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The most 'strat-sounding' Pups?

Discussion in 'Just Pickups' started by CarolCorn, Jun 18, 2020.

  1. CarolCorn

    CarolCorn TDPRI Member

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    I was always into strat neck sounds, but I don't have one, and I'm not in the best financial situation to buy a new guitar. I'm opting towards getting a strat sounding Tele neck Pup, mostly because mine is pretty flubby and doesn't sound all that great. I'm looking towards Fender's Twisted Tele necks as I dig their strat-ty sound and they're not too terribly expensive, but I was wondering if you guys have any other Strat-Tele Pup recommendations or concerns I should know about. Anythings appreciated, to thanks : )
     
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  2. 8trackmind

    8trackmind Tele-Afflicted

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    You'll probably get tons of recommendations, but the Twisted Tele neck is a winner. I use one and really like it.
     
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  3. John E

    John E Friend of Leo's

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    Yeah Twisted tele is a great neck pickup. To be fair I can't think of a tele neck pickup that I can't find something about to like. A fave that's not quite stratty but pretty close is a Fralin Blues special. I have also played a tele clone (K-line maybe? Can't remember) fitted with a Lollar Royal T. Now that was stratty sounding and just KILLER pickup.
     
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    Axegrinder77 Tele-Afflicted Ad Free Member

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    I agree on the twisted Tele, in my limited stratty Tele experience. The paisley Tele I played seemed quite stratty. I believe it's loaded with a twisted and a broadcaster - another great option for the bridge.

    My Tele has nocasters. Not far off, but certainly different. Love them. My Tele can't be my strat, and vice versa.
     
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    Ron C Tele-Meister

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    How about putting a real strat neck and middle pickups in your Tele? It’s a really usable “best of both” setup.
     
  6. Ringo

    Ringo Poster Extraordinaire

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    You can get a Tele pickguard that is cut for a Strat pickup pretty cheap and then use a real Strat neck pickup, I like that combination.
     
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    3-Chord-Genius Poster Extraordinaire

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    I'm not big on Stratocasters, but I do think the neck pickup in a Stratocaster sounds better than a Telecaster neck pickup.
     
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  8. Axegrinder77

    Axegrinder77 Tele-Afflicted Ad Free Member

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    You mean *different* right? :)

    I've had moments with my Tele neck. Strat neck rules, but I'm telling you it was all Tele.
     
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    You can take the cover off a Strat pickup, wrap the coil with tape to protect it, and stick it into a stock Tele pickguard.
     
  10. Axegrinder77

    Axegrinder77 Tele-Afflicted Ad Free Member

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    Throw some chewing gum in there, call it a day.
     
  11. Piotr

    Piotr Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    I like my Keystone neck pickup, nice stratty sounds.
     
  12. Axegrinder77

    Axegrinder77 Tele-Afflicted Ad Free Member

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    Sorry for my sarcasm.

    You guys wonder how much of that strat neck tone is attributable to the guitar itself?
     
  13. telemnemonics

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    Depends on the guitar you want to put it in?
    Not all Tele bodies are routed for the bigger Strat pickup, plus of course the guard

    I agree that a Strat pickup is the best route to a Strat pickup sound, but a TT or a couple of similar taller bobbin 42awg A5 Tele neck pickups are a good simulation.
     
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    telemnemonics Telefied Ad Free Member

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    Hey I'm sure all the unloved Tele neck pickups appreciate your support!

    Of course they come in dull tone chromed brass cover and bright tone nickel silver cover.
    Maybe you love the nickel silver covered version, if you hear a stratty tone?
     
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  15. Obsessed

    Obsessed Telefied Silver Supporter

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    I have a TT on my tele, but to me it does not sound like my strat nor the classic strat sound that I think you are after. I really can't tell you other than a negative response here, but just my .02 . Perhaps someone else here will come up with a better solution for you. That said, I love my TT on my tele though.
     
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    EspyHop Tele-Holic

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    I’ve had luck with a DiMarzio Twang King in the neck.
     
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    I used my stock G&L ASAT and a Seymour Duncan Qtr Pounder Wired with a 4 Way switch

    I get series in/out of phase and
    Each one solo which give me nice #4 p/u position which is what I live about my Strat
     
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    Thanks for the replies, all of which were really helpful, and @John E, I just so happen to be pairing the neck with a Lollar Pup. Hope it's not too late to ask, but any thoughts on Keystones also? Just came across my mind...
     
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  19. hopdybob

    hopdybob Tele-Afflicted

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    maybe the TS could firtst get the old cover off, try and hear if this makes it better and if it does, buy a nickle silver cover.

    if TS would give some info about the guitar and pickups some could give some tweak advise on pot values and i would recommend the Bill Lawrence 5 way switch mod to.
    and this one can do yourself to
    https://www.tdpri.com/threads/no-load-mod-your-guitar-bass-tone-or-blender-pot-2014.466061/
     
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  20. Peegoo

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    No offense taken.

    Guitars are not sacred relics made from the finger bones of saints. Get too carried away and you start spending too much money on screws that have to smell a certain way.
     
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