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FDP Forum / The 'Pup' Tent / Questions for those who have a mini-hum at Tele neck position

bmeredith

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Jul 23rd, 2014 09:32 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm considering putting a mini-humbucker, such as a Duncan SM-1, in the neck position of my Am. Deluxe Tele.

For those who have done this, did you also change the tone pot? I read somewhere that Fender used 375k pots on the Hot Rod '52 Tele from a few years ago (it was on the internet, so it must be true, right?).

Also, what would be a good bridge pu to complement this particular neck pu? I wouldn't mind keeping the stock N3 bridge pu that's already there, but I also read that pairing Duncan and Fender pu's together can present phase issues. I would also be open to a vintage-style (i.e., non-noiseless, non-humbucker) bridge pu, but without the staggered magnets.

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Jul 23rd, 2014 10:32 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've got a parts tele with a Duncan SM-3 in the neck...I used stock 250k pots...sounds just fine... mini's are a bit "brighter and tighter" as I like to call them than standard humbuckers so smaller value pots are typically ok...

Phasing could be an issue...reversing the wires is simple if thats the case..

I'd leave the stock bridge pup for now if you like it...then you can play with pickup height once you get strings on it to dial it in...

twangdoodles

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Jul 23rd, 2014 05:26 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'd have to pop it open to be sure but I'm pretty certain that mine came with 500k pots. It's a mim tele "special" that came with a full-sized bucker in it that I replaced with an older "seymourized" mini.

Like GuitarFool said, phasing problems are easily remedied.

I agree, start with the pup you have then swap as necessary.

JohnS

USA

Jul 23rd, 2014 05:59 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have a Kent Armstrong Firebird mini in the neck and a Lawrence L200TL noisefree in the bridge of my 2000 American Series Tele. They balance great. pots are stock 250K and cap is .022 (I bought a set of 375K's but have felt no need to install them.

bmeredith

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Jul 25th, 2014 11:31 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Great, thanks for the info guys!

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Dec 10th, 2014 10:59 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

On this same subject, for those of you who have done it- if your Tele came with the stock neck pup would you bother replacing it with a mini (& the required P/G)?

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Dec 10th, 2014 01:41 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

You mean a stock Tele neck pickup? That's require some serious routing into wood. No way would I do that. I do have a Warmoth Thinline that I ordered with a P90 route for the neck pup. I've since put in a tradition Tele pup (mounted to the pickguard). I've entertained the idea of trying a mini humbucker in there.

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Dec 10th, 2014 05:55 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I believe the neck pup cavity is pre-routed for a HB (although now you've got me second guessing it). Assuming it is, all you have to do is replace the pickguard & rewire/balance with the bridge pup.

I'll check & report back...

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Dec 10th, 2014 06:22 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yes, it indeed is routed for a HB. So, what say ye, worth putting, say an SM-1 in (or is the stock pup decent discounting the SC hum)?

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Dec 11th, 2014 08:32 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I can't remember which route is deeper, HB or minihum. Barring any cavity issues, why not if it's in the budget? I have Duncan Antiquity mini's in my Studio 50's LP Tribute and really, really like (and favor) the neck pup. My Thinline sounded grand with the P90 in the neck position, I'm guessing there'd be equal satisfaction with a mini in there.

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Dec 11th, 2014 01:18 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"there'd be equal satisfaction with a mini in there"

Nice, I see what you did there.

Thanks

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Dec 29th, 2014 07:57 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Well, it's in there & I like it. Nice match for the stock bridge pup (yes, I did have to reverse it's polarity).

Almost didn't bother- the mid pos wasn't too bad but I could tell it was a little weak so while it was apart I did the change.

twangdoodles

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Dec 31st, 2014 04:28 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Um, what's in there?

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Jan 4th, 2015 09:40 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

A Seymour Duncan SM-1N neck humbucker.

golftdi

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Dec 18th, 2015 12:04 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm putting an SD Antiquity II Firebird neck pu in my Am Deluxe. Right now it has CS Nocasters; I will keep the bridge pu.

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Dec 21st, 2015 09:07 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Outfitted my Tele with a Seymour Duncan Vintage Mini Humbucker along with a Seymour Duncan Broadcaster bridge pickup. The pots are 250k units and have never had any issues. I contemplated the 375's that Fender used in its Hot Rodded '52 Tele (which was what I was basing this change on), but have not seen a real need to do so. Get great tones all the way around and it satisfies all my Tele needs....

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Dec 21st, 2015 10:18 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I was considering the same thing on mine but I've grown to like the neck pup.


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