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Old June 19th, 2011, 08:24 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Nocaster pickups

Who makes these, I have seen a few out there.? Any experience.
They seem to sound fatter than most p/u imho.

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ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, Fender Custom Shop would be a good choice.

Or Wilde Keystones have about the same tone for the most part, are quiet-er and less $$.
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fender sells nocasters. a3 mags and 7.3k, so they say. dunno if it's 42 or 43 awg wire, nor the insulation type. i've had a few of these, not fat enuf for me. the duncan broadcaster is fatter and a good benchmark for vintage tele bridge pups that were mistakenly "overwound" (8k or so). imo, a good, fat, twangy tele bridge pup uses a5 mags, and 10500 to 11000 turns of 42awg formvar for low to mid 8k resistance. ymmv.
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IMHO..had duncan antiquity bridge...so so..neck was great...
so the diff between Broadcaster and nocaster A5 vs A3....?
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IMHO..had duncan antiquity bridge...so so..neck was great...
so the diff between Broadcaster and nocaster A5 vs A3....?
I do not like the Duncan Antiquity either, but the Broadcaster is fantastic.
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Old June 19th, 2011, 10:29 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I like my Nocaster's pickups, I think they are over-wound .43 AWG, Alnico 3 magnets and maybe a Zinc base. I forget though, so I could be wrong. Sounds twangy and fat.
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IMO they are not fat, but the bridge is a tad fatter than the SD Broadcaster, again in my experience. The SD has virtually zero low end. If you want a fat Duncan that still can do classic Tele tones, go with the Jerry Donahue bridge.

After many years, I just replaced my CS Nocasters with Twang Kings. The TK neck is MUCH better, but the jury is out so far on the bridge. The TK is perhaps a bit clearer, more clean pop, and better low end than the Fender or Duncan. But, it seems to have less of the overdriven snarl than either.
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I put Nocasters in my Pinecaster in 2007... they are still there. I can't see any reason to change them. They are excellent.
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Which nocaster - Fender CS?
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I think there may be some mis-use of the name NOCASTER ( like Kleenex or Cresent Wrench) but AFAIK, Nocaster pickups are only from Fender.

Not that I am the authority on the subject, just adding to the conversation.
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think so..couple mfg doing them now.
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Old June 19th, 2011, 06:04 PM   #12 (permalink)
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ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, Fender Custom Shop would be a good choice.

Or Wilde Keystones have about the same tone for the most part, are quiet-er and less $$.

Everybodys MMV but my NoCasters (in a CS NOS NoCaster) didn't at all resemble my Keystones.
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think so..couple mfg doing them now.
Custom Shop Nocaster is a TM and Custom Shop '51 Nocaster is
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oh boy ..more decisions...51 nocaster and regular nocasters....which is fatter
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Sorry to confuse, the Nocasters are old box, now it's just the '51's.

The two boxes show the same spec's anyway.

There are (were) inconsistencies in the Fender site published, and box (s) specs but this is what you get:

Bridge specs:
Resistance: 7.3 K MINE 6.95
Inductance: 3.28 Henries

Neck specs:
Resistance: 7.3 K MINE 7.24
Inductance: 3.28 Henries

now they seem to have it right:

http://www.fender.com/products/searc...tno=0992109000
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oh boy ..more decisions...51 nocaster and regular nocasters....which is fatter
that's easy - the one that sounds 'fattest'.

imo, this bidness of 'fat' tele bridge pups mostly hasta do with the wind. using 42awg and a5 mags, this means putting on 10000 turns to boost the midrange and lose the ice pick treble but still have the ability to twang for a newbie (the old dudes can make an es125 twang most righteous). there are lots of stock, non-boutique pups that qualify for that 'fat twang' criteria. don't get wrapped up in marketing labels.
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I'll say this: my brother has a set of Fender Custom Shop Nocaster pickups in a partscaster, and that guitar sounds just plain profoundly GOOD! Bridge pickup snarls and twangs, neck pickup sounds rich and delicious, and combined sounds wonderful.

I don't know about "fat", except that I would like to lose some, but those pickups just sound RIGHT.

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I'll say this: my brother has a set of Fender Custom Shop Nocaster pickups in a partscaster, and that guitar sounds just plain profoundly GOOD! Bridge pickup snarls and twangs, neck pickup sounds rich and delicious, and combined sounds wonderful.

I don't know about "fat", except that I would like to lose some, but those pickups just sound RIGHT.

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Sorry to confuse, the Nocasters are old box, now it's just the '51's.

The two boxes show the same spec's anyway.
now they seem to have it right:

http://www.fender.com/products/searc...tno=0992109000
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