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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Telecasters / Which neck humbucker?

Rob Jai

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Dec 6th, 2016 11:51 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I want to put a neck humbucker in my American Special Telecaster. I'm trying to decide between a Seymour Duncan mini (like the '52 Hot Rod teles have) or a full sized humbucker like maybe a '59 HB. What advantages/dis-advantages would there be between the two?

Demos on YouTube are somewhat helpful but you generally can't really judge tone from demos.

If you were to add a neck humbucker to a Tele (or already have) which would you choose and why?

For the record - it now has N3 noiseless pups in it.

Pinetree
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Dec 6th, 2016 12:06 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It would help if you described the sound you were looking for.




Rob Jai

Calif Cap City

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Dec 6th, 2016 01:23 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

That's a fair question but sound is hard to describe in words that might make sense. I guess I'm looking for a tone that is warmer and smoother than the typical Tele twang. I usually play clean with a bit of reverb and/or delay.

I like the tone this guy is getting but don't know what pickup he has in this tele.

HB tone

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Dec 6th, 2016 01:58 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'd go with the SD mini, but only because I remember trying out a '52 Hot Rod a couple years ago and thought (1) it's a great sounding neck pickup, and (2) it was an excellent match with whatever bridge pickup came in that guitar.

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Dec 6th, 2016 03:01 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've had a Duncan mini and a DiMarzio mini in 2 of my tele's...I liked both...but the Dimarzio was a bit fuller and louder and more like a full bucker..

it might be the best of both worlds all things considered. I was able to set the DiMarzio up with a 5 way switch to split the coil....

and like a dumass I sold the guitar....;-(

Did you check to see if the body is routed for a humbucker?

Rob Jai

Calif Cap City

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Dec 6th, 2016 03:10 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yes, the body is routed for a humbucker, so no problems there.

TheProfessor
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Dec 6th, 2016 05:21 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've posted on this before, but I put a Duncan Seth Lover single-wire into an American Series.

I love it and find myself using it a lot (I was never a fan of the original neck which was some sort of Fender custom shop.)

I had read that people had problems with humbuckers overpowering/not playing well with the existing tele bridge pickup, but haven't had a problem with this at all.

twangdoodles

michigan usa

Dec 7th, 2016 03:59 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I use a SD Seymourized in mine. I have mini hbs in other guitars as well and find that they land right between single coils and full-sized hbs tone-wise. Still kinda punchy yet warm and full.

Tony F

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Dec 17th, 2016 07:12 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Although I never had a bucker in my teles the idea has always apprealed to me. My guess would be a mini humbucker would be more balanced. That said I've learned to appreciate the stock lipstick pup over the years. I think if your a strat player that there's an adustment period getting use to the neck pup. I have a twisted tele in my neck postion and couldn't be happier.

(This message was last edited by Tony F at 10:21 AM, Dec 17th, 2016)

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Dec 29th, 2016 03:14 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

TheProfessor What bridge do you run with your Seth?

Cal-Woody

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Dec 29th, 2016 05:03 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I see a lot of Custom Tele's that use the Pearly Gates in the neck position. I've never done this but see many of the Fender designs this way. There have been a few fellas here whom have done this so maybe it has enough treble edge to be used in full humbucker mode and reports of good balance when coil tapped.
Just thought I'd throw it out there!

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Dec 29th, 2016 05:12 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Malcolm: Whatever was in there (the listing for the guitar had "Fender custom shop pickup" so I assume it was a twisted Tele or some other sort).

It's a fine match.

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