Recommend a vintage sounding high output Tele pickups

Discussion in 'Just Pickups' started by bigfatwarm, Jan 4, 2016.

  1. bigfatwarm

    bigfatwarm NEW MEMBER!

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    I have Lollar special T in the neck, J street in the bridge, love them so much, since I got another new Tele, I wanna try other company's tele pickups.

    I like vintage sounding, the bridge pickup is between 8k-10k, I want big, fat and warm tone, more low and mids, rounded top end, very dynamic, even it's high output but it still sounds like a tele, I don't need classic tele Twang sounding.
    For the neck pickup, as long as it can match well with the bridge, it's all good.

    Actually this kind of pickups which I am looking for is in the same world as the Lollar special T and J street.

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks
     
  2. jamieorc

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  3. Nobster

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    Fender Custom Shop Texas Specials could be what you need. The neck pickup is especially nice.
     
  4. uriah1

    uriah1 Telefied Ad Free Member

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    Welcome.
    So when you say (other company's, companies) ..other mfg or within Lollar.?

    Nocasters and broadcasters from various mfg's have a lot of love here and to me.
    The rating 10k is pretty high though. Dont think any of mine came in at that.
     
  5. songtalk

    songtalk Friend of Leo's

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    You should build a tele with p-90s or humbuckers. That sounds a lot like the character you are describing.
     
  6. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    Howdy!
    Rio Grande Muy Grande pickups are my favorites.
     
  7. dougstrum

    dougstrum Tele-Holic

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    The dimarzio pre b-1 is an old standard for hot tele bridge. I've got one
    matched w/cs texas special neck. It's the guitar when i want a fat/full
    sound~but still tele like. It seems to like having the tone pot run more
    open than my other guitars.
     
  8. rze99

    rze99 Poster Extraordinaire

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    The Tonerider Hot Classics TRT-2 bridge might do it for you. I have in one of my teles and it is beefy, articulate and still sounds like a tele. Damn fine value too.
     
  9. GuitarJonz

    GuitarJonz Poster Extraordinaire

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    To many, 10k is the magic number for Nocaster/Broadcaster bridge pups, with A3 mags, and wound with 43g wire. The original 10k Nocaster pups on the early Nocaster Relic guitars are highly regarded, and bring big bucks on eBay. The present Fender Nocaster pickup uses different specs, and comes in at about 7.2k.

    There's lots of different interpretations of what a Nocaster/Broadcaster pickup should be (different magnets & wire types). We now have plenty of choices for something similar, at reasonable prices. The Cavalier Nocaster Lion springs to mind, although he says it is more treble oriented. For big, fat & warm tone the OP wants, with no icepick, the Cavalier Nashville Lion would probably fit the bill nicely, and is a huge value too.
     
  10. dougstrum

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    The TRT-2 is a great bridge pup. I agree with description as articulate.
    Got one w/cs texas neck~probably my favorite tele.
    Pre b-1 more blues/jazz, where as TRT-2 can get into some serious
    honky tonk territory.
     
  11. AlterEgo

    AlterEgo Tele-Meister

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    I just built a jazzmaster shape body that has a tele bridge with just the single tele bridge pup, no neck pickup. I ended up using a locally sourced blade bridge pickup that was around 10k. Very different than a standard tele bridge but I am very happy with the tonal range it can do. Worth consideration IMHO.
     
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    How about vintage output pickups, and an active 'boost' pedal for output?
     
  13. neatwhat

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    https://bareknucklepickups.co.uk/main/

    Bare knuckles are legit. I have the piledriver set in my American Std. and it's the happiest I've been with any tele pickup set. The bridge pickup is way hot (13.1k) but they do offer other sets.
     
  14. hwestman

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    +1

    IMHO it has a better clean sound than Texas Specials which I do not really care for.

    Also - when you roll the volume back (with treble bleed cap) it gets close to a more vintage sounding pickup.
     
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    a week now i play with toeriders hot classics.thats it that you need.no trad tele sound....but tele
     
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