Pickup recommendations

Discussion in 'Just Pickups' started by WarBeer, Feb 6, 2020.

  1. WarBeer

    WarBeer TDPRI Member

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    I'm looking for a fat/beefy (vintage fat...not high gain) bridge pickup and a clean/clear neck. Interested in recommendations. Singles are fine...set's even better;)
     
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  2. Bruxist

    Bruxist Friend of Leo's

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  3. WarBeer

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    I just checked out his site. Very good prices for what looks like solid parts and build:)
     
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    Bruxist Friend of Leo's

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    Rob posts here often with his wisdom and extensive experience. In addition to great prices, he ships fast. Like time travel fast.

    I should add that I have experience with the Fat Lion (love it) but the Wolf is new and I do not have one... yet. Hope to order a She-Wolf soon, as I venture back from noiseless.
     
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    Here's a clip of the Fat Lion set in action:

     
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    I use the Zexcoil Texas Blues set and they are just as you describe. COMPLETELY noiseless too. I have no affiliation with the company (and yes, I know I don’t post much . . .), I’m just thrilled with the pickups and I think Scott, the owner/operator/designer of Zexcoil pickups, is a good guy. Do your own research of course.
     
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  7. SixStringSlinger

    SixStringSlinger Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Another vote for the Fat Lion. I have one in my Esquire and its fantastic. No experience with Rob's neck pickups (yet...I'm considering a set for my Tele), but I'm sure they're great as well.

    Shoot Rob an email and tell him what you want. He'll steer you right.
     
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  8. Lawdawg

    Lawdawg Tele-Holic

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    The stock Fender Baja pickups are pretty spot on to what you're describing, but I'm not sure if you can buy a set. The Baja neck pickup for sure has more clarity than the typical tele neck -- to me it sounds closer to a strat neck than a tele neck which I like.
     
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  9. Zepfan

    Zepfan Poster Extraordinaire

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    Cavalier Fat Lion = awesome.
     
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  10. JKjr

    JKjr Tele-Holic

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    It's unbelievable how many good options there are. I haven't heard Rob's tele sets but if they are half as good as his strat sets you can't go wrong. I have 2 old strat pickups and I'm gonna have him wind me a bridge to match them. He just doesn't know it yet!
    I'm a true pickup strumpet...you know, the guy that spent the last three weeks loading 11 different pickguards into my brother's old Japanese squire to see which sounds best IN THAT GUITAR. What sounds pedestrian in one sounds like a chorus of angels in another, sometimes regardless of price point or boutique lineage. Seems the top two are $300 Fralin VH's and $99 Fender 57/62's. Go figure.
    Anyway, there's probably 7 bazillion great sounding sets out there that will do exactly what you're looking for. Some will sound fantastic in your guitar, and some others not so much, even though they kill in another.
    The only tele set I've found that sounds great in everything is a Lollar vintage T neck and special bridge. Add in the fact that they still sound like the guitar they are in, it's no wonder this has become a fallback choice in NashVegas. It's as close to a sure thing as any I have encountered. I'm not saying they are better than all others; I am saying they are as good as any of the top tier pickups and bring out the best in every guitar I've tried them in.
    For the bridge I've found a great cheap pickup...a Dimarzio Pre B-1. Big fat and nasty in any guitar. It's a strong flavor, so it's pretty much the same in any guitar. Not the orgasmic rush of a truly great pickup, but it does clear and round while still sounding like a pumped up broadcaster.
    As a nod to the cavaliers mentioned above, I think they run about half the price of the Lollars...what a screaming deal. I came upon a fellow just killing it with a strat and a Super. I had to ask, and he let me play his cavaliers. They're all you want;I'm sure Rob can give you anything you want. Have fun!
     
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    archetype Fiend of Leo's

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    Agreed. Readily available used.
     
  12. parademe

    parademe Tele-Meister

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    Bare Knuckle Boot Camp True Grit Telecaster Pickups.
    10k/43awg bridge (Baja/Broadcaster specs) and a fat clean neck. In terms of pickups they are kind of middle of the road, but in a good way.

    Or Cavaliers, as mentioned.
     
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    K-Line Signature T's. Big bridge without pushing hard, neck is clear and dynamic.
     
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    I have the Fat Lion in one of my guitars, but I'm about to put a Seymour Duncan BG 1400 into a Esquire. I was late to the party on this bridge pup.
     
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    Corvus Tele-Meister

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    Happy with my Nocaster set
     
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    Check out the Tonerider sets:
    • Hot Classics (bright & snappy, alnico 3)
    • Vintage Plus (full-range, alnico 5)
    • Blues (jazzy, alnico 2)
    ...all sets are RWRP and cost about $90.
     
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    The BG1400 is a great, thick bridge pickup. For a brighter neck pickup, I'd use the Rhythm for Tele with Strat Tone.
     
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    I'm thinking about a Nocaster Holy Grail-50/51 Twin Lion and a Fat Lion King neck.

    I was going to quit building partscasters, but this combo has me rethinking that. Damn!
     
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    Budz purebred.. Best pickups I've used. They're staying put.
     
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    Another Cavalier Fan here.
     
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