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Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by EspyHop, Aug 3, 2020.
There’s a sensible limit?
I have both. The Broadcaster pups sound brighter and more scooped compared to the AO's "rounder" tone, though it still has plenty of top end presence. Its not night and day and they can be EQ'd to sound very close to each other.
The AO has A3s and the Broadcaster has A5s... I'm pretty sure about the magnets, but someone please correct me if I'm wrong... I adjusted the pickup heights to optimize the tone of each guitar. I haven't measured them, but they're about the same and so is the output, but the AO sounds a bit louder... That could be accounted for by the AO pickups having a bit more mid-range presence and differences in pot/capacitor values...
So the Broadcaster sounds brighter plugged in, but it also sounds brighter acoustically, even though both have the exact same strings changed on the same day. They're only 2 oz apart in weight, and both have identical specs except for the pickups, neck radius, and neck shape/size...
It'd be interesting to swap necks and/or pickups to see how that would change the tone of each guitar... In any case, I like them both and don't consider one to be superior to the other, just different...
Thanks do you notice anything different about the Fretboard radius? The Broadcaster is 7.25 and the AO 9.5 but the Broadcaster plays like a flatter radius than it is to me. Maybe it’s the way they’ve profiled the frets.
9.5 and 7.25 are so close even though it sounds like a lot and and the narrow/tall frets make the difference even less noticeable than if they both had vintage frets.... to me, anyway... Some folks are pretty particular about the radius, but I can play on both equally well, or badly...
congratulations, I'm glad you got an inspirational instrument.
They’re both Alnico 3. The Blackguards are hotter.
DC resistance Bridge: 9.73k/ Neck: 7.33k
DC Resistance: Bridge: 7.3K/Neck: 7.1K
Pure Vintage '52
DC resistance Bridge: 6.56k/ Neck: 7k
Thanks! I should have mentioned that I play mostly with the neck pickup and I was thinking that was A5.... I think the CS ones are A5 in the neck and A3 in the bridge, based on ads I saw for Josefina hand wound 50/51 Blackguards, but that doesn’t mean the production pickups are the same...
Love this tread for selfish reasons. Pulled the trigger on a used Broadcaster that should be here Wed 12th. Bought to sell. Very nice price from a shop I have done a lot of business online over the years. Described as 2019 very good condition site says few dings and playwear. 7.1 lbs U shaped neck. Have heard Broadcaster "wiring kit" consists of a capacitor and wiring schematic. And tweed case. Should be fun to play, but keeping Squire with neck P90, Blade rear, nice smoky pearl guard and locking Fender tuners. Famous last words.
Wow, so they’re showing up used already?? Curious, are you sure it’s 2019, I thought Fender just started producing these in 2020???
Curious about make-up and values used in the "fixed treble roll-off" circuit -- a/k/a position 3.
I have '54 and '57 esquires, both with useless "mud" in position 3. The the demo of the 70th anni. makes position 3 sound pretty good. Curious.
I have a question about the Broadcasters. What is the appreciable difference between these and the former American Vintage 52? I have seen a Broadcaster in the shop and although I didn't pick it up, the finish looks to be pretty thick on them. Are they finished with the 12-17 OV "fragile" nitro or are these the more classic thick nitro over poly that the old AVRI line had?
How about the nut width?
I've heard that AO 50s Tele is nitro over poly grain fill, and Broadcaster is nitro over wood, not sure if it's true for both CS or non-CS.
I do recall that a 2016-2017 AVRI 52 that I played a few times had a less prominent grain which makes me think it had a thicker finish than my Broadcaster, but it's been a while. To my untrained eye the Broadcaster body finish looks very thin. Judging by the neck pocket and a couple of tiny dents that I could find, this is going to age fast. My other guitars are all poly and they are mostly flawless after 10-15 years in which I owned them.
I was considering getting one, but I have a nice blackquard that I built that I am happy with. I bought a 60's Les Paul Standard instead.