Where to find original Vela neck pickup or replacement?

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  1. TFC

    TFC That guitar really tied the room together

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    I recently picked up a second Vela and the previous owner replaced the original D Type neck pickup with a Firebird. It sounds fine, but I really like having the single coil in the neck so I want to replace it. The neck pickup is a huge part of what I like about the Vela. Does anyone know where I can find either a D Type pickup, or know of other replacement pickups that are similar?

    I also need to add that even though I have several core PRS to choose from, the Vela is my go to for the cover band I just got into. The light weight and comfort are very addictive for me and the sounds and versatility are great.

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  2. Ovibos

    Ovibos Naughty Wood Librarian

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    I would set up a keyword search alert on Reverb and hope.
     
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  4. TFC

    TFC That guitar really tied the room together

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    Good idea. Thanks!

    Thanks! Pricier than I expected.
     
  5. markd21

    markd21 New Member

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    Yeah, they're a bit costly, but they're total tone machines. I've had them in my Gretsch Duo Jets and had one in my first Vela. The sound was worth it.
     
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  6. xjbebop

    xjbebop Yippy ki yay...

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    That TV Jones looks very interesting... I wonder how it compares to the Vela?
    To the OP - you're not alone in your love for the Vela. It's really gained popularity in the last couple of years.
    I have 3, and have sold off most of my 'core' models over the last few years...
     
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  7. TFC

    TFC That guitar really tied the room together

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    Yeah, @markd21 I have the same question as xjbebop: How would you compare the sound of the TV Jones vs the stock G&B?

    I really like the "character" the stock neck p/u. It's sounds like a neck pickup but with some of the chime of a bridge pickup.
     
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    markd21 New Member

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    I looked for some YT videos but most are country lick Gretsch videos.

    The T-Armond/Dynasonic/Dearmond is a twangy, but fat sounding neck pickup. It's response to overdrive is very smooth but throaty.

    If I remember right, it was close to the G&B, but better. Almost like it had mastering that the G&B didn't.
     
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  9. Boogie

    Boogie Zombie Two, DFZ

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    Guitar Fetish has one, too, and it’s cheap. I’ve never heard one, but I’ve been surprised (in a good way) by their pickups before.
     
  10. John Beef

    John Beef Opaque

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    Watch the sizing on that TV Jones. It's a bit different than a firebird sized pickup. You'd probably need to shave the hole in the pickguard slightly... 2/10ths of an inch or so.
     
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    Rhythmisking New Member

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    To me the TV Jones T-Armond is like a vintage Dearmond but with better clarity and definition, but a similar tonal profile. The PRS D-type is like a Dearmond crossed with a Strat pickup, so a bit 'lighter', a bit less midrange than the TV Jones but still great clarity and definition.
     
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  12. Wailing

    Wailing New Member

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    Such a great description and is why I decided not to change the neck pickup... I am going to pop a USA Starla pickup in the bridge at some point to see if there is any difference... it’s such a great guitar
     
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  13. Boogie

    Boogie Zombie Two, DFZ

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    I wish the USA versions were more available. Would love to test the same.
     
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  14. Wailing

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    PRS have the bridge pickup on sale at this moment in time in the UK !!
     
  15. Boogie

    Boogie Zombie Two, DFZ

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    With the shipping delays, I’d probably enjoy enjoy it this time in 2023. :D
     

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