Raunchy Tele pickups

Discussion in 'Just Pickups' started by Lonn, Mar 30, 2019.

  1. Lonn

    Lonn Friend of Leo's

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    My Tele is entirely too civilized. I've got Strats and an LP for smooth, I want something with a little grit for my Tele. The only caveat is I don't want to spend a small fortune on it, so what's out there say under $150 used? I had a Kotzen Tele and the Dimarzios in that sounded pretty good.
     
  2. smsuryan

    smsuryan Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

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    Cavalier pickups (fat lion and lioness).
     
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    8barlouie Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    Talk to Rob DiStefano at Cavalier. Ask him what will work best for what you’re looking for. Right up your alley.
     
  4. blowtorch

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    I just want to applaud your appreciation of raw and unrefined tones. So often these days, people gravitate to smooth and polished sounds. Even amongst players who want distortion, you'll find they often want it smooth. Boring.
     
  5. MrYeats

    MrYeats Tele-Meister

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    GFS has some very good tele pickups that duplicate most market brands. I have had good luck with them.
     
  6. Lonn

    Lonn Friend of Leo's

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    Don't get me wrong, I love smooth and most of the stuff I come up with would be right at home in an elevator, but when I reach for a Tele I want something different. I had forgotten all about GFS. I had an Agile LP with Guitar Madness 59er humbuckers that sounded pretty good too, probably look at those as well. Thanks all.
     
  7. tele12

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    Texas Specials might be a good fit for you.
     
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    Another vote for Cavalier. I've got the Humongous Lion in an esquire and it's the perfect cross between a raging P90 and a hot tele bridge. Just what I wanted!
     
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    Maybe a goldfoil type for the bridge, and a p-90 type for the neck?
     
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    Find a MIM Standard dual ceramic 10kohm Tele pickup. I bought mine used from a guy who auto-swapped it before ever taking delivery of a new MIM guitar, for $20. I thought he told me a Baja, but could have been an FSR. I put it my Affinity rescue project.

    Ceramic magnet gives more power than alnico. The internet wont melt down if you use ceramic. You can lower away from the strings too, if too much for you.

    Put a 4-way switch on it with a 7+kohm neck pickup and you'll have a 17kohm humbucker that beats out many classic hot LP humbuckers.

    You may want to pair with a 500k volume pot if you spend most time on the humbucker, then use tone knob for single coils.

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    Nocaster bridge, don't have a good answer for the neck.
     
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    The old DiMarzio Pre-b1, fits your spec!
     
  14. BryanLB

    BryanLB Tele-Meister

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    Q_pickups. High output single coil neck.

     
  15. nic'o'caster

    nic'o'caster Tele-Afflicted

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    I see you have a modern 6 saddle bridge Tele. This and modern sounding pickups have killed the basic nature of the Tele which was raw and untamed.

    Other than that, the answer is ProCo Rat !
     
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    Fiesta Red Friend of Leo's

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    Pete Biltoft Vintage Vibe pickups in California
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    Rio Grande Pickups in Texas

    Bit have excellent, reasonably priced products and they’ll talk directly to you.
     
  17. JBFatFingers

    JBFatFingers Tele-Meister

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    I have Seymour Duncan Quarter Pounds in mine, great sound, tried and true and very affordable to boot.
     
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    Cheshiergrin Tele-Holic

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    Talk to Bo;)
     
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    littlebadboy Tele-Afflicted

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    My poor man's version of a Kotzen Tele. Artec Rails Alnico humbucker on bridge and GFS overwound repro.

     
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  20. tfarny

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    My tele sounds pretty raw and unrefined just with a JD pickup from Duncan - pretty standard. I think it's more like you have to go out of your way to find a smooth, refined tele than the other way 'round.

    Also, raw vs refined is 90% technique, 7% amp, 3% guitar. Approximately.
     
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