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Nocaster pickups

Discussion in 'Just Pickups' started by uriah1, Jun 19, 2011.

  1. uriah1

    uriah1 Doctor of Teleocity

    Feb 12, 2011
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    Who makes these, I have seen a few out there.? Any experience.
    They seem to sound fatter than most p/u imho.
     
  2. sjtalon

    sjtalon Poster Extraordinaire

    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 $$.
     
  3. Rob DiStefano

    Rob DiStefano Poster Extraordinaire Vendor Member

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    Mar 3, 2003
    NJ via TX
    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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  5. uriah1

    uriah1 Doctor of Teleocity

    Feb 12, 2011
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    IMHO..had duncan antiquity bridge...so so..neck was great...
    so the diff between Broadcaster and nocaster A5 vs A3....?
     
  6. Colt W. Knight

    Colt W. Knight Doctor of Teleocity

    Jan 21, 2007
    Tucson, AZ
    I do not like the Duncan Antiquity either, but the Broadcaster is fantastic.
     
  7. imsilly

    imsilly Friend of Leo's

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    Feb 15, 2009
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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.
     
  8. Hoodster

    Hoodster Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 3, 2007
    Oregon
    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.
     
  9. Mike Simpson

    Mike Simpson Poster Extraordinaire

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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.
     
  10. uriah1

    uriah1 Doctor of Teleocity

    Feb 12, 2011
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    Which nocaster - Fender CS?
     
  11. sjtalon

    sjtalon Poster Extraordinaire

    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.
     
  12. uriah1

    uriah1 Doctor of Teleocity

    Feb 12, 2011
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    think so..couple mfg doing them now.
     
  13. MickM

    MickM Friend of Leo's


    Everybodys MMV but my NoCasters (in a CS NOS NoCaster) didn't at all resemble my Keystones.
     
  14. sjtalon

    sjtalon Poster Extraordinaire

    What's in a name part Deux

    Custom Shop Nocaster is a TM and Custom Shop '51 Nocaster is ®
     
  15. uriah1

    uriah1 Doctor of Teleocity

    Feb 12, 2011
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    oh boy ..more decisions...51 nocaster and regular nocasters....which is fatter
     
  16. sjtalon

    sjtalon Poster Extraordinaire

    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/search.php?partno=0992109000
     
  17. Rob DiStefano

    Rob DiStefano Poster Extraordinaire Vendor Member

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    Mar 3, 2003
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    that's easy - the one that sounds 'fattest'. :twisted:

    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.
     
  18. Tim Armstrong

    Tim Armstrong Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Mar 5, 2003
    Austin, Texas
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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.

    Tim
     
  19. kenfolk

    kenfolk Tele-Holic

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    Apr 29, 2009
    plattsburg mo
    i like the nocasters
     
  20. uriah1

    uriah1 Doctor of Teleocity

    Feb 12, 2011
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    LOL

    yea
     
  21. uriah1

    uriah1 Doctor of Teleocity

    Feb 12, 2011
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