Installed Novak "Jazzmaster" Neck Pick up into my Telecaster...

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  1. Stratofuzz

    Stratofuzz Supporting Member

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    Sounds great in my Hwy 1 Texas Telecaster; Full, crisp, and dynamic. It's very similiar to the Lollar 50's wind P-90 in my Hamer. The sonic differences are probably more the difference in guitar than pickup-the Tele neck pick up is brighter and has more attack than the Hamer Special.

    I left the stock bridge pickup in because I liked it. I still like it, but the contrast of neck to bridge tones is just not the same. Raised the bridge pickup to match output, but the neck pickup is brighter and snappier than the bridge! I mean it's kinda that whole blanket being taken off thing.

    I'll have Mr. Novak wind a bridge pickup to match after Christmas.

    I'm curious-has anyone else had a similair experience when putting in a bow-teek neck pick up and leaving the bridge stock?
     
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  2. supersonic1414

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    Did you put the Vintage JM in it? Curtis makes about a dozen different JM pups, and all rock!!! Love to see some picks...I have 4 jazzmasters that have 4 different sets of Novaks pups in them :)
     
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    It's his Jazzmaster pickup designed for a Telecaster without routing needed. I'm not sure, but I would guess that it is the vintage wind. It sounds sooo good through the reverb tank.

    I don't have a digital camera to share some picks but here's the link-http://curtisnovak.com/pickups/telecaster.shtml
     
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    Did you cut your pickguard or it just fit over the actual hole?
     
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    Curtis builds some of the best pickups out there.
     
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    that is so DAMN cool... epic win :banana

    sad to say, i've run out of teles to mod.. :jo
     
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    Curious, how does the neck perform without ability to adjust it? Do you have to make adjustments to the bridge in order to match up with the JM? Did you have to adjust up real high? I have been curious to this pup but never took the plunge.
     
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    Same here
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    They sound insane!
     
  12. Stratofuzz

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    Curtis supplied the pre-cut pickguard for an additional $30 (been wanting a black one). I guess if you had the ability you would just cut your exsisting pickguard.
     
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    It works really well. It's balanced; not too bright or bassy. The pick up is closer to the strings than I would typically run a neck pick-up. So yes, the stock bridge pick up had to be raised up.

    Again, I do like the sound of the stock bridge pick up, but when I switch over to the middle or neck positions it becomes obvious that there's a differance in quality of sound.
     
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    So is that a Novak bridge pick up? If so, what one is it and how's it sound?
     
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    It is the novak tel-v, it really spanks. I'm replacing the stock 52ri pickup (which sounds great) but this one really really comes alive - it is very remniscient of a 57 blackguard I used on a few recordings. I couldn't be happier.
     
  16. Curtis Novak

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    Glad to hear they are working out. I have been wanting to do this pickup for a very long time, I have been very limited by the covers on the market to house my ideas.
    I recently bought a Milling machine and am finally able to make my own covers.
    Anyway here is my latest prototype it is the same pickup, but with this one it will be completely surface mount! It will sit on the pickguard with no mods. At present I am making these in white.

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    Curt they really are great - a must for all future guitars.
     

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