Most useful neck & bridge pickup combo for what you do is...

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  1. scooteraz

    scooteraz Friend of Leo's

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    Guess it depends on how you define useful. Versatile or most used because of the style of music you usually play.

    Most versatile in a Tele
    Duncan Vintage Mini Humbucker in the neck and a BG1300 in the bridge of a 52 Hotrod (I replaced the original bridge pickup). 5-way switching with normal 3 Tele sounds, bridge with no tone control and bridge with cocked Wah tone.

    Most used Tele in my church gig (So, I guess most useful for that)
    Custom shop Tele Thinline with Tele Texas Specials.

    Most used guitars for my church gig
    Custom Shop Strat with HSS (too lazy to pull out the traveler right now)
    PRS Custom 24 with splittable humbuckers.
     
  2. naveed211

    naveed211 Friend of Leo's

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    I haven’t found something much better than a Duncan 59 bridge and Alnico 2 Pro neck. Which is funny because I don’t currently have that combo.

    But I’ve done a lot of swapping over the years, tone chasing, but I’ve had that combo twice and it just sounds right to me. Right amount of bite, tight low end, open, not overly middy, good in between sound and split, not boomy in the neck.

    I’ve had a lot of boutique stuff but honestly I’ve probably liked that combo as much as anything for what I do.
     
  3. neilybob100

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    A rare Fender CIJ Aerodyne telecaster. The in-between position is really sweet. [​IMG]

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    Danb541 Friend of Leo's

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    SD Quarter Pound at Bridge, Gibson P90 at the neck (bought P90 used, don't know the model)
     
  5. Cysquatch

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    Man, I'm very boring when it comes to Tele pickups. SD Alnico Pro II set does it for me all day. I actually set the bridge pickup really high and it allows for a lot of beef that's easy to scale back with playing lighter or the volume knob. The neck is definitely not a pickup for people that hate the typical wooly Tele sound, but I a) really dig that sound and b) find the APII tends to keep a lot of that same roundness with a bit more articulation - perfect for me. And the middle position is just outstanding. Woody, snappy, and balanced. It's my favorite spot on the switch.
     
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  6. Ian T

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    Depends on which amp I'm playing through
     
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  8. Beachbum

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    Duncan Seth Lover/Jerry Donahue

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  10. mojek

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    Agree 100%
     
  11. timbgtr

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    After much research ... GFS Fatbody on the neck and Fralin stock vintage hybrid in the bridge, in an ash body MIM. I avoid overwound pickups because one can add dirt to a clean pickup but not vice versa. Also, to me the magic of a Tele is the Tele bridge pickup, but obviously YMMV.
     
  12. UPtele

    UPtele Tele-Meister Gold Supporter

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    I just put this setup in my fender partscaster. Sounds amazing, clean, dirty or very fookin dirty
     
  13. Keep on Truckin

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    My '07 CV50 VB has Alnico 3 s - Love 'em & have not had any reason to change them !
     
  14. Ricoblues

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    My wish list combo pickup are from DiMarzio ... Mini Humbucker PG-13TM in the neck position and THE CHOPPER T in bridge position, 3 way switch. I'm selling my Les Paul so I need a more aggressive sound than my number one Telecaster.
     
  15. kjatexas

    kjatexas Tele-Meister

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    Agree
     
  16. bigjohnbates

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    I decided on a Lindy Fralin P90 at neck and a Seymour Duncan in the bridge. Guitar originally came with some $25 Chinese p/u in the neck position. Very strange for a US Tele! To work with my tone I changed the 4-way selector for a 3-way and put in 2 x 250 ohm volume pots, removing the tone completely. I get my main sound by balancing the volumes in middle position so I ditched the "gimicks" lol
     
  17. beeflin

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    Well, my Eccleshall Scimitar isn't a Tele, although it is based on the Telecaster concept. Anyway, its 8K P90 and 6K Strat pickup, both handmade by Kent Armstrong, are a match made in heaven.

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  18. Mauma

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    do yoy know if the one on the 2011’s am std neck is the twisted? I know for sure that thr bridge one isnt the broadcaster on my guitar, as a matter of fact I was wondering where I could get the broadcaster brodge pickup alone without the neck one

    do you know where can I get a good deal on the combo or just the bridge?

    thanx!
     
  19. Hoodster

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    The Seymour Duncan Jerry Donahue bridge pickup is the best of many I have tried. Right now I have i paired with the Duncan 5/2 Stratocaster neck pickup. Very very sweet in the middle position.
     
  20. burtf51

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    whatever is in performer i just bought is all a couch player needs, i seldom even plug it up, i'm a real trend setter..
     
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