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FDP Forum / The 'Pup' Tent / Suggestions: Tele Bridge / Strat Middle / Mini Hum Neck for Project Tele



Go Buckeyes!
Dec 13th, 2016 05:04 PM   Edit   Profile  

I'm puttting together a sort of Nashville type Tele. Except instead of the normal Tele neck pickup, I'm going with a mini humbucker.

I'm looking for suggestions for all three pickups.

What I want? I want it to sound like a Tele! So no single coil sized humbuckers or shenanigans like that.

The guitar body is ash. The neck is maple with a rosewood board. So a mix of '50s and '60s formula.

I'm open to about anything unless it's crazy expensive or hard to find. So the usual suspects.

FWIW, I know that Fender had an American Vintage Hot Rod 52 Tele a few years ago with a Seymour Duncan Tele bridge pickup and a Seymour Duncan mini humbucker, but I have no idea which models. That might be a good starting point.

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I say 'no' to drugs

They never listen
Dec 13th, 2016 07:09 PM   Edit   Profile  

If it were me, I'd do the following:

Fender Nocaster bridge pickup

Fender Texas Special middle pickup

Duncan mini-hum neck pickup (part# SM-1N)

Wire them up with a standard Strat 5-way switch and a pull-on bridge switch on the tone control. That will give you seven pickup combinations: the usual Strat five, with the addition of (6) neck + bridge, and (7) all three on at once.



Go Buckeyes!
Dec 13th, 2016 11:25 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thank you, Peegoo. Very interesting. I hadn't considered the Texas Special.

Do you feel that the two Fender pickups can balance with the SM-1? I always worry about single coils hanging with a humbucker at the neck. But I know it can work since that's the point of countless "Fat Tales", Brent Mason beasts, and even that recent Fender model with the SD mini hum a few years ago.

Texas Special in the middle is especially interesting since I was just picturing a very basic Strat pickup there in my head. But an overwound thing like that might be just the ticket for blending with a Tele bridge.

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So. Cal. USA

Dec 14th, 2016 12:54 PM   Edit   Profile  

One of the best sounding Teles I ever played belonged to a local player. It was a two pickup guitar with a mini Humbucker in the bridge and a stock neck PU. A real modded late 50s guitar. Too bad and oh yeah all in the same instrument.

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I say 'no' to drugs

They never listen
Dec 14th, 2016 08:52 PM   Edit   Profile  

Generally, you can adjust the pickups to play nicely with each other (wiring, etc., being correct). Once in a while you get two pickups that just won't be friends with one another. But it's always worth a try.

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