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FDP Forum / The 'Pup' Tent / How about recomendations for an Esquire pickup ?

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Memphis, TN

Jul 25th, 2019 09:53 AM   Edit   Profile  

Fralin Blues ?

Florance Voodoo TE59 ?

Duncan Vintage Broadcaster ?

I really like that piano like "Clang" tone of a good Tele.

Already have two Tele's with Lollar Special T's in them, so no need for Lollars

What do you have ??

(This message was last edited by Stratmanx at 12:07 PM, Jul 25th, 2019)

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Itchy finger on the outrage trigger
Jul 25th, 2019 10:03 AM   Edit   Profile  

When I Esquired my Tele for a bit I think I had a Lollar Vintage T in mine, sounded dandy. I'm toying with another eventual Esquire build and if I were to go traditional would probably do a Rumplestiltskin in it. I loved the White Rope set I had once upon a time.

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U.S. - Virginia

Jul 25th, 2019 01:26 PM   Edit   Profile  

So the affordable option is the twang king since you have it in the parts box.

If you are branching out though...

Piano tone makes me think Fralin. He uses Arnold USA mags which have a piano like, slightly compressed vibe to them that is rich sounding.

The Blues Special has red SPN wire and a slightly hot wind, so its a clear but bold sound.

Something more traditional would be his Stock bridge. Twangy.

You could try his split blade for a hum canceled sound.

Pole version for hot more Gibson-y tone.

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Itchy finger on the outrage trigger
Jul 25th, 2019 04:11 PM   Edit   Profile  

My thinline has a Kent Armstrong Stealth 90 in the neck and it really matches well with the highly affordable Lil Puncher from GFS in the bridge. Hot but still Tele spanky.

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Motor City, USA

Better get hit in yo' soul
Jul 26th, 2019 08:02 AM   Edit   Profile  

Dunno about piano clang, but I have a Duncan Vintage Broadcaster in an Esquire-ized Tele, and it sounds pretty darn good to me.

It's on the table, about 8 o'clock

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The Escalator
Jul 26th, 2019 09:41 AM   Edit   Profile  

Aaron (Achase4u) could wind you a most-excellent pickup.

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olde New England

If you can't play good, play loud
Aug 6th, 2019 07:54 AM   Edit   Profile  

I was afraid of ending up with something too ice-picky so I went with a Fralin Blues Special. Great pickup that sounds awesome in the tone-pot-bypass switch position.

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