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New MIM with some questions!

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Sybo, Jun 15, 2020.

  1. Sybo

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    https://imgur.com/gallery/IGOwtqB

    After having this wonderful new guitar for a while, and with my tinkering nature, I have figured out that the pick ups could give me a little better sound. I ordered locking tuners as the originals we’re not quite up to the task that I needed. And I found out that my neck pick up is just too muddy. Bridge is, OK... middle position is OK also, but somewhat underwhelming.

    I lean towards bluesy, jazzy, country ( the least) Robben Ford type sounds. I have considered some Dimarzio “ Twang King” pups but cannot find a set anywhere. Suggestions on these or any others that should have a good listen?
     
  2. 3-Chord-Genius

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    Have you tried adjusting the pickup height first?
     
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    Order of tone operations:
    -pickup heights (often lower is better tone), bass/treble side tip, and includes using screw pole adjusters if the pickup has screw poles.
    -pots 'n caps swapping
    -pickup swapping

    I rarely swap pickups these days because the first two steps can fix the guitar.

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  4. Scuzzy62

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    I have the fender twisted tele neck pickup in my Baja and I like it. It's designed to sound more like a strat pickup. Although I never really minded the stock neck pickup anyway.
     
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    Musekatcher Friend of Leo's

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    The MIM ceramics are great for their intended purpose: attempts to cover everything. They do give up some tele-ness. If you need to stay on that end of the spectrum, I'd recommend the OEM Tex Mex replacements. I recently rediscovered these at a practice last week. Some folks prematurely dismiss them based on price.

    Nevermind - saw that its a new guitar, so it already has vintage output pickups. If you want to be more vintage, maybe look at the Original Vintage pickups?
     
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  6. beyer160

    beyer160 Friend of Leo's

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    FYI, MIM tuners are generally fine. Tuning stability problems are much more often the result of strings binding in the nut slots.
     
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  7. Dana Rudd

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    Looks like you were in my house. Same guitar and amp. :D:D

    I've got a set of tonerider hot classics coming for mine. Good luck on finding the tone your looking for. Keep us posted.
     
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    I'm not the best Tele officianado, but with many Teles the neck pickup sounds muddy. "Squishy" comes to mind. I think it's a "nature of the beast" thing with stock wiring and tele neck pickups etc. If you mod with a Strat pickup in the neck it will be much different.

    Probably why so many mods with mini buckers and things like that in the neck position have evolved over the years.

    Robben Ford tone is superb if you ask me, but one thing he does is play the bridge pickup a lot, easy to tell by listening. Many of the best Tele players use the bridge pickup. In order to get that tone you have to use the bridge pickup, but roll down the tone so it's not jangley bright.
     
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    From recent personal experience, make sure they're tightened down properly first.

    Mine weren't but it wasn't until I started fitting Fender locking tuners that I found out why my new MIM Tele wouldn't stay in tune.
     
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    Bootstrap Palo Duro set or Cavalier Nashville Lion and Fat Lion King set.
     
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    My fav bridge pickup for a Tele is the SD Vintage Broadcaster. If you've never tried one you should. It's super versatile.
     
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    fendrguitplayr Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    I like the low output Bill & Becky Lawrence pickups.
     
  13. Sybo

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    Anybody like Fralin pups?
     
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    Neither one of these is the bridge pickup.
     
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    Wonderful friend of mine, A professional touring blues musician, is giving me a hand with this project. We installed three separate sets of pick ups and ended up with a set of really old Seymore Duncan pups. Holy moly, new guitar altogether. It now sounds similar to this upload_2020-6-19_4-45-53.jpeg
     
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    This was owned by Smokey Wilson and given to my friend. It’s a HEAVENLY guitar........... I am into a heated affair with mine now!!!!!
     
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    Look at that head stock! Certainly was “Smokey”!

    I’ve never seen one with the finish that preserved under the decal, woe!

    What year is it?, replacement tuners?

    The headstock looks a little longer than modern reissues, like how on the back of mim headstock ends at the last tuner, I hate that look ( the short ones)
     
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    52!!
     
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