The solderless connector setup includes a circuit board loaded with all the favourite USA grade electronics (Switchcraft jack, Oak Grigsby switch, CTS potentiometers, Orange drop capacitor) along with the pickups. This circuit board simply drops into your Tele, then you plug in the connectors we've added to the end of the pickup leads into the circuit board. The Tele setup comes with 500k potentiometers, 3 (or 4) way switch and 0.022uf capacitor. No soldering is required at all, making the installation job take about 10 minutes in total!
This is a noiseless stacked pickup set designed to imitate the traditional vintage style Telecaster pickups, and it does it beautifully.
The bridge has a great amount of twang and bite, more than enough to be able to cover all the chicken pickin' licks you can dream of, and best of all - none of that horrid humming and hissing when you play in a place with poor electronics!
The long alnico 5 polepieces preserve a great deal of the treble that is lost in the humcancelling coils, meaning that they retains a very close genuine single coil tone. These come with 4 conductor wire, so if a true single coil tone is vital to some parts of your work - just wire them up to a switch for single coil operation! (although with the humbucking setting being so close, in my experience this makes a very minimal difference).
The treble of Tele bridges that we all know and love is still sharp and beautiful, the mids are not overbearing and the bass is perfectly balanced. The EQ is exactly the same as a normal Tele bridge pickup. All stacked Telecaster bridge designs of this type that I'm aware of use 44 awg wire - which results in high capacitance, sapping the pickup of the treble that Tele bridges are loved for. This uses 43, therefore avoiding this problem.
The neck is warm and creamy with the unmistakable single coil clarity This pickup is designed to imitate the earliest vintage Tele necks by keeping the wind from being too powerful. I've boosted it slightly to make it a better match with the bridge. It blends the perfect amount of treble into the mix to stop it from being overly dull or mushy, but not too much to lose the beautiful character of a traditional Tele neck pickup.
The lack of a cover on the neck will introduce more treble into the pickup. The unavoidable treble loss in the stacked design is countered by removing the cover, which contributes to the treble loss in a standard Telecaster neck. This means that this unconventional coverless version sounds like a standard covered Tele neck, whilst having the benefits of having more height adjustment range and a higher output.
These pickups are 4 millimeters taller than traditional Tele pickups, so check your guitar can accomodate it!
I recommend changing your potentiometers to 500k for use with these, as they are humbuckers.
Resistance (ohms): 15k/13k
Magnets: alnico 5
Output wire: 4 conductor + shield
Supplied with screws and springs.