Joe Barden Danny Gatton Telecaster Pickups Review

Joe Barden Danny Gatton Telecaster Pickups Review

I’ve had a chance to use a lot of pickups over the years ranging from various single coil pickups to several noiseless pickups.  The Joe Barden Danny Gatton Telecaster pickups are simply amazing and they are never coming out of my guitar.

Tone:  One thing that sets these pickups apart from Fender noiseless pickups for example is the tone.  These actually sound great.  They respond well to your pick attack and have no ice-pick frequencies on the high end.  They sound round and full on the lows and basically perform as well as any single coil pickup I have used.


  • Your Telecaster will still sound like a Telecaster
  • Works great either totally clean, with low/medium gain, or flat out distortion
  • No vintage “squeal” when loading them up with gain

Downside:  One of the only things I can see people not digging initially is the rail style pickup design for hard core Tele-fans.  For me, I love the design and they look great with the black pick guard. These pickups are not cheap either so you’ll be breaking out the credit card to get a set.