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FDP Forum / The 'Pup' Tent / PUPs for Nashville tele copy?

Tony Salieri

Houston, Texas

I'm a tone deaf hack.
Sep 30th, 2016 08:34 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have a Peavey Generation EXP triple/single. It's basically a Nashville Tele with three strat-sized PUPs. There's nothing really "wrong" with the stock PUPs, but I'm considering some upgrades.

What I'd like:

Bridge--I want the tele twang, first & foremost.

Neck--I would like some versatility, namely some jazzy lead and chunky rhythm.

Middle--This where I'm a bit lost. I don't want a strat sound because I have a good stratocopy, a Fernandes LE-2. I'm not sure what direction to take. A PUP that compliments the neck, and/or the bridge, or clearly has its own "sound"?

An affordable matched set would be great, but mixing-and-matching would be workable, and probably necessary. I'm intrigued by some of the strat-sized HBs. Also the GFS Gold Foil.

There are many offerings from GFS (best for my budget) and Seymour Duncan (more expensive than GFS, but more affordable than the high end ones). TBH the choices can be overwhelming.

I'm sure that some of you have done swaps on a Nashville Tele, or have set up a Strat for a 'different' sound from the middle PUP. Any experiences and advice that y'll could share & offer will be appreciated.

Te 52

Laws of Physics

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Sep 30th, 2016 11:44 AM   Edit   Profile  

I put together a 3-pickup B-bender Tele a few years ago. Used Original Vintage Telecaster pickups for the neck and bridge, a Stratocaster Texas Special middle pickup in between. Wired it like a Strat except position 3 was N+B rather than M. Very satisfied with the tones and above all, the versatility. Pricier than GFS, however.

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Oceanside, CA

Oct 11th, 2016 10:04 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have a Modern Player Tele. I installed a Tele vintage noiseless in the neck position and Strat vintage noiseless in the middle and bridge. Gives me a nice mix of tele and strat sounds.

reverend mikey
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Moved to Mint Soda

The real Rev of the FDP
Oct 11th, 2016 10:47 AM   Edit   Profile  

Part of your answer will come from what you want from the #2 and #4 positions...if you want Strat quack, that will influence your choice. If not, the sky's the limit...

Tony Salieri

Houston, Texas

I'm a tone deaf hack.
Oct 28th, 2016 08:30 AM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks for the replies!

"Part of your answer will come from what you want from the #2 and #4 positions...if you want Strat quack, that will influence your choice. If not, the sky's the limit..."

^ That's why I'm lost. Do I want the M to compliment the N and/or B, or have its own sound?

I'm intrigued by the Lace Alumnitones SCs. From what I can tell listening to sound clips and reviews, and reading here, the SCs are bit sterile without help from pedals/effects. BUT I really like their HB tones in hollowbody, semi-hollowbody, & chambered guitars. Also they're expensive.

Another obstacle: I have no experience soldering, which makes PUP experimenting/swapping potentially expensive.

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Christian Slater
Oct 29th, 2016 08:25 PM   Edit   Profile  

Tony, you *can* have experience soldering! It's easy.

Get yourself

- a soldering stick
- rosin-core electrical solder
- a small wire stripper
- an Ex-Acto knife
- a small alligator clip/heat sink
- a small container or dish and a damp sponge

And then watch a few YouToob vids on how to solder, like the link below.

Next, get some scrap wire and practice practice practice. Keep your hands clean because oil/grease makes solder connections really problematic.

You'll get good in a very short time.

Here's a good primer.

(This message was last edited by Peegoo at 10:26 PM, Oct 29th, 2016)

Tony Salieri

Houston, Texas

I'm a tone deaf hack.
Nov 1st, 2016 07:13 AM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks, Peegoo.

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