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Tele pickups - I need some schooling...

 
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missionguitars



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 12:19 am    Post subject: Tele pickups - I need some schooling... Reply with quote

I'm looking at building a couple teles with higher-end appointments on them, and find myself getting hung up in the world of cork-sniffin', boo-teak pickups now lol.

I come to you guys as I respect you points of view and don't feel like getting beat up like I would on TGP or TDPRI - I can recite humbucker stats all day, but teles are a new(er) creature to me.

I've been looking at Don Mare's vast array of offerings, as well as our own Curtis Novak's straight up vintage set - I could be sold on his as I KNOW Curtis makes a damn good pickup!

That being said, trying to keep it around $200 for the pair, early vintage (50's) sound, but low noise/icepick issues.

Whacha got for me?
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 8:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been real happy with the Tele Keystones, from Bill Lawrence. Also laughably cheap.

http://wildepickups.com/Wilde_Bill_s_Keystones.html

You should also check out Heavy Air pickups. Dave Fliski is a forum member here. I currently have a set in one of my Tele builds and they sound great.

http://heavyairpickups.com/
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 1:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ghobii wrote:
I've been real happy with the Tele Keystones, from Bill Lawrence. Also laughably cheap.

http://wildepickups.com/Wilde_Bill_s_Keystones.html

You should also check out Heavy Air pickups. Dave Fliski is a forum member here. I currently have a set in one of my Tele builds and they sound great.

http://heavyairpickups.com/


THought about the Keystones, as well as Ralph's offerings - solid stuff. And I'll check out Dave's stuff too, didn't know he had tele pickups, lest he drop me from Facebook, lol!
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 6:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like the Lollar 52's. Super responsive, plenty of pop and spank, but warm up nicely when you roll off the treble. The bridge pickup has the proper twang without being icepicky. I put a set in a Tele I did for a friend a few years ago. They do all the Roy Buchanan/Jeff Beck/Buck Owens things.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 8:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can't go wrong with Fender Nocasters or Original Vintage set.
In my blackguard build I have the fender broadcaster/twisted set and they sound great.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 09, 2018 1:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

eljay wrote:
I like the Lollar 52's. Super responsive, plenty of pop and spank, but warm up nicely when you roll off the treble. The bridge pickup has the proper twang without being icepicky. I put a set in a Tele I did for a friend a few years ago. They do all the Roy Buchanan/Jeff Beck/Buck Owens things.


I actually had seen lots for good things on the Lollers, they're in the running, thanks!

On the Fender Nocaster/Original Vintage pups, since I'm trying to make it a "non Fender tele", I probably have to stay away from them, but you are right - I do like them!
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