Pick-Up Choice

Discussion in 'Just Pickups' started by giddyap, Jul 12, 2020.

  1. giddyap

    giddyap TDPRI Member

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    You play blues/country.
    You enjoy vintage tone.
    You are building your own tele.

    What single coil (neck/bridge) PUs would you buy?
     
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  2. tfarny

    tfarny Poster Extraordinaire

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    Oh lordy, man, there are so many threads on this. It takes up half the internet. I see you are new though so I will first welcome you, and direct you to the pickup subforum: https://www.tdpri.com/forums/just-pickups.12/

    There is also a massive amount info and reviews on TGP and the Seymour Duncan forum.

    What I would buy is influenced by what I already own. And the blues / country tone I want is not necessarily what you want. Maybe you want the traditional neck pickup tone (I don't). Maybe you want a little more oomph and midrange out of your bridge pickup (or not).
    And there are hundreds and possibly thousands of options at all price points.

    A straight answer to your question is: I would buy a set of MFD pickups from G&L, because they have a different kind of thing going on than what I have in my current teles.
    But if it were my very first tele, or only tele, I'd go with a Duncan JD in the bridge and a Cavalier lionness in the neck.
     
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  3. Dismalhead

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    Depends on the budget.
     
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  4. rangercaster

    rangercaster Poster Extraordinaire

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    The cheapest ones I can find ????
     
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    mefgames Friend of Leo's Double Platinum Supporter

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    Keystones.....
     
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  6. nojazzhere

    nojazzhere Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Don't compromise on price OR quality......
    Go with Bootstrap Pickups. Best quality, unbelievably low price.
    I like their Pretzel Set. I play blues, rock, pop, whatever......and I DID build my own Telecaster. ;)
    https://bootstrappickups.com/
     
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  7. El Tele Lobo

    El Tele Lobo Poster Extraordinaire

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    Bootstrap Palo Duro or Pretzel sets. Bridge will be a little hotter in the Pretzel set. Neck in PD is warmer...Pretzel neck more stratty. Or combine them.
     
  8. El Tele Lobo

    El Tele Lobo Poster Extraordinaire

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    Cavaliers are worth a look too.
     
  9. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    I like Rio Grande Muy Grandes.
     
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    Cavalier Nashville Lion bridge pickup and a Lion King neck pickup.
     
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    Wallaby Friend of Leo's

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    Don Mare Hayride set or Sportster set.
     
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    I’d go for the fender pure vintage 64 set or Seymour Duncan antiquity II set


    Twang with a little bit of crunch if you want it
     
  13. Javier668

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    Fender stock ones
     
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    reckless meanie Tele-Holic

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    It really doesn’t matter that much. Just buy any vintage output single coils with alnico magnets from a reputable maker and they’ll sound good. The rest t is marketing hype. Don’t buy into it.
     
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    63 vibroverb Tele-Afflicted

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    Lots of great ones, my personal favorite winder is JS Moore in Canada (Tone For Days). Theres something special with his ears and touch. I also love Peter Florance (RIP) - if you ever happen to find any of his pickups priced reasonably.

    Off the shelf, Dimarzio Twang King neck and True Velvet bridge are fantastic. They beat a lot of the popular winders, in my experience.
     
  17. Dacious

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    American/Original Vintage Tele pickup. Plenty secondhand on the web. Close second - MIM alnico with baseplate.
     
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    P90's.
     
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    My current favorite Tele pickups are the Fender Vintage Noiseless set. They sound excellent to me. And they’re noiseless. Which is an absolute requirement for me.
     
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