All guitar modifications are inherently imperfect, and unexpected issues can crop up. Please do your own research and/or consult help from a local guitar repair shop if you aren't sure about the parts you want to install. You can also feel free to ask questions in the comments section below.
Pickup Upgrades for the Fender Player Telecaster
These are a few of my favorite upgrade suggestions for the Fender Player Telecaster, which is the cheapest of the Fender Tele series. It comes with "Player Series" single coils, which are essentially a type of stock pickup that helps cut the cost of the guitar. They sound decent, but the Player Tele gets a major bump in tone and value with a pickup set upgrade. The three I've covered here are my top recommendations. If you have questions, leave them in the comments section below.
Compatibility Notes: All of these pickup sets are passive and should be a really straightforward installation. Consult wiring diagrams and/or a guitar repair shop if needed.
Fender Player Telecaster Pickup Upgrade Suggestions
There are few Telecaster pickup sets on the market, so the decision here is a bit easier than if you were looking for humbuckers, or even Stratocaster pickups.
Fender Gen 4 Noiseless Tele Set
The Noiseless pickups are almost always my favorite options for Telecasters and Stratocasters. Since single coil pickups have historically had issues with noise, these sets from Fender have absolutely no issues with hum or unwanted noise. They're also a huge tone upgrade over the stock pickups that ship on the Player Teles.
Seymour Duncan Quarter Pound Telecaster Pickups
The Quarter Pound Telecaster set is Seymour Duncan's higher-output offering, that gives you the same Telecaster "twang" you get with the Fender singles, but with a little more heat. This is good for more "out front" lead with some rhythm balance in there as well.
Seymour Duncan La Brea Brad Paisley Signature Set
I had to include this set because it's hard to think about Telecasters without thinking Brad Paisley. He's one of the best Tele players around (in my opinion), and this set is a huge upgrade over the included alnico single coils. They're a great fit for country tones and faster lead Tele styles.
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