Tele bridge pickup most like firebird for Neil Young tones?

garthnose90

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Hi,

I want a tele bridge sized pickup to replace the stock one. I'm a big Neil Young fan but not so much a LP fan so I want to upgrade my tele.

I know I'll never get his tone but I want to give myself the best chance.

I was considering the SD lil 59 as it is a PAF like the firebird mini humbucker was originally based on. However it might like the treble of the firebird.

I want something that has great picking response aswell so I can get all those great squealies and harmonics going.

Any suggestions or experience with this?

Thanks
 

Wyatt

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it is a PAF like the firebird mini humbucker was originally based on

No, it's not, the Firebird PU has a very different construction than a PAF. The Firebird as an attempt to make a cheaper-to-produce Epiphone mini-HB. Instead of the traditional Gibson steel pole pieces and bar magnet underneath, the Firebird just used used alnico pole pieces (big bar slugs), which is a more Fender-esque approach. That's where the top end comes form.

Maybe a hot dual blade like the Wilde L-48TL? But the Firebird is one of the truly unique PU designs and tones.

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I do agree though that all my guitars through my Tweed Deluxe can sound like NY when cranked and playeing the right riffs.
 

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This thread from our own precious forum may help:


It's about the wiring, not so much the pickup.
 




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