Replacing neck PU 68 telecaster

Discussion in 'Vintage Tele Discussion Forum (pre-1974)' started by Mylek, Sep 28, 2019.

  1. Mylek

    Mylek TDPRI Member

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    Hello,

    i'll like to replaced the neck PU on a '68 telecaster because i'll like to have more output to balance it with the bridge PU.

    What will be good option to retain the original sound? I'm more into jazz.

    Regards!
     
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    Seymour Duncan still uses the plated brass covers. You might be able to get a closer match with their line as to what your after.

    The brass will help attenuate the higher frequencies and may be a little more of what your used to hearing.

    Mixing Fender and SD will have phasing problems. Just reverse the wires on the neck pickup, that should solve it.

    Let us assume that you've played around with pickup heights to try and balance them?

    In the SD line, the 5/2, Quarter Pounder and the Hot Tele seem to have the most output for the single coil neck position.
     
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  3. Mincer

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    For Jazz, I love the neck Five Two. It uses different magnets for the treble and bass strings, which makes it perfect for a more mellow sound.
     
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    I have just bought a pair of Tele pickups from Alexander Pribora in Russia and for me they sound great for Jazz. (or many other types of music.) I also have a .047 capacitor in the circuit which does cut out the harshness of the bridge pickup.
    Mike
     
  5. Antoon

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    What bridge pickup are you using? Something high-output?
     
  6. Mylek

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    No, i'm still using the original bridge pickup.
    Maybe i should tried to balanced them again properly...
     
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  7. Matthias

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    How strong’s The magnetic pull? Maybe the magnets need charging...
     
  8. Mylek

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    How do you do this?
    By sticking a stronger magnet across the poles?
     
  9. Bartholomew3

    Bartholomew3 Friend of Leo's

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    I have a 68 tele and also do a few jazz standards. I went to a Dimarizo DP211 humbucker at the neck and a Dimarzio Area T bridge p/u for no noise.

    Really well balanced now - also used an Area T neck p/u & Area T bridge p/u - icepick is gone, a bit hi-fi but I can live with that. I have 2 pickguards and switch back and forth between a HB and the Area T at the neck.

    Only problem with the setup would be pickup height on the Dimarzio noiseless single coils - they're higher, are really humbuckers in disguise - I had to shim the neck to change neck angle & the bridge height so strings would clear the pickups. Some of the p/u adjustment is now gone but it works well - wonderful for silent recording or small venues when you don't want the buzz and hum of a real single coil.
     
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    Get compass and check polarity of the bridge pup, take a neodymium magnet and flip it so that the polarity is opposite of bridge pup, drag magnet across neck pickup.

    Might not be Joe Bonamassa approved though :)
     
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