Favorite Tele vintage sounding neck pickup

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  1. Antstrat

    Antstrat Most Honored Senior Member

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    Just for grins what say you?

    I have a Dimarzio Twang King in one and it sounds fantastic, and the new Fender Yosemite is awesome as well.

    Don't really give a hoot about the bridge so I ruled out the Twisted Tele bcause they come in sets only.

    Why Ant, why when what you have makes you happy?

    Well....because.
     
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    I have a 12K tele bridge pickup with a 6 k center tap. I was thinking it is a Schecter but I do not see where they make a 12K. Maybe it is a Custom Shop Hot Tele. I got it from a friend of mine and it really kicks.
     
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    I put Fender Deluxe Drive set in my tele partscaster and they do what I need. I love them.
     
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    I really like the Twisted Tele. I'm sure you could find a used one not in a set.
     
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    What does a 6k center tap do?
     
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    Sorta on topic. I measured my Tele pickups just for fun and noticed they were both around 6.5K neck and 7K ish in the bridge. Then I looked up some "vintage" pickups at random and they all have the same specs pretty much. Found this kind of interesting because Strat vintage pickups in my experience are usually under 6K.
     
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    Tele neck pickups have a skinnier, but taller coil than a Strat pickup, or Tele bridge pickup (which tend to be hotter than Strat pickups),and generally use 43 AWG wire, rather than 42 AWG wire to give a higher resistance, and compensate for the smaller coil.
     
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    Interesting post. I have a vintera mod 60s with hot pickups, I don’t know the exact name but it remains me the tele baja sound that I had 5/6 years ago.
    Texas special are great in a tele imo.
     
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    So lesson learned for me, it's not the specs it's the ears that tell the story. What might be considered hot for a strat the same resistance number for a Tele is not.
     
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    Hi, @Antstrat -Buddy

    I believe a tapped wind single coil allows either full output or lower output.
    With a push push pot.
     
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    The GAS is strong in you :)
     
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    Got kicked out of rehab for ordering strings online. I’m a failure.
     
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    hahahaha


    but your very right about one thing is that specs Mean Squat !! its all in how you hear your Tonz :)
     
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    Really like the Fender Original Vintage pickups in a couple of my Teles. Won’t get much better vintage Tele sounding than them.

    Like them far better than the Fender ‘64’s I have in my Thinline.
     
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    Lollar Vintage T
     
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    Something to keep in mind when asking about 'vintage' sounding tele neck pickups:
    Those pickups had a brass cover that made them sound like pants, and robbed a lot of treble. Few people really enjoy that sound (but some do).

    Generally, any vintage style tele neck pickup sounds much better with a nickel silver cover or even no cover at all.

    That being said, I like the vintage style 52 neck pickup by Klein, but with a nickel silver cover.
     
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    buying new strings is responsible spending, you already own the car so you gotta buy gas.

    rehab should refund you and make you musical director.
     
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    This leaves me wondering how a pickup could sound like pants. Pants? Never noticed that my pants made any sound.
     
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    I have Bill and Becky Lawrence Micro Coils in my solid body Tele clone with 0.047 PIO cap. They've been there the longest of any set of pups I have in any guitar. I play slide on the neck pup at the end starting at 3:24. The OD is a vintage Tone Candy Sweet Drive. I have a set of Fender Gen 4 in my 69 Thinline clone. They're OK but will probably come out for something else when my mood strikes.

    Micro Coils in action. Both until slide solo then neck only. Amp is Showman head and a 15 inch Eminence Legend

     
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