The best replacement Pickups for MIM tele

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  1. beninma

    beninma Friend of Leo's

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    You never said what year your MIM is and what amp you have...

    Everyone's recommendations vary wildly because everyone has a different amp and if they had a MIM Guitar you don't know if they had an older one with Alnico pickups or a newer one with Ceramic pickups.

    I am of the opinion the ceramics are more finicky and match up with certain amps better than others. Ceramics + clean headroom amp (Fender, maybe Vox, etc..) and you might be happy, Ceramics + an amp that is designed to break up easily (Marshall, Orange, etc..) and you might be unhappy if you ever want to play clean. The Alnico pickups that were on the older (Pre-2007?) guitars and the new Alnicos on the Player Tele are probably going to get along with a wider array of amps.

    I've played a 2006 MIM Strat a fair amount that has the old Alnico pickups and if I had bought a 2006 MIM Tele instead of a 2016 MIM Tele I don't know that I'd have swapped the pickups.
     
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    Do the 4-way.

    Adjust Pickup heights, like Joe Walsh does in episode five and six

    Measure your volume pot kohms (across outer lugs) and get some others that are at the opposite end of the spec range.

    Get a couple tone caps to swap in (0.033uF is good first swap).

    Then go in and swap pickups looping back through the above -- as they are all a combined system.

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  3. kaynray

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    If you do decide to change pups, Bill Lawrence "Wilde" keystones pickups should be on your list. Maybe first on the list. Reasonable price, fantastic sound, legendary maker.
     
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    I’m very happy with McNelly A2 Signatures in my avatar MiM Standard 2017.
     
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    I just installed a set of Danocaster pickups made by Budz in my Fender Road Worn Tele. I can’t speak highly enough about them! At least for the sound I was going for, they are perfect. The Dano 10k bridge pickup is particularly rad.

    Also, Budz is a great guy to work with. He had great communication and my pickups were at my door within 2 weeks for ordering.
     
  7. El Tele Lobo

    El Tele Lobo Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

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    Check out roknfnrol on YouTube. He’s a member here and has done tons of great demo videos on telecaster pickups, including many suggested here...Keystones, Cavaliers, AV64s, and many many more.
     
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    +1 on the Keystones. They are excellent pickups at any price.
     
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    The dirty little secret is: There is not best pickup for any guitar. You are just as likely to have them already. You need to trust your ears.
     
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    I like the originals myself.
     
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    I really love my Vintage Noiseless
     
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    My MIM has the stock PUP at the neck (sounds great) and a Seymour Duncan Quarter Pounder at the bridge - awesome ;)
     
  14. North East Al

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    It's all subjective. I've had quarter pounders, never bonded. Tried a humbucker then P90 in neck. Have settled on lower priced but lovely sounding Tonerider Vintage Plus. I'd say they are as nicely made and sounding as some of the mid priced stuff. Clean but enough in the bridge for some crunch.
     
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    I recommend the Fender Custom Shop 51 Nocaster Pickup Set. Real Fender, and very affordable.
     
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    mine has hum canceling Dimarzio neck and bridge Area T pickups
     
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    I love dimarzio twang Kings. Or put a broadcaster in the bridge and a twang King in the neck.

    Is the space for a middle pickup routed? That is a whole new world of possibilities.
     
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    Those sound fantastic on demos, but I have never had an opportunity to try them.
     
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    Well since no one else mentioned them...
    I've replaced stock MIM ceramics with CS Texas Specials with amazing results.
    To me they sing and the reverse wound humbucking in the middle position is nice too.

    The Surf green Tele in my avatar has them and WOW I do love that tone !
    That one has a new owner but I'm always on the lookout for a MIM or a body and neck to upgrade.

    All that being said I'm fully involved with another love right now (Baja Baby !!!)
    The four way switching is nice ! , The S-1 does nothing for me.
     
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