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FDP Forum / The 'Pup' Tent / Tele bridge pickup recommendations

Tinkerer
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San Diego, CA USA

Oct 9th, 2018 02:32 PM   Edit   Profile  

Can anyone recommend an inexpensive, or better yet, cheap authentic sounding bridge pickup that has pole pieces that can be removed and turned over for polarity change?

I'm thinking about making a 3 pickup guitar but using Tele bridge pickups in all 3 positions. I'd like to get the best authentic sounding cheap pickup I can so that if it sounds lousy I won't feel so bad!!!!

Am I asking too much, or is this an idea that is doomed to suck?

Thanks!

Achase4u
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U.S. - Virginia

Oct 9th, 2018 03:08 PM   Edit   Profile  

I would get a Fender American standard/series bridge pickup and just buy whatever mags you want to put in the molded bobbins. I believe they are .187" diameter 3/16". You could try a2 a3 a4 a5 etc.

Otherwise you could take any pickup and buy the Stewmac neodymium magnets and change polarity as you want. The baseplate being on when you charge the magnets will increase the charge slightly compared to charging then putting the plate on, but your options will be much more open if you choose this route.

I use 4 neo mags, 2 per side in the stewmac nut and saddle vice.

Tinkerer
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San Diego, CA USA

Oct 9th, 2018 09:31 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks Achase4u! If I can't find a less expensive, decent sounding alternative, that sounds like a good way to go.

Achase4u
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U.S. - Virginia

Oct 10th, 2018 11:00 AM   Edit   Profile  

*thumbs up*

Tinkerer
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San Diego, CA USA

Oct 14th, 2018 09:57 PM   Edit   Profile  

I had an old single coil GFS pickup in my parts bin, along with a neodymium magnet bar magnet as well, so I decided to experiment with it to see how changing the polarity would work. The GFS pickup was oriented North up. I literally just slid the bar magnet north side down, so north to north, for just a few seconds, and the magnetic polarity of the pickup changed. Worked like a charm- thanks Achase4u!!

I ended up ordering 3 GFS 50's repro Alnico tele bridge pickups. I will change the polarity on the one I am locating in the middle.

Achase4u
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U.S. - Virginia

Oct 15th, 2018 01:42 PM   Edit   Profile  

Oh interesting! Did you go south to south on the other side as well? It would probably need to in order to get a full charge. But as it is, it can still work, and you may like it even more!

Have fun!

(This message was last edited by Achase4u at 03:43 PM, Oct 15th, 2018)

Tinkerer
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San Diego, CA USA

Oct 15th, 2018 03:10 PM   Edit   Profile  

I only did the "top" side, because I did not want to remove the base plate. I read online about it, and the sense I got is that the neodymium magnets are strong enough that only doing 1 side is enough.

Achase4u
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U.S. - Virginia

Oct 16th, 2018 12:26 AM   Edit   Profile  

Could be, depending on the size of the neo and the other mag.

I wouldn't worry too much about it.

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