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Old 09-30-2018, 03:49 PM
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I can get a LOT of mileage from the neck pickup on a Tele... a great neck pickup gives a full, fat tone that works for jazz, blues, rock... even just "expressive" noodling!

The bridge pickup, while defining THE Telecaster sound, is a bit more limited in it's scope, but when you need THAT tone, there's really nothing like it!

Since I don't currently own a Telecaster, I don't have to choose! I'll let you know when I find the right one for me...
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I owned a Tele once with a four position switch. You could choose the two pickups in parallel on one setting and series on another. Opens up more options. I still prefer bridge alone, however.
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I like the bridge position for lead and the neck or sometimes neck/middle for rhythm. (Three position covers it all).
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I owned one of the first late-CBS '52 reissues back in the '80s-90s, which I had rewired with a five-way switch; my two faves were neck PU + .047 cap (think Stephen Stills' smoky-toned extended solos on "Wooden Ships") and, as Frank stated above, both pickups in series. Since I'm almost exclusively a clean player, I could (and did) do entire gigs on those two positions alone; that neck/cap combo was great for vintage jazz tones (especially with the flatwounds I was using), and the series setup was not only very dynamically responsive but offered a broad variety of tone color depending where you picked - not to mention more front-end drive power than you're used to getting from stock Tele pickups...
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...and the series setup was not only very dynamically responsive but offered a broad variety of tone color depending where you picked - not to mention more front-end drive power than you're used to getting from stock Tele pickups...
And that's why I use mostly the middle with 2 pu's
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Here's a dirty little secret you can try.Want that classic country tele tone? Neck pickup and pick right down by the bridge saddles into a compressor.
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Old 10-02-2018, 10:33 PM
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I only ever use the neck pickup. I like the clean, jazzy sound.
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I like all three, and use whichever strikes my fancy. I do find that I like neck more with bigger, cleaner amps as the bridge can get a touch harsh. I also will tend to hang out on the neck pickup with an overdriven amp to get more bite and clarity, although the bridge with tone rolled a bit off is also lovely.
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I have a G&L ASAT Classic Bluesboy. Their version of the Thinline with a humbucker in the neck. That neck humbucker is sweet thru my Hot Rod DeVille 410's clean channel with a touch of reverb and the tone knob about 50%.
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Since the Telecaster appears to be a popular electric guitar option, what would be your favorite pickup position: Bridge only, Bridge and neck, or neck only?
Both pickups with volume & tone fully up.
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Old 10-03-2018, 06:45 PM
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I received a Tele today from another Forum member. It is the new Fender MIM with a new name, the American Standard or ? He replaced the stock pick ups with Fender Noiseless. Still sounds like a Tele. I used it at band practice today with the Victoria Tweed Deluxe.

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For the music weíre playing, I found the bridge pickup was the most authentic for playing with a pedal steel.
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I received a Tele today from another Forum member. It is the new Fender MIM with a new name, the American Standard or ? He replaced the stock pick ups with Fender Noiseless. Still sounds like a Tele. I used it at band practice today with the Victoria Tweed Deluxe.

Twangy!

For the music we’re playing, I found the bridge pickup was the most authentic for playing with a pedal steel.
The MIM Standard has now been succeeded by the “Player Telecaster” with Alnico V magnet pickups; with stock 6 bent-steel saddles it sounds like you’re getting full bite. These MIMs have nice soft action at the first fret right from the factory, every time I see them in store.
Last time I had a Tele it was always on bridge; going with individual steel saddles next time around rather than brass barrel.

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Old 10-05-2018, 09:34 PM
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The bridge pickup is definitely the strength of the telecaster. The neck is good but nobody buys a tele for the neck pickup. Iím not a bridge pickup guy, so I play a strat, where the neck pickup is itís strength along with its two in-between positions. And itís bridge pickup is onlyuseful combined with the middle. Iíve had teles and I like em just fine on their own, but when I have a strat and a tele, the tele never gets played. And I always have a strat. So now I have a tele with dual P-90s which plays like a tele but sounds like P-90s. That one gets played...
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Old 10-06-2018, 01:22 AM
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Default Favorite Telecaster Pickup position or combo

I played in a country band for a good few years with a Fender 52 Nocaster into a Vox AC30 . For me the ace in the Teles hole is the tone control . Bridge pick up and turn the tone control back a quarter turn turn play all your steel guitar licks with a bit of 350ms delay and reverb , don't forget the volume pedal. In my view the Jerry Donahue Tele hits the target with the five way switching and the Strat neck pickup
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