Strat neck pickup on a Tele?

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  1. Bob M

    Bob M Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    I’ve been watching Kenny Vaughn a whole bunch lately and it looks like he has a couple of Teles with Strat pickups in the neck position. I really like the neck pickup in my Strat. Anyone on the forum done this? If so what do you think? I have a few Strat pickups hanging around. Currently my Tele has a SD Antiquity neck pickup.
     
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    I built a Partscaster Tele, and when it came time to wire it up the neck pickup I had was dead. Being the impatient guy that I am, I went digging through the parts box and found a Strat pickup, so I used that. It's the one in the middle.

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    It makes a nice difference - it's got a lot more 'air' than a Tele bridge pickup.

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  3. BackwaterJunction

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    I've often heard Fender's Twisted Tele set is meant to have a strattier neck pickup. Not tried one myself though!
     
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    You might as well try it. Having said that, two disclaimers follow:
    - I don't think the pickup dimensions are the same, but I don't know if that's an issue when it comes to fitting.
    - I am having a hard time imagining a scenario where a SD Antiquity is replaced. ;-)
     
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    nojazzhere Doctor of Teleocity

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    ONLY issue is pickup size. The hole in the pickguard (standard) is too small for a Strat neck p/up. Enlarge that, (or buy an appropriate one....they're made) and you're good to go!
     
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    I can't say for sure, but I read somewhere that Kenny Vaughan uses a G&L ASAT pickup in the neck. It could also be one of any number of Tele neck pickups that come without a cover. Echoing what @BackwaterJunction said, the Twisted Tele neck pickup would be an option about which you'll be able to find plenty written and plenty of videos.
     
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    Me too.
     
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    Just to piggyback on this note about plenty of videos - if you're familiar with the videos of Andertons, or of That Pedal Show, then I believe that Danish Pete's Purple Tele and Dan's Red Tele both have the Twisted Tele neck pickup.
     
  9. Lies&Distortion

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    I put an open cover on my Twisted Tele neck pickup. It's close, seems a little flatter, EQ-wise than the Texas Special in my Strat. Lower output.
     
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    Tried a Strat pickup in a Tele numerous times, a little generic IMHO. Clarence had one but I doubt he used it much. I have a couple Strats if I want to sound like A Strat. Pickguard and probably the body route needs to be enlarged. I never liked it enough to keep it for more than a few months and always went back to stock Tele neck pickups with a little more transparency. Looks right, sounds right.
     
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  11. Ivorytooth

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    Strat neck pickup comes stock on some Tele models. :) The bridge pup is not stock. I think it sounds great on the tele.

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    If you really like the sound of a Strat neck pup, why not?.
     
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    I’ve been quite happy with OcDuff Strat pickups in two of my teles,particularly his Number one model!
     
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    For me, a more useful swap was to put a Tele bridge pickup on a Strat. Lots more attitude!
     
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    I’d just get a Twang King or a Twisted Tele.
     
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    I have a St. Blues Master which is a great guitar, kinda like a super charged Tele that got mated with a Les Paul. The neck pickup this guitar came with stock was a Kent Armstrong Strat Like pickup with oversized pole pieces. Both pickups can be split but not in the traditional sense like a humbucker / single coil. With these pickups you get a "standard" Tele sound with the splitter on and a hotter Tele sound off.

    I still don't know why these St Blues guitars are not more popular.............. Gary
     
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    Clarence White and Gene Parsons installed a Strat pickup in the neck of their bender guitar--Marty Stuart's "Clarence"--half a century ago. So Clarence and Marty have been rocking a Strat neck pickup in a tele long before Kenny Vaughn.

    Personally, I prefer either a DiMarzio Twang King or a Bill Lawrence Keystone tele neck pickup. I get Strat-like throatiness from both of those pickups, but it still has a tele quality to it.
     
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    Kenny is on Facebook. Ask him. ;)
     
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    LGOberean Doctor of Teleocity

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    That would work if I was on Fakebook.
     
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    Used by many so it obviously works.
     
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