October 19th, 2011, 03:04 PM
I have read here that the older Fender OV, [original vintage reissue], pickups had alnico fives and that the newer ones, [starting ????], have the alnico threes. I have the older ones, and was wondering if any of you can give me a description of how they differ in sound, if any,... specs, etc. And the approx. date when they switched to the 3s..., and, WHY???... Thanks... Mr R
October 19th, 2011, 05:19 PM
The why is because they discovered that the early 50's bridge P/Us were actually Alnico 3 as opposed to Alnico 5 as was originally thought. I thought that came to light during the research for the Blackguard book. I could be wrong about that part though.
5's are said to have a harder brighter tone than 3's.
When I am not sure.
Why was for authenticity and an attempt to make a better sounding P/U. "Better" of course is always subjective.
October 20th, 2011, 09:19 AM
Thanks Sean 001..... I read in a Fender history book, that the original Teles had Alnico-5, but because of the Korean War, and cobalt being a strategic metal for the war, Fender had to reduce this metal down to 3... [ I wonder if the 5 and 3 are the percent used in the magnets????] TRUE??? or NOT TRUE??? I love the one I have, the older A-5. I have a vint. blonde CV-50 with A-3s in the bridge and it doesn't sound anything like my A-5s in my Am. Stand Tele. The threes are way softer sounding, less volume.... very cool though. Thanks for the explanation of the two pickups. ..., R
October 20th, 2011, 09:43 AM
Good pickup FAQ: