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Tony F

Long Island, NY

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Jun 7th, 2015 08:09 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

yes I'm a strat guy most of my life but must say I appreciate the tele. I tried hard to like the neck pup I took the cover off even put in a 50's custom pup and it did sound good but just didn't do it for me. Now I'm in tele heaven I put a strat pup in the neck and a no caster in the bridge and man this is one sweet guitar. I'm surprised with all the guitars Fender offers that they don't make a tele with a strat neck pup????

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Jun 7th, 2015 09:15 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The Twisted Tele neck pickup sounds pretty Strat-necky.

I did the Strat neck pup in a Tele years ago and

never looked back.

Mick Reid
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Jun 8th, 2015 12:15 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hah!!
Just got my first tele... having the same issue.

Ordered a CS Twisted Tele last night!


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Jun 8th, 2015 07:44 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

You may want to look into the Lollar Special T neck pickup.

Much clarity and enough power.

Like you, I felt all Tele necks were useless until I got turn onto the Special T's.

Highly impressed.

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Jun 8th, 2015 08:30 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Both of my main Tele's have Barden neck pickups.

Love the tones - and that switch position gets a LOT of use on those guitars.

telegib

Canada

Jun 8th, 2015 02:59 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Twisted Tele neck pups sound great. I'm sure there are others too like the Bardens and Lollar's. But I have Twisted Tele neck pups that came stock on both my Am Std Tele and Baja Tele. Best Tele tone I've had from a neck pup. Cuts nicely versus the standard Tele pups which can sound muddy depending on the amp.

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Jun 10th, 2015 07:08 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hmmm, I've always liked most Tele neck pickups with the right setting. Standouts have been Fralin Blues Special, Lollar, Rumpelstiltskin, Custom Shop Nocasters. One I did not like was Duncan Five-Two which sounded anemic no matter what I did.



Mick Reid
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Jun 10th, 2015 06:32 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"...I've always liked most Tele neck pickups with the right setting."

I think Tony might be referring to stock tele neck pickups.

I can relate, just having had my first tele experience recently. Didn't care for the stock neck pickup (it's a Squier CV w/ Toneriders). Tried a GFS Staggered Alnico, better but not stellar.
Waiting on delivery of the aforementioned Twisted Tele set.
It may be that I have strat neck permanently imprinted on my brain, but there do seem to be a lot of other folk with similar feelings, so I'm not *that* crazy, right?


Cal-Woody

USA/California

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Jun 11th, 2015 09:56 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have been wanting to try the Twisted Tele neck pup and the Broadcaster pup combo are truly awesome sounding but do not own them, but have played a few in an ash bodied Tele.
Currently, I'm running Texas Specials in my #1.
These are a more aggressive, mid-range grunt with a shimmer on the tail end of the tone. The neck pickup has my favorite sound of a full Strat tone with that girthy woodyness you love to hear. Strat sounding for sure, but the Tele body puts an humbuckerish drive to it like an LP! Aggressive but with some great articulation!
I'm more into blues/rock music and tones, so these really scratch that nitch completely for me.
Best regards and enjoy your guitar, Woody

stinger22

USA

Jun 22nd, 2015 07:52 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

+1 Cal-Woody

Got the same set in my AmStd 50th Tele Anniversary. With a 4 way switch. Blues, Bluesrock no country. Has that full Fender tone with a little more aggressive and agree more woody tone. The 4th position really drives like a humbucker without getting muddy.

Jeffty

Austin TX

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Jul 13th, 2015 10:20 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've owned a few Teles thru the years and my fave neck pickup is the P90 that came stock on my MIJ Aerodyne Tele. It has a (dare I say it) real "LP" vibe to it - a great adjunct to the standard bridge pup and they sound great together too. Just my $0.02.

Jeffty

Austin TX

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Jul 13th, 2015 10:20 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've owned a few Teles thru the years and my fave neck pickup is the P90 that came stock on my MIJ Aerodyne Tele. It has a (dare I say it) real "LP" vibe to it - a great adjunct to the standard bridge pup and they sound great together too. Just my $0.02.

Mick Reid
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Australia

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Jul 13th, 2015 05:17 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Tony F -
If you're still watching this thread, I just installed the Twisted Tele set that I mentioned above.

I can highly recommend the TT neck pickup.
If you're happy with your bridge, then just get the neck, but I'm very happy with the pair.
(see my other thread about the TT's further down in this forum)

The TT neck is definitely "Stratty" but, to me,
is that a *bad* thing?
I'll take stratty-ness over no character at all any day.

Tony F

Long Island, NY

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Jul 13th, 2015 06:39 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

hey Mick
I hear great things about the twisted tele pup but what i did was put a tex mex strat pup I had in the neck position. Sounds good but not there yet so I'm thinking bout a custom shop 69 strat pup in the neck.

Mick Reid
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Australia

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Jul 13th, 2015 10:17 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"...put a tex mex strat pup I had in the neck position."

Hi Tony.
Did you have to mod the pickguard to fit the strat pup, or did you buy a replacement guard that would accommodate it?

As I've said I'm really happy with the TT, but I guess I could have saved myself a few bucks (quite a few actually) if I fitted one of the many strat pups I have in boxes in the cupboard!

Hindsight, eh?

(This message was last edited by Mick Reid at 12:18 AM, Jul 14th, 2015)

mr.gibson

Hamilton, Canada

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Jul 18th, 2015 06:00 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I play a Tele mainly because of the neck pickup, and it's the only position I play. Original Vintage, Alnico 5.

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Jul 28th, 2015 08:22 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hmmm, perhaps it would be better to start with a Strat and add a Tele bridge and bridge pup. Then you get the comfortable Strat body, Strat quack, and cool Tele bridge pup.

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Jul 31st, 2015 08:02 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I took a pup from a 50's lap steel and put it in the neck slot on one of mine. It was a killer.

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better than B-B-Q. Tastier too!
Aug 1st, 2015 05:22 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Bill Frisell plays a Tele that he stuck a DeArmond gold foil in the neck position. He gets *killer* tones from it.

Ry Cooder is also a big proponent of gold foils...he has a few in his Strats.

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Aug 2nd, 2015 02:03 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I did the Strat neck pup in a Tele years."


I just got my first Tele on Friday. It's a Modern Player Plus which I'm sure some would say it's not a true tele. I've put a vintage noiseless strat pickup in the middle position. After seeing this I'm going to install another vintage noiseless strat in the neck position. Saves me buying a new pickup as I have a set of strat vintage noiseless pickups on hand.

Once again I find a solution here at the FDP.

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