So I've never done the whole shop for guitars at a pawn shop thing. We had a rainy morning to kill on Sunday so I found a local shop that looked like they had a lot of guitars and we made a family trip out of it. Got there and they had a TON of guitars. For the most part there were cheap guitars with cheap prices, and some nice guitars with "nice guitar" prices. My primary intention was to look for a good deal on a Les Paul style guitar. I saw a red telecaster up on the wall with "Fender" on the headstock and no sticker. I asked kid working the Sunday shift how much it was, he looked at it and said "$275, no - $250". So I sat down to play it. It was in new condition with the Fender tag on it still. Said Made In Mexico and "Special Edition" on the back, so I knew $250 was likely a steal. I went back later in the day with cash in hand (after sitting in traffic for 45 mins) to buy it, and I think the kid realized his mistake. He tried to find a price for it in their system, and then tried to call the manager. Ultimately he said he couldn't sell it to me since he didn't know how to price it (and I let him know that I was not happy about that). He told me to call the manager on Monday and see if I can work something out. So I call back yesterday to ask and the manager says "Oh yea. I heard about that. I had it priced at $500, but since he told you $250, I'll honor it." SWEET! Ran back to the store, and simple as that, walked out with a new guitar (that of course I didn't need). So here it is. My new Fender Plus Top Telecaster. Still tweaking the relief, intonation, and string height to get it where I like it. On to my question(s) - I already had a Classic Vibe Custom Tele (which is why I wasn't originally looking for another Tele). Right away when I got home I noticed the two guitars sound very different. The CVC is a little quieter, but way more bright and twangy, and a little too harsh if you add much overdrive. The Plus Top, on the other hand, is much warmer, breaks up later, and seems to handle OD much better. Can anyone help me better understand the pickups that are in these guitars and the difference in tone? I believe I read online that the CVC has A5 pickups. Is the difference in sound just due to A3's in the Plus Top? I've seen some mixed information about whether or not they are "hot" style pickups. Thanks!