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FDP Forum / The 'Pup' Tent / Need new pups for my Tele.

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Country guy

I like to bend a B.
Aug 6th, 2014 06:54 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have Vintage Tele pups in it now and they are ok but I just want a change. My guitar is a '68 but the original pups are long gone. This Tele also had a Parsons-White B-Bender installed in it long ago and before I bought it. Thinking about Vintage 52's if they make something like that and I saw the Vintage '64's. What are my choices? I play mostly country music with my old friends who are some really good musicians. Let me know what's out there to choose from.

Here's my Tele w/B-bender

(This message was last edited by BbendFender at 08:56 PM, Aug 6th, 2014)

Guitar Fool
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Sunshine State

Just a pawn in someone else's game
Aug 6th, 2014 06:58 PM   Edit   Profile  

wow.....a 68 eh?...

i think i'd look long and hard to find a set of 68 tele pups...

yeah they cost a lot but its probably what should be in there in the first place.

my .02

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Country guy

I like to bend a B.
Aug 6th, 2014 07:09 PM   Edit   Profile  

GF, this guitar didn't have the original neck on it when I bought it. The only thing Fender about it was the body, bridge and controls. I found the guitar in a music store in a small college town. Lots of local musicians and the guitar belonged to one of the music professors and he was selling it. When I saw the old Parsons-White B-bender, I knew I wasn't leaving the store without the guitar and I didn't. It was also in an old black Fender case. The B-bender mechanism has a fairly low serial number on it. I talked to Gene Parsons and he didn't keep good records but he said it was a very early one. It's a keeper.

(This message was last edited by BbendFender at 09:10 PM, Aug 6th, 2014)

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Ocala, Fla

Aug 7th, 2014 07:59 AM   Edit   Profile  

"but I just want a change."

What sort of change? More output, noiseless, etc.?

My personal experience with the following manufacturers have been really good

Rumpelstiltskin, Lollar, Fralin and most recently for noiseless Lawrence/Wilde Noise Free.

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It's not just good..

...it's good enough.
Aug 7th, 2014 09:45 AM   Edit   Profile  

"What are my choices?"

Almost endless....and you'll probably get a different one (or more) mentioned in every post.

That said, my Tele's have Fralin and Barden pickups - love 'em both.

(see....2 more choices, already)

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Country city guy

I like to bend a B.
Aug 9th, 2014 09:05 AM   Edit   Profile  

I went with Fender Vintage '58 pups.

A sad story but I had a '69 Tele that was all original and I later removed the pups and bridge and put on another Tele that I built. The original Tele was the guitar I was playing the night our band opened for the band "Alabama". Alabama autographed that Tele and I still have the body.
Well, I sold the Tele that I built without thinking about removing all of the original parts. I did crazy things 30 years ago.

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Ocala, Fla

Aug 9th, 2014 09:32 AM   Edit   Profile  

I forgot to add Custom Nocasters to my list above. So far my favorite Fender offering for the Tele.

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I walk

between the raindrops
Aug 10th, 2014 05:46 PM   Edit   Profile  

Yeah, the Nocaster set is a fantastic rig for a Telecaster.

Add the 4-way switch mod for humbucking (noiseless) operation when you really need it.

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Country city guy

I like to bend a B.
Aug 17th, 2014 04:52 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have the Fender Vintage '58 pups in the Tele and it sound good. Different but good. Brighter than my old pups in the bridge position. I don't have another gig until late Sept. when I can really tell if I'm going to like them.
May try some Custom Nocasters in another Tele.
Is there really that much difference in the Nocasters and other early style Tele pups?
Surely Fender didn't change the pups every year or two back then.


Universe of Tejas

Bluz Cowboy
Sep 3rd, 2014 12:30 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have Texas Special Tele pups in my MIM Tele. Honestly don't play it much, being a Strat guy, but like those pickups. I think these are the ones Merle has liked.


Dallas, Texas USA

These go to eleven.
Mar 8th, 2015 06:37 PM   Edit   Profile  

I'm about to change Tele pups too and am considering CS Nocasters or CS Texas Specials. I'd be interested in knowing the difference and getting opinions from people that have played both.


Columbus, Ohio

May 3rd, 2015 08:39 PM   Edit   Profile  

Nocasters are true vintage sounding. Not as hot as the Texas Specials I would imagine.
A really fine set of Tele pups are Don Mare Hayrides. Not cheap though.
Best Tele pups I have ever heard.



May 13th, 2015 05:58 AM   Edit   Profile  

Have the CS Texas Specials on my AmStd with the 4 way switch and couldn't be happier with it. Not a country guy, blues and blues rock.

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