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Tele pickup advice:

Discussion in 'Just Pickups' started by jseaburg, Jun 19, 2009.

  1. jseaburg

    jseaburg TDPRI Member

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    Ok, so I've made the decision to put new pickups in my tele. I did my homework, listened to samples and I think I'm going to put a SD Lil' 59 in the bridge, and a Texas special from a strat in the neck. The cutout of the guitar itself is big enough, I just need to get a new pick guard that I can carve up. My question is, does anyone know if it'll work soundwise? Should I just hold out to find a twisted tele pup?
     
  2. SteveY

    SteveY Tele-Afflicted

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    You'll need to reverse the wiring on the Fender pickup so it will be in phase with the SD Lil'59.
    I would think it will work out and probably sound pretty good.

    The Lil'59 is very popular.
    I had one on a recent esquire style build. I used a 500K vol pot and a 1 meg tone pot.
    The Duncan wiring diagram showed 250K pots, but I tend to go for brighter sounds so wanted the 1 meg tone pot especially. I don't know what they sound like with 250K pots.
     
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    Depending on the route, the neck pickup might be a real tight squeeze, as a Strat pickup has a bigger form factor than a Tele neck pickup.

    With that bridge pickup, it won't really twang much - it'll sound more like a Tele Deluxe or Gibsonish. The neck should sound OK - don't expect it to sound exactly Stratty in the neck-only as the Strat has a different position first pickup. plus there's the solid bridge vs. springloaded trem.
     
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    SteveY Tele-Afflicted

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    Really?
    I always thought Leo put them both right where the 2nd octave null would be.
     
  5. jseaburg

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    Translation: Do it, just pay somebody better than you to do it. Right?
     
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