#1
So I got myself a Mexican Telecaster, I want to change my pick ups because they're old and rusted, what do you recommend if I want a sound heavily driven by delay and reverb? Picture something like a post-rock or dream pop guitar.

Here's an example, I really like Robin Guthrie but I can't magically turn my Telecaster into a Jazzmaster.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qngc--zwGxY
#2
If you want a sound heavily driven by delay and reverb, get good delays and reverbs.

As for your rusted pickups, well...is your Tele routed & equipped the standard way?
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Quote by dannyalcatraz
If you want a sound heavily driven by delay and reverb, get good delays and reverbs.

As for your rusted pickups, well...is your Tele routed & equipped the standard way?


Yes, I'm not changing the pick ups myself, I'm taking my guitar to an experienced luthier.

I thought that changing pick ups could improve the audio quality of a guitar, correct me if I'm wrong.
#4
Yeah, but what type of tele is it? Standard tele single coils, P90's, humbuckers? What can actually fit in the holes?
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#5
Better pickups will improve your overall tone, yes, but the big difference will come from your pedals & amp.

I asked about the routing to figure out what will fit without doing woodwork.
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Yeah, but what type of tele is it? Standard tele single coils, P90's, humbuckers? What can actually fit in the holes?


Quote by dannyalcatraz
Better pickups will improve your overall tone, yes, but the big difference will come from your pedals & amp.

I asked about the routing to figure out what will fit without doing woodwork.



It's a standard Mexican Telecaster.

http://www.seymourduncan.com/pickups/guitars/telecaster

Here's a bunch of Telecaster pickups, I just don't know what each description mean because I've only tried the standard factory pickups, IMO the standard bridge pick up sounder "weak" and distant, the standard neck pick up sounded distant and dull but "fuller".

Again, I play with heavy reverb, delay and chorus, I felt like the factory pickups made the reverb sound weak and distant.
#7
Now this isn't a standard tele type of pup but it is awesome nonetheless:
http://www.riograndepickups.com/dirty-harry-for-tele-bridge
It's a very P90 sounding pup in a tele housing. It still has tele overtones to it but with just more balls.

As for the neck, I don't ever use the neck pup in my teles so I'm not the one to ask about that. One from Rio Grande as well should be nice though, have a poke around their site.
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Last edited by Cathbard at Sep 15, 2015,
#8
Agreed. Cathbard made a few of the recommendations I would have already.

One...unusual...thing you might consider for the neck if you're playing that style of music is a singlecoil-sized Sustainer.

http://fernandesguitars.com/sustainer/sustainer.html
http://fernandesguitars.com/sustainer-kits.html

This would obviously require a bit more work than a standard pickup swap, but it could pay dividends.
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Last edited by dannyalcatraz at Sep 15, 2015,
#9
Something else that could work is Charlie Christian style singlecoils. They're beefier than standard singlecoils, but not a beefy as P90s. They're also nice and well rounded, tonally. Plus, they look different.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWaeIrVLhmE&sns=em

Those are Lollars, which are very nice. I got mine from Vintage Vibe. Several other makers make them, too.

Lace Alumitones are about as clean as clean gets, and they're noisless.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMdmT1oEgJA&sns=em
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#10
i love my dimarzio twang kings, but i am not quite sure if thats what you are looking for.

FYI dimarzio has a free swap if you don't like one pickup. send it to them and supposedly they will send you a new one out if you don't like what you have.
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#11
I think I've found a local store that sells Seymour Duncan, would you consider these 2 to be good for what I'm looking for?

Bridge:
http://www.seymourduncan.com/pickup/quarter-pound-tele-bridge

Neck:
http://www.seymourduncan.com/pickup/antiquity-ii-tele-neck-3

Apparently the Quarter Pound sounds very similar to a P90, I've never tried a P90 and I'm used to my clean single coil, can you still get a good clean twinkly math-rockish sound with a P90?

Quote by dannyalcatraz
Something else that could work is Charlie Christian style singlecoils. They're beefier than standard singlecoils, but not a beefy as P90s. They're also nice and well rounded, tonally. Plus, they look different.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWaeIrVLhmE&sns=em

Those are Lollars, which are very nice. I got mine from Vintage Vibe. Several other makers make them, too.

Lace Alumitones are about as clean as clean gets, and they're noisless.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMdmT1oEgJA&sns=em


Man I really liked that Lace Alumitone and I'd buy it straight away but I can't even find an online link. I'm not American so I'd have to buy my stuff online, shipping is no problem where I live though, they always ship the stuff I buy to Miami and then ship stuff to my country from Miami.
Last edited by TheClown at Sep 16, 2015,
#12
Lace is a fairly major pickup brand, and are sold through several music retailers. I don't know where you are, so I can't suggest which ones.

However, you can find people selling them on eBay & Reverb, and I know I've seen them on Amazon.
http://www.amazon.com/Lace-Alumitone-Single-Coil-Guitar-Anodized/dp/B00MTVYR84
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Last edited by dannyalcatraz at Sep 16, 2015,
#13
I would recommend the Seymour Duncan Quarter Pound Tele series, which gets the output up into P90 land, yet can still be articulate. You will be able to hear each string separately as apposed to a wall of mush with all the reverb and delay.
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