|To avoid the "overwound" tone, we use exactly the same number of turns as our '54 pickups, with a specially designed magnet and pole piece assembly, carefully balanced to produce a warm, full tone.These are the pickups we supply to high-end guitar companies who specify an ”improved” Tele sound. The higher output is matched to our Vintage Plus neck pickup and also works well with humbuckers.They come in vintage black, white, pearl or tortoise top. Matching neck pickups available.|
I was hoping someone would mention the SD La Brea set. These are probably at the top of my list for the next guitar I build. Interesting you don't like the neck.The Duncan La Brea set is really good, especially with brass saddles. The Duncan Jerry Donahue can cover a lot of ground with CRS saddles. I'm not a fan of Duncan neck pickups though.
If you like Stratier neck pickups, a clockwise north wound Cavalier Lion King and the La Brea bridge is a killer combo. That's what's in my main gigging Tele. I just happen to like that raised D and G in the La Brea and I miss it if it ain't there.
I am not so sure about Rio Grande. Their website is still up and running so unless somebody knows for sure, it would be great to hear more about it. Rio Grande were always in the top tier of builders.For vintage type, I like Duncan and Rio Grande.
Rio Grande may be out of business.
The magnets have gone weak? Did you spend time in front of giant speakers or transformers?I have a set of old, original Joe Barden's ('90-'91) in my '76 Tele.
The mags have gone a bit weak; but they still can bark!
And, with the right amp setting(s), I can get that a bit of that "Gatton" thing happening.
I picked up a Squier Affinity 20 years ago to use as a modding platform.
I've had numerous pu's in/out of it.
For the last 4 years I've had DiMarzio Twang Kings in it.
They really are very nice together, and separately.
A somewhat traditional Tele sound with a bit more ummph and fidelity.
It's all good!
The magnets have gone weak? Did you spend time in front of giant speakers or transformers?
Twisted Tele neck, Broadcaster bridge.
I don't know about actual Bajas, but it's the set that comes in the Vintera '50s Modified, which is the current version of the Baja. It's also what's in my 2012 American Standard.