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RMosack



USA

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Jul 12th, 2017 02:17 PM        

Building a new parts Tele with Nashville route and mini hum neck. So looking for pickup recommendations for all 3 positions:<br /> 1. Tele bridge pickup<br /> 2. Strat middle pickup <br /> 3. Mini humbucker Neck pickup<br /> <br /> Guessing it's kind of a Brent Mason deal as far as pickup configuration goes. But I don't necessarily want the exact pickups he uses - or that wiring/switching configuration he uses too.<br /> <br /> BRIDGE PICKUP!<br /> When I think Tele, I think about that bridge pickup. Everything else (to me!) is just complimentary. I definitely want to go with a vintage-voiced type bridge pickup. Not looking for a Lil 59 type thing or hot rail type thing. Just something that gives classic Tele bridge tone. <br /> I'm far from a real country player. When I think Tele, what I like is Page (early Zeppelin and later The Firm), Beck (Yardbirds), Muddy Waters, Syd Barrett, Albert Collins, etc. Heck, even old Buck Owens. A Tele that sounds like a Tele.<br /> <br /> After that, just looking for a Strat type middle and mini hum neck that pair nicely. I remember Fender offered a Butterscotch Tele a few years ago with a traditional bridge pickup and mini hum neck. I really liked that combo. I've also always liked the Nashville idea of putting the Strat pickup in the middle. Figured I'd mix the two. <br /> <br /> So far, I've mostly looked at Seymour Duncan offerings. I'm leaning toward a SM-1n for the neck. That's their Vintage mini humbucker. I figure it's the lowest output of their mini humbuckers, so it should mate well with the single coils. <br /> <br /> Middle? Haven't a clue. <br /> <br /> Bridge? Help!!!



Hammond101

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Jul 12th, 2017 04:42 PM        

I kinda like a Tele with a mHB in the bridge!<br /> <br /> Doing it you way I'd put a Van Zandt True Vintage or Vintage Plus in the bridge. For the middle I'd use a Van Zandt True Vintage RWRP Strat PU.<br /> <br /> I've had nothing but great results using the Van Zandts in my Strats and Teles.



RMosack



USA

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Jul 12th, 2017 05:30 PM        

I hadn't even thought of Van Zandt. Thanks.<br /> <br /> I guess they don't make mini humbuckers, so I'd have to go a different direction for that. So far, a Duncan SM-1n seems to be at the top of my list.



Te 52



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Jul 12th, 2017 05:43 PM        

Before they went with Noiseless, Fender used to put a Stratocaster Texas Special middle pickup in the mid position of the Nashville Tele. I built one like that, paired it with an Original Vintage Telecaster ('52RI) bridge pickup and was *very* happy with the result.<br /> <br /> Don't have any suggestions for the neck position humbucker, though.



RMosack



USA

Go Buckeyes!
Jul 12th, 2017 07:31 PM        

Thanks, Te 52.<br /> <br /> I'm fairly sure that Fender put a Duncan Vintage Mini Humbucker SM-1n in the neck position of that butterscotch version they sold a few years ago. <br /> <br /> This may be a nice combo:<br /> Fender '52 RI<br /> Fender Texas Special<br /> SD Vintage Mini Humbucker SM-1n



Doug McQuaid

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Austin, Texas

Aug 22nd, 2017 06:15 PM        

Bear in mind that the Fender P'ups will have opposite polarity from the Duncan mini-humbucker.<br /> <br /> I just wired up a Tele with a Duncan Broadcaster bridge and a SM-1N mini-humbucker neck (a la AV Hot-Rod '52 Tele). <br /> <br /> I was going to go with a Fender Nocaster bridge, but I couldn't find the Fender that was not part of a whole bridge/neck set. I also learned I would have to break the cover/baseplate ground on one of the p'ups to reverse the polarity of one of them if I went with a Fender/Duncan mix.



Malcolm

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Edmond, OK

Sep 18th, 2017 10:14 AM        

Ihave that configuration and went SD mini-HB for the neck. There's 2 variations of the mini, I believe.



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