***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.