Charlie Christian (CC Rider) Style Single Coil Pickups
output level: Slightly hotter, yet very balanced from setting
to setting. No perceived volume drop in any position.
Overwound, but in a warm, clear way... full bottom, but not muddy
Tone: Very complex, warm, and defined neck pu tone. Bridge pu is hot and defined, retaining classic Tele bite WITHOUT those ice pick to the ear tones.
Big, round, warm, full, clear...
evaluation: I use an early '90s Marshall 900 4501 combo
w/ 1-12 extension cabinet, or a Fender Blues Jr. Usually going straight
amp w/ a touch of reverb, sometimes using a Dunlop Jimi Hendrix wah.
Ash/maple tele through an 18-watt Marshall, or a tweedy 6v6s thang... I like to twang, but I like to get gritty, too... I was looking for a tele neck pickup that had more oomph, without going to a humbucker... and p-90s can easily get a little too ratty too quick... this looked like an interesting choice. Very jazzy, stays clean pretty long, but will overdrive well. I love the fact that it's big and clean and clear, but has a solid bottom end and lots of warmth... often warm bottom = mud, but not here... Works great with the tele bridge, and is especially nice with the 4-way switch on a tele...
For which styles and positions is this pickup (un)suitable: These are single coils. They are a bit noisier than double coils, but are hum-canceling when combined. The complex tone is well worth the little extra noise. Great for classic Rock, Blues, as well as chord melody Jazz. Might be too noisy for Metal or super high gain amps.
Rootsy, some country, some blues... not a high-gain pickup, but it sounds very good...
I've been playing for 30 years and have gone through countless guitars, pickups, and amps. I like vintage Telecasters, and have three at present, two 1950s relic style, and one with a more modern setup. This pickup combination nails those vintage tones I love; from Roy Buchanan to Jeff Beck, all the way to that tasty warm 50s Jazz tone in a single guitar. If stolen I would replace these in a second. It would be hard to find a better pickup set, at even twice the price. Believe me, I've tried a load of pickups. I couldn't be more satisfied.
I like this pickup... a great balance to the tele bridge. Not my only tele, and not my #1, but quickly becoming #2... I would try to replace this guitar if stolen. Been playing for 17+ years, mostly teles, a strat or 2, a Les Paul or 2... I typically play through lower power tube amps... tweed deluxe, baby Marshall... I love the tone, and the cosmetics... This is a great looking, and more importantly, great sounding pickup that really improved the guitar.
On a scale of 1 to 10, I give this pickup a: 10 Fantastic value
CC-Rider pickup dimensions; the pickup requires a cavity ~ 0.850” deep. The bottom flange of the pickup is drawn in green, the top in red. All dimensions are in inches.
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