#1
I just bought a new American Standard Tele, and I wanna switch out the bridge pickup w/ a humbucker. I have two that I'm lookin' at, but I don't know which one to get. On the first and third links, will it fit into a single coil pickup slot? Also, what is the difference between the pickups with the six dots along it versus these pckups with the lines on them?

http://accessories.musiciansfriend.com/product/Seymour-Duncan-STHR1-Tele-Hot-Rails-Pickup-Black?sku=300367

http://accessories.musiciansfriend.com/product/Seymour-Duncan-STKT2-Hot-Lead-Stack-SingleCoil-Bridge-Pickup?sku=300431

http://accessories.musiciansfriend.com/product/Seymour-Duncan-SHR1-Hot-Rail-Stacked-Single-Coil-Pickup?sku=300300
#2
Quote by skynyrdkoku1
I just bought a new American Standard Tele, and I wanna switch out the bridge pickup w/ a humbucker. I have two that I'm lookin' at, but I don't know which one to get. On the first and third links, will it fit into a single coil pickup slot? Also, what is the difference between the pickups with the six dots along it versus these pckups with the lines on them?

http://accessories.musiciansfriend.com/product/Seymour-Duncan-STHR1-Tele-Hot-Rails-Pickup-Black?sku=300367

http://accessories.musiciansfriend.com/product/Seymour-Duncan-STKT2-Hot-Lead-Stack-SingleCoil-Bridge-Pickup?sku=300431

http://accessories.musiciansfriend.com/product/Seymour-Duncan-SHR1-Hot-Rail-Stacked-Single-Coil-Pickup?sku=300300
The first 2 will fit the bridge position ... I'd go for a SC specifically designed for the Tele neck instead of the 3rd link. This will ensure that it'll fit the PG.

The 6 "dots" vs. the "bar" that you mention are just different magnet configurations.

Just curious, why buy a relatively expensive Tele, only to change the PUs?

I would've gone with an inexpensive Squier with an Alder body and already routed for HS PUs. I got this discontinued Tele: Alder body, stringthrough, and HS PUs for $90 at GC ... they're available at some shops up and down the West Coast still.



#3
Yeah, seems a bit stupid to get an American Standard series and then change the one thing that the Tele is most famous and popular for (the bridge singlecoil tone).

That first and second pickups will fit the Tele fine. I think the third one is spaced for a Strat, so that one could have some issues.

Also, you should know, those 'singlecoil sized humbuckers' don't ever sound like a full humbucker. At best, they sound like a stacked P-90 or a minihumbucker (like you get in Firebirds and some ES guitars). If you want a full humbucker tone then you need to get a full humbucker, which could mean routing the guitar.


Anyway, the only other thing of note is the 'dots' vs 'lines' thing. To put it really simply and without going into the technical details of why it happens, the ones with 'dots' will have a more defined, clear tone, the ones with the 'lines' will have a slightly thicker tone with less definition.
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#4
Ok. Well, if I left everything how it came, could I still get a sound out of it similar to that of bands like Taking back Sunday, or Boys like girls, or Goo Goo Dolls? I have a Schecter 006 Elite w/ Humbucker pickups in it already. Should I just get the Tele and get a sound out of it like Augustana, The Fray, Coldplay, etc.? and use the Schecter for the really hard stuff?
#6
I just checked Fender's page, and they say the guitar is routed for H/S/H, so if you bought a new bridge plate that was spaced for a full humbucker, you could put a proper humbucker in the bridge if that was the tone you really wanted.

I still think it's a little stupid though. The one thing a Tele does that no other guitar does is that bridge singlecoil tone, if you're using humbuckers you really are better off getting something other than a Tele...
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#7
Go on eBay and look for a telecaster bridge which is cut for a humbucker, then slap that on (this will require a minimal amount of drilling at most, if its a real fender part, it shouldn't need any. Go to this ebay store.), stick in ur 'bucker (you might have to route out the wood a bit, I'm not sure), then you're good to do

As for what pickup, what sort of music do you like?