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FDP Forum / The 'Pup' Tent / Telecaster Pickup Suggestions?



Jul 19th, 2016 04:33 PM   Edit   Profile  

Hey guys

I'd like to find some pickups for my soon to be partscaster. I used to have a Classic 60s Telecaster reissue. I loved my sound, I just wished they pushed my amp (Blues Jr) a bit more. I don't have that tele anymore so I don't really have a point of reference, only that I remember loving them at the time.

Any suggestions for a similar tone but with more output?

I don't remember them being super twangy- they had more of a darker(?) tone.

(This message was last edited by Wilgore at 06:34 PM, Jul 19th, 2016)



Jul 22nd, 2016 03:09 PM   Edit   Profile  

Came across some American standard pups- I'll try these out. I wanted something hotter but these were pretty cheap so we'll see.

Guitar Fool
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Sunshine State

Just a pawn in someone else's game
Jul 22nd, 2016 04:21 PM   Edit   Profile  

its hard to stay twangy with more output....

I'm sure there are pickups out there that can get you close....

Fender Texas Specials
Fralin split blades.

it can be a shoot and miss type of scenario..

the quest for that tone you're looking for is the fun part!...;-0

M Tracy
Contributing Member

Lafayette IN

Jul 22nd, 2016 05:28 PM   Edit   Profile  

Try a 4- way switch. Twang in the bridge setting and oomph with both pickups in series. You may or may not like it but it's a cheap and easily reversible mod.

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Memphis, TN

Jul 22nd, 2016 08:07 PM   Edit   Profile  

I'm liking the Lollar Special T's.

I want the vintage sound with just a wee bit more heat and this had it perfectly.

The caveats are that if you have a great night and play really well, its going to deliver it front and center in spades.

The bad is if you aren't playing quite up to par, it will show.

Very authoritative with a great smooth voice.

I've got it in a pine Telecaster and an Aerodyne and it just sings.

I've referenced the bridge pup here, but make sure to check out the neck pup as its wonderful. Full and direct, and no mud.

Pretty impressive.

Lollar Special T SeriesĀ® Bridge Pickup
Price: $115.00
Higher output version of the Vintage T Series Bridge with a rounder top end, a little more midrange, and more bottom end. Roll the tone control back a bit and get a somewhat convincing P-90/vintage humbucker tone. Flat pole design with graded Alnico 5 magnets. Vintage style cloth covered lead wire. Wax potted. 8.0K

Lollar Special T Bridge

(This message was last edited by Stratmanx at 10:19 PM, Jul 22nd, 2016)

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Memphis, TN

Jul 22nd, 2016 08:15 PM   Edit   Profile  

Special T Neck Pickup

Special T Neck Pickup


usa metro detroit

Aug 2nd, 2016 12:55 AM   Edit   Profile  

I'm going to recommend Cavalier pick ups. His Nashville Lion to be specific. It has a nice Nocaster growl but still can twang

Same quality as Lollar's and about $40 cheaper. Also Rob DiStefano will answer any questions you have and his service is about the best in the business. I have mostly his pups in all my Telecaster but one.. which have CS Texas Specials.. The CS Texas Specials would be a nice choice also.



Aug 10th, 2016 11:03 AM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks for the recommendations guys. I came across some standard american telecaster pups for cheap so I grabbed those for the meantime- so as to at least have something in there to play.

So far I'm not too thrilled- could be this specific unit but it might just be that I have to get used to them. I enjoy the neck pup more- I'll fiddle with the height.

I did go with a 4 way switch- still am unsure if I like it. It seems like another guitar and doesn't really gel with my amp settings for the other 3 positions. I don't dislike it though. Just unsure.

I'm almost finished with my partscaster- so pickups will probably be my last mod. I'm planning on trying out a few models- which I've never done before so it'll be fun.

I'll be looking into Lollars, Cavaliers, Toneriders, and the Duncan Hot for teles. More suggestions are welcome- I like hearing about pup makers nobody's ever heard of.

I'm not looking to spend 300 on a set though. Since I'm trying out a few I want to shop around for deals.

Thanks again!

Mick Reid
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American-made in Oz!!
Aug 10th, 2016 05:07 PM   Edit   Profile  

If your looking for true single coil and not noiseless, I can recommend the Custom Shop Twisted Tele set.

They're a whole lot more reasonably priced on your side of the world too. I have a set in my CV 50's Tele and the neck pickup is just great imo.

The tele neck pickup can be a contentious issue with some but I prefer the more "stratty" tones the TT neck brings.

Worth noting that the stock bridge pickup in the CV 50's was actually very good. The Squier Classic Vibe OEM pickups *are* Toneriders (Vintage Plus A5).
If I could have only got the Twisted Tele neck pup I would have been happy, but I could only get them as a set here.

just 2 more cents...

[edited to correct Tonerider pickup model]

(This message was last edited by Mick Reid at 06:16 PM, Aug 11th, 2016)



Are there power outlets in Heaven?
Aug 17th, 2016 03:03 PM   Edit   Profile  

I just installed DiMarzio Area T's in my FSR Tele and really like them. If you're looking for quiet and good Tele spank.

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