Neck bucker to pair with Dimarzio chopper T bridge

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  1. GhostofJohnToad

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    Thinking about swapping out the GFS noiseless in my mim tele with a Dimarzio chopper bridge and a bucker in the neck position. My main requirements are:

    1) price - under $75
    2) very good clean sound - this is most important
    3) volume wise should pair well with the chopper

    Open to all suggestions at this point. This guitar is a little dark sounding generally so brighter would be good to.
     
  2. YoGeorge

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    Any good clean PAF pickup should do it. I have a big Duncan '59 bucker in the neck of a tele with a Duncan Hot Tele in the bridge. Love the Duncan '59, which Fender uses in a lot of its own Custom Shop teles. Duncan Jazz would also be good, and I am guessing that Dimarzio makes some nice PAF buckers as well.

    I believe Duncans and Dimarzios have the same polarity so they should be in phase, but if you have 4-wire pickups it's not a big deal to flip one anyway.

    George
     
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    Dimarzio Twang King?

    it's what comes as standard on the kotzen teles and is an epic combo.

    Edit: whoops, bucker, never mind
     
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    They're 9k, right? Something around 7.5 - 8k for volume, I'd say. Stick to the lower end of that for a bit more clarity on the cleans. If your guitar is already a bit dark, consider going lower and sacrificing a bit of volume. A Tonerider Alnico II or (at just a little over $75) a Gibson 490r might be good places to start your search.
     
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    +1
     
  6. GhostofJohnToad

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    I thought about a twang king but wanted the look and quietness of the bucker. I have pick guards cut for both sizes so maybe I'll investigate the twang king as well. Have to fire up the YouTube demos.
     
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    I'd go totally noiseless if you put the Chopper in the bridge. Just get a nice PAF thingie. My problem is that I like neck buckers just fine but have never found a bridge bucker that worked for my head and fingers... Always wanted to try a Chopper or something like that.

    George
     
  8. Andy B

    Andy B Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Duncan Vintage Firebird is my choice. Also have had good luck with 60's Gibson Mini Humbuckers
     
  9. YoGeorge

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    Yeah, a minibucker is ALWAYS good on a tele as well. Maybe a Dimarzio version to ensure it's in phase. Probably a bit harder to find a pickguard for a mini, and note that Gibson minis are a bit smaller than Duncans (a Hot Rod 52 tele with a Lollar--Gibson sized) has a little space around it.

    George
     
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