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MLC
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Aug 5th, 2015 08:34 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I just picked up a MIM Standard Tele and I gotta say the stock neck pickup sounds amazing on this thing, cover and all.

I was just thinking back and with all the Tele's I've owned over the years, I don't recall a single one that had the stock Tele-style neck pickup....until this one! Weird.

Anyway, the stock combo on this Standard is really working well. I may not even mod this one....for a while, anyway. (LOL!!!)

Tony F

Long Island, NY

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Aug 5th, 2015 04:41 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

MLC
good for you! everyone is always so quick to mod instead of working on there chops. I think the MIM guitars are awesome. As an old dude who worked in music stores in the late 60's and through the 70's Fenders build quality today is the best ever and that includes the MIM's.

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Aug 6th, 2015 06:25 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Couldn't agree more, Tony!
I love the MIM Fenders - I own several. My favorite Fender necks are all on MIM guitars.

And, like I said, I'm digging these stock MIM pickups. Looking forward to giving them a good workout at our gig, tonight (the true test).

(This message was last edited by MLC at 08:47 AM, Aug 6th, 2015)

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Aug 10th, 2015 08:45 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My '91 is all stock, and with the TBX tone control. The neck pickup is my favorite, nice and jazzy, and I can get an awesome driven blues tone out of it too, when cranked.

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Aug 10th, 2015 11:03 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have changed the pickups in my 68 Tele maybe 20 times over the decades. I hate single coil hum, so since the first Bill Lawrence single coil sized humbuckers in the late 70's I use noiseless.

The BEST neck pickup I've had is a blue Lace Sensor Tele neck pickup. When I bought it, they had two types...red and blue I believe, but now only sell the blue.

Clear, bright, full and very Strat-like. I loved it.

Years along, the low E string got weak, and later the other E string. Lace will fix it for $35, but I'm concerned that this issue happened.

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Sep 26th, 2015 07:04 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I do not care for, and rarely use, the bridge pickup.

I use the neck pickup 99% of the time.
The rest is middle position.

I have Bill Lawrence Keystone pickups.. (genuine)
in order to make the bridge pickup tolerable.

RicOkc

Nicoma Park, OK.

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Sep 29th, 2015 04:25 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I recently picked-up a '52 AVRI and the neck pup is great. Sounds miles better that my other Tele's.

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Nov 30th, 2015 04:51 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

B I N G O

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Dec 9th, 2015 09:39 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have a '99 sunburst MIM std. Telecaster w/a Seymour Duncan Hot Rails thrown in to bridge. Neck pickup was left stock. Both of these pups sound lovely by themselves but ESPECIALLY IN THE MID POSITION... The last guy to work on my guitar balanced out the two pickups and it has opened a can of whoopazz when now played in mid position....



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Dec 11th, 2015 09:42 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"BbendFender

You did what Leo did, that's where he got the original pup from."

Sorry Tony, just got back to this thread. I found the pup in an old lap steel bridge set up that I got when I bought a box of good stuff. I don't have it any anything at the moment but it is a great sounding pup.


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Dec 11th, 2015 06:59 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I played a number of Teles before finding one I liked, from Squier to American Deluxe and vintage models. It's an MIM Standard FSR fitted with a Hot TeleĀ® Single-Coil Bridge Pickup with Alnico 3 Magnets and a Hot TeleĀ® Single-Coil Neck Pickup with Alnico 3 Magnets.

Simply awesome! Both pups are great.



lox

Columbus, Ohio

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Mar 14th, 2016 05:25 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Well the bridge and middle position are what a Tele is known for, as they are bright and twangy or biting for the bridge and open and airy or acoustic like for the middle. So if you change the neck it could adversely affect that middle position sound. What the neck gives you is is a more mellow sound that is actually pretty damn good for jazzy stuff. Leo was a genius In how versatile he made the guitar!

(This message was last edited by lox at 10:45 PM, Mar 22nd, 2016)

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Mar 14th, 2016 06:56 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Jimi recorded "Hey Joe" and "Purple Haze" and a couple more tunes with Noel Redding's Telecaster. Neck pickup, Marshall double stack, 3 pedals into a U47 located quite a ways away from the amp.

I don't have any problem with the neck pups on most Tele's. The neck isn't supposed to sound like the bridge.

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Mar 14th, 2016 07:17 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

You have to play around with pickup height to get the neck into the tone zone.

A single turn of the screw can make the difference between anemic and beefy.

roadhog96

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Mar 14th, 2016 09:05 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have a C.S. twisted Tele in the neck and a Broadcaster in the bridge and I have to say I was blown away the first time I played it, they compliment each other very well. Without a doubt the middle position is my favorite. The neck can sound really nice by itself but you have to make some adjustments with the controls to get it there. The bridge is killer by itself, talk about bright with a lot of bite. It's wicked, it can do just about anything.

I agree with Peegoo, when you get the pickup height right, a quarter turn in either direction can totally change everything, it's that critical.

(This message was last edited by roadhog96 at 04:20 PM, Mar 14th, 2016)

RicOkc

Nicoma Park, OK.

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Mar 27th, 2016 04:14 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I had an issue with my MIJ 62' RI neck pup sounding muddy. I swapped it out for a Seymour Duncan Antiquity and it sure did the trick.

No more mud and clear & chimey as it can get!

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Mar 27th, 2016 07:45 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

You want the 52 reissue vintage hotrod with the Seymour Duncan Mini Humbucker.

52 Tele RI SDMH

Foggy1

Murrells Inlet, SC

Mar 27th, 2016 08:38 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Classic player MIM Tele (50s) comes standard with a twisted Tele neck PUP.

No complaints, but just a home player.

JMO.



Tony F

Long Island, NY

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Jun 12th, 2016 02:36 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I repent! I was wrong. It just depends on what model you have. I had a MIM standard hated it a deluxe Nashville is was so so. I now have a Classic Vibe 50's tele with pine body and love the pup. I've seen the light and changed my ways. I used to think of the neck pup as dull and bassy but not on this guitar. I'll never question Leo again :-)

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Jun 12th, 2016 03:08 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"You have to play around with pickup height to get the neck into the tone zone."

once again Peegoo nails it.

I reverted my 90's thinline to a custom set of vintage wound tele pickups from what I had in there, and was not pleased with the neck pup...until I adjusted it closer to the strings..


then all hell broke loose..

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