black Tele pickups available when you look at dimarzio, Duncan ...
    Pick a flavor.
     
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    Mxrk Tele-Meister

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    If you want to avoid metal even on the pole pieces, you could go with an EMG.

    https://www.emgpickups.com/tset.html

    The old tele plus had a black Lace strat pickup in the neck position with no exposed pole pieces. Any mustang pickup would also hide the metal parts under plastic. Or you could get one of those stealth neck pickups that hides entirely.
     
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    _MementoMori_ Tele-Holic

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    I wouldn't be opposed to the all black EMG covers if they had an option that removed their logo. I'm also trying to keep as many logos off of this guitar as possible. I love the hidden neck pickup thing but totally forgot they existed for a minute and already bought a pickguard with a neck hole. That truly would've been ideal.
     
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    Stick this in your pocket and smoke it! Actually, I apologize. This was no help at all. 33AA0B1C-561E-4D51-BCFA-AAB1ACBD41B3.jpeg
     
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    Nice! Is that Gotoh?
     
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    No metal or no silver chrome color?
     
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    Paint the neck pickup cover whatever color you want.

    I want neck pickups that match the pickguard color, so that's what I plan on doing. I actually intend to powdercoat the covers either black or white.

    AllParts has a cover in black, too:

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    ...I'm assuming the AllParts cover is nickel silver, instead of brass. IMO, brass should be avoided, since it's a tone killer.
     
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    _MementoMori_ Tele-Holic

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    I've considered getting a replacement cover, but I don't know if installing them requires soldering. That's a no-go for me. And brass is the metal I'm using everywhere else, but I think an aged gold pickup cover would blend reasonably well with brass. Or even a really dark raw nickel.
     
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    Harmonic Design offers a couple of options for tele neck pickup covers including white, black, tortoise and perloid.

    One member of the company (called something like Scott Harmonic?) used to be quite an active member here, but that was a long time ago.

    I have one of their pickups (the P90 in tele bridge pickup form) and it's a great pickup.
     
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    Are you saying you don't want to solder them if you need to, or you don't want to solder at all on your guitar? If it's the latter, how are you planning on installing all the electronics? Just curious.
     
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    The latter. I'm using an Obsidianwire harness for the electronics, and I'm going to take it to a local shop for the soldering work required to shield the cavities. I'll learn to solder some day, I'm sure, but not today. Or next week. Or this year. Haha.
     
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    Ahh.... that's right. Forgot you were planning on using that type of harness ;) Ok off you go then! :) Just FYI though, soldering isn't really all that hard once you get the hang of it, but it does take practice and proper gun/solder etc. Plus, staying away from the hot end can be a challenge sometimes LOL!!!:lol:
     
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    El Dorado. They do “fancy” engraving and leather work.
     
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    It’s been a year or two, but the last time I was searching for Tele pickups on the big auction site there was a winder selling some very unique neck pickups with wood covers. He had a wide variety of woods and colors.
    Actually, you could see the pole pieces, so maybe it was wood top bobbins...
     
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    I just looked on the ‘bay, and didn’t see the wood ones. I didnot look at all 1000 results, though.

    But there is a winder on there that may be what you’re looking for. They make open top neck pickups in various colors~ look cool, but no idea how they sound.

    Q Pickups (no relation)
     
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    Bill and Becky's Wilde Microcoil or Keystone neck pickups come in black or white as well as chrome and they are delicious.
     
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    Duncan makes black 'rails' pickups you can direct mount to the body.

    Same for Barden, etc.
     
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    p-90, sharpie the magnets
     
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