I have a 66 Fender Tele I'm re-doing. What would you recommend is the best type of pickup to get the best tone for Country Music.
I hear Vince Gill uses EMG but I think they may have to much of a rock sound. Plus, I'm not sure if they make them for telecasters.
EMG pickups (I mean EMG T model) for tele are quite versatile, though they are better for blues, blues-rock and hard-rock rather than country or, in contrary, heavy metal. But the tone of these particular EMG depends very much on the height of the pickups. I wanted to get woody rock sounds from my tele, so I made my bridge pup very close to the srtings (also I use extra heavy strings: 14-60 tuned one step lower).
But if you move the bridge pup lower (about 5-6 mm between the pup and the strings), the sound will become more 'transparent' and 'airy', and there's no doubt that this sound is good for country. Especially if you use light string gauges. Whether it will be good personally for you or not, it depends on your taste only. If you decide to go for EMG T's, I will recommend you to put two batteries instead of one, suggested by EMG. It opens the sound significantly and makes it less compressed.
If you want to choose passive pickups, I'd recommend Bare Knuckle Country Boy or Blackguard pickups. Counrty Boy pups are great for clean jangly tones, or slightly distorted. Blackguards' sound lies somewhere between country and rock, and they work perfectly both clean and distorted.