searching for THE best vintage twang pickups for road worn 50s tele?

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  1. steveyo2010

    steveyo2010 TDPRI Member

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    hello tele users,
    i play a Fender Road Worn 50 Telecaster BLD with Vibramate Stainless Steel Saddle. i think its one of the best teles for the price and a vintage twang tone...

    now i need only the best pickups for a vintage twang tone! i like the twang like brad paisley or the early rockabilly stuff from shakin stevens! i love songs who you can here thats a great tele sound like this:


    with pickups can make this? thanks!!

    the specs of my guitar:
    • Korpus: Esche
    • Hals: Ahorn, einteilig
    • Griffbrett: Ahorn
    • Halsprofil: C
    • Bünde: 21 - 6105 Narrow Jumbo -
    • Mensur: 648 mm
    • Sattelbreite: 42 mm
    • Regler: 1x Volume, 1x Tone
    • Schalter: 3-Wege
    • Brücke: Vintage Style Tele
    • Mechaniken: Vintage Style
    • Hardware: Chrom
    • Blonde - Nitrolack
     
  2. SPUDCASTER

    SPUDCASTER Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

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    You're going to get a lot of suggestions. Lots of personal favorites out there.

    "Best" can be very subjective.

    I have good luck with the Cavalier line. Several "twangy" selections. Rob is great to deal with.
     
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  3. rze99

    rze99 Poster Extraordinaire

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    Fender original vintage is a great twangy pickup and inexpensive. I have one in a 50s build.
     
  4. steveyo2010

    steveyo2010 TDPRI Member

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  5. garyhoos1

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    Your going to get loads of options here in my case it’s all down to suck it and see.
    Personally the best most versatile pickups are in my partscaster, Bare Knuckle black guards but a friend of mine seems to think a bit hot.
    Good luck hope it works out for you :)
     
  6. steveyo2010

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    i look for someone that are great for MY roadworn tele AND make that sound like the shakin stevens song... thats my goal...
     
  7. El Tele Lobo

    El Tele Lobo Friend of Leo's

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    O.C. Duff Buckaroos
    Cavalier Bakersfield and Lion King
    Fender Pure Vintage '64
    Lots of others out there.
     
  8. sjtalon

    sjtalon Doctor of Teleocity

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    another vote for Original Vintage
     
  9. psykobilly

    psykobilly Tele-Meister

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    You just cant go wrong with a Seymour Duncan 5-2, alnico 2 pro, or Jerry Donahue. I have a set of Klein 52s in my main tele, killer tone, but lean to the hotter side of things. Bare Knucks country boys are also great. Heck, I cant even make up my own mind, why am I tryin to help you? Lol
     
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  10. TeleTex82

    TeleTex82 Friend of Leo's

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    The best ones are the ones that sound best toy YOU.
     
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  11. Mincer

    Mincer Tele-Holic

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    The Vintage Broadcaster has twang for days. But hey, Albert Lee gets a lot of twang out of SSL-2 Strat pickups, too.
     
  12. SPUDCASTER

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    I sure miss Albert playing a Tele.:cry:
     
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  13. YoGeorge

    YoGeorge Tele-Afflicted

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    I can't see the video in your post. I have been on this page since 1997 and have a Road Worn tele (as well as 6 other teles...and I have been thru 30+ sets of pickups over the years). The stock Road Worn twangs just fine.

    Do you have a good amp, and do you know how to work the tone knobs on the amp and guitar? Can you work the clean->crunch spectrum? There is no magic pickup that will duplicate the sound on any recording, and IMO the pickups on a Road Worn tele are completely in the ballpark that will produce great tele twang tones.

    You can spend money on changing pickups if you like.....I like the Duncan Broadcaster, JD, and the Vintage Stacks. I like the Rio Grande Tallboy and Muy Grande. I like Harmonic Designs pickups. I like Fender Nocaster pickups. I can make them all twang, just like I can do with the stock Road Worn pickups.
     
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  14. 8trackmind

    8trackmind Tele-Meister

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    Finding the perfect wife is easier than finding the perfect Telecaster pickups.
    Thing is, they are both amp and guitar dependent. My two main gigging guitars have the Fender 62/twisted tele neck and the '64's. However, it often takes a few tries to get it right. And those two combos came by trial and error.
    I like the SD Jerry Donahue, I like the A2 pro but, I (pesonally) don't find them as versitile as the Fender Pickups mentioned. (A2 for country, JD for rock)

    I have swapped out as many as five different pickups in any of my Teles to find the right one. That being said, your journey may begin and end with the Fender '64's. They are outstanding in all three positions of a medium weight alder telecaster and very versatile. Dont dismiss the stock pickups. I have a MIM tele that sounds best with the stock mexican pickups it shipped with. A5, no baseplate, they shouldn't work as well as they do...but they sound great.
     
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    slauson slim Friend of Leo's

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    Fende Original Vintage or DiMarzio Twang Kings. Priced right, will do what OP wants.
     
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    I love the OVs as slauson said, by that's just me.
     
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    Nick Fanis Poster Extraordinaire Ad Free Member

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    If you are in Germany than Q pickups in Croatia will wind EXACTLY what you want for very low €....

    Why pay import taxes ?

    http://www.qpickups.com
     
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  18. steveyo2010

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    the quastion is witch pickup are great for ash body with maple neck... i think not every pickup are good for that wood...?!
     
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    mimmo Friend of Leo's

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    The answer is always Rob di Stefano for me. Fat Lion.

    You're welcome :)
     
  20. Tonetele

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    So true. There are hundreds of brands out there and you need to do some research. Good luck.
     
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