I have a hwy 1 telecaster that I really like. now that I am gigging the guitar is getting a solid workout.
I like the tone of the stock pickups, but whenever I hear someone else' s tele I hear a better tone.
technique and tube amp can be a factor, but I think a simple pickup swap would get me in a better place.
I would swap out the bridge and maybe neck pickup. I just don't know what is a popular change.
there are many choices; it is overwhelming. I definitely would opt for a single coil.
does anyone have recommendations? what is the word out there?
I have a custom shop vintage '50's bridge that I like a lot. I paid $42 for it with a vintage Reissue steel bridge included!!! If you're interested in that message me and see if my guy is still pulling those kinds of deals and set up a safe Ebay transaction for ya.
The fender fat 50 and '69 are also very similar in price and tone. The duncan SSL and Antiquity's are as good as actual vintage gems at a reasonable price.
The Fender Twisted Tele neck pick up is the best sounding and usable neck pickup ever, period. I bought one to take it apart and here's the big secret... dum dum dum... jazz bass magnets. But i don't use neck pickups in any of my teles.
Of coarse it could be the grease bucket circuit that you don't like. The hot alnico 3 pickups aren't for everyone but I think that circuit might have more influence on the un-tele sound you are hearing. Maybe, maybe not, but it would be cheaper to try than a new pickup.
But, I urge you, if you are going to try a new pickup to try the GFS custom whatever they call them, they sound awfully good for the price and if you don;t like them you can get just about all your money back selling them.
http://www.seymourduncan.com/products/e ... elecaster/
now my head is spinning. EzraplaysEzra, with your suggestions and more reading I should have a solution.
and from past experience, sometimes ya just have to buy it and try it and make it work.
the 50's Vintage Bridge you mention is on my consider list. the Twisted Tele neck p.u. is popular too.
http://www.macdaddymusicstore.com/servl ... 9_KTpHpWnI
I am not sure if the price is current.
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And I have read very good comments on Lindy Fralin Tele pickups: http://www.fralinpickups.com/telestyle.asp
Finally, perhaps you could find some reviews or comments in the Telecaster Forum. I have never been registered but I used to read some threads when I want to buy a Tele. I found very interesting advices.
Good luck and enjoy!
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Took it out of my Squire Tele before I turfed it ....... It cost nearly half what I paid for the guitar!
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it is one of consideration, although I worry about size and fit and any cutting.
DiMarzio has gotten good reviews on a tele forum.
I have in the past used Lindy Fralin to rebuild an old lap steel pup. he does excellent work.
his pups are highly recommended too. I will take a look at his tele pups.
I bet I know the other person you mention, not by name, ...BL is a difficult person. some love him, others find him impossible.
I avoid BL like the plague..
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I'm not sure how you could get 'em, but I heard a Tele that I wanted in the worst way and it had Fender handwound
Abby pups in it.
There's all kinds of craziness out there regarding those.
I know most aren't actually handwound by Miss Ybarra herself, but they still sound pretty darn good!
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