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Pickup recommendations

Discussion in 'Just Pickups' started by CapnMike, Apr 22, 2021.

  1. CapnMike

    CapnMike TDPRI Member

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    I built a telecaster style guitar several years ago using an ash body with a walnut top and installed Fender Texas Special pickups. At the time I was really into SRV and wanted to have something that would allow me to get some hot tones (which those pickups certainly did). My tastes have changed (mellowed) over the years and I’d like to try some pickups with more of a traditional tele sound. Looking for recommendations for a milder sounding pickup setup. Thanks.
     
  2. dougstrum

    dougstrum Friend of Leo's

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    eallen Friend of Leo's

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    Bill Lawrence Wilde Microcoils! Unreal clarity and versatility with good tele sound. Install them regularly.

    www.wildepickups.com

    Here is a demo using a 5-way with some various styles on my channel. There may be others on there as well.
     
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    Do they not last long?
     
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    pi Tele-Meister

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    Fender PV 64s get lots of praise. They'd be traditional output Tele pickups for very reasonable price.

    Disclaimer I haven't tried them myself, but they've been on my radar to try. Personally I use Nocasters, but I feel like those may not be what you're after.
     
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    eallen Friend of Leo's

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    Not sure by what you are asking? Could you rephrase it for me?


    Another more traditional sound are Bill's Wilde Keystones. Not quite as well rounded as the microcoils which were his pinnacle single design but just outstanding as well with excellent clarity.

    And don't let the reasonable prices fool you! Bill was the top of pup designers! He just chose not to jack up the prices or spend a fortune on advertising. Still wound when ordered by his wife & daughter, Becky and Shannon.
     
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    TeleTex82 Friend of Leo's

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    I would second Wilde/Bill Lawrence and also submit Cavalier pickups. Rob's pickups are magic.
     
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    Fender 50's RI work for me! My only Tele, but I sure know what "Teles" sound like, and so does mine! Best of luck.
     
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    Cavalier Pickups @ https://frettech.com/
    They came highly recommended on TDPRI when I was putting a Tele together.
    I have a Nashville Lion bridge and a Fat Lion King neck.
    I don't think I could be more impressed.
    My luthier is now a fan too.
    Oh, and they are fantastically priced.
     
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    I forgot I wanna warn you about the exc. AVRI pickups, as they, like originals, don't hum-cancel when both selected. Something I believe the Texas Specials did. If you need RW/RP, try to confirm it. Me, I like it fine, YMMV.
    There's a "myth" out there about the mag.fields having "better toanz" without RW/RP, so I comfort myself with that possibility :D
     
  11. El Tele Lobo

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    I have that exact set in one of my teles and I love it. One of my all-time favorite Tele sets!
     
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    uriah1 Telefied Gold Supporter

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    Few mfg make them.
    Very tele.
     
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    Bootstrap Palo Duro set is another one of my all-time faves. He's so busy he's had to pause orders to catch up! Believe the hype.
     
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    Everyone says you can't go wrong with a Cannabis Rex.
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    Oh, sorry. I thought this was another meaningless - 'Recommend me a Speaker', thread.
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  16. Dan German

    Dan German Doctor of Teleocity

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    I think a joke was being made re: your wording. “Install them regularly”

    Kind of like a car dealer advertising “Buy Now, This Car Won’t Last Long!” :D

    Also, sign me up as recommending the Keystones. Most versatile pickups I’ve ever had. With Bill L’s 5-way wiring, I can get more tones than I know what to do with. Bootstraps are also a good choice, partly because Ryan is so easy to work with.
     
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    It was a joke.

    Like, yeah, I love these pickups. This is the third set I’ve put in this guitar this year!
     
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    Cavalier Holy Grail Lion bridge and The Lion King neck

    Fender Custom Shop '51 Nocaster set

    Don Mare Bakelite set
     
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    Drop in some Bardens.
     
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    telemystix Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    any vanzandt set is a great low priced fantastic vintage tele sound

    if you want to splurge a little -

    Lollars A3 set is so good that I stopped going down the pickup rabbit hole.
     
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