Your favourite Tele pickups?

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lovestrat74lovestrat74 Frets: 411
What's your choice for Tele pickups and why?
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  • TeyeplayerTeyeplayer Frets: 728
    @Alegree cirrostratus. The perfect tele set for balance and ensuring the neck pickup isn’t a waste of space.
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  • menamestommenamestom Frets: 2351

    Nocasters are nice, also whatever they put in the Baja 50’s.

    Bare knuckle make some nice ones as well, I have had the Flat 52’s and Brown Sugar.
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  • FuengiFuengi Frets: 754
    My tele has an Entwistle AT52 in the neck and a HV58 (humbucker) at the bridge. They are so good I used Entwistle single coils in my Strat too, I can't tell how pleased I am with them. 
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  • I've got the BKP "The Boss" set in my Tele and I like how it sounds.
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  • MattFGBIMattFGBI Frets: 1476
    EMG 81. 
    This is not an official response. 

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  • rossirossi Frets: 481
    Van Zant   original vintage  green label.They seem to cover the lot .I play jazz and blues and always get a sound that pleases everyone .It will of course twang as well when the tone pot is turned up   for those country numbers and some overdrive rock.

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  • MattFGBI said:
    EMG 81. 
    That’s my pick for most other guitars

     But my Tele has BKP Flat 50s and they’re awesome. The bridge pickup has the right balance of beef and bark. The neck pickup sounds like a Tele neck pickup, it’s a little lower output but can still balance ok... for me Teles are all about snarl from the bridge pickup and sometimes the nice chiming in between sound. I’m more of a Strat fan for neck pickup tones.
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  • KKJaleKKJale Frets: 672
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    Lollar. The Vintage T's are twangy and sensitive and low/medium powered and they've got a lovely, well-balanced, sort of very slightly produced-sounding quality... the neck pickup is really beautiful. Also have the Special T's which have a bit more poke and lose a touch of neck deliciousness for a more beefy and useable bridge. 
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  • enjoenjo Frets: 77
    I have a Fender Twisted Tele in the neck, SD Quarter Pound in the bridge gives me a pretty versatile guitar.
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  • RolandRoland Frets: 2170
    Oil City Californian and Wapping Wharf. The Wapping Wharf is a tapped single coil, so gives me two pickups in one. The tapped sound is “normal Tele. The full wind is fatter than some humbuckers. 

    The Californian has more character than a normal Tele neck pickup. It’s closer to a Strat pickup, but with more midrange. Whilst it works well on its own it also blends well with the tapped Wapping Wharf to give a Strat like middle position.
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  • clarkefanclarkefan Frets: 472
    Watched a couple of Greg Koch vids of his Fishman Fluence Tele pickups, they sound great.
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  • AuldReekieAuldReekie Frets: 164
    SD Broadcaster at the bridge and TV Jones Classic at the neck of my "89 Levinson Blade T2.  A lot of very useable Tele sounds plus with the Blade VSC.  Bridge pick up with VSC mid boost sounds like a very biting P90
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  • ricorico Frets: 929
    I've got the BKP "The Boss" set in my Tele and I like how it sounds.
    Yup me too!
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  • MattFGBI said:
    EMG 81. 
    That’s my pick for most other guitars

     But my Tele has BKP Flat 50s and they’re awesome. The bridge pickup has the right balance of beef and bark. The neck pickup sounds like a Tele neck pickup, it’s a little lower output but can still balance ok... for me Teles are all about snarl from the bridge pickup and sometimes the nice chiming in between sound. I’m more of a Strat fan for neck pickup tones.
    I have the same set as @guitarfishbay, the neck is one of my favourite sounds on any guitar I have, it's like a bell chime, as he says.

    The bridge delivers massively. I dabbled with a much higher output Cobra T bridge, but recently switched back to the Flat 50's and it's a lot more along the lines of what I need in the Tele now I've got what the Cobra T did in some of my other guitars.

    They're a really nice set!
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  • poopotpoopot Frets: 1461
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  • JohnnysevenJohnnyseven Frets: 271
    I have a Mojo Esquire in the bridge of one Tele and an Oil City 49er in another. They sound different but I really like both of them. The Mojo is fuller sounding which works well for rockier stuff and the Oil City works better for more classically Tele stuff.
    My trading feedback can be seen here - http://www.thefretboard.co.uk/discussion/58242/
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  • Jimbro66Jimbro66 Frets: 919
    Roland said:
    Oil City Californian and Wapping Wharf. The Wapping Wharf is a tapped single coil, so gives me two pickups in one. The tapped sound is “normal Tele. The full wind is fatter than some humbuckers. 

    The Californian has more character than a normal Tele neck pickup. It’s closer to a Strat pickup, but with more midrange. Whilst it works well on its own it also blends well with the tapped Wapping Wharf to give a Strat like middle position.
    I'm another fan of the Wapping Wharf bridge pickup. Not just because of the flexibility of tapped/untapped options, both of which are good, but also because the lower three and upper three strings use different types of alnico magnet. This gives plenty of twang on the lower strings whilst avoiding the upper strings being ice-picky.

    I considered the Californian but really wanted a traditional covered pickup for the neck. I use the Mojo 52 which sounds just as I expect an early 50s neck pickup to be. I'm happy with that.
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  • gordijigordiji Frets: 198
    Fender Nocaster. alnico 3. Fat, balanced & versatile without the ice pick.
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  • PhilKingPhilKing Frets: 277
    I have the Bare Knuckle Flatpoles in a couple or Teles, one of each set (the 50 and 52).  The 52's are my favourites, though I have a set of real 62 Tele pickups in my 62 Tele, and they sound great.  They do actually sound the same as the BK Yardbird set, which I have played and like too.
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  • chris78chris78 Frets: 260
    For Fender pickups, broadcaster bridge and twisted tele neck. Add a 4 way and you’ve got pretty much every tone imaginable from stratty neck, to tele spank to humbucker power.

    Non-Fender, Lollar vintage t sound exactly like a tele should sound. My personal favourites are broadcasters from Klein. There’s a reason that blackguards have a near mythical status. Buy these pickups and you find out why
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  • susbemolsusbemol Frets: 26
    The Texas Specials that came in my Tele sound superb, provided their height is set on the low side.
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  • NikcNikc Frets: 117
    SD quarter pounder ;)
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  • Oil city alligator 90. 
    Grunt & power when you want it, but retaining tele twang too. Bloody brilliant. 
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  • FunkfingersFunkfingers Frets: 3462
    Fender Nocaster pair.
    Seymour Duncan Custom Shop '53 Tapped Tele Lead model.
    Seymour Duncan Custom Shop Pearly Gates for Telecaster.
    Seymour Duncan SHR-T1N Hot Rails.

    Oil City Pickups Winterizer in the neck/Rhythm position would be interesting.
    "It's no wonder the Pacific Ocean is blue."
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  • proggyproggy Frets: 2210
    I have 2 Telecasters. One has a stock neck pickup with a SD quarter pounder in the bridge, and the other has a SD phat cat in the neck with a hot rails in the bridge.
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  • lovestrat74lovestrat74 Frets: 411
    I have a Baja, so twisted Tele in the neck and broadcaster in the bridge. I really like the strat-like qualities of the neck pup, just never been convinced about the bridge... would prefer something with a bit more beef but not too much to overshadow the fact that it is a Tele after all 
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  • I have a Baja, so twisted Tele in the neck and broadcaster in the bridge. I really like the strat-like qualities of the neck pup, just never been convinced about the bridge... would prefer something with a bit more beef but not too much to overshadow the fact that it is a Tele after all 
    Would it be worth having the same set but opposite, do you think that'd work? I always imagined that if I ever bought a Custom Shop Tele, that'd be the combo I'd choose but the TT would be in the bridge and BC in the neck.
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  • ZoolooterZoolooter Frets: 310
    If anyone has a Lollar Vintage neck or Nocaster neck for sale let me know.
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  • NikcNikc Frets: 117
    I have a Baja, so twisted Tele in the neck and broadcaster in the bridge. I really like the strat-like qualities of the neck pup, just never been convinced about the bridge... would prefer something with a bit more beef but not too much to overshadow the fact that it is a Tele after all 
    SD Quarter Pounder is your boy - beef but is still a tele - My MIM standard has one at the bridge stock PUP at the neck it really sounds great. My eldest son bought a baja and loves it but feels a qp would just add more - and as we all know more is more ;)
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  • I'll throw my hat in for Rumpelstiltskins, Black ropes. It depends what you like - Bright twangy Chickinpickin Alnico 5, 6-7k 42 wire.

    Or do you like An early Broadcaster Alnico 3 10-11.5K 43 wire with grunt, grit added warmth, More midrange and less ice pick highs, Fatter but not so glassy cleans? I'm an Alnico 3 broadcaster kindda guy. The yardbirds are Alnico 4 and some people like an alnico 2 in the neck? Have a rough idea what is your 'sound' Or what sound you'd like to achieve and take a punt!

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