Please forgive me if this topic has been addressed previously - but I cannot find a thread unique to its core issue. In a nutshell, the Telecaster's much-maligned neck pickup. Before I pose a few questions let me explain. While reading the latest issue of the excellent UK magazine Guitarist, I was shocked to hear Paul Waller, one of Fender Custom Shop's high-profile master builders call the Tele neck pick-up "the weakest link in the Tele electronics". He says it's always been "predominantly weak" and suggests it's an obvious target for replacement (see attached). * Is this not an embarrassing admission from a Fender heavyweight? Why the hell don't they do something about it? * Is it not Fender's duty to address this self-proclaimed clanger and upgrade the pickup to the required standard? * Does this "weakest link" (Waller's words) extent across all Fenders - American, Mexican and Japanese? PS: I had an old CIJ Tele left dormant for years because of a dead neck pup. Earlier this year I got it refretted, professionally set-up and - encouraged by the tsunami of praise for Cavalier pickups - installed a Huge Lion bridge and a Fat Lion King neck. Fantastic. So the Great Pain in the Neck debate bypassed me unnoticed! Thanks all. Some top-notch pickup brains out there among you.