Nocaster disappointment

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  1. Aaron Robinson

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    ***UPDATE*** no load tone pot was the issue, or perceived issue.


    Got my new nocasters in yesterday and slapped them in my tele. Im not sure if its the tele or what but they are waaaaay brighter than the OV's I had in my american special tele. they were advertised and praised as being warmer. nope. I like the neck pickup alot but the bridge is iceyyyyyyyyy and thin. There's a certain unpleasant "zing" to them as well.


    I ordered a GFS hotter 52 alnico 5 bridge. They said that it helps with icey teles. We will see.
     
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  2. dazco

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    Strange. I have used both in the bridge tho not neck, and the original vintage was way brighter. The nocaster was darker and just a much fuller better sounding pickup in both a classic 50's and a classic 60's. Did you adjust the height on them or just slap em in? By the way, if you wanna warm up a bright tele and still sound like a tele as far as bridge pup at least, try a fender 62 custom. On ebay they're around 40 bucks and they have a very good rep on the tele forum. They are all i used in all my teles since i discovered them. A2 but without the negatives you might feel about A2. They just have that A2 fullness tho and they otherwise sound like a good vintage tele bridge pickup.
     
  3. John Thigpen

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    Playing with the height may help.
     
  4. SuperSilverHaze

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    Why'd you switch out the OVs? Just curious. I love those pickups.
     
  5. darkinners

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    Actually it's the glass that made me bought my CS Nocaster..
    If you really want a warmer, woolier sound, you can slap some higher output pickups in it.
    But honestly I think the Boardcaster bright and Nocaster neck pickups are some of the BEST sounding Fender pickups out there..
     
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  6. Aaron Robinson

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    i didnt. i traded off that tele and missed the sound. Thought id try nocasters in my tele i just got since people said they were even better yet similar to the OV's.
     
  7. Aaron Robinson

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    I've tried them high and a bit lower. I had the OV's at the ol nickel and two nickel heights and they were perfect.
     
  8. Jimmy R

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    If you want a warmer tone, maybe solder a Twisted Tele bridge pickup in. A lot of Custom Shops have been coming out with that pickup.
     
  9. teleman1

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    Are you folks assuming that the current production Fender Nocaster pickups are the same as CS Nocaster with its stock pickups? Here is a clue. If I parted out my Nocaster and sold the bridge? It sound so magical 3d with no harshness, I would expect its value alone to be $150+. That is just the bridge pickup. Only a few would know of its worth. Others would be forking up the full price of New Nocasters. I really do not think they are the same.
     
  10. Aaron Robinson

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    Ideally Id like it to balance well with the nocaster neck. so i dont want a hot pickup.
     
  11. mikendzel

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    I have a Fralin Split Blade SP in the bridge of my Crook. I had it wound "super hot" and it matches very well with the Fralin Twangmaster in the neck, despite the neck being "underwound." The resistance is almost double on the bridge, of what the neck is. You may find that a hot bridge may work!
     
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    The old Nocaster bridge is much hotter than the new one.
     
  13. Seth L

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    The only Nocasters I've run into were some of the best pickups I've ever heard in any category. Just magical.
     
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  14. Aaron Robinson

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    That's why I bought them! Maybe I'll figure them out. I'm thinking my no load tone pot is the culprit. I'll fiddle with them again later on.
     
  15. Aaron Robinson

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    Ran home on my lunch, lowered the bridge pickup treble side a bit, raised the neck treble side, and took the tone down past the no load notch .

    Much better now! Thanks guys .
     
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    Mine were the best passive pickups I heard in a tele. Fairly bright, but with some oomph, and the high end was not ice-picky in the least. Play with the height. I would wager they are too close to the strings.
     
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  17. gtrguru

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    I tried the Nocasters and didn't like them. They sounded pretty lifeless in my Tele. The specs and description made them sound like the perfect pups for me but I couldn't bond with them. My favorite so far are still the Fender CS Texas Specials.
     
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    When I read your thread title, for a second I thought you didn't like your Nocaster guitar.

    Your talking about Nocaster pickups...

    Oh.

    PS: I always liked my Nocaster picks ups when they came with the Nocaster guitars I have purchased.
     
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    I had a set, and liked them. Like my Don Mare's better, though.
     
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    I love the Twisted Tele in my Masterbuilt.
     
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