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Tele Pups

Postby boxertwin » Mon Jun 20, 2011 4:57 pm

Just bought a Squier by Fender Telecaster off Ebay, and want to upgrade the Pups.
Any recommendations? Jeff.
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Re: Tele Pups

Postby michaelm » Mon Jun 20, 2011 5:32 pm

I've got a MIM Tele that I installed a Seth Lover Fender Style Humbucker in the neck position. I like it a lot. I'm thinking of putting a coil tap switch on it, so that I can use it as either humbucker or single coil. Details here: viewtopic.php?f=7&t=11261

I've used some other PUs from GFS in some other projects and been happy with their products and service. HTH.
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Re: Tele Pups

Postby boxertwin » Mon Jun 20, 2011 7:01 pm

Thanks Michael, I checked out their pickups. Their " Alnico Fatbody Oversized Pole piece" Pups
look interesting. I'm not big on that thin Tele Twang, so I wonder if these will cut it.
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Re: Tele Pups

Postby bottleneck » Mon Jun 20, 2011 10:02 pm

if by boxer twin you mean BMW,i'm an R/75/5 rider.

i swear by GFS pups.here's a you tube i linked before that shows what a tele sounds like with a gfs in the bridge:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uceiuV-h ... re=related

i don't think life gets any better than a tele with gfs pickups!some people say good for the price,i say good regardless of price.


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Re: Tele Pups

Postby boxertwin » Tue Jun 21, 2011 7:13 am

bottleneck wrote:if by boxer twin you mean BMW,i'm an R/75/5 rider.

i swear by GFS pups.here's a you tube i linked before that shows what a tele sounds like with a gfs in the bridge:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uceiuV-h ... re=related

i don't think life gets any better than a tele with gfs pickups!some people say good for the price,i say good regardless of price.


Thanks for the link mate, cool sounding guitar! Any GFS pups in particular you could recommend?
Would the "Fatbody Overwound Bridge Pups" I mentioned give a fat, dirty tone without too much Tele twang?
and the same for the Neck pup? BTW I have a nice 1973 R75 LWB myself, as we speak I'm waiting on
a Seibenrock 1000cc Powerkit for her to arrive. 8)
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Re: Tele Pups

Postby boxertwin » Sat Jun 25, 2011 7:45 am

My '98 Squier MIM Tele has arrived!
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Re: Tele Pups

Postby Kmeto » Sat Jun 25, 2011 9:22 am

Nice guitar. :wink: I've got Squier, but Stratocaster.
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Re: Tele Pups

Postby Stackabones » Sat Jun 25, 2011 7:43 pm

Very nice!

Why did you want to change the pups before you had even heard the pups?
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Re: Tele Pups

Postby boxertwin » Sun Jun 26, 2011 6:25 am

Stackabones wrote:Very nice!

Why did you want to change the pups before you had even heard the pups?


I have'nt actually bought any replacements yet, but yes they do sound abit thin n' twangy for my liking.
Besides, I don't mind a bit of experimentation. Seeing I picked her up for just over $200 AU,
I'm happy to afford her a set of GFSs.. I read somewhere when Fender ever had a surplus of
MI USA parts, they would sometimes use them on the MIM Guitars, true?
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Re: Tele Pups

Postby Papa John's Blues » Sun Jun 26, 2011 12:16 pm

Hey there,
I've been through the gammut trying to beef up my Tele bridge sound without losing string definition, and my best advice to you is to use Lace "Red" Sensors in the bridge. It's actually a Strat pickup that I adhered to a cheap Tele mounting plate. It sounds great! I can go Billy Gibbons, and if I turn down, it can sound super clean. You won't be sorry.

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Re: Tele Pups

Postby rustyslide » Mon Jun 27, 2011 12:38 am

boxertwin wrote:
Stackabones wrote:Why did you want to change the pups before you had even heard the pups?


I have'nt actually bought any replacements yet, but yes they do sound abit thin n' twangy for my liking.


I think Stackabones was just pointing out that looking for replacement pickups before you have a guitar in hand is silly.

As for whether they're MIM or MIA, who cares if they sound too thin? being American isn't going to make them fatter (insert many jokes).

I have a SD Broadcaster in the bridge of my Telecaster, and I quite like it. Does twang in spades, but there's a tone knob for a reason.
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Re: Tele Pups

Postby boxertwin » Mon Jun 27, 2011 8:29 am

Sorry Rusty!, I obviously did'nt explain myself properly!
What I was actually refering to was, did they use Surplus MIA parts
such as " Bodys, Necks and Tuners ", (not Pickups), on the MIM Fenders and Squiers?
My mistake. :) thanks for your advice & opinions Guys!
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Re: Tele Pups

Postby bottleneck » Wed Jul 13, 2011 12:41 am

here's a nice set: http://www.guitarfetish.com/Calibrated- ... p_150.html

BTW,i might do a top end on my boxer soon('70SWB)

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Re: Tele Pups

Postby blzdr » Mon Jul 18, 2011 7:11 pm

Fender Nocaster '51 pickups.
Real tele tone!
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Re: Tele Pups

Postby straightblues » Thu Sep 01, 2011 10:21 pm

For vintage style tele tones, I think Don Mare makes the best pickups. Lots of great modern day blues artist such as Junior Watson and Rick Holmstrom are using them.
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