Strat Sounding Tele Neck Pickup

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  1. Stylemaster

    Stylemaster Tele-Afflicted

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    To my ears and fingers, the Twisted Tele is just a higher output and slightly more trebly neck pickup - it still sounds like a Tele pickup to me, not a Strat. It doesn't have the fullness on the low end as a vintage-style Strat pickup will have and the high strings sound characteristically weak like most Tele neck pickups as opposed to the strength and the bite a Strat neck pickup has on the high strings. I've tried some of the others including the Rio Tallboy and none of them truly sound like a Strat pickup. I adjust all Tele neck pickups as close to the strings as possible to try to compensate for the higher output of all Tele bridge pickups. However I haven't tried Don Mare's Stelly and can't afford to for the foreseeable future. Too bad since I thought his Stelly might do the trick.
     
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    fosco Tele-Meister

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    +1!
     
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    I sort-of agree with this, though I do like the Twisted Tele. I think I would describe the sound as being half way between the sound of a Tele neck & a Strat neck pickup, just as a Seymour Duncan Twangbanger (Strat bridge pickup) sounds half way between a Strat bridge & a Tele bridge pickup. In both cases the physical differences between the two guitars are probably the reason that the pickups only partially achieve what they set out to achieve, but that's no reason to condemn the pickups - they are both moves in the right direction, from my perspective.

    Of course, you could always grab a California Series Tele if you see one for sale. They either came with a neck humbucker or two Tex-Mex pickups, one Tele bridge & one Strat neck. A great combination.

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    A person by the name of Colt W.Knight posted a vid of a full size Seymour Duncan strat pickup for the neck that sounded the best I have heard (and have had a couple of 'strat' pickups... harmonic design and dimarzio twang king). Unfortunately it was not clear which single coil strat pickup it was so I have not tried. I think he said 1/4 pounder neck but not sure it that is it. It would be worth contacting him as you can hear it in the youtube vid.
     
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    Exactly what I was going to point out, but probably better said.
     
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    Wow, lots of great info and suggestions here! Would something like a mini-hum sounds strat-like at all?
     
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    Basically, no.
     
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    Well a P90 doesn't sound Strat like, it's much fatter, warmer & louder, so I imagine a mini HB would be even further away.
     
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    I bought one, installed it, and wasn't satisfied. The twisted tele from Fender is much better. That being said, Richie Kotzen gets a beautiful tone from his Twang King.
     
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    Another issue is that pups specifically designed for the tele are not going to get as close to strat pups as strat pups! I love the fat 50s custom shop pups!
     
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