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What is your favorite Nocaster CS ` specs ?

Discussion in 'Fender Custom Shop Tele Forum' started by guspin, Dec 14, 2017.

  1. guspin

    guspin TDPRI Member

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    Hi !
    Could you share your favorite Nocaster Specs like:
    Body wood, finish, Neck wood, Radius, Nut, Tuners, hardware, wiring and pickups
    Anybody add some custom specs? Which?
    Thanks
     

  2. AJ Love

    AJ Love Friend of Leo's

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    7.25 inch radius, vintage frets, A3 bridge pickup, traditional bridge and brass saddles, ... It is just what works for me
     
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  3. ebb soul

    ebb soul Poster Extraordinaire

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    I thought they all had the same specs, making them a 'nocaster'.
     

  4. moosie

    moosie Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Yeah, me too.

    I'm OK with the stock specs, or with a few minor changes: 9.5 radius, slightly taller frets. Modern wiring is a given.

    But change much more than these things, and I have to wonder why call it a Nocaster? Why get a vintage spec guitar and modernize all the vintage aspects?

    Color is another thing altogether. Sure, BSB is vintage, and I don't really think of a CAR sparkle finish as "Nocaster", but it doesn't really matter, does it. It's just paint.
     
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  5. guspin

    guspin TDPRI Member

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    Yeah I agree with you.
    Maybe I would like with Yourneyman relic and sort for light weight body wood
     

  6. burntfrijoles

    burntfrijoles Poster Extraordinaire

    Wildwood had a Nocaster Relic a couple of years ago that was perfect for me:

    It was medium relic with fretboard wear in the cowboy chord positions, with dulled but not rusted hardware.
    9.5 radius. (it may have even been a Wildwood 10 with 10" radius)
    6105 Frets
    Mid 60 C's neck profile.

    I should have bought it. I haven't seen one with that perfect combination of relic treatment although I have seen the other specs listed on a few.
     

  7. moosie

    moosie Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    It's semantics I guess, but to my way of thinking, a Nocaster has, first and foremost, a HUGE U neck. Without that feature, it may be a very nice guitar, but it's something else.
     

  8. bluesguitar1972

    bluesguitar1972 NEW MEMBER!

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    I had a CS Nocaster, huge U neck (little on the large side for my taste), 9.5 radius and a double bound body. Was a great sounding Tele and played well. I recently got another CS Tele on trade and love it, so I swapped the Nocaster for a Suhr.
     

  9. Telepi

    Telepi Tele-Afflicted

    Apr 22, 2009
    Missouri
    My favorite part is the huge U shape neck and how it's aged. It feels great and is completely different from any other guitar neck. I like how light it is too. But then thinking about it more, how everything came together on mine is simply fantastic. It's so much different than any other guitar in looks and playability and may be the most fun to play. Not necessarily the easiest to play. But the most fun.
     

  10. Henfield Tele

    Henfield Tele Tele-Meister

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    Mine should have been Nocaster, except I wanted it to Match the large C shape neck on my Strat, but they got it wrong. So now now I have a Nocaster with a neck that’s slightly too small for me! Still sounds good though. Anyway it’s 9.5 radius more medium C tall frets and Nocaster pickups. IMG_0467.JPG
     

  11. Henfield Tele

    Henfield Tele Tele-Meister

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  12. moosie

    moosie Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    ^Yeah, that's a tiny neck for a Nocaster.

    My 60s style necks (AV64 Tele, AV65 JM, CS63 Strat) all have fairly chunky necks. On average .85" at the first fret, and .99" at the 12th. If you gave them specific dimensions, I'd send it back.
     

  13. Henfield Tele

    Henfield Tele Tele-Meister

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    The only specific instruction was the the neck matched my Strat which the dealer also supplied. The Strat is a large c shape 9.5 and is perfect for me. Might speak to fender direct to see if they’ll do anything. Or just sell it!!
     

  14. tonyj

    tonyj Tele-Afflicted

    May 23, 2011
    Alberta, Canada
    My June 2009 made CS Nocaster has a 'Premium Ash body, with a 9.5" radius fingerboard on a 'U'shaped Maple neck, all fitted with 21 Dunlop 6105 Narrow Jumbo frets. Machine heads are Gotoh 'Vintage style'. It has a Vintage style bridge with 3 'Special Design brass saddles'. Pickups are a Custom Shop "Twisted Tele" single coil in the neck position and a CS "Vintage Tele" SC in the bridge position. Hardware is Nickel/Chrome.
    The guitar has a three-way selector switch and has 'modern' wiring, i.e. Pos1-Bridge; Pos2-Bridge and Neck; Pos3-Neck.
    The guitar is finished in a lightly relic'd 'NoCaster Blonde', with a black pickguard, and is described by Fender as a " '51 Limited Edition 'NoCaster' Relic Reissue". There have been no changes to the guitar since it left the Fender Custom Shop. I am the original owner of this excellent guitar. They really don't come much better.
     
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  15. guspin

    guspin TDPRI Member

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  16. guspin

    guspin TDPRI Member

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    It is very similar to the New American Original!
     

  17. FredDairy

    FredDairy Friend of Leo's

    Mar 25, 2007
    Chicagoland
    I had a nice Custom Shop NOS '51. I think that's what it was called and it came with true vintage specs. That is all I'd be interested in.
     

  18. burntfrijoles

    burntfrijoles Poster Extraordinaire

    Not to me.
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  19. guspin

    guspin TDPRI Member

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    the relic is different but the specs are similar for me
     

  20. Mike Eskimo

    Mike Eskimo Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Nov 9, 2008
    Detroit
    Favorite spec is the one I dream about - a full 1 11/16" nut width.

    U-shaped ? Chunky ? Fat ?

    Every one I've tried I would only describe as "narrow"...
     

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