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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Telecasters / Texas special in a Tele- need more twang

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Sep 8th, 2011 08:45 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have a newish Tele Special which came with Texas Special pups. I like the neck pup, but not very fond of the bridge pup, I like its extra output, but would like that with a little more bite and twang (it's a Tele after all!) Is the Broadcaster that kind of pup?

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Sep 11th, 2011 11:48 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I had a 1997 Fender American Standard Telecaster in which I put Fender Texas Specials for Teles just about as soon as I bought the guitar. Best sounding Tele I ever had. I've owned Andersen Classic, Fender American Deluxe, two excellent G&L ASATs, all of which were better players and much nicer and more expensive guitars, but for some reason none of them sounded as good to my ears as the '97.

I'm certainly not that great of a player, but I have learned that changing out pickups can become expensive or at least challenging for the actual value one receives for the bucks. Now I look to amps to dial in the way I like to sound.

To answer your question--Not sure about the Broadcaster, bit I think Rio Grande makes several good solid products for Teles.



Sep 11th, 2011 05:28 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yes the Broadcaster would be a more biting and twangy sounding pup than the Texas Specials.

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Sep 12th, 2011 04:46 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Try lowering them slightly, I did with my Texas Specials and my Tele gained sweetness, clarity, and twang. It will take some experimentation.



Sep 12th, 2011 05:49 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

perky - also experiment with your amp, I see in your profile that you have a DRRI. While I don't have a DRRI, I find I get greater twang from a blackface amp by cranking the Bass up to 10 and the Treble around 7-8 . Also, if you have your Tele with 11's strings, downsize to 10's - makes a world of a difference on twang & bite with the bridge pickup.

(This message was last edited by TweedDogSteve at 09:41 AM, Sep 13th, 2011)



Sep 12th, 2011 07:28 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

A Hot Rod Deluxe will produce a lot more glassy twang from your Texas Specials than a DRRI which will produce a more cleaner "HiFi" type sound.

But the broadcaster pup is twangier like I said earlier.

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Sep 12th, 2011 09:08 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The Broadcaster is the Chevy 350 of Tele pickups. It just works.



Oct 6th, 2011 01:20 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have a pair of Texas specials in my Fender Japan TN-SPL tele ( SSH ).It had a .47 cap in it .it sounds a lot better now I have switched to .22

(This message was last edited by musicalmartin at 01:32 PM, Oct 21st, 2011)



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Oct 19th, 2011 03:20 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Custom Shop '51 Nocasters. I love mine.



Oct 19th, 2011 05:10 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The Nocaster bridge pup is great too. I am not particularly fond of the neck pup though which is a little too muddy for my taste.

A Broadcaster or Nocaster bridge pup teamed up with a Twisted Tele neck pup would make a great pair.



Nov 21st, 2011 04:26 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I just got an American special with the TS. I find the bridge pup to be very high output and very midrangie. Excellent for high gain distortion. Loves overdrive pedals. Not what I would call a twangy pup though. I would go with the American std pups over the TS if twang is what you looking for.



Nov 22nd, 2011 07:27 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Texas Specials are overwound for a beefier tone. Underwound = more twang.

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Nov 22nd, 2011 10:19 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Who makes the Broadcaster pickup? Is this a Fender or an outside company like Duncan?



Nov 26th, 2011 01:06 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Fender makes a Broadcaster pup and is used on the Baja Tele that I have. I don't think that they sell them seperately. Seymour Duncan also makes a Broadcaster pup.

Your best place to post this question would be on the PUP forum.



Dec 9th, 2011 06:55 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I now have a twisted tele neck and a Van Zandt True Vintage in the bridge of my parts caster .great sounds and twang in buckets.Just got the VZ this week.

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Dec 9th, 2011 01:31 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

+1 on the CS Nocasters.

I had a set of Texas Specials in a CIJ Custom Tele and didn't care for them. I was looking for that classic Tele twang and just couldn't get it. They sounded great for blues or rock but just didn't cut it for country. I switched them out for Nocasters and was just blown away. Think Don Rice with the Buckeroos. Classic Tele twang yet warm, no ice pick.



Dec 19th, 2011 01:34 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I should add that the twisted tele neck pickup and the Texas Special neck sound very similar to each other at least on some amp settings I tried .They also look similar .i have taken out my Texas Specials and put in a set of Bill Lawrence micro coils to try out.Results so far, they seem bright clear but dirty up very well and retain clarity.



Dec 22nd, 2011 06:06 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

After reading the overwhelming reviews on Fender Telecaster Guitar Forum and Seymour Duncan web site about the Seymour Duncan Jerry Donahue, I pulled the trigger on it and
changed the bridge pickup of my hot rod 52 reissue tele for a the SD-JD . Everything I had read about it is true: you get the real twang , medium output great for rock too, very balanced (that's very very good for strumming or chords), sweet with punch.

try this "find your tone" tool from SD

mick decibel

White Salmon, WA

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Jan 10th, 2012 10:11 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have Tx Specials in my 83 tele. Try this...add some compression to the equation, use bridge pup only, and use the right hand attack right near the bridge. Also (and I know this sounds overly simple...) but play "twang-ier"...i.e. a little bend and release with the left hand fingering as you strike w/ the right hand.

I'm a blues player mostly, but I sometimes sit in on lead guitar with some absolute down home redneck country guys. Seems like there's plenty-o-twang using the formula mentioned above. At least the rednecks don't complain none.

(This message was last edited by mick decibel at 10:12 PM, Jan 10th, 2012)

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Mar 2nd, 2012 08:21 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I personally liked the Texas Specials better than many standard Tele pickups as they didn't have the ice pick highs but still twanged and were voice very clear. I compared them to the Fender Noiseless yesterday at GC and the Noiseless just sounding steral by comparison.

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