Neck humbucker

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  1. roycaster

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    After a couple of decades of Teles with full size humbuckers, I’ve moved to mini humbuckers. Right now, I have a Seymour Duncan Antiquity II Firebird in the neck, and that thing kills…
     
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  2. Steve Holt

    Steve Holt Friend of Leo's

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    Get yourself a humbucker from bootstrap pickups. Price is right and man that thing can crunch!! I'm not a bucker guy at all, but decided to put one in my last build and like I said, crunch city. It breaks up on the clean channel of my Amp with ease.

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    USian Pie Tele-Holic

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    Do you care if it balances with the bridge pickup?

    If not, any good PAF-style should get you there.

    If you don't want something quite that hot, I ran a Seymour Duncan Jazz in the neck for years and it worked pretty well. I still had to crank it way down to keep it from overwhelming the bridge.
     
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    +1 for an Irongear option, and if you are concerned about balance, consider the mini-humbucker sized Rolling Mill 2 which Axetec specifically promote as a Tele neck option, got one in myself and it is a brilliant pickup, it does thump without mud and even looks better than a dirty great Gibbo style.
     
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    black_doug Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    I was just looking at a Fender Custom Tele that has a Seymour Duncan '59 in the neck position, the Albert Collins model.
     
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  7. tfarny

    tfarny Poster Extraordinaire

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    My favorite regular humbuckers are Gibson classic 57 or Duncan a2 pro or pearly gates. All are alnico2, potted, around 8k dcr, none are super pricey. If you want something to match a little better with the tele bridge consider a Duncan jazz. Brighter and a little less output.
     
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    nice to remind folks that none of this stuff is chiseled in stone. you gotta break a few rules once in a while
     
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  9. Jakedog

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    Another great option is the DiMarzio EJ Cutsom. Loads of clarity and definition, and much more dynamic than your typical hummy. Kinda more like a Filtertron. Or a real fat Strat type thing.
     
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    Fat but clear and sparkly is here - noiseless, too!

    Enter the Cavalier Phoenix Firebird neck pickup:
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    This thing smokes humbuckers, in my view. It does not do the classic "humbucker" tone, though, if that's what you really want.

    For that, I'd go with Dimarzio - PAF Masters or Eric Johnsons. Excellent humbucker tones - I'm right there with Jakedog on going straight to Dimarzio for great humbucker tones.

    American Standard with un-covered PAF Master at the helm:
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    (Removing the humbucker cover frees up a little bit more high-end response. And, I like the looks, too.)


    I would suggest you would probably want to beef up your volume pot resistance to at LEAST a measured 500k. Better yet, find a nominal 1M that measures out at around 850k or so - SWEET with humbuckers! Then, ride your tone pot with the bridge pickup.
     
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  12. DHart

    DHart Poster Extraordinaire Gold Supporter

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    Mini humbucker at the neck is another awesome option. In this case, an Antiquity II Mini Humbucker. I rotated orientation for a little sparkle bump.

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    What bridge pickup are you using, and does it match well with the mini humbucker in
    terms of tone and output?
     
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    Antiquity II Mini Humbucker at the neck - 6.4k DCR
    Cavalier Oildale at the bridge - 7.1k DCR

    I use a 540k Volume pot, 250K NO-Load Tone pot, and a .022uF Orange Drop cap. Wiring is '50s.

    I like the combination very much! Neck; and Neck+Bridge together are my favorite tones. Bridge alone is excellent, too.

    Since making that image, the pickup has moved to this guitar now (same set-up):

    2012 Fender American Standard Tele - Mystic Red finish, with a 2017 Fender American Professional neck. Switchcraft toggle. And lots of reddish tones in the rosewood board, nice match with the Mystic Red body. It's a pretty sweet Tele, all around.
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    Zhang telebucker.
     
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    Generally, I'd suggest a PAF. Lower winds will match better with a tele pickup. If it's covered tried to get a nickel-silver cover. It might be worth exploring options that allow for the neck pickup to see a 500K volume pot with no tone and which adds a resistor for other positions that engage the single coil. I don't have a diagram for it, but my friend does have a verbal description for it if you're interested.
     
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    DiMarzio Air Classic. Duncan Jazz Neck
     
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