Strat Pickup in Tele?

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I put strat pickups in the neck position of all my teles. There are a lot of options as to pick guards out there and only a small amount of routing necessary. There are a lot of options for strat-sounding tele neck pickup, but I just seem to prefer the strat pickups.
 

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All my Teles have either a Strat pickup or an open cover on a Tele pickup. Duncan and Lollar make the latter, or if you are handy you can take the cover off yourself and replace with an open one. If you want a traditional cover, the Don Mare S-Telly is my go-to.
 

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You might consider a DiMarzio Twang King neck pup, I have one in my Tele and it is a great Strat-sounding pup, no mods necessary, plops right in.
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Whilst I was respraying my Telecaster and had the beastie apart I routed a middle pocket for a Strat pickup, the neck already had a humbucker/Strat route from a previous modifying session, using a 5 way switch, it worked very well with SD Vintage units ..... for now it's set up as an Esquire but the pockets are still there should I choose to go back, which I might well do at some point.

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Put one in a partscaster…
Lindy Fralin made a Vint Hot Strat pup for me to match a Don Mare Super Sport in the bridge position, so they’d be hum-cancelling.
Mounted it directly to the body - like a Tele pup usually would be installed. I prefer less screws in the pkgd.
Warmoth cut the pkgd for me after 3 failed attempts by WD….

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I'm thinking of putting a Strat Single Coil Pickup in a Tele, neck position. I know I have to ream the hole out for it to fit, just wondering if anyone has done it? I love to try different things on guitars...
Fender made a few models with that. I've done it and it sounds fine but I prefer the stock sounds. You do need to enlarge the route if it's not done for a large pu and the pickguard hole needs to get bigger so if you switch back need to buy a new pg. Actually the screw height adj. distance is different for the wider strat pu, so just buy a PG for that mod. You can find, them try ebay
 

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A lot of Tele bodies are pre routed for humbuckers anyway so it's not that hard to switch. I really think it's the most versatile combo. I've got a rocket fire 69 strat pickup in one and a 64 duo sonic pickup in the other which is really magical.
 

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I have a '98 in red. I didn't care for the noiseless, so I swapped them out for a set of Lollars. N: Royal T, M: 64, B: Special T. I tried, just the Bridge at first, but it didn't play well with the other. I contacted Lollar, and they recommended the other two. Sounds great!
 

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Strat pickup in middle position of the Nashville Deluxe style teles are standard issue.

Many players have gone down that road (strat pickup in tele neck position) and like it a lot. Here’s a fairly famous telecaster that was modified with a strat pickup in the neck back in the late 60’s - early 70’s (I don’t know the actual date, sometime before Clarence died, in any event.

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McNelly Duckling is a Tele-neck-sized-Strat-wound replacement that does the job quite well. I’ve installed a couple of those with good results. It’s not as wide as a strat coil, but the difference is slight.
 

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I have a Strat pickup in the neck position of one of my Teles, and it sounds really nice. One of the easiest upgrades you can make in my opinion. A little bit of routing, but nothing too extreme. I am not that big on the Nashville setup, but others like it. If I wanted a Strat setup, I would play a Strat.
 

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I'm thinking of putting a Strat Single Coil Pickup in a Tele, neck position. I know I have to ream the hole out for it to fit, just wondering if anyone has done it? I love to try different things on guitars...

It is not necessary to alter the pickup cavity to install a tele style pickup. I have done it with a Lollar Royal T which is built to fit the standard slot.


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