NGD...Tele Professional

Discussion in 'Telecaster/Esquire Forum' started by Shades of Blue, Apr 18, 2020.

  1. Shades of Blue

    Shades of Blue Most Honored Senior Member

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    Overall, I love the look in person and it feels really nice. Plays great, and I am pretty happy with the purchase for the price. My only issue are these pickups. What’s the scoop on the V Mods? I find the neck really underpowered and the bridge seems hot, but lacking punch and crispness. The guitar resonates pretty well, so I imagine that would translate well to another set of pickups.

    I’m digging the look though. Maybe not as much as the AO 60s, but it’s still a pretty awesome Tele for the price. Oh, and I LOVE the new bridge. That cut out makes all the difference in the world, and is one reason I never bonded with some vintage Teles, as I found it difficult to palm mute.

    Any pickup suggestions? I’m thinking Pure Vintage 64s because I love the Pure Vintage 65 Strat pickups in my 61 Thin Skin Strat.

     

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    Gridlock Strat-O-Master Silver Member

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    I felt the same way my new 2019 American Professional Stratocaster.

    My favorite looking/feeling Stratocaster that I’ve owned but I was not fond of the overly bright and less vintage sounding VMod pickups.

    I was planning to change out at least the neck pickup but I lowered it (really low) and now I’m finding the tone acceptable.

    In my opinion, and to my taste, the VMod pickups are the only thing lacking with these guitars.
     
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    Shades of Blue Most Honored Senior Member

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    Interesting because I was just experimenting and found this out too. With the volume lowered to about 75%, I’m getting exactly what I want to hear. Roll the volume up any further and there’s a fatness that I’m not jiving with. Maybe the key is riding the volume low and thinning them out.
     
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  4. Boognish

    Boognish Senior Stratmaster

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    No suggestions on pickups...but just wanted to say that is a great looking tele! HNGD! Thanks for giving me more GAS.
     
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    Bladesg Funk Meister Silver Member

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    Very cool! Congrats and enjoy!

    If you're after Fender pickups then I would suggest Pure Vintage 58 or CS Twisted Tele. Aftermarket look at Mare and Lollar.
     
  6. Shades of Blue

    Shades of Blue Most Honored Senior Member

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    I’ll look into the 58s. I’m a huge fan of Pure Vintage pickups.

    The bridge V Mod is growing on me, but the neck is just way too weak. Over 7 for the bridge and the neck is only at 5.