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Your top 3 favorite tele pickups

Discussion in 'Just Pickups' started by Fred Rogers, Jan 31, 2014.

  1. GuitarJonz

    GuitarJonz Poster Extraordinaire

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    1. Barden Modern set
    2: Any Don Mare set (Hot Bakelite my fave)
    3: Cavalier Lion (great with Twisted Tele neck pup)
     
  2. kmac

    kmac Tele-Meister

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    Voodoo te50 paired with am std strat neck pup, flat poles. It's all I need and or want. I stopped searching.
     
  3. gmann

    gmann Friend of Leo's

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  4. telerocker1988

    telerocker1988 Tele-Afflicted

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    1. Fralin Blues Special
    2. Lollar Special T
    3. Wilde Keystone

    As you can see, I normally use a hotter pickup (with the exception of the keystones) into a clean amp and use drive pedals to do the work instead of the amp. I prefer a hot pickup in the Strats too, it just sounds best to me. Same with humbuckers, to a degree (no more than 9-10k).
     
  5. Bbenderman

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    Fralin Split-Blade
    Creamery Custom Telecaster Pickups(Two diferent sounds in one pickup)
    Kleinpickups Tri-State (Tre Sounds in one)
     
  6. YoGeorge

    YoGeorge Tele-Afflicted

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    1. Rio Muy Grande bridge
    2. Fender Nocaster pair
    3. Duncan Broadcaster bridge
     
  7. Telesavalis

    Telesavalis Friend of Leo's

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    Other than stock Fender pups I have only 3 third party tele pups, each of which I like:
    Fralin bridge - cryo treated ( in the Esquire )
    Lawrence - neck
    Duncan - 'five-two' bridge - really like this one...twang without the pain.
     
  8. gwjensen

    gwjensen Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    I'm only familiar with the following:

    Fender Tex-Mex - D. Don't like them at all.
    Squier CV50 A5s - C+. Pretty good for budget pups.
    Squier CV50 A3s - B-. Surprisingly good for budget pups.
    Keystones - A. The best...
    Microcoils - A+. Just got better. Unsurpassed clarity and balance.
    Lollar Special T (bridge) - B. Just okay. considering the price, maybe should be a C, but works very well with the El Rayo below.
    Lollar El Rayo (neck) - A+. Great bucker with incredible splt-coil tone.
     
  9. Frodebro

    Frodebro Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    1. CS Nocasters
    2. CS Nocasters
    3. CS Nocasters

    And I don't twang. Ever.
     
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  10. oldteleguy

    oldteleguy Tele-Afflicted

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    CS Nocasters, CS Texas Specials, Cavalier Fat Lion/ Lioness
     
  11. rokdog49

    rokdog49 Friend of Leo's

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  12. Steve_U1S

    Steve_U1S Tele-Afflicted Ad Free Member

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    CS Broadcaster bridge
    CS Twisted Tele neck
    DiMarzio Area T family 'sets'
     
  13. nathanteal

    nathanteal Tele-Holic

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    You are a good man.

    1. Lindy Fralin Blues Special
    2. CS Twisted Tele neck pickup
    3. CS Texas Specials
     
  14. rogb

    rogb Tele-Afflicted

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    1.Ron Ellis 50 B bridge
    2. Ron Ellis S+ neck
    3. Ron Ellis A3 neck
     
  15. Silverface

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    Bridge or neck?

    I don't always use the same brand in both positions, depending on the guitar. In fact, I think the only ones where I do are a couple Velvet Hammer VHTBX (boost coil) bridge pickups paired with the matching Strat neck pickup.

    Otherwise it could be a one-off Fralin here and Harmonic Design mini-Strat there, or Stacked Duncan 'bucker with an older Bill Lawrence Strat neck, or ????. Some pickups that sound great in one guitar sound terrible in another, so it's not a cut-and-dried "This is the best" situation.
     
  16. Zillinois

    Zillinois Friend of Leo's

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    Rio Grande "Mui Grande"
    FCS "Hot NoCaster"
    Lace Red Sensor
     
  17. getbent

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    I want to get some Velvet Hammers and I'd love to try some Ron Ellis pickups and some from telenator and lollar...
     
  18. akukulich

    akukulich Tele-Meister

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    1. Lollar Vintage T
    2. Don Mare Hot Bakelite
    3. Lollar '52 T
     
  19. Duke

    Duke Tele-Meister

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    Lollar 52-T
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    Mare Hayride
     
  20. Coop47

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    Based on what I've played, which is hardly comprehensive (no Wilde, no Barden, minimal experience with Lollar, etc.)....

    1. Don Mare Donocasters (two sets, one wound hotter than the other, and I love them so much I'm inclined to just put my trust in whatever Don suggests)
    2. Fender American Vintage '52
    3. DiMarzio Hot Area Ts
     
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