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 Am I fine to shove a humbucker into a Telecaster? 
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Post Am I fine to shove a humbucker into a Telecaster?
If I can find online a new tailpiece for my Fender tele that has a hole cut in it designed for a humbucker, then am I fine just to take it to a tech and get the original single coil in the bridge swapped out for a full humbucker?

Also,
a) will the tech need to dig any wood out of my guitar to place it in? and
b) will the neck pickup still retain it's original sound?

I wanted to buy one of those "stacked" humbuckers like the Super Distortion T (DP318) but I figured why settle for a substitute if I can just get the real thing.

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Sun Dec 18, 2011 5:41 am
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Post Re: Am I fine to shove a humbucker into a Telecaster?
Just get a humbucker that's in the size of a single pup!

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Post Re: Am I fine to shove a humbucker into a Telecaster?
I've got a Japan custom 62 Tele and wired in a Dimarzio Chopper-T pickup with a coil splitter push/pull on the tone knob.

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Post Re: Am I fine to shove a humbucker into a Telecaster?
Meant to add, the neck pickup sounds the same to me and I quite like the combination of neck pickup and humbucker.

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Post Re: Am I fine to shove a humbucker into a Telecaster?
I'd really recommend wiring a coil tap for the humbucker if you decide on one. That neck and bridge single coil sound is THE tele sound. With the tap, you can have your cake and eat it too!


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Post Re: Am I fine to shove a humbucker into a Telecaster?
Jerhova wrote:
I'd really recommend wiring a coil tap for the humbucker if you decide on one. That neck and bridge single coil sound is THE tele sound. With the tap, you can have your cake and eat it too!


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There was no way I was going to put in a humbucker without tapping it.
The twang from the bridge single coil is not something to go without!

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Tue Dec 20, 2011 4:32 pm
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Post Re: Am I fine to shove a humbucker into a Telecaster?
Stacked coils do NOT sound like humbuckers. If you want a humbucker tone ONLY, get a humbucker.

Stacked coils sound like single coils on steroids, and while technically they are humbuckers, the tone is more open and less compressed...

Stacked Coils = more beef than singlecoils, more gain, but retain the openness, airy and some brightness of singlecoils.

You can pull it off though, Stacked Coils are SWEET kinds of pickups. They have unique characteristics in tone and response that is neither single coil nor humbucker...

A Tone Zone HB will sound drastically different than a TZ tele stacked.

Go with a humbucker if that's what you really want.


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Post Re: Am I fine to shove a humbucker into a Telecaster?
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Be careful of the dimensions of the mini-HB, be sure that it will fit!
Don't be a dumbass and buy a mini-HB that does not fit in my Tele.. :lol:

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