Pickup suggestions for an 88 Standard Tele?

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  1. ReggiedaDog

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    Hi, Ive got an 88 standard whiteguard that I've owned for a few years but Im getting some issues playing with microphonic feedback.

    I've no idea if the pickups are stock or not, but I quite like the tone of them as they are but I play a lot of covers that are using that Stooges type garage rock sound so something with a bit more hair on it wouldn't hurt as long as they weren't too hot.

    Any suggestions before I go down the rabbit hole?
     
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    MIM standard pickups are quite hot, but still Teleish. Great for punk.
     
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    Any other suggestions?


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    Tonerider Hot Classics are the way to go for the sound you are looking for.Cheap too.

    Since your existing bridge pickup isn't exactly a Tele pickup (it lacks a baseplate) you will be pleasantly surprised by the improvement of your bridge pickup sound when you replace it with a real Tele pickup with a baseplate.
     
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    Where do you have the TBX tone control set? If you keep it on full you might try knocking it back to the neutral middle position.
     
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    Get the existing pickups potted, aka dipped in wax.

    Most competent pickup winders should be able to do it for you.

    It shouldn't cost too much.

    I see you're in Kent, so I imagine you've got some good pickup people around, you just have to look for them.

    88 is kind of the beginning of the "modern era" for MIA Telecasters, but using the 25 year definition, it is technically "vintage".

    Putting a Chinese pickup in a guitar like that is the last thing I would do, especially if you generally like the sound of the existing pickups.

    Get the existing pickups potted. It will solve your current problem, is probably one of the cheapest solutions, and it retains the integrity of the instrument.

    If you still have an itch to experiment with aftermarket pickups later, that will always be an option.

    Ps. I had almost the same experience as you. Mine is an 83 Tele, and the pickups had become microphonic. At first I went the route of replacement pickups. I went through a couple sets and they were OK, but still not quite what I wanted.

    I was about to try a third set when the tech suggested that if i still had the original pickups, that he could dip them to get rid of the microphonic problem.

    It worked like a charm.

    Got rid of 90% of the noise and warmed up the tone, without losing any Twang.
     
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    Sorry dumb question but how do you know my bridge pup doesn’t have a baseplate?




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  9. ReggiedaDog

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    The what now?


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    Am Stds didn't get a base plate until 2014
     
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    Maybe you need to post a pic of your guitar in order for us to understand what guitar you have.
     
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    Here’s a pic.


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    A good friend of mine had a guitar exactly like your's.... same era, looked identical. Unless your has been modded it should have a TBX Tone Control.

    I strongly recommend a set of Genuine Fender OV Pickups.
    Thick, meaty pickups that retain the tele quality and are not too hot.
     
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    Great looking Tele!
    It should have the TBX tone pot if it is not modded
     
  16. ReggiedaDog

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    Cool I’m away gigging today will try it tomorrow.


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