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NGD 2001 American Series Designer Edition Silver Sparkle

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by dscottyg, Apr 3, 2021.

  1. 985plowboy

    985plowboy Friend of Leo's

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    I don’t know for sure but Texas Special comes to mind for some reason.
    I could be way off on that.
     
  2. Ronzo

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    Happy NGD!
     
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  3. dreamingtele

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    this is probably one of the few times I like the black painted headstock! congrats! looking killer!
     
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  4. Hotrod40

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    Congrats...I own a Custom Shop Silver Sparkle and just love the look...Enjoy.
     
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  5. Nick Fanis

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    The standard AS mediocre and "not even real" ,since they don't have a baseplate, A5 bridge pickup and a decent A5 neck pickup.
    The seller did you a favor by changing them especially if the bridge pickup has a baseplate.
     
  6. dscottyg

    dscottyg Tele-Meister

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    Thanks. That is consistent with what I’ve found on another site. And the look of the Texas Specials with their staggered pole pieces and white wrapping matches with what I see in photos of them.
     
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  7. dscottyg

    dscottyg Tele-Meister

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    Sorry to ask, but I think you have good info. I just don’t understand it. Did you mean for AS to stand for American Series? And did you mean the American Series pups were mediocre? Also what is A5? But mostly what did you mean by they’re not even real? Thanks.
     
  8. John C

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    Not @Nick Fanis but he would be referring to American Standard/American Series/American Standard pickups used before Fender changed to the Fender Custom Shop pickup set in early 2012. A5 would be "alnico 5" magnet in these pickups. The bridge pickups in these sets did not have a metal base plate like the original Tele pickups, which is considered to be part of what gives a vintage-style Tele pickup its sound. So the American Standard/American Series pickups have a different sound than a vintage pickup (plus other things contribute to that like the modern vs. vintage bridge, et.) that some consider inferior to a vintage-style pickup. But others like as either a change-of-pace vs. the vintage bridges, and still others prefer them to vintage pickups. It really comes down to personal preference.
     
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  9. Nick Fanis

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    Yes

    Alnico 5

    The bridge pickup lacks a baseplate.
    So it doesn't sound like a classic tele bridge pickup ,adding a base plate will rectify this to some extent but the pickup ain't nothing to write home about anyway.
     
  10. itstooloudMike

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    I have the exact same guitar and love it. The stock pickup does not have staggered pole pieces. I like the stock pickups, and won’t be changing mine. The only thing I’ve changed is the knobs, to a flat top vintage style. The neck is awesome, and came from factory with rolled edges. I also find the 4-way switch quite useful. The silver flake finish is awesome. I get compliments all the time. I won’t be letting mine go anytime soon. Just an extremely good American Tele, that looks very cool indeed.
     
  11. dscottyg

    dscottyg Tele-Meister

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    Thanks. That really makes sense.
     
  12. dscottyg

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    Did you buy the guitar new? I would love to talk to someone who bought one new and never changed anything. All the photos I see of these online have the staggered pole pieces and white windings around the bobbin like the Texas Specials. The other thing I’m trying to figure out is if they had a no-load tone pot that clicks into place when turned all the way up. Thanks.
     
  13. dscottyg

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    Thanks a lot.
     
  14. itstooloudMike

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    Bought mine new. It did not come with the no-load tone pot. At least it doesn’t have the “click” position that you refer to. The pickups are standard American Series for that year. Mine had weak output because of poor ground. I added an extra ground jumper between the pots, and that solved the issue. Stock pickups have plenty of output now.
     
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