#1
Hi.

I recently got myself a nice Fender Deluxe Nashville Telecaster, but felt something was missing. It plays nicely and all that but I was hoping new pickups would:

1. Increase output, give it a bit more drive
2. Increase the sustain a bit more as the notes don't ring as long as I want them to
3. Give it a bit more growl and a bit less twang and a punchier sound with less treble

Don't get me wrong, I like the tele a lot but at the moment there is far too much twang and treble, I can barely hear any notes (when the tone is on full). Pickups wise, I was wondering if this would help:

Neck: Dimarzio Area T
Mid (Nashvilles have start single coils here): Lace Sensor Purple
Bridge: Dimarzio Chopper T

these are all relatively high output compared to the tex mex stock ones I believe. At the moment I'm playing the tele through an effects chain of: a whammy, Boss OD3, EHX line booster, Boss Re20 and an EHX debugger into a fender pro junior. I tend to play Radiohead, Smiths, Interpol and Bloc Party.

Would these pickups be a good idea or are there better alternatives? Or is it worth me getting a different guitar? (preferreably not the last one)
#2
Any help with this before it falls of the face of the earth?

Does what I'm describing sound like I want humbuckers? I am having serious considerations about replacing the guitar now. It seems like getting new pickups is a risk as it could be a waste of money if it doesn't solve my problems and then the guitar might not sell (or decrease in value) with such an un-tele combination of pickups.
#3
It's your amp, man. Pro Juniors are very trebly (and don't have EQ knobs, do they?), and Telecasters are as well.
#4
Damn. Now that is inconvenient. I'd much prefer it to be something else rather than the amp, I can't imagine its worth too much and don't want to have to replace it.

Can anyone confirm this, or is there a remedy?
#6
Quote by Danno13
It's your amp, man. Pro Juniors are very trebly (and don't have EQ knobs, do they?), and Telecasters are as well.

pro juniors do have a tone knob, so you can cut the treble. I've actually worked with a band whose rhythm guitarist used this setup minus the pedals (and his was a MIM standard tele, and a modded MIA standard with a neck humbucker, so probably less trebly than the nashville), but he had his tone knob at about 9 o'clock if i remember correctly, and it sounded quite trebly, but not too trebly. just right lol.
I like analogue Solid State amps that make no effort to be "tube-like", and I'm proud of it...

...A little too proud, to be honest.
#7
Alright, i had a good hour long session with the tele and the pro junior. I think the problem lies with the tele and single coil pickups, they sound really weak unless I have my overdrive pedal on full gain; I can't quite squeeze that sound I'm after from the tele. I guess its all those years on my epiphone dot, I've got used to the humbucker feel and it seems more versatile and a bit more growly.

So now I'm considering a new guitar and amp... may have to change the thread title.