Suggestion for pickups

Discussion in 'Just Pickups' started by jazzalta, Dec 20, 2018.

  1. jazzalta

    jazzalta Tele-Meister

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    So I recently picked up a 2012 American Special tele. While I initially liked the sound I am now seeking a more traditional tone. Any suggestions? Thanks.
     
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    I have grown pretty fond of the mojotone quiet coil broadcaster as a bridge pickup. It is noiseless, but for what is really a humbucker, it is very, very close to a traditional pickup.

    As for a neck pickup, I can't really help you there. I either use strat neck pickups or rip out the neck pickup entirely.

    I know youtube isn't the best gauge of tone tests, but this one is pretty solid.

     
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    Lollar Special T or Vintage T
     
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    I've always been a fan of the Texas Specials. Tele tone with a bit of attitude.
     
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    Email Don Mare or Rob DiStefano (Cavalier Pickups).

    Tell them what exactly you want to hear out of your pickups and they will get you there.
     
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    mimmo Friend of Leo's

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    Rob Di Stefano!
     
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    Nice tone — a hair more mids in the 1-2k hertz area, but in a nice pleasing authentic way.
     
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    Ira7 Doctor of Teleocity

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    What do you have now?

    Noiseless Gen 3?
     
  10. El Tele Lobo

    El Tele Lobo Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    I'm a big fan of Cavaliers, but I just put these Sunday Handwound Pickups in the other day and really like them (special thanks to heffus who sold them to me):



    They have a very old-school sound to them, lots of clarity and a great neck pickup. I also have 2 sets of Cavaliers (demos on my channel) that I really like too...though they're a little more modern sounding. If I wanted a vintage sound from Cavaliers, I'd probably go for a 51/52 bridge and a Lion King neck. Both the Cavaliers and the Sunday Handwounds are in the same price point (read: very affordable). Rob and Tim are both super-nice guys too. Let us know what you decide on.
     
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    Man, those sound pretty good too. What's he comparing them against?
     
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    I’m a little appalled that most of the suggestions so far are for non-Fender pickups, especially when Fender has so many great choices, including the Twisted Tele, Original Vintage, Nocaster and Tex-Mex sets.

    Right now I have the original vintage bridge pickup and a Fender ‘51 Nocaster neck pickup in my 2003 Fender AVRI ‘52 Tele and they sound superb.

    I love all the Fender pickups in my Teles and Strats...


     
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    Fender Vintage Noiseless.
     
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    Gotta put my two cents in for Bootstrap Pickups.....American made, reasonably priced, and great, fast customer service. Oh!.....they SOUND great to "boot"!
     
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    Fralin Stock Tele set is a very vintage sounding set and surprisingly to me, the Duncan Vintage Broadcasters are also a very good contender and well-priced. I really like them both for vintage sound.
     
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    What Cavs did for a Walmart guitar...



    Same guitar with the 4-pup set:

     
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    Microcoil or Twang King Bridge; True Velvet neck
     
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    He is comparing them to the mojotone broadcaster. He A/B'd the regular single coil version and the quiet coil.

    They are a little different, even in that comparison, but they are by far the most single coil sounding humbucker I have ever used. I don't think the average person would know better. Makes gigging and recording a lot more smooth.
     
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    Ron Ellis if money and wait time aren’t a problem.

    I am getting Soap Bars for my PRS from Harmonic Design. Tele pickups from HD are in the new year.
     
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