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    For a mexican tele, maple fingerboard, alder body. I'm leaning towards the aII pro neck, because I want a very smooth warm single coil rhythm sound. I don't want to sacrifice any clarity however, I also want it to be glassy clear. For the bridge, I'm thinking about either a hot lead stack, a vintage lead stack, or a JD (maybe a Five-Two?). I want something that is equally good clean or dirty, with just the right amount of twang, with warmth and versitility for all styles. Any suggestions?
    Originally posted by The Minstrel
    Fair as the country was and the goatboy life my fellows' lot, if I could not've imagined my music's one day whisking me Orionlike to the stars, I'd have as well flung myself into the sea. No other fate would even faintly do; an impassioned lack of alternatives moved my tongue; what for another might be a heartfelt wish was for me an absolute condition.

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    Re: Tele pups

    I have a Hot Stack bridge and a Vintage Stack neck pickup in my Tele and they are alot like you describe to want from your Tele.

    There are some great choices in the true single coil Tele offerings as well and a JD/APIIn is a tried and true choice.
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      I have a Screamer 50, which is a pretty quiet amp, so at low gain I don't think I'll worry too much about hum. I'm 15, so I don't worry too much about "staying true" to vintage tone. I just want warmth, clarity, and brilliance without any hint of overlybright harshness. I'm leaning towards the APII because the description of the AII mag appeals more to the sound that I want than the AV. For the bridge I want something that can do warm cleans and growly distortion. Things that you liked/didn't like about any of these pups?
      Originally posted by The Minstrel
      Fair as the country was and the goatboy life my fellows' lot, if I could not've imagined my music's one day whisking me Orionlike to the stars, I'd have as well flung myself into the sea. No other fate would even faintly do; an impassioned lack of alternatives moved my tongue; what for another might be a heartfelt wish was for me an absolute condition.

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        Re: Tele pups

        I'm leaning towards APIIn and Hot Stack bridge at the moment. Anyone else?
        Originally posted by The Minstrel
        Fair as the country was and the goatboy life my fellows' lot, if I could not've imagined my music's one day whisking me Orionlike to the stars, I'd have as well flung myself into the sea. No other fate would even faintly do; an impassioned lack of alternatives moved my tongue; what for another might be a heartfelt wish was for me an absolute condition.

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          Re: Tele pups

          Please?
          Originally posted by The Minstrel
          Fair as the country was and the goatboy life my fellows' lot, if I could not've imagined my music's one day whisking me Orionlike to the stars, I'd have as well flung myself into the sea. No other fate would even faintly do; an impassioned lack of alternatives moved my tongue; what for another might be a heartfelt wish was for me an absolute condition.

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            Re: Tele pups

            i think the aII in the neck will get over powered by the bridge when you use them both. the hot stack and vintage stack seems to be a better match. If you want to go AII you should pick a lower output bridge pickup like the JD or the five two.
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              Re: Tele pups

              Ok, I was worried about that. The JD doesn't hum too much, does it?
              Originally posted by The Minstrel
              Fair as the country was and the goatboy life my fellows' lot, if I could not've imagined my music's one day whisking me Orionlike to the stars, I'd have as well flung myself into the sea. No other fate would even faintly do; an impassioned lack of alternatives moved my tongue; what for another might be a heartfelt wish was for me an absolute condition.

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              • #8
                Re: Tele pups

                I've said it once and I'll say it again, and I apologize Duncan but the best tele pickups I've ever used is the Rio Grande Muy Grande bridge and tallboy neck. The tallboy is a nice vintage sounding pickup and the muy grande is a beefier single coil. Sounds AMAZING for leads.

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                  italic zero...
                  The best electric I ever owned was a beaten and heavily modded tele that I put a apII in the bridge and LOVED it. I would highly recommend either that or the JD in the bridge... warm, full, with muscle and twang but no ice picks. Great clean and great through a vintage tube screamer. The apII in the neck would be a nice match. As for hum, shield the guitar well and it isn't too bad plus no hum free pickup I've ever heard really captured the sound of a good single coil. It is just a different sound which you either want or don't want. If you want the single coil tele sound, the hum comes with it.
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                  • #10
                    Re: Tele pups

                    Cool. I don't mind hum too much anyway.

                    Looks like AII/JD right now
                    Originally posted by The Minstrel
                    Fair as the country was and the goatboy life my fellows' lot, if I could not've imagined my music's one day whisking me Orionlike to the stars, I'd have as well flung myself into the sea. No other fate would even faintly do; an impassioned lack of alternatives moved my tongue; what for another might be a heartfelt wish was for me an absolute condition.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Tele pups

                      AIIP all the way. If you want to get a good idea how it sounds, try out a Fender Lite Ash Tele. They sound fantastic either clean or distorted. I think I understand why Slash uses the AIIP in his Les Pauls now . They are warm and very musical. Don't expect quite the chime or brilliance of the traditional Tele, but you get a great tone for rock or anything remotely distorted. I played blues with them and they really shined, same thing with jazz... just wonderful. As long as you don't need country twang, I think you'll be happy with them
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                      • #12
                        Re: Tele pups

                        Nope, I'm not a country guy
                        Originally posted by The Minstrel
                        Fair as the country was and the goatboy life my fellows' lot, if I could not've imagined my music's one day whisking me Orionlike to the stars, I'd have as well flung myself into the sea. No other fate would even faintly do; an impassioned lack of alternatives moved my tongue; what for another might be a heartfelt wish was for me an absolute condition.

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                        • #13
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                          Antiquity Tele

                          great sound!
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