Picked up a classic vibe 60's. Thinking about new pickups and electronics.

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  1. Coyoteaz

    Coyoteaz TDPRI Member

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    Picked up a classic vibe 60's. Thinking about new pickups and electronics. The guitar plays great! Don't love the way it sounds. Thinking about putting 64's in it. What do you guys think? 20200213_092912.jpg
     
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    Why not ???
    Not promising any improvement...
     
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    I'm thinking about getting one of those myself. How does it play?
     
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    Nice looking tele. Congrats!
     
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    Plays great! Really light as well.
     
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    Mine is not a Squire, but I replaced the ceramic bridge pickup in my 2018 MIM Tele with a Duncan Alnico II Pro, and the difference was amazing! A much warmer tone than the ceramic, but still has that distinctive Tele twang.
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    I changed out the bridge pickup in mine for something a bit hotter, but I thought the stock neck pickup sounded so good I just left it.
     
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    sonny wolf Friend of Leo's

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    Have you messed around with dialing in the right height for each pickup?Sometimes finding the sweet spot makes all the difference.
     
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    My CVC is bit thin sounding.. or maybe more hi-fi ? :) compared to my CV50s which is heavy midrange. So I've also changed stock pickups.

    The bridge is now Tonerider TRT2 Hot Classics, which can be really hot and full sounding and still have the twang. I can imagine using this pickup in an Esquire too.

    In the neck I've used DiMarzio Twang King for a long time and now just to change things I've put there Tonerider AlNiCo II Classics humbucker. Surprisingly it sounds great even when split (nort coil used), so I use it now with 4 way switch: Bridge / Bridge+split HB / split HB / full HB

    Both pickups sounds nice clean and also with OD/Distortion.

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    + Electronics is new and also the Fender bridge with brass compensated saddles. But I did that just because I can, not because it was a must :)
     
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    Looks great!
    If you want to continue using single coils, I like Rio Grande Muy Grande pickups.
    If you are considering noiseless pickups, I think the Kinman Broadcaster set sounds great.
    Good luck!
     
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    I’m pretty sure from other posts and my own CV 50’s tele you will already have toneriders in there. They will have a PN stamped into the back that starts with TRT. If you get the full PN off them and google you will see which tonerider pickups they are, which will give you a starting point for where to go next. I’m very happy with the pickups in my 50’s CV and have no intention of changing them.
     
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    Your guitar's pickups are Toneriders which are excellent.
    I'd experiment with pickup heights before changing them out.
     
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    OP: How do you want it to sound?
     
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    What generation/country of manufacture?
    I have the newest generation, made in Indonesia, I love the sound of the stock pick-ups; everyone is different so I’ll still watch the thread to see what you ultimately decide upon.
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    Some guys test play a bunch of these CVs and find the one that sounds best and buy that.

    The neck is slender enough that they IMO really begin to vary a lot in sound. The fatter the neck, the more consistently good that models with that neck sound. If you have some spare pickups in your tool box, try them but I am afraid the neck may be limiting how great this CVC can sound.

    But first, experiment with pickup heights, until you think you can't do that anymore.
     
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    I put a set of Bare knuckle 'brown sugar" pickups in mine. Excellent sound
     
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    This.

    Quality stock pickups on the CVs are one of the reasons people buy them. I'd try different adjustments before pulling them. I've got a set of Tonerider Hot Classics in my knotty pine Tele and they really are nice sounding pickups.
     
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    I don't own a CV so I'm just going by reading other posts ... I thought one of the reasons CVs were so popular was that the stock pickups were very good pickups - aren't they Toneriders that are installed stock?
     
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    Different people like different things & guitars vary in sound. I’ve got a CVC and a BSB CV Tele, both MIC, and while they’re supposed to have the same pickups I loved the sound of the CV bridge pup and hated the tone I got from the CVC. I do adjust pickup height and angle + amp and (of course) guitar knobs but that CVC bridge pup was just thin and lifeless no matter what I did. The neck pups were fine for me in both guitars.

    My favorite Tele is my AV62 so I bought a brand new AV62 bridge pup on Reverb for about $40 and put that in my CVC. Voila, the CVC sings! That’s my recommendation.
     
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    Indonesia as well. It's a great guitar!
     
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