Rio Grande Vintage Tallboys

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  1. Butch Snyder

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    Hi Guys,

    I'm looking for a new set of pickups to go in my Baja Tele. Currently, I have a set of Fender Tex Mexes. They sound good, but I think I'm ready for a change. Was just cruising around different websites and went to Rio Grande's website. I have used the Muy Grande in the bridge position of a Telecaster I once had. Nice pickup, kind of like a Fender CS Texas Special without the harshness and kinder to maple fretboard Telecasters.

    I'm interested in the Vintage Tallboy set. Can those with experience tell me about it?

    Rio Grande Vintage Tallboy set
     
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    I have a Dual Calibrated Nashville set in a partscaster - the guitar itself doesn’t play that well, but it sounds GREAT - like I want to put Rio Gs in all my teles. To your question, it has a vintage tallboy in the neck and I love it - bright and clear and great in the middle position with the Muy Grande bridge. Do it!
     
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    I had some tallboys in neck and mid. I liked them.
     
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    I have read and noticed that a lot of players who use Rio Grande pickups don't use the Vintage Tallboy in the bridge. They seem to favor the Muy Grande (great pickup). I was also wondering about the Halfbreed. Anyone have any experience with that one in the bridge position?
     
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    My red Tele has a Tallboy in the bridge. Real strong, lots of bite. It has that overwound sound. Kinda like a P90.
     
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    "Had"? You removed them?
     
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    Had a set in a parts caster I sold.
    Lovely pickups.
     
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    Sold that guitar. Today
    1st strat..(Lollar bridge,Talboy Mid,Antiquity neck)
    2nd strat (Tex hot antiquity all)
     
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    Okay, that's better than "pulled them out for something better".
     
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    I used them for years. I had friend that worked there. They sound good but are very unforgiving. Super articulate.
     
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    Ordered a set of Vintage Tallboys. I like Tele sets for some reason. Got them installed last night and, while they seem to be an improvement over the Tex Mexes and the stock Baja set (Twisted Tele neck and Broadcaster bridge), they're not leaps and bounds better. The neck pickup is very nice and, I would say, the better of the two. Big round sound but warm. The bridge pickup is articulate and twangy, but a smooth twang. These will stay.
     
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    Removed the Rio Grandes. In that guitar, they didn't sound as great as I hoped they would. Sending them back in favor of an APTL-3JD/APS-1 combo. I'm going to turn my Baja into a Jerry Donahue Telecaster.
     
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