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What’s everyone’s favorite Tele pickups these days?

Discussion in 'Just Pickups' started by justin.ramsey, Jul 29, 2018.

  1. BoogerRooger

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    Tonerider Hot Classics
     
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    Duncan Broadcaster.
     
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    jackal Friend of Leo's Platinum Supporter

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    So many great pickups available these days. You might try the 50s/Fezz/Ted Greene mod first.
     
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    PCollen Friend of Leo's

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    My Nashville Tele came with Fralin SP42's in all 3 slots. So these are my favorite pickups because they were, in a sense, FREE; a new set will run you a little more than half as much as I paid for the entire guitar.....and they sound/play VERY good.
     
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    Fender Twisted tele/Broadcaster for me.
     
  7. Mincer

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    I still love the Seth Lover/Jerry Donahue set. It makes a Tele usable for me.
     
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    For “normal”, non-hum cancelling, medium output pickups, I really like Rio Grande Muy Grandes.
    The sound right, but are very slightly hotter.
    Perfect for me.
     
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    Depending on the vibe and the Tele, I've got different pickups in them.

    For "traditional," I'm really liking the Dimarzio True Velvet T pickups that I just got recently.

    For more relaxed highs, I like the Tonerider Tele Vintage Hot, but only at the bridge slot. I prefer just the regular Vintage Plus for the neck slot. I found out that the BYO Guitar pickup sets are Tonerider equivalents, and I actually like that the Twister bridge pickup has flush/flat poles.

    I've got another Tele with a Virtual Vintage Hot T at the bridge slot, which IMO makes me feel like I'm playing a Tele with some LP Jr attitude to it. I've got a Area T neck pickup in the same guitar, and it's just fantastic for more rock-oriented kind of stuff, at least for how I play it.

    My Esquire partscaster has a DiMarzio Fast Track T at the bridge, and is tuned to D standard. That pickup really works well with that setup, for either clean or overdriven tones.

    Yet another Tele has a Van Zandt pickup at the bridge slot, and that's been in there for years and years now. The neck pickup in that Tele isn't a Tele pickup, but is a good sounding Duncan SSL-1.

    For traditional or just a bit warmer, I could probably be content with the Tonerider Tele sets, and the BYO Guitar equivalents are an even cheaper option. The only thing with the BYO Guitar stuff is you have to buy them in sets, but at a little over $60 for two pickups, there's not much to complain about. The Dimarzio True Velvet T pickups were barely just a little bit more than the Toneriders, so that's IMO also a great value. I was considering a set of Twang Kings, but they are actually about $5 more per pickup, so I gave the True Velvet Ts a try instead.

    I've been very happy with all the pickups listed, but I'm probably pretty easy to please.
     
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  10. justin.ramsey

    justin.ramsey Tele-Holic

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    Thanks for the replies guys! Love hearing what people are digging. I’m strongly considering a Cavalier pickup. Part of me wants to convert this guitar to an esquire configuration which may be what happens
     
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    I just got an Elite with 4th Gen noiseless. Cool and crisp at low volume. Can’t put it down.
     
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    You can also get a Twin Lion or Hydra Lion for tapped goodness. Great in an Esquire.
     
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    parademe Tele-Meister

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    Fender Pure Vintage '64 with brass cover and Texas Special bridge pickup set quite low. Sounds like what I imagine the '50s must have sounded... and I like it a lot.
     
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    I am still enjoying the Donlis set that I bought for my tele.
     
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    I have used EMG's T system in my last 3 builds. They sound great. Also partial to Bill Lawrence Keystones.
     
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    My new Seymour Duncan Gilly stacked bridge! Combined with an uncovered Frailin Blues Special neck pup (and 4-way switching setup) and it’s butter-honey richness and resonance for days! Not typical tele for sure (much broader and wider dynamic especially in mids and bass) but spanks and sparkles when needed with attack and EQ dialed in for such. A great and more versatile contrast to my more traditional Hwy 1 tele (DiMarzio Twang King-B and True Velvet-N) and my 50’s Road Worn (Tex Mex).
     
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    Kinman Broadasters set.
    Alternatively, the Seymour Duncan Alinico II Pro set.
     
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  18. Average_Joe

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    O.k. here goes a wet blanket on the fire.... example :

    Billy Gibbons, rightfully and God Bless him, makes money endorsing pickups and gear but every guitar he plays live is EQ'd to a single standard.

    [​IMG]
     
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    I like the Tone Riders or the Fralin.
     
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    I have a Lindy Fralin Tele bridge pup in my TeeByrd and it’s an awesome pickup! Think those particular pickups were custom wound for RS Guitarworks who built the guitar for me. My Fender Tele has Josefina Campos hand wound custom nocasters in it and, imho, they are the best Tele pickups I’ve ever played bar none.
     
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