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pickups : Original Vintage VS Nocaster

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Lester Polsfuss, Dec 21, 2019.

Which one is your favorite ?

  1. Original Vintage PU

  2. Nocaster PU

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  1. Lester Polsfuss

    Lester Polsfuss TDPRI Member

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    Here is a video comparing two fender pickups : the Original Vintage and the Nocaster
    guitar : Fender Telecaster American standard 1995 mapple fretboard

     
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  2. Mr.Ike

    Mr.Ike Tele-Meister

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    Tried both, kept the nocasters in my back up.
     
  3. Fred Rogers

    Fred Rogers Tele-Afflicted

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    Nocaster for me
     
  4. SPUDCASTER

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    Depends on whether you require RWRP or not.

    Both sound good. I would probably go with the Nocasters because they're RWRP.
     
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  5. Corvus

    Corvus Tele-Meister

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    Got two Roadworns. One with Nocasters (smooth and snarly) and the other with ex AVRI '52's (more twangy.) For me the Nocasters - great thicker sounding bridge pu and clear neck pu. well balance in output.
     
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  6. FenderGuy53

    FenderGuy53 Poster Extraordinaire

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    '51 Nocasters
    Neck 7.1k Bridge 7.3k
    Alnico III mags
    Vintage tone with moderate output

    Original Vintage
    Neck 7.2k Bridge 6.6k
    Alnico III mags
    Vintage tone and output
     
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  7. Ricky D.

    Ricky D. Doctor of Teleocity

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    I like the OVs. A little brighter. Tele has to be able to cut through on demand.
     
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  8. boris bubbanov

    boris bubbanov Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

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    I bought a number of those 2006 60th Anniversary "Cubic Zirc" AS Telecasters (alder sunburst body, zirconium fret markers) and these came stock with OVs in them already.

    I can't say they're better, in this application, than the A5 pickups that ordinary American Series Teles came in around that time. The big funky bridge just spoils so much of what makes these special.

    And I have some of these MIM 50s Bajas with the Twisted Tele and the Broadcaster pickup sets, and I play these back to back against the reintroduced (post 2011) American Standards and the same pickups that sound so cool in the MIM, lose something with the "not quite as bad" bridge on those 2012 Standards.

    I'd say, the best way to evaluate pickups of this kind is to put them on a guitar with a bridge they're designed for.
     
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  9. Lester Polsfuss

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    In my opinion, the standard pickups were not as good as the vintage or nocaster
     
  10. RadioFM74

    RadioFM74 Friend of Leo's

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    OVs are my favorite 50s tele pickups.
     
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  11. Clifton C

    Clifton C Tele-Afflicted

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    The Nocaster pickups sound perfect to me. I remember a friend of mine who was in a band with me a few years ago. I had Nocaster pickups in the backup guitar I brought to a gig we were both playing. He broke a string during one of the songs, and since he didn't have a backup guitar, I let him play mine. When he plugged in my guitar and started playing, he turned to me and said over the music, "What pickups do you have in this guitar? They sound great!" He went out later and bought a Nocaster set for his guitar.
     
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  12. ScottTunes

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    Until I heard the samples in the first post, I would have said OV (I have 'em, and like 'em!). But the NC sounds much closer to what I remember of that era Tele that I liked/like so much! I even changed my vote! Haha!

    I have SD Broadcasters in my avatar Tele. They're quite nice too. But there's a little more Tele sting and snarl in the NoCaster bridge that draws me to a Tele in the first place. Hhhmmm... I'll likely add another Tele with NoCasters to the stable, rather than swap pickups (for now).
     
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  13. Fretting out

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    What are these original vintage pickups?

    Are they supposed to be like a 52 spec?
     
  14. AxemanVR

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    I have the original "American Vintage" bridge pickup that came on my 2003 Fender AVRI '52 Telecaster which I've always considered to be the same as Fender's "Original Vintage" pickups (I also had a set of "Original Vintage" pickups in another Tele and they sounded exactly the same).

    I loved the bridge pickups in both Teles but always thought the OV neck pickups (on both) sounded muffled and drab, so I put a Fender '51 Nocaster neck pickup in my '03 AVRI and it totally nailed the tone I wanted. Here's a review I did on mine:

    https://www.tdpri.com/threads/fender-nocaster-neck-pickup-review.697940/

    So my vote is for "both"! well, sort of... ;)

    BUT, if I could only pick one "set", I suppose I'd have to go with the Nocasters (even though I've never actually tried a Nocaster bridge pickup), since I have heard nothing but good things about them!...

    '52 Tele 01-30-2019.JPG


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  15. tamer_of_banthas

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    didn't one of our resident pickup gurus explain that the SD Broadcaster pickup is not truly done to the proper vintage spec [whichever year(s) are considered historically accurate for Broadcaster types] ?

    we should have a sticky thread for vintage accurate pickup options, year by year, or era by era.
     
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  16. Lester Polsfuss

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    After a couple of gigs, it seems the Nocaster bridge is easier for soloing, notes rings fatter. OV bridge was more acid..
     
  17. rze99

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    Nocasters. But the OVs are great in my AVRI 50s style and I wouldn’t replace them.
     
  18. Lester Polsfuss

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    Nocaster are typically "Exile on Main Sreet" Stones sound (Happy, Ventilator blues)
    Original Vintage 52 sound more like Toy Dolls, Blur, 60's tele
    Do you agree ?
     
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