The Telecaster's unmistakable tone revolutionized the world of popular music quickly after it was introduced in 1950. While the cutting, trebly sound of a Telecaster was created traditionally with two single-coil pickup combinations, it wasn't long before the guitar started to appear with different pickup configurations, including dual humbuckers. Notable users of Telecasters with humbuckers included Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones, Denny Dias of Steely Dan and Steve Howe of Yes. No doubt, if you prefer the fatness and warmth of a humbucker, this section is loaded with options to help you customize the Telecaster of your dreams.
With so many killer pickups that deserve your attention, you might want to consider starting your search with the best sellers. For example, if you want a Tele sound that's loud and punchy, there's the DiMarzio DP384 Special Chopper Tele Bridge Pickup. By concentrating more power on the mids and low end, DiMarzio has created a pickup that's loaded with crunch to blow away anyone who thinks they know what a Telecaster is capable of.
Now for those who love the Telecaster for its retro rock'n'roll flavor, you'll definitely want to take a closer look at the Fender Vintage Noiseless Tele Pickup Set. Made with Special Alnico V magnets and enamel-coated magnet wire, these pickups provide humbucker devotees with the snap and snarl of a '60s Tele pickup, yet they somehow manage to be even quieter than standard humbuckers.
Or, for something totally different, feast your eyes on the JBE Pickups (Barden) Danny Gatton T-Style Tele Pickup Set. Inspired by Gatton, these pickups have a unique tone that's unmistakably vintage - but with lows, mids and highs that are all equally strong. With absolutely no "tinny" sound that is commonly found with certain Tele-styled guitars, this pickup set has all the twang you'd expect but without any hums, hisses or squeals.
As you can see, if you're someone who enjoys the look and feel of a Telecaster but want a certain sound that can't be produced with the pickups your Tele came with, customization is the way to go. From Lace and Fender to DiMarzio and Seymour Duncan, all the big pickup names are here, so you'll have no problem finding a humbucker pickup to create a tone that's all your own with your Telecaster guitar.