Telecaster neck pickup ?

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  1. Blue vista

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    Hi El Tele Lobo,I play Texas blues,and country,I’ve made adjustments to the pickup since I had it set up but I’m still not where I want to be.Thank you for your input because this is from a guy that’s played Stratocaster’s his whole life.I’ve got a lot to learn.
     
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    Hi Brian,Well if those two Bakersfield boys can play without a pickup cover I might have rethink things.I like your Twisted Telecaster choice.It’s my fave so far.
     
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    Seymour Duncan Antiquity II.

    Cavalier Lion King. :cool:
     
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    TV Jones Starwood Tele neck pickup.
    It’s incredible.
     
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    Twisted Tele.
     
  6. monkeybanana

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    I bought the pickup separate and installed it. I recommended them because they are easy to come by and not expensive . I bought just the neck pickup taken from a set for around $30.

    The Twisted Tele people are recommending also seem like a good choice. I'm looking at the specs. I haven't tried a Fender one but I've wound a pickup the exact same way trying to duplicate a Strat in Tele config (taller magnets and 42 gauge wire instead of 43) and they sound good. I didn't know about the Twisted.

    If you like your amp and it is truly the pickup that's the problem I would find whatever is cheaper between the two.
     
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    Cavalier Wolf neck pickup. A5 magnets, 6.7k DCR, 42 AWG wire. (Rob can under-wind this for you on request, if you wish.). Or, order it as a She-Wolf (which means no cover). That will add a touch of extra sparkle to the high end.

    Bootstrap Pretzel neck pickup. A5 magnets, 5.3k DCR, 42 AWG wire. Crisp, detailed, sparkly!

    Both of these are crystal clear, clean, articulate. Use with volume pot measured to be at least 250k and a No-Load tone pot... for best results.

    Either will most certainly cure your ailment, forthwith!

    That said... try a Firebird (a true-genuine design version) in the neck position of a Tele - WOW! Fantastic.

    Cavalier Phoenix Firebird neck pickup.
     
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    fattboyzz Tele-Meister

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    I'm in with the Fender Vintage 64s.

    They are popular for a reason ;)
     
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    Thanks to all who weighed in,you folks are the best.I’ts decision time.
     
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    buy an esquire pickguard and forget about ****ty neck pickups. ;)
     
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    Call the fine folks at Rio Grande Pickups and tell them what you want.

    Then call Pete at Pete Biltoft’s Vintage Vibe pickups and tell him what you want.

    Then flip a coin as to which one you buy from—they’re both spectacular manufacturers.
     
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    On the cheaper end of the spectrum - Dimarzio Twang King or Fender Twisted Tele. Both can be had for around $60

    Higher end - do a search for the Strat Style, tall bobbin Tele neck pickups. Tons of folks making those now. Everyone from Cavalier to Don Mare.
     
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    Yeah I think so. I have a set of Palo duros and I just put in a set of pretzels in a new build last night. Didn't play it much, but I'd say they're hotter than the Palo duros.
     
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    I know you are looking for a neck pickup. For what you play I would look into getting
    a set.

    Call Budz. He will get you a set with the sound you want to hear. He will talk to you on the
    phone.

    You might like his Purebred set for what your talking about.
     
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    Another Cavalier Lion King Fan. Clean, clear and sparkly...if that is a word.
     
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    I had the same complaint about the neck pickup in my 2012 MIM Standard. If I setup the amp for the bridge pickup, I'd lose the neck pickup in mud. So I swapped out the stock pickups for some Cavaliers, with a Lioness (same as the Lion King, but without the cover) in the neck. It did the trick perfectly. One of the best Tele neck pickups I've played and dumb cheap too (for being a "boutique" pickup).
     
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  18. rze99

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    Agreed - the ‘64 is a wonderful neck pickup is and my personal favourite. A great set and not expensive by boutique standards. If you can’t sound good with that set you have other issues. Watch out for polarity issues mixing pickups.
     
  19. DHart

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    Bootstrap Palo Duro neck pickup (A5, 43 AWG wire, 7.2k) is quite comparable to Fender PV '64.

    Bootstrap Original neck pickup (A5, 43 AWG wire, 5.6k) will be a little bit brighter and clearer than that.
     
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  20. SPUDCASTER

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    Any vintage style Seymour Duncan Tele neck pickup will have a plated brass cover.

    There goes a little clarity, but more vintage. My '51 neck pickup comes in at 5.2k. Probably the only thing that saves some of the clarity.
     
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