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Fender American Special Telecaster - Metal?

Hey guys, do you think that the Texas Special pickups in the Am. Special Telecaster can do metal/post-hardcore like Underoath, Hawthorne Heights etc?
Of course it can do metal, but will it sound good? Have anyone tried it?
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No , as a long time tele user I have used most so many pickups its dizzying. For metal I would get a a dual blade single coil sized humbucker. The Seymour duncan hot rails bridge will get your there. Single coil pickups require a lot of additional mid boost to do metal and would also add alot of 60 cycle hum.
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Put EMGs in a Tele ... Now that would be a sight!
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+1 on the Hot Rails. In my younger days I was a metalhead. I loved the Hot Rails pickup in the bridge position - Crunch from hell!
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Standard singlecoils are not for metal. Get a stack hum in singlecoil form or put in some humpups
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Yes, but it depends if you are going thru a pedal or amp.
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The obvious Tele for metal would be the Fender Jim Root Tele, as it comes loaded with EMGs...



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Every time I here "Tele" ands "metal" together I think of this:
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For metal, I would try a mini Bucker Neck Position and PAF Bridge
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Put EMGs in a Tele ... Now that would be a sight!
Jim Root's signature tele is a tele with EMGs


but you need at least humbuckers TS
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Is this a guitar you already own or are looking at buying? I'd go a Seymour Duncan Hot Rails if I had a traditional Telecaster. Failing that, I'd go the Jim Root with EMG's. Failing that, I'd go a Fender Blacktop which comes with humbuckers, and swap them out for some Duncan's or EMGs to suit.

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Every time I hear 'Tele' and 'Metal' in the same sentence I think 'Jimmy Page'!

But then again he also used a bow to play it.





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A telecaster is a very bad choice for that kind of music, unless it is some kind of sub-type with humbuckers and clearly aimed for high gain stuff.
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The thing about a tele is its seen as a very country genre related guitar, but it's pretty versatile, I'm after one myself, but all my guitars have at least one humbucker in the bridge, but you can definitely get a two pick up single coil tele to sound heavy, night just a case of changing your rig a bit to get the sound you're looking for, push comes to shove, get some different pick ups, I know a few guys who have Duncan's and EMG's in their tele's (single coil) they sound amazing, but I personally still prefer the original pick ups, but that's just me, I'd say go and try it out, take a distortion pedal with you and see how it goes, if it doesn't work buy an ESP
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One of the tones I love is my baja tele (regular tele pickups) for heavy stuff. Yeah, 60 cycle hum is there, but it's not bad when playing.

In fact, just this weekend I went with my wife to GC and played a thinline tele (single coils) into a 6505 and it sounded awesomely brutal.
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I've been playing a tele with a lil 59er in the bridge for decades. Used it in the early 90s to play metal type stuff. Now it's my main shred guitar, but I've lightened up on the gain over the past few years.

The nice thing about a tele is that it is a fixed bridge and has the 25 1/2" scale length, so it takes heavy strings and de-tuning well.
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Anyone mentionend the Fender Blacktop Teles so far? They have two humbuckers which sound pretty good for the price. I had a Blacktop for quite a while and upgraded it with EMG 81 and 60 PUPs. Pretty badass if you ask me, I liked it a lot.

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I love tele's but nothing beats a nice superstrat double cutaway for metal.
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Put EMGs in a Tele ... Now that would be a sight!

I knew a guy with an EMG 81 in a primer grey tele that he called "a wolf in sheep's clothing"
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Anyone mentionend the Fender Blacktop Teles so far? They have two humbuckers which sound pretty good for the price. I had a Blacktop for quite a while and upgraded it with EMG 81 and 60 PUPs. Pretty badass if you ask me, I liked it a lot.

These are amazing if you're not going for a super high output modern metal sound. Definitely worth checking out.
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