#1
I'm really curious as to whether there are any teles in production (bar the john 5 model) which have a humbucker in the bridge and a single coil in the neck position? I've set my dreams on one of these, and i'm assuming that it would cost a large amount to mod a tele so a humbucker fits...

I haven't even got as far as thinking of a budget, but I'd love to own a tele in the (probably not very near) future. Has anyone got any suggestions?
#2
as far as i know, no. you could buy either a thinline or a deluxe, but they have humbuckers in the neck as well so you'd have to swap those out and somehow replace the pick guard.
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#3
You'd probably have to make one yourself, which isn't a very attractive option... you'd have to Dremel your way through the bridge plate and the body to make a well to fit a humbucker.

You could go with a stacked humbucker as a compromise...
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#4
The Fender Telecaster Custom had a humbucker in it and there were some '72 re-issues (MIJ & MIM) of this model. You may want to locate a used one.
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#5
I've seen a few with humbuckers in both positions, and it wouldn't be hard to fill part of the neck slot to fit a single coil.
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i been wanting one of these myself. from what ive come up with is you would have to get one of these

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Fender-Special-Edition-Spalted-Custom-Telecaster-Electric-Guitar?sku=513879

and just buy the lipstick neck pickup and put a pickguard on it


won't work, as the pick guard won't fit on a carved top.
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#8
o, well then i guess just switch the tele base plate for a fixed bridge of some sort and rout your own bucker spot
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#9
have you tried the bridge pickup in telecasters? i know it is up to you, but i think they sound wonderful, i just put a P90 in the neck of my tele and i love it.
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#10
That spalted maple top looks nice. Maybe get one with two humbuckers and put a p90 in it? Or, I bet you could find one used on ebay or something
#11
GC and MF had a close-out sale on Squier Tele Specials at $99.99: Alder body, string-through bridge, Maple/Rosewood neck, etc. Here are stock pics:




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#13
Just curious - why not the J5? It's got the pickup config you want and IMO it's a pretty fine looking tele.
#14
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Damn, i was looking for something other than a squire Squier, i may have to look into them though..
It just seems really frustrating as i can't be the only one who wants this pick-up configuration on a tele!

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Squiers are fine and when set up properly and played through a nice tube amp, are true stealth weapons.

The upgraded Squier I posted above, when played through a Hughes & Kettner TriAmp MK II + CC 412 A/B 30 cab slays, hard! Through a Fender Hotrod, incredible.




Hmm, i'll have to consider this then, would you recommend a pick-up swap?
I'm thinking of a seymour duncan of some kind...

And to the person above, I just don't really like the look of the J5 tele, and don't think i could get used to the headstock...
#16
Why not just get an SD hot rails or something similar? Humbucker thats fits the size of a single coil slot!

I just had a SD lil'59 fitted in my tele and sounds really good. Almost les paulish but on a diet. Obviously i have lost some of the tele twang though.
#17
What is your budget?

Do you want SC in neck for look or sound or what?

HH might work for you. Here are a few and there were some on page before this but they were more expensive.

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Page-3.gc?src=fender+telecaster&o=2&ipp=15
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Why not just get an SD hot rails or something similar? Humbucker thats fits the size of a single coil slot!

I just had a SD lil'59 fitted in my tele and sounds really good. Almost les paulish but on a diet. Obviously i have lost some of the tele twang though.


I did the same thing on a tele-copy that I have. Put a SD Li'l 59 in there. Perfect fit. It still has some of the twang, but has a hell of a crunch now. Nice, higher output without sounding harsh.



As far as the Fender Custom HH, I have one of those, and personally I wouldn't do a thing to change it. Pearly Gates and a '59... guitar sounds beautiful as is.
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I did the same thing on a tele-copy that I have. Put a SD Li'l 59 in there. Perfect fit. It still has some of the twang, but has a hell of a crunch now. Nice, higher output without sounding harsh.



As far as the Fender Custom HH, I have one of those, and personally I wouldn't do a thing to change it. Pearly Gates and a '59... guitar sounds beautiful as is.



that looks sexy, i may have to get a tele with a Li'l 59 in now
#20
You can have a look at the Framus Renegade Pro, it has dual humbuckers. Those are splittable, so you can get a single coil sound, too (Yeah I know, a real single coil sounds better, but anyway).
http://www.framus.de/modules/produkte/produkt.php?submenuID=21340&katID=11047&cl=EN

It's hard (a.k.a. impossible) to find one of these outside of Europe though. Alternatively, I'd just go for a thinline tele and install a humbucker sized P-90 in the neck position. Seymour Duncan and Gibson offer such pickups.

EDIT: Or do what Hakael said.