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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Telecasters / Modern Tele bridge p/u replacement

Rsalerno3

United States

Oct 12th, 2016 05:38 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hi All,

New to the forum here, great place.

I have just bought a Fender, Made in China, Modern Tele. I love it! I love the neck, love the finish, love the playability and LOVE the tone versatility. However, I don't love the factory standard humbucker bridge pickup and I am looking to replace it.

I am trying for a beefy/heavy (think Angus Young) sound and to tone down the twang in the bridge spot. I am considering Seymore Duncan Antiquity or Pearly Gates replacements.

Thoughts or recommendations?

Thanks to all!

R

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Oct 12th, 2016 09:10 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Welcome aboard. I'm not a humbucker guy but the ones you mentioned are popular and will probably get close to the sound you want.

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Oct 13th, 2016 12:25 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Welcome R!

I too am not a huge HB guy, but I've owned more than several HB guitars in the past and it's hard to go wrong with SD.

It's worth looking at their "Trembucker" models because they the have pole pieces spaced for Fender bridge position. (some times noted as F-spacing)

The Pearly Gates is just one of the models available in the trembuckers.

I had a Schecter with a PG in the bridge, and it was a very nice sounding pickup.


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Oct 13th, 2016 07:44 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I replaced the bridge humbucker with a Strat vintage noiseless. The adapter was a little over a dollar.

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Oct 13th, 2016 08:06 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Is it a full sized humbucker? I had Duncan Antiquity full sized humbuckers in an ES-333, really dug the neck pickup. The bridge pickup felt a little weak to me.

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Oct 13th, 2016 08:41 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Welcome to the FDP. Angus' pups don't seem overly hot to me. Running into those big Marshalls is where that beef happens. His signature Gibson SG had a Gibson Classic 57 pup in the neck and a signature Gibson Angus Young pup in the bridge. That bridge pup can be bought separately.

I couldn't find any specific details on this pup, other than its an Alnico V magnet. If you find the specs you may be able to find something equivalent for less coin.

Angus

Rsalerno3

United States

Oct 13th, 2016 01:01 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks Mick Reid

I was concenred the PG Bridge would not tone down the brightness enough. I understand they are very hot

THanks



Rsalerno3

United States

Oct 13th, 2016 01:05 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks Littleuch,

It is a full sized humbucker slot. Interesting your comment about the Antiquity, I called SD and they explained that they were not only distressed looking but they were designed to sound aged. Meaning as a p/u gets older time has a way of changing it's response and they are made to actually sound 50 or so years old.

I keep considered the Antiquity specifically for the effect on toning down the brightness.

Rsalerno3

United States

Oct 13th, 2016 01:09 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks Pombrio,

yeah I considered your comment as well regarding the amp, I have a Peavey ValveKing 1 and a classic Peavey Mark 3 with a 4x10 cab and a 2x10x18 cab.....immaculately warm clean sounds form both and built like tanks! But not the best crunch or overdrives. Maybe need to consider a better OD pedal as well.

Thoughts???

Thanks

Ron

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Oct 13th, 2016 04:05 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I was concenred the PG Bridge would not tone down the brightness enough. I understand they are very hot"

IME, "too bright" has never been an issue for me with HB's, but like I said, I'm more of a SC guy.

As far as the Pearly Gates being "very hot", not really. They are more in the vintage range of output.

FWIW, DCR is not the absolute indicator of output, but there is *some* correlation and one aspect of consideration. (right or wrong, this has become the standard of interpretation... but that's a whole other thread)

The Pearly Gates are 8.1k ohms versus other "hotter" models that get up into the 12-16k+/- range.

Just another 2 cents to confuse you!

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