Looking for a nice set of A3 Tele Pickups

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  1. macg1

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    I really want to find a nice set of Tele pickups with A3 magnets for both positions. What are you guys using?
     
  2. Minivan Megafun

    Minivan Megafun Tele-Afflicted

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    Fender Nocasters.
     
  3. tenthstreet

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    I have an A3 in the bridge and A5 in the neck - built by Rob at Cavalier. Great guy, excellent pickups!
     
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    Wallaby Friend of Leo's

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    Nocaster's are working good for me
     
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    KC Friend of Leo's

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    The Lollar AL3s are amazing -- I got a set when they were a collaboration with Greenwich Village Custom Guitars and they've been in my old Thinline forever.
     
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    old wrench Friend of Leo's

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    Rob DiStefano wound an excellent NoCaster Holy Grail Lion pickup for my 2021 BrotherHood Build B16 Esquire guitar :)

    It's a Cavalier pickup that uses A3 magnets and 43 gauge wire - real good sound for the blues/rock stuff I play.

    Rob is a forum member here - @Rob DiStefano


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  7. telemnemonics

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    The Fender OV or PV Tele was an A3 bridge and had the expected tone, great USA pickup for very reasonable price.
    They kept switching the names and specs but they are available.
     
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    All great suggestions, guys. Thank you! My only "problem" with the Fender PV stuff is that they are flat poles and I was looking for maybe a staggered A3 bridge PUP also.
     
  9. ScottJPatrick

    ScottJPatrick Friend of Leo's

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    Speak to Rob, if you want staggered poles then I'm sure that won't be a problem.
     
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  10. pi

    pi Tele-Meister

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    Nocasters
     
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  11. macg1

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    Thanks everyone, I just wrote Rob.
     
  12. archetype

    archetype Fiend of Leo's Ad Free Member

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    Fender AVRI '63 Custom Telecaster set. The neck pickup is full, but the nickle-silver cover allows more detail in the tone than the old school brass-covered pickups. The bridge pickup is versatile, and twangs, but the very top end is smooth and not sharp. I've got a set in a Squier CV 50s Tele and they're groovy.

    Fender overbought these for a model that didn't last long. There are tons of new ones available, some as a bridge/bridge pickup assembly. Darren Riley seems to be out of stock...

    https://darrenriley.com/store/fender-american-vintage-62-custom-telecaster-neck-pickup-0056074049/
    https://darrenriley.com/store/fender-american-vintage-62-custom-telecaster-bridge-pickup-0056075049/

    ...but these should be plentiful on eBay, Reverb, Amazon, etc.

    I see you just contacted Rob DiStefano. You won't go rong with his pickups.
     
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    I prefer the 62 reissues over the nocasters but both are nice
     
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    AJBaker Friend of Leo's

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    I think I saw a Q pickups a3 neck pickup in the classifieds.
     
  15. TokyoPortrait

    TokyoPortrait Friend of Leo's

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    Hi.

    Try Bootstrap.

    Excellent quality and excellent price.

    Ryan will wind custom sets or individuals too.

    I guess you’d need to enquire about stagger options. Just ask, he’s very helpful.

    I am super pleased with my A3 set of Extra Crispy pickups.

    https://bootstrappickups.com/collections/t-style

    Pax/
    Dean
     
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  16. moosie

    moosie Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Jeez, I seem to have quite a few A3 sets...

    Stuart Blackguard set in the AV58.
    Original Vintage (OV) sets in both AV52s, I believe.
    And those that came in my AVRI 62.

    They all sound a bit different (well, different guitars...), and they all sound great.

    As for the original pickups that came in the 58, I still have 'em, and I believe they're A5.
     
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  17. SPUDCASTER

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    What years were the "Stuart Blackguard" in the AV58's?

    I have, what I believe would be a 2014 AV58. Would they be in there?

    I love those pickups. Even if they're not SB's.

    And if they are, no wonder I like them.:)

     
  18. El Tele Lobo

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    I just got a brand-new set of custom A3 Bootstraps: 7.4k bridge, 9k neck. They are AWESOME!!!
     
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    If you decide you don't need the staggered pole pieces, the Mojotone '52 clone pickups are great!
     
  20. moosie

    moosie Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Ah, sorry for any confusion. I bought the Stuarts separately. The stock Fender AV58 pickup is A5. I'm going from memory as I couldn't find any documentation, but I remember being surprised at the time, as I assumed they'd be A3.


    The Stuarts are very nice. I bought two sets, one for the AV58, and one for a custom shop 52 I owned at the time. Sold the 52, and the pickups with it. But I still have the set in my 58!
     
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