'53 Tapped Tele® Model T
"Guitar Shop" Set
This set combines Seymour's favorite Tele® pickup—the '53 Style Tapped Tele® Lead—in his favorite combination
Custom Wound Telecaster® Rhythm pickup. The rhythm pickup is reverse wound with reverse polarity, in order to offer hum-canceling when both pickups are on.
The Tapped Tele® lead pickup is hand-wound by Seymour himself, and tapped for two levels of output. "I had always wanted to have a Telecaster® or Esquire® pickup that would give me two tones and outputs," explains Seymour. "I designed this version for a guitar I made for Alan Dutton, Jeff Beck’s road manager. Jeff heard it, used it on his 1989 album, Guitar Shop, and never gave it back."
The full output of the pickup gives extra output and sustain, while the tapped output is very traditional, like Seymour's favorite '53 Telecaster®. "I use this in my sunburst Fender Esquire®; it always works when I'm doing shows and has such great tone when combined with a RW/RP Telecaster® Neck Pickup. I used this setup when I played with Albert Collins, James Burton, and Roy Buchanan, and they always loved the tone."
- 6.1KΩ tapped
- 9.6kΩ full output
Custom Wound Telecaster® Rhythm
DC Resistance: 7.3kΩ
Magnet: Alnico 5
'53 Model T "Guitar Shop" Set: $320
Seymour's suggested wiring:
1st position: Full-output bridge pickup
2nd position: Full-output bridge pickup with the neck pickup to cancel hum
3rd position: Neck pickup
4th position: Tapped-output bridge pickup with the neck pickup to cancel hum
5th position: Tapped-output bridge pickup
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