What Are The Best Telecaster Neck Pickups?

Telecaster Neck Pickup
What are the best Telecaster Neck pickups?

Nowadays, between digital modeling and overall great engineering, you can make virtually any guitar sound like just about any other guitar. Except, you cannot make any guitar really sound like a Telecaster. You can try, but it will never really quite smell right. If you are looking to upgrade your Telecaster neck pickup, you are in good luck. Many great sounding models are out there that offer not only a high-quality tone but they do so at a pretty reasonable price.

Noiseless / Hum-Canceling


Dimarzio Area T™ Neck DP417

Designed to retain warmth and clarity even when using high levels of distortion or overdrive. Chrome cover is included but does not interfere with the sound.


Seymour Duncan Hot Rails™ for Tele STHR-1n

Very high output, very strong mids, best for more aggressive styles.

Seymour Duncan Hot Rails STHR-1n Product Page

Vintage Style (non hum-canceling)


Lindy Fralin Stock Tele® Replacement Style Neck

Plain Enamel wire is used to wind these for a 7k output, with an option for an additional 2% more output.

Lindy Fralin Stock Tele Neck Product Page


Lindy Fralin High Output Tele® Style Neck

8k output, staggered magnets.

Lindy Fralin High Output Neck Product Page


Lindy Fralin Steel Poled Tele® Style Neck

Adjustable pole pieces and the option for 10% more output (7k) or 15% more output (9k).

Lindy Fralin Steel Poled Tele Neck Product Page


Dimarzio True Velvet™ T DP177

Designed to provide more clarity in the low wound strings and smooth out the highs. Double wax-potted to minimize squealing.

Dimarzio True Velvet Product Page


Dimarzio Twang King™ T DP172

Designed to provide more clarity in the low wound strings and smooth out the highs. Double wax-potted to minimize squealing.

Dimarzio Twang King DP172 Product Page


Seymour Duncan Vintage Rhythm STR-1

A faithful reproduction of 1950s Telecaster neck pickup.

Seymour Duncan Vintage Rhythm STR-1 Product Page