#1
I just bought a MIM tele, and I plan on replacing the neck and pickups.
It's an arctic white tele (my profile for pics), so I'm thinking a birdseye maple neck with a matching birdseye maple fretboard.
Then for the pickups, I am deciding between:
-Samarium Cobalt Noiseless:
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Fender-SCN-Samarium-Cobalt-Noiseless-Tele-Pickup-Set?sku=301648
-Custom Shop Texas Specials:
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Fender-Custom-Shop-Texas-Special-Tele-Pickups?sku=301620
-Texas Special neck pickup with a Hot Rail humbucker in the bridge:
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Seymour-Duncan-SHR1-Hot-Rail-Stacked-Single-Coil-Pickup?sku=300300


I've heard the Samarium Cobalt Noiseless pickups are quiet, but lack "life" too. They lack twang and overall tone.
I've heard the Texas Specials sound awesome, but are too noisy.

So I just got the idea to buy a texas special neck pickup, and then a hot rail humbucker for the bridge (these humbuckers are tiny and fit into the single coil slot, so I wouldn't have to carve into my guitar or anything. It would fit fine, and I imagine it would cancel out the buzz from the texas special neck pickup, while adding more drive and warmth to my bridge.
I mainly play blues, which I'd use my neck pickup for, and occasionaly jazz and classic rock, and every once in a while I go heavier with stuff like hard rock and ozzy or the Scorpions, which is where the 'minibucker' in the bridge would come in handy/
What are your thoughts on this? As of now, I'm leaning towards the texas special neck pickup and the Hot Rail humbucker for the bridge.
Thanks for the help

EDIT: I changed my mind about the hot rail humbucker in the bridge, read below
Last edited by rush5757 at Feb 22, 2008,
#2
What makes Tele's so great is the single coil bridge pickup. I wouldn't put a humbucker of any sort in the bridge of a Tele.
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#5
well, I thought more about have a bucker in the bridge, and decided you're probably right. Now I'm down between:
Texas Special Tele Pickups
or
Samarium Cobalt Noiseless Pickups

I really hate buzzing, and I know the SCN will get rid of it, but I know the texas specials will sound so much better for my style.
Opinions on what I should do, since I obviously can't just go to a store and try my guitar with either of the two pickups and decide.
Thanks.
#6
Maybe you could try the lindy fralins tele pickups. Never tried the teles but their strat pickups are magnificent. Planning to put a set of Blues Special on my MIM strat.

I'd stay away from the noiseless pickups. They're not that good as compared to the Lindy Fralins or the Texas Specials.
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#7
Quote by rush5757
any other ideas?
Yup. See my posting:
https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?goto=lastpost&t=779643
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#8
Quote by rush5757
well, I thought more about have a bucker in the bridge, and decided you're probably right. Now I'm down between:
Texas Special Tele Pickups
or
Samarium Cobalt Noiseless Pickups

I really hate buzzing, and I know the SCN will get rid of it, but I know the texas specials will sound so much better for my style.
Opinions on what I should do, since I obviously can't just go to a store and try my guitar with either of the two pickups and decide.
Thanks.


You should shield your guitar. That will significantly reduce noise, so you won't need noiseless pickups. The Texas Specials are good, but the Nocaster set is better.
#9
Quote by Da Sting

Oh, I was planning on putting a humbucker in my bridge.. Is this less common? Because I love the sound I get with my neck, and almost always use it for blues and hendrix and cream and SRV. Then on occasion I'll switch to bridge pickup for stuff more raw sounding like the who or acdc. I never even thought about changing my neck pup to a humbucker.. I'm sorry if that's what everyone thought
Quote by mr_hankey
You should shield your guitar. That will significantly reduce noise, so you won't need noiseless pickups. The Texas Specials are good, but the Nocaster set is better.

I'm going to be completely honest with you; I have no idea what shielding my guitar is
I'll search for it later and check it out, thanks
Quote by lithium26
Maybe you could try the lindy fralins tele pickups. Never tried the teles but their strat pickups are magnificent. Planning to put a set of Blues Special on my MIM strat.

I'd stay away from the noiseless pickups. They're not that good as compared to the Lindy Fralins or the Texas Specials.

Yeah, I just checked them out on here:
http://www.fralinpickups.com/telestyle_bs.asp#BSN
They seem pretty good, but I'm also thinking of the nocaster set:
http://www.guitarstop.com/acc/pickups/nocasr.htm

I'm also keeping the fender texas specials in mind, but I've scratched the idea of a humbucker.

Thanks for all the posts
#11
+1 to shielding. Makes a big difference.

Oh, since you've got a healthy budget, I would really recommend CorduroyEW's pickups. He's a user here on UG, and his website is rockmonkeyguitars.com.

I love the singles coils I got from him. Better vintage vibe than MIA Strat pickups I've tried. He's just started making Tele pickups for customers, I believe, but just give him a ring, see what he can do.
#14
Yeah, I say get the Texas Specials and shield everything well (shield it all anyway, regardless of what you get) or check out the guy forsaknazrael suggested, he sounds good.
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