Do I have Abigail Ybarra pickups in my 2001 Nocaster?

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  1. imac

    imac TDPRI Member

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    All, I have a 2001 Nocaster. Love it! I was reading on this site that Abigail Ybarra wound the pickups on the early Nocsters. Can I assume mine were wound by her? Do I need to pull the pickups to verify? BTW, pickups sound phenomenal.
     
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    Telekarster Tele-Afflicted

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    Yes, you'd need to see the backside of the pickups in order to verify. She would either sign her name, or she'd initial with AY, and usually date them too. I have a 2001 AVRI Strat that came with her pickups in it! It's a super sweet sounding strat... so I'd be curious to know if you have em too since both our guitars are from the same year ;)
     
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    The real question is will they sound as good if you find out she didn't put her name back there?
     
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    IIRC (from what I've read online), some AY initialed pickups were wound under her supervision (not necessarily actually wound by her).

    You do know she went down to the crossroads to obtain her special gift.
     
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    Ah! You're right! Thanks for that correction... I had forgot about that. Mine are actually signed with her signature, so hopefully the OP will find the same. I was wondering where she got that skill! :cool:
     
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    Telekarster Tele-Afflicted

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    You know.... thinking on this further.... I'm not sure how many Tele pickups she wound. I've pretty much only ever seen strat pickups from her, or her assistants (AY marked), but can't recall seeing a tele pickup from her? Not saying she didn't wind em, but just sayin' it would be pretty rare find I'd think. Anyway, hope you get a nice surprise! I did ;)
     
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    Agreed! The older Nocaster pickups were pretty hot - like 9 or 10 k - but they were changed to about 7 or 8 k around 2000 or 2001. I think the focus is best directed to the sound they produce - not the identity of the winder.
     
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    Absolutely! In fact, I will not be checking the pickups, but will assume she wound them. :D
     
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    My understanding is Abigail Ybarra pointed out that the 10K Nocaster pickup was not accurate and recommended the 7 or 8 k around 2000 or 2001.
     
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