Question re. humbuckered Tele's

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I've been curious about putting a humbucker in my Tele's neck position (it's an MIM Standard already routed for it). Really just kicking the idea around at this point, but I'm curious about something: What would the middle position sound like in this configuration (assuming a typical single-coil Tele bridge pickup)? I really like the middle position with two single coils for some country stuff and other things. How would the same position compare with a humbucker in the neck? Examples welcome.
 

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A LOT fuller. Flipping the switch to the middle is like just lowering the EQ a little on the low and mid, and up a little on the high. Not anything like a standard SS Tele to my ear.

I think a standard Tele SS has that twang because the pickups are better balanced and spaced so that they are naturally a little out of phase with each other.

Why not change one of the pots to push/pull and coil split the humbucker while you're under the hood?

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I have a thinline with 2 HBs and a thinline with 2 WRHBs. So I can't answer your question directly. However, telenator raves about the middle position of a custom with a WRHB in the neck. It's worth considering. I had a late 70s custom in the middle 80s. I don't remember what it sounded like, but I remember loving it and regretted selling it.
 

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It's a different animal, but I have a G&L Bluesboy Tribute with a humbucker in the neck and a MFD bridge pickup, and the middle position is totally the sweet spot on that guitar. It's a different sound then either pickup individually and I really like it. Again, different components then you're considering, but I guess this is my way of saying that you might really enjoy the configuration.
 

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I find it's less interesting than the normal tele middle position when clean, but when you add some gain it becomes a really useful sound.
 

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I’m a long time proponent of putting a humbucker in the neck position of my Teles.
All three of mine have humbuckers.
My all time favorite is the TV Jones Supertron.
I also like Duncan Stag Mag, Jazz, Seth Lover, and various Antiquity series humbuckers.
The middle position is much more useful with a neck humbucker.
It’s my “go to” strumming/rhythm sound.
Love it!
 

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The other Humbucker option .... get a $12 4-way switch to install in your SS Tele so you can put both coils in series for a humbucker tone.

Any Tele I get that I plan to play (vs flip) gets a 4-way switch and a reversed control plate (V-T-Switch to the rear).

If you go the full humbucker neck pickup plan, you could use a push/pull tone pot to split the neck coil out for single tones.
Or use a 5-way Strat switch for what are essentially three single coils with push/pull to put the humbucker in series mode.

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The four way switch makes all the difference in the world. I agree with @jvin248 - all my "traditional" teles get it. There sure is something sweet about that Humbucker/MFD combo I mentioned above, however.
 

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mini humbuckers sound sweet. cheers..



Yup, just hot rodded my Squier, mid position sounds juicy
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Yup, just hot rodded my Squier, mid position sounds juicy View attachment 723747
I'm with richiek65, I put a mini hum in my partscaster, and love the sound. I added another wrinkle, installing a Jazz bass control set, with individual volume controls for neck and bridge, giving an infinite tonal palette to the mid position. _633.JPG
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I have one HS Tele with an old MIM alnico 5 pickup at the neck and a ceramic humbucker wound to around 8-9k at the bridge. The middle position sounds schweet.
 

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Neck humbucker is a classic mod for a Tele. I feel like it adds versatility and the middle still has that two pickups in parallel sound. I have tried all different types of neck humbuckers. My favorite is DiMarzio fast track1, this one is paired with DiMarzio pre b-1.
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I had Nocaster bridge and Duncan '59 neck. The middle position sounded fantastic. There was slightly unbalanced output between two pickups. When I replaced Nocaster with hotter pickup, the middle position sounded less interesting.
 

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I can only tolerate middle position by doing 'something' to the humbucker. Either splitting it, or wiring it with parallel coils. Full series humbucker simply does not play well with singles. IMO, of course.
 

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I've been curious about putting a humbucker in my Tele's neck position (it's an MIM Standard already routed for it). Really just kicking the idea around at this point, but I'm curious about something: What would the middle position sound like in this configuration (assuming a typical single-coil Tele bridge pickup)? I really like the middle position with two single coils for some country stuff and other things. How would the same position compare with a humbucker in the neck? Examples welcome.

Well I put a P90 in there and it gave me the sustain and the gain I was looking for....but I went with a 4 position wiring which to me makes the difference

However I am in love with the clean quack of the 4th position of a Strat

Soooo

I went back to my single coil in the neck and a Seymour Duncan Qtr Pounder in the bridge and the 4 way still, so I get the clean strat quack but I ran my PU’s wired in....this config

- in phase
- in phase series (neck / bridge)
- out of phase
- out of phase series (neck / bridge)

I mainly use out of phase and for gain the in phase series - which is basically a humbucker sound with the brightness of the bridge

A series wired bridge and neck is basically a humbucker type of resistance/ the p90 was nice but this way I get the classic tele look....

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