#1
I'm about to buy a Mexican Standard Telecaster. I like the guitar but I'm no particularly sold on the stock pickups, so I'm willing to throw a few bucks to improve them.

Which are the best Telecaster pickups to play mostly rock/hard rock/blues and still retaining the most possible iconic Telecaster sound?

If that's a stupid question, forgive me, I never had a Tele before and I'm no expert. Thanks a lot
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#2
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#3
Contact the guys at Rio Grande Pickups. They know their way around hot pickups and Texas heat.

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#4
You have some nice guitars. Might I suggest a new amp to realize their full potential?

I'd look into a nicer Tube amp. . . Mesa F-Series or .22 Cal, Peavey Classic 30 or ValveKing, nicer Fender (not up on fender amps) - something of that flavor.

For your question though I'd look at the vintage or USA model Fender Tele pickups and base your search from there.
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#5
Thanks for the replies, I'll look into that stuff.

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You have some nice guitars. Might I suggest a new amp to realize their full potential?

I'd look into a nicer Tube amp. . . Mesa F-Series or .22 Cal, Peavey Classic 30 or ValveKing, nicer Fender (not up on fender amps) - something of that flavor.


Your advice makes a lot of sense. I love the Mustang III but I don't think it's perfectly suited for dig out the true potential of such kind of guitars, and I often find myself wanting something more straightforward and nicer sounding. I don't know the amps you're talking about, but I heard good things. I also heard wonderful things about the new Fender Bassbreaker.

Anyway, I actually started playing again 10 days ago after 2+ years of hiatus, so right now I have to see if and how I'll go back playing like I'd want before upgrading my amp
Ekam Sat
2014 Fender Stratocaster FSR American Standard Channel Bound Sonic Blue | 2015 Breedlove Discovery Concert CE Sunburst | 2016 PRS SE Custom 24 | Blackstar HT-5R
#6
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Thanks for the replies, I'll look into that stuff.


Your advice makes a lot of sense. I love the Mustang III but I don't think it's perfectly suited for dig out the true potential of such kind of guitars, and I often find myself wanting something more straightforward and nicer sounding. I don't know the amps you're talking about, but I heard good things. I also heard wonderful things about the new Fender Bassbreaker.

Anyway, I actually started playing again 10 days ago after 2+ years of hiatus, so right now I have to see if and how I'll go back playing like I'd want before upgrading my amp

well then play before you spend more money on anything. modeling amps while great for many things often can't see differences with pickups. I use a Line 6 POD for recording and it can't really tell my strats apart despite having fairly different pickups. with my tube amps you can tell immediately. I think you'll be better off settling on a better amp and then tailoring your sound around that.