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Rob Jai



Calif Cap City

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Dec 6th, 2016 11:51 AM        

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?<br /> <br /> Demos on YouTube are somewhat helpful but you generally can't really judge tone from demos. <br /> <br /> If you were to add a neck humbucker to a Tele (or already have) which would you choose and why? <br /> <br /> For the record - it now has N3 noiseless pups in it.



Pinetree

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Dec 6th, 2016 12:06 PM        

It would help if you described the sound you were looking for.<br /> <br /> <br />



Rob Jai



Calif Cap City

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Dec 6th, 2016 01:23 PM        

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



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Dec 6th, 2016 01:58 PM        

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        

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..<br /> <br /> 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....<br /> <br /> and like a dumass I sold the guitar....;-(<br /> <br /> Did you check to see if the body is routed for a humbucker?



Rob Jai



Calif Cap City

"Jai" pronounced "J"
Dec 6th, 2016 03:10 PM        

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



TheProfessor

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Dec 6th, 2016 05:21 PM        

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

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



Long Island, NY

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Dec 17th, 2016 07:12 AM        

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.



Malcolm

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Dec 29th, 2016 03:14 PM        

TheProfessor What bridge do you run with your Seth?



Cal-Woody



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Dec 29th, 2016 05:03 PM        

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. <br /> Just thought I'd throw it out there!



TheProfessor

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Dec 29th, 2016 05:12 PM        

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).<br /> <br /> It's a fine match.



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