July 17th, 2007, 09:14 PM
How do Fender Nocaster pickups sound with no tone control engaged?
I'm trying to decide if I want to use a Fender no-load tone pot with a set of Nocasters, particularly to give a little more presence to the neck pickup and a little more bite to the bridge. (I've not heard the Nocasters before, but have a no-load tone pot laying here that I want to put to good use).
Or do the Nocasters have plenty of presence on the neck pickup and bite on the bridge pickup with standard 250K pots?
July 17th, 2007, 11:06 PM
I'm running Nocaster's with 250K pots and .047MFD cap, plenty brite for me but just right, I guess that's subjective though.
July 18th, 2007, 09:33 AM
Yeah, I think I'll just go for the tried and true--- both pickups wired to 250K vol & tone pots, with a .047 tone cap for the tone knob. No sense to mess w/ what's worked for ages.
July 18th, 2007, 01:41 PM
I've got a set wired thru a no-load fender tone pot with the "switched out" detent. Sounds fine with it in no load position or just turned on a bit.
July 18th, 2007, 02:05 PM
I have a 2003 FSR American Series Tele with a Nocaster set and no-load tone pot. It works very well. The only downside would be if the detent click bothers you for some reason, otherwise it's a plus that combines Tele and Esquire tone modes.
July 18th, 2007, 02:56 PM
The detent click wouldn't really bother me at all. I do have two esquires though (one built and one in the process), so I don't really need the no-load option on this tele.
It would be a nice to have a no-load option on the neck pickup, though. I think Mellotron here on the TDPRI has a GVCG tele where the neck pickup is wired to the volume knob only (i.e. no tone knob) and it sounds great. I could have that sound at my fingertips if I wanted, but still have the ability to go for the standard tone-pot equipped sound too.
My gut is telling me to just keep it stock and use regular 250K pots and wire both pickups to the tone.