One pickup guitars

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  1. Guy Named Sue

    Guy Named Sue All roads lead to P90 Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Where did you find a Tele bridge like that? I've never seen anything like that, cool
     
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  2. amstratnut

    amstratnut Peace thru Music. Strat-Talk Supporter

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    There is room for more than one pickup so, I dont really get why anyone would choose to use less.

    With the exception of EVH and some jazzers.
     
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  3. lammie200

    lammie200 Senior Stratmaster

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    There used to be an outfit named Telenator. They have been gone for a while now. They made really expensive pickups and a few inexpensive parts. I think that bridge was $25. Saddles were separate from that though. I think the control plate was about the same. BTW, concentric volume and tone depth knobs at the front and a rotary six-way varitone at the back.

    My fantasy about this guitar is that it was some kind of Fender prototype for jazz players. Not a more expensive elaborate version like a Jazzmaster. Just your basic Tele with a different emphasis that they would have produced back in the day of blackguards.

    Jazzer here.
     
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  4. Guy Named Sue

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    Cool, varitone single humbucker on Tele actually sounds very interesting I bet you can get pretty nice tones out of that thing.
     
  5. mijstrat72

    mijstrat72 Strat-Talker

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    The band I used to front about 5 years ago, all I used was an Esquire. We played a pretty diverse bunch of music, and the Esquire always seem to work for everything. Well for the most part.
    At any given time I have five or six different single pickup guitars laying around.
    Recently I took a Seymour Duncan Little 59, and wired it into one of my Esquires with a 3-way Telecaster switch. Along with the tone control this is a very versatile set up.
    Back in 84, I took the guts out of my Kramer Focus 3000, and replace the pickguard with a single humbucker. That's where my obsession started. Eddie Van Halen is to blame.
    I remember my mother came home from a garage sale one day when I was about 14. She had found a JB Player Pro super Strat style guitar at the garage sale and bought it for me. It's actually used in a video by a band called vixen. Anyways the first thing I did was strip everything out of it except for the humbucker in the bridge. I still have that guitar, and that pickguard for that Focus 3000. But I put the Kramer back to full stock just for sentimental reasons.
     
  6. Tdurden032

    Tdurden032 Strat-Talker

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    I’ve never played a one pickup guitar but would like to test one out someday
     
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  7. Stratoskater

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    Cause sometimes one is all ya need ;)



     
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  8. unionjack515

    unionjack515 Senior Stratmaster

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    I’m working on a one humbucker (bridge) Tele right now. Partial coil split for single coil sound. Definitely not a one trick pony.
     
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  9. fezz parka

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    Bob made the best Wide Range Humbucker clones. Actually sourced CuNiFe for them.
    Steve Cropper played an Esquire on Green Oinions.
    Jeff Beck with the Yardbirds.
    Leslie West and his Jr.
    Paul McCartney played an Esquire.
    Clapton played a Firebird I.

    I played this from 1968 to 2010.

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    Rob is right on. Sometimes 1 is all you need.
     
  10. Seymour Duncan

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    I could do it with a neck pickup, but I doubt I would play electric guitar if all I could get was a bridge pickup.
     
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  11. amstratnut

    amstratnut Peace thru Music. Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I just would not, since there is room, might as well use it.
     
  12. fezz parka

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    For some reason, it truncated my quote. I was actually answering this. :

    You don't have to get why anyone would want to. Tons of players have. In addition to the above:
    Luther Perkins.
    Paul Burlison.
    Pete Anderson.
    Syd Barrett.
    Johnny Thunders.
    Martin Barre.
    Steve Hunter.
    Eric Clapton. (Firebird I)
    Stephen Stills (Firebird I)
    :D

    In my experience...there's something about a single pickup at the bridge that just lends itself to rock tones and in the case of the Esquire...country tones.
    There's a theory that without the neck pickup there, the magnetic pull is less on the strings.

    All I know is that I like what I hear with a Jr.

     
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  13. Neil.C

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    I've heard that and believe it is probably true.

    The reason Juniors always sound different to Specials.
     
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  14. Cerb

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    It should be less. The magnetic pull from a bridge pickup should also affect the strings less than that of a neck pickup, right? Less movement closer to the bridge and all that. I wonder how much difference you can hear...?
     
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  15. Dadocaster

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    I have a pair of single pickup guitars. Play them a lot. Changes the mindset for me. Just play, if you want a different sound, play differently.
     
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  17. tukoztukoz

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    Here are my two one pick-up guitars.
    Both say to me : « you can’t always get what you want, but if... »
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  18. Believer7713

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    I had a Kelly for a while but just couldn't get on with it. Mine had too much neck dive for my taste. I don't know for sure what it was but it really was head heavy. I was really hoping to have it for a long time but a year of trying to deal with it was enough. Yours sure is nice looking though.
     
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  19. Phat-O-Caster

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    I love my old Tiesco Del Rey 110. It & other one pickup guitars I've played seem to be louder to me than a strat at the same amp volume level. I use it almost exclusively for slide & with a bit of distortion it screams like no other guitar I have.
     
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  20. fezz parka

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    I too believe this...but you know. LOL
     
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