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  • #31
    My search ended with these. I had Tonerider Hots before but sold them when I got my Keystones.


    Interesting. I was gonna put in a vote for the Tonerider Hot Classics, which I've been digging, especially considering the price. How do the Keystones differ?
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    • #32
      Yeah, I really like the CS69 Strat pickups so I figured I would give them a try. They're very nice and affordable on Amazon.


      I got them on amazon. I also love my CS69 set.
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      • #33
        I'll repeat the recommendation of the Bill Lawrence Keystones: http://wildepickups.com/Wilde_Bill_s_Keystones.html
        Over at TDPRI (those guys know all there is know about Teles), these pickups are highly regarded.


        This. I've got Keystones in my CIJ Tele. Definitely an improvement over the stock pickups. They just sound... better

        IMO they're a no-brainer- handwound pickups from the guy who wrote the book on aftermarket pickups at chinese sweatshop prices.

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        • #34
          tele purists would scoff at the idea but i love the seymour duncan lil 59 in the bridge of my tele. havent found a neck pup i like, though.


          I put a set in my old telecaster and just hated its sound. Not humbuckers, not single coil, not p90. NOTHING, JUST NOTHING!
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          • #35
            Is that your guitar in the avatar? Like to mod mine and that looks pretty modded.


            Yes, yes it is. PM me if you want to brainstorm. I mod my guitars all the time. It's actually what got me into pedal building. I sort of apply a lot of the switching and signal routing knowhow I acquired from that to pedals now as well.

            Of course I still mod guitars. I just modded the crap out of my silver strat again tonight, actually. I think I need to tweak the frequency cutoff but it has a kill switch style "wah" switch now. Rolls off high end only when your finger is on it.
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            • #36
              Are GFS pickups considered better than stock Fender pups?


              I don't know about the whole lineup, but I'll vouch that the Fatbody is legit. YMMV, but it booted a Lollar Vintage T out of the bridge in my rock Tele.
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              • #37
                I got them on amazon. I also love my CS69 set.


                Great minds think alike!

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                • #38
                  I put a set in my old telecaster and just hated its sound. Not humbuckers, not single coil, not p90. NOTHING, JUST NOTHING!


                  yeah, sounds kinda humbuckerish but your tele still sounds like a tele. i enjoy it could see how some may not. they arent squealy and thin sounding enough for some people. thats fine.

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                  • #39
                    Interesting. I was gonna put in a vote for the Tonerider Hot Classics, which I've been digging, especially considering the price. How do the Keystones differ?


                    I am not great at describing how (the highs are so high and the lows are so low - **************** I don't know? LOL). The Keystones are more Tele traditional sounding and sound great clean. They also sound good through an overdriven amp. I built a Tweed 5F1 amp and when I plugged a humbucker guitar into it I thought it sounded like ****************. When I plugged my Keystone loaded MIM Tele in I now "get it." Tele through cranked tweed with no pedals is the sound you strive to attain.

                    The Keystones are very quiet for SC's and they sound REALLY good for a great price. He could probably sell them for twice the price and still sell boatloads. That's not to take away from the Toneriders I just like the Keystones better.

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                    • #40
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                      • #41
                        I'm no expert on the subect, I've owned maybe 7 or 8 different teles, and I always just stuck with the stock pickups...

                        So maybe another good and affordable option would be to just look for someone who's replacing the stock pickups of his Fender AVR '52 tele...

                        They might not be fancy handwound custom shop or whatever, but they still get the job done, and probably cheapish too if you take your time to browse ebay/CL...

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                        • #42
                          Recently tried the Amalfitano pups and were utterly blown away by them...very hot though.
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                          • #43
                            Jess Loureiro makes great pickups. I have the jazzmaster pickups and they sound great. Hand made by Jess in Spain. 40 euros each.
                            http://www.jlguitars.com/telecasterpickups.htm

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                            • #44
                              The CS Nocasters are fantastic pickups. Mine are really quiet on top of sounding great. It kind of makes me want to look into strat pickups with alnico III magnets. Also might have to check out the CS 69s, the SCNs I recently put in my strat aren't quite doing it for me.

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                              • #45
                                Fender 62s rival any small-maker's offering IMO.
                                Fantastic sounding.
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