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manu7268

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The Boss or Flat 50s for my new tele?
« on: May 30, 2020, 09:07:54 PM »
hi guys,

I'm about to buy an american tele and i'd like to install other pick-ups than the stock ones. From the videos I've watched, I absolutely love the sounds from the BK pick-ups but it's hard to choose what is best suited for my playing...
I used to have a tele in the past so I know the stock pick-ups already and I know they won't do the trick for me in the long run. Too "glassy" in the highs...

I play in a cover band that plays Bruce Springsteen songs. I play mostly rock and blues. I don't play metal or country.
I like my cleans to be...well, clean with the versatility to have good punch in a crunch or distortion setting.
I'm hesitating between the Flat 50s or The Boss set.

Any recommendation?
Thanks in advance!


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Re: The Boss or Flat 50s for my new tele?
« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2020, 04:22:26 AM »
Both are not particularly bright and sure not icepicky. The Flat 50 has a Nocaster character, so more 50's vintage flavour than the Boss. It's a quite chunky pickup though, not your typical twanger, more a big rocksound. Personally I think The Boss has more of the typical tele thing going, though with some compression by taking the 42 AWG plain wire to it's peak. The Flat 50 has  43 AWG plain enamel wire and is slighty hotter than the Boss. Both are muscular pickups and choice comes down to personal taste. You can rock out with either of them. Personally I like the grind of the Flat 50. Yet the Boss will never bother you with a too bright topend. And if you are a Springsteen-fan.....

By the way, you tame a tele with the toneknob. It is it's secret weapon. )
« Last Edit: May 31, 2020, 04:24:20 AM by Telerocker »
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manu7268

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Re: The Boss or Flat 50s for my new tele?
« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2020, 07:34:34 AM »
thank you. Your answer is really helpful!  :smiley:
I wasn't sure if the BKP name "The Boss" actually refers to Springsteen...I guess it does then!

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Re: The Boss or Flat 50s for my new tele?
« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2020, 03:19:00 PM »
thank you. Your answer is really helpful!  :smiley:
I wasn't sure if the BKP name "The Boss" actually refers to Springsteen...I guess it does then!

It does!  :wink:
Mules, VHII, Crawler, MM's, IT's, BG50's.