#1
Ok, I'm pretty well satisfied with my amp and effects right now, and I have 2 guitars that I love, but have some quirks.

My main guitar is a MIM tele. It plays better than all but a few guitars I've played, and sounds great stock.

The dilemma here is that I love the jangle and brilliance of the tele's pickups, but they often have some really harsh frequencies/overtones(like "holy crap my ears are bleeding harsh") when I'm strumming (will compression fix this?), and even when I crank my amp, they still sound really thin and "spiky" for leads.

I Love that screamin, thick, lead tone I can get from humbuckers, but I also don't want to sacrifice the jangly single coil tone.

So, is there something out there for me? I'm leaning towards a new guitar because I actually have some money to spend on something "nice", but I could settle for a new set of pickups I guess.
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#2
I assume you're using your bridge pickup, then?

I would advise you to look at Alnico II Tele pickups. They'll have a warmer top end, a softer attack, and I believe that will fix your "harsh treble" problems.
Maybe check out these:
http://www.lollarguitars.com/Pickups.htm

On a much cheaper note, have you tried rolling your tone knob down a bit?
#3
Since you already love the tone of your tele, pick up another guitar. You wouldn't want to change the pickups and find out you liked the other ones better.
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#4
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I assume you're using your bridge pickup, then?

I would advise you to look at Alnico II Tele pickups. They'll have a warmer top end, a softer attack, and I believe that will fix your "harsh treble" problems.
Maybe check out these:
http://www.lollarguitars.com/Pickups.htm

On a much cheaper note, have you tried rolling your tone knob down a bit?


Actually I almost never use the bridge pickup. But I can see where the assumption came from, as the bridge pickup is pretty harsh. And I know I wont be able to solve the problem 100%, because my amp is part of it. Its a very Bassy and Midrangy amp. To get the desired tone I have to turn the treble up. I also run my amp at full volume (not full gain) almost all the time, to get as much out of the tubes as I can.

Rolling down the treble on the guitar and/or amp would reduce the harsh spikes, but I'm not willing to sacrifice my tone for that.
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#7
I'm playing through a Traynor YCV-20WR
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#9
Quote by forsaknazrael
Hm. I wouldn't say those are really that warm/bassy of an amp...
What are your EQ settings?

An Alnico II pickup in the neck still sounds like a good idea. It'll sound warmer, but still have that single coil charm.


Bass: 5
Treble: 8
Mids: 4

Yeah yeah...I know. But believe me, I have spent hours upon hours messing with this amp, and I think this is how its gonna stay. I also have a rather large effects chain that cuts off my top end.
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#10
id say try a new pickup and if you have the spacing for a hum try a coil tap i had a buddy who built a tele copy and put some kind of emg in it with a coil tap and it was great still had that twang to it