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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Telecasters / Good HB for Neck Position



May 31st, 2016 03:11 PM   Edit   Profile  

I'd like to put a HB in the neck position on my Am Special Tele (maple, blonde). My ideal HB for that position should sound clean & articulate and don't have high output. What would be it?

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May 31st, 2016 05:10 PM   Edit   Profile  

I like the Duncan JB in the neck position on Telecasters. They are not muddy sounding.

If you're not specifically going for a Keef-o-caster, a very cool option is a Filtertron.

Also, check out the Kent Armstrong Stealth 90. It's a P90 in appearance, but it's a dual-coil humbucker and it is extremely P90-like in tone. I stuck one in my Gibson LP Junior and it is a really wonderful pickup. They are reasonably priced too. Click the Amazon link above and search for it.

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After 25 years, I should play better.
Jun 1st, 2016 06:38 AM   Edit   Profile  

I just put in a Seymour Duncan Seth Lover in a Tele project (well, I commissioned someone to put it in) designed to emulate Mike Cooley and James McMurtry live tones.

It's fantastic, and compliments the bridge pickup (which was a custom shop of some sort)better than I could have hoped it would.

I bought the single-wire model rather than the four wire as I had no desire to split the humbucker for this project.

I would give the humbucker choice a 10/10.

super mario
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tone to the bone no other way
Jun 1st, 2016 07:04 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have a SD SM1 mini-bucker in the neck of my Tele which I love and it balances well with the SD Broadcaster bridge single coil. Also have the Kent Armstrong Stealth 90's in both positions of the Peavey Firenza and like Peegoo said they are a wonderfully sounding pickup. I have even thought of putting one in the neck of the Tele in place of the SD just to see how that would do....off topic and for another thread.

reverend mikey
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Jun 1st, 2016 07:47 AM   Edit   Profile  

Two DiMarzio's come to mind:

* Humbucker from Hell - seriously, it's designed to sound more like a single coil, not muddy at all and not high output, despite the name. I've used it in one of my Warmoth Tele's and it worked well.

* Eric Johnson neck humbucker - designed for his 335 to make it sound more Gretsch-like. Again, not muddy or high output - has an open, almost acoustic sound to it - but drives well when needed.

Te 52

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Jun 1st, 2016 09:55 AM   Edit   Profile  

Do you really need the noise-rejecting qualities of a humbucker, or do you just want a thicker, meatier sound than the single-coil neck pickup?

If it's the latter, you might consider a regular P-90 or Z-90.

(This message was last edited by Te 52 at 01:47 PM, Jun 1st, 2016)

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It's not just good..

...it's good enough.
Jun 1st, 2016 10:30 AM   Edit   Profile  

Along the lines of what Te 52 suggested - I like the GFS Dream 90 I put in my MIM Tele.

Bonus - the neck version is reverse wound, so it is hum-cancelling in the middle position. Works really well with the GFS Hot Alnico 62 I have in the bridge.



Jun 1st, 2016 01:45 PM   Edit   Profile  

So many options! I want the look and the configuration of Howe/Keef/Summers Tele's. So I'll go with a covered HB in the neck position.

Te 52

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Jun 1st, 2016 03:17 PM   Edit   Profile  

There are also humbucker-sized P-90s.

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Jun 1st, 2016 04:30 PM   Edit   Profile  

I would go with whatever Keef is using.

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American Patriot

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Jun 8th, 2016 09:19 AM   Edit   Profile  

I don't have it in a guitar now but I use a Gibson mini-humbucker when I do use a humbucker.

Guitar Fool
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Jun 8th, 2016 04:06 PM   Edit   Profile  

it you can find an original Fender wide range humbucker from the 70's, then you will be king..

they are all of that and more...

Scotty D
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Put on your red shoes & dance the blues
Jun 8th, 2016 04:51 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have an SD Antiquity HB in the neck of my Keefcaster with a Don Mare "0038 Keefer" bridge PU. Broadcaster wiring. Total Stonesville.

I agree that an original CuNiFe Fender Wide Range HB would also be the bomb. I have 2 in my '74 Tele Deluxe. They go for about $300+ though.

Scotty D
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Put on your red shoes & dance the blues
Jun 8th, 2016 05:26 PM   Edit   Profile  

Also, Keith and Andy have a brass bridge plate on theirs. Takes a bunch of the twang out of it.

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