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PostPosted: Wed Oct 14, 2020 6:56 pm    Post subject: Tele bridge pickups? Reply with quote

This is definitely a dumb question, but I can’t seem to find a clear answer.

Tele bridge pickups are different from a standard single coil, right? I can’t just put any old single coil in a standard Tele bridge pickup hole?

If there is a way to do this, does it require any special tomfoolery?
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 14, 2020 7:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Tele bridge pickup is larger so a strat pickup will fit the bridge hole, but there’s not really a good way to mount it or an adapter product readily available.

A forum thread I found on the subject, has some ideas:

https://www.tdpri.com/threads/install-strat-bridge-pickup-into-a-tele-bridge.418094/
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 14, 2020 7:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A single coil adapter for humbucker routs would probably cover most routs except for the bigger ones with that thing at the bottom (which can be covered by the bridge), but I'm not sure tele routs are wide enough for the strat pickup's ears.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 15, 2020 8:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Also, the mounts on a Tele bridge pickup are in a different place to most single coils:


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2020 5:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Special tomfoolery confirmed.

Tele bobbins are bigger than Strat ones, but they don't have a cover so the resulting hole in the plate isn't wayyy off or anything. Its mounting that would be the main issue.
Probably the best way to do it would be to screw it into the bottom of the pickup cavity with long screws and foam like offset or fender bass pickups and have it peek through the hole in the plate (same method as vintage-style Tele neck pickups without height adjust screws on the pickguard, actually)... you'd probably have to widen the route at the sides though, and it will probably show a little on either side of the bridge plate?

And be a total bastard when you want to adjust the height as you'd have to practically unstring the whole guitar to get under the bridge plate.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2020 10:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

paul_ wrote:
Special tomfoolery confirmed.


There was a particular Strat-sized DiMarzio I was intrigued by, but if there's ~special tomfoolery~ then I think I'll stick with a standard Tele bridge-sized pickup for this project. Might stick the DiMarzio in my Les Paul SL at some point instead, I'm pretty certain those are regular Strat-sized single coils.

Thanks for the assistance, all!
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2020 10:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Which DiMarzio are you interested in?
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2020 10:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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paul_ wrote:
Special tomfoolery confirmed.


There was a particular Strat-sized DiMarzio I was intrigued by, but if there's ~special tomfoolery~ then I think I'll stick with a standard Tele bridge-sized pickup for this project. Might stick the DiMarzio in my Les Paul SL at some point instead, I'm pretty certain those are regular Strat-sized single coils.

Thanks for the assistance, all!

Gibson style and Fender style guitars have different string spacings, unless the pickup is rail the polepieces won't match the strings when when putting let's say a strat pickup into a Gibson and vice versa
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2020 8:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, but that doesn't really matter the way pickup manufacturers pretend it does.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2020 9:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kurtz used Gibson spaced pickups in Fender guitars and we all know how that ended.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2020 9:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, it ended when they put the tune-o-matic on.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2020 9:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 17, 2020 5:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

paul_ wrote:
Yeah, but that doesn't really matter the way pickup manufacturers pretend it does.

Yeah, but then the innate flaws which absolutely every pickup has will drive you crazy at night robbing you off your sleep. "Do I not have that juicy bass and treble response because the low and high E strings don't exactly match the pole pieces?" I'm almost sure that's the reason why Kurtz gone
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 17, 2020 7:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Teh Kurdtz is gone because he F-spaced his ears.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 17, 2020 9:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

G to F-spacng conversion shotgun is the latest product from Stewmac? Will there be a video lesson on their website on how to use it?
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 17, 2020 12:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dan Erlewine posted a How to on live leak.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 17, 2020 2:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Noirie. wrote:
Dan Erlewine posted a How to on live leak.


Laughing

Did you Dan Erlewine was in a band with Iggy Pop?
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