Deluxe Drive Tele pickups

Discussion in 'Telecaster/Esquire Forum' started by Lonn, Jun 17, 2021.

  1. Lonn

    Lonn Mod Admin Staff Member

    Messages:
    17,137
    Joined:
    Jul 6, 2014
    Location:
    Carmel Indiana
    Admin Post
    Just ordered a set. Fender describes them as "Fender Deluxe Drive Telecaster pickups are supercharged with the highest output of all our single-coil pickups. The pickups' overwound design makes them ideal for high-gain amp settings, but they also deliver classic Telecaster snap when clean."

    We will see. Should have them Tuesday.
     
  2. Guy Named Sue

    Guy Named Sue Censored

    Messages:
    27,600
    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2015
    Location:
    Terra Incognita
    Is it necessary? Tele pickups are famous for cutting through the mix, how much more output do they need?
     
  3. Lonn

    Lonn Mod Admin Staff Member

    Messages:
    17,137
    Joined:
    Jul 6, 2014
    Location:
    Carmel Indiana
    Admin Post
    I was really happy with the no name ones I had until I had a room full of Strats with SD, Fender CS, Lace and Dimarzio pickups. Suddenly the Tele sounds fairly muddy in comparison. I wanted something new anyway and they were cheap at only $85 shipped.
     
    stormsedge likes this.
  4. Baelzebub

    Baelzebub Dr. Stratster

    Messages:
    10,781
    Joined:
    Nov 1, 2019
    Location:
    State of Disbelief
    What's the stated output?
     
  5. Baelzebub

    Baelzebub Dr. Stratster

    Messages:
    10,781
    Joined:
    Nov 1, 2019
    Location:
    State of Disbelief

    Nice to see your palate becoming more refined...:D
     
  6. Guy Named Sue

    Guy Named Sue Censored

    Messages:
    27,600
    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2015
    Location:
    Terra Incognita
    Fender's site states as following: Neck: 11.3k ohms, Bridge: 14.4k ohms.

    Alnico 3, I wonder if they meant to say AlNi 3 because I've not heard of alnico 3. AlNi 3 are great for tele, they don't have cobolt but more iron which delivers a punchier tone. Got them in a custom wound pickup set in one of my guitars.

    Mine are nowhere near 14 Kohm but stil cut through the mix in any situation. I think they're around 7 Kohm overwound.
     
    stormsedge and Baelzebub like this.
  7. Baelzebub

    Baelzebub Dr. Stratster

    Messages:
    10,781
    Joined:
    Nov 1, 2019
    Location:
    State of Disbelief
    Thanks for the info. Yikes..those are smokin'!

    I just asked because I have a GFS set I've yet to use that I thought was "hot" at 9.83 B/6.7 N. I guess those are sort of middle of the road.

    I defer to the greater wisdom but it seems I've heard of Alnicos in 2, 3, and 5. Not familiar with AlNi's
     
    Guy Named Sue likes this.
  8. Guy Named Sue

    Guy Named Sue Censored

    Messages:
    27,600
    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2015
    Location:
    Terra Incognita
    You're probably right about that, but they are available. If you ever get the chance to special order try the AlNi version, it's got a nice dirty bottom end that's sensitive to how soft or hard you strum the strings, reminds a lot of Gibson P90.
     
    Baelzebub likes this.
  9. Lonn

    Lonn Mod Admin Staff Member

    Messages:
    17,137
    Joined:
    Jul 6, 2014
    Location:
    Carmel Indiana
    Admin Post
    I've watched a few videos on Youtube and they sound great even though I can't play like those guys.
     
  10. Believer7713

    Believer7713 The Pink Bunnyman Frankenstein Silver Member

    Age:
    47
    Messages:
    14,224
    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2016
    Location:
    KC
    I still have the bridge pickup from a set of Strat Deluxe drive pickups. That thing is stupid hot wound at something close to 13K. I love it but ended up taking it out because it just didn't match with anything else that I had at the time.
     
  11. Lonn

    Lonn Mod Admin Staff Member

    Messages:
    17,137
    Joined:
    Jul 6, 2014
    Location:
    Carmel Indiana
    Admin Post
    Surely with all your projects you can find a home for it. I'd put it in a single neck pickup strat.
     
    Believer7713 likes this.
  12. archetype

    archetype Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

    Messages:
    3,360
    Joined:
    Nov 26, 2016
    Location:
    Western NY, USA
    Oops. Never mind.
     
  13. Guy Named Sue

    Guy Named Sue Censored

    Messages:
    27,600
    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2015
    Location:
    Terra Incognita
    They sound very compressed, don't they? Not as open as I'd like my pickups to be. But hopefully you'll like them Lonn, please do record a clip. Because I have no idea how they were ran in this clip.
     
  14. Lonn

    Lonn Mod Admin Staff Member

    Messages:
    17,137
    Joined:
    Jul 6, 2014
    Location:
    Carmel Indiana
    Admin Post
    Unfortunately I have no way to record anything. I don't even own an amp.
     
  15. StratorTrle

    StratorTrle Strat-Talk Member

    Age:
    33
    Messages:
    35
    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2021
    Location:
    Pennsylvania
    They are Alnico mags, which kind of counteract the high output. Not brittle at all. I have 2 deluxe drive single coils in an HSS Strat, with a Seymour Duncan JB tb4. They are very good pick-ups. Hopefully what you're looking for. My recommendation, look into Tonerider Hot Classics. Instead of going with something like the deluxe drive set, I went with the hot classics. I love them.
     

    Attached Files:

  16. StratUp

    StratUp Senior Stratmaster

    Messages:
    3,196
    Joined:
    Sep 5, 2020
    Location:
    Altered States
    [​IMG]
     
    stormsedge and Guy Named Sue like this.
  17. Lonn

    Lonn Mod Admin Staff Member

    Messages:
    17,137
    Joined:
    Jul 6, 2014
    Location:
    Carmel Indiana
    Admin Post
    The pick ups showed up and I was a little concerned right away when I saw the length of the wires on the bridge pick up. Get it installed and sure enough it’s about 2 inches too short. Looks like it’s time for an extension. I called Sweetwater but the guy didn’t seem to give a rats ass one way or the other.

    D74567F7-1B6C-4EA2-8288-33B01DAFBAD9.jpeg
     
  18. Guy Named Sue

    Guy Named Sue Censored

    Messages:
    27,600
    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2015
    Location:
    Terra Incognita
    Contact Fender directly, they will send you new ones and probably let you keep the set you already have also.
     
  19. Lonn

    Lonn Mod Admin Staff Member

    Messages:
    17,137
    Joined:
    Jul 6, 2014
    Location:
    Carmel Indiana
    Admin Post
    Got them in easily enough and they do sound pretty darn good especially for the price, well under $100. Just reading some Amazon reviews and it appears mine aren't the only ones with short bridge wires. Bizarre.
     
  20. Lonn

    Lonn Mod Admin Staff Member

    Messages:
    17,137
    Joined:
    Jul 6, 2014
    Location:
    Carmel Indiana
    Admin Post
    Appreciate that tip! Just got off the pone and a new set is on their way to me!