new Albert King C Shop Tele

Discussion in 'Fender Custom Shop Tele Forum' started by claptonrules, May 7, 2019.

  1. claptonrules

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    Just bought a brand new Custom Shop A King Tele and love it. Plays great, looks awesome, build incredible, etc.. One issue I need advice on please. I wanted that neck humbucker in neck but when I play it alone it's very muddy. Middle split position better and bridge the best. Was a bit surprised the neck S Duncan humbucker doesn't sound great alone and again split not so great. Bridge is a single coil S Duncan and sounds great. Guitar not twangy which is what I wanted cuz I play no country, all blues and Classic rock. Specs don't say what Seymour Duncan either pickup is.

    Hate to swap a brand new Custom Shop humbucker so will give it time, but any suggestions/advice appreciated. I love the Thornbucker sound Andy Wood gets but again, need help from you all please if any suggestions on this neck pickup.
    Thank you.
     
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    Albert Collins?
     
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    I want to know what is actually in there to see if they are functioning correctly. There should be stickers on the back of the pickups.
     
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    Of course..Albert King is not noted for playing a Tele.
     
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    Lucy's a flying v...iceman played a tele
     
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    Pickup height may be an issue, try lowering the pickup first.
    You may need to change the pots/caps, hope they didn't put 250k's and .047's in there.
     
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    Fender Custom Shop produced the Albert Collins signature for years, just stopped so a few new ones still floating around. Happy to snag one. The Iceman could scream some blues. Love his music.

    I've read a bit more and apparently the bridge is a Texas Special (10.5) which sounds awesome. The neck is a humbucker S Duncan built for that guitar/Albert and I'm gonna email them to see if I can get anymore info. Just didn't know if anyone out there had an A Collins and experienced this. Appreciate everyone's input.
     
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    A screwdriver is your best friend, for this. Drop the neck pickup down low to the pickguard and adjust the height until it sounds right by itself. After that, adjust the bridge pickup until there's a balanced tone when both pickups are used together. The bridge tone by itself should be decent after that.
     
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    Fender specs say the neck humbucker is a Duncan '59. That is their PAF-style pickup, one that's been around a long time...I've used a couple. Very nice vintage sounding pickup, not a high output pickup like some other Duncans. Feeds pedals very well and can get good clear, woody 'bucker tones. One of my favorite Duncans. The question might be: is that neck pickup a custom variant of the '59 wound for 250K pots, like the Pearly Gates Fender used in some Strats. Might be, to be compatable with the bridge pickup. But Albert was known for his "ice pick" tone, and so a Texas Special bridge p/u with a 500k volume pot would be a ballsy, bright tone.

    http://www.fendercustomshop.com/ser...gnature-telecaster-maple-fingerboard-natural/
     
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    I thought the neck bucker was a '59 but I could be mistaken.

    Congrats on the snag!
     
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    Yep neck is a S Duncan 59 humbucker and bridge is a Fender C Shop Texas special. Bridge awesome, neck not so much. Will try everyone's suggestions. Really appreciate it. Killer guitar and I know I can get her dialed in. Thx again.
     
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    My bet is that the controls are 250K pots. which would make a standard humbucker in the neck sound rather dull. If so, try installing a 300K volume pot, or go with a 500K volume pot and expect a brighter sounding bridge pickup. See my previous comment.
     
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    Love the bridge Fender Texas Special. Strong output. The neck humbucker is just dull and muddy. Any experience with the Seymour Duncan Saturday nite Special neck humbucker? Have read about it and it might be a nice fit.
     
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    That must be from the CUSTOM custom shop if Albert King played it........lol. Let see Pics of this bad boy! Collins Teles are among my faves.
     
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    Yes sir it is. Beautiful, really light, plays great and well made.
    I just don’t like the neck Humbucker.
    It’s a 59 S Duncan but just not for me. Sounds flat.
    Their Saturday night Special sounds like the one I want, just didn’t know if anyone had tried them.
    Will take pics and post.
    Thanks
     
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    I put a neck humbucker in all my teles. Usually just a 57 classic.
    I lower it down almost flush to the pickguard, and add a bass-cut pot to tune out the 'woof'.

    Cheers, RM
     
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    Cool. Thanks for sharing. I look into lowering it.
    Appreciate it.
     
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