(Yet another) NGD CS 51 Nocaster

Discussion in 'Fender Custom Shop Tele Forum' started by FrostyMorn, Feb 23, 2020.

  1. FrostyMorn

    FrostyMorn TDPRI Member

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    I really like the neck on this guitar.

    My local Mom & Pop was doing some spring cleaning this weekend and offered up a used 2009 Relic at a manageable price. I played a couple of Nocasters in the shop previously but never felt any magic from what felt to me like a crude neck. Let alone not understanding why anyone would pay that kind of money for a plank guitar. Over the past few months I've been playing a 2016 AV 52 and an AO 50s, both of which felt more... sophisticated, for lack of a better word.

    This guitar, however... I knew it was coming home within a few seconds of playing it. The profile, the frets, the relic'd fingerboard edges just work so well for me. The experience is notably different from the guitars mentioned above, which remain fine instruments themselves.

    The setup at the store was excellent, but I swapped the 10 set out for 11s and tightened the truss rod almost 1/2 a turn. Flat as can be is what I like.

    I play the neck pickup exclusively and there's a full, sweet tone available from this one.

    I guess this guitar has the "blend" wiring. The tone knob does nothing with the switch in the forward position.
    Not sure how I feel about that, but I understand this can be changed to a "modern" system.

    I really like the neck on this guitar.



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    Fretting out Friend of Leo's

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    Looks awesome

    At that price I’d hope to get a “real” case with it also,
    I have one of those fender thermometer cases and while it certainly looks cool it’s definitely lacking in the padding department
     
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    Congrats! Great looking guitar. Enjoy it.
     
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  4. FrostyMorn

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    I'm a play-at-home guy so I rarely use a case. The store offered to swap the case for a different style. Apparently they could sell the cool looking case alone for several hundred dollars.
     
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    Very Nice and even better she's the one!

    Enjoy, but I'm curious where this store is that is spring cleaning I've got the rug to trade up, but around here it's more like "fleeced" up.

    In all fairness to Music City if anyone knows where i can get a fair trade in this town let me know?
     
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    Fretting out Friend of Leo's

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    I’d certainly want the original case and there’s nothing wrong with it for storage, if it’s a playing out guitar I’d definitely have a travel case

    Maybe that’s how some of the originals got to “reliced”
     
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    Kontaktmoi Tele-Holic

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    Congrats, 11's will work fine for the music in your video... for more TWANG, 10 - 46 is a better choice... That's my opinion and reading through lots of forum / user feedback colums players seem to move away for the heavy strings... and go back down to 9 - 42's even. Keep that in mind... there are options. Your calusses will thank you.
     
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    Music Mill in Manchester, NH. A family owned business that has grown remarkably in the years I've been a customer. For years, only face-to-face business but they got into web marketing a few years ago. Old school, personal customer care. I've watched the staff treat someone with a $200 budget the same as the guy shopping $4k guitars. Boston-area stars and hobbyists like me are both greeted the same, by name at the entrance. I have no need to shop elsewhere.
     
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    Cool Thank you;)
     
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  10. FrostyMorn

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    Right. Well, I come from the 12-53 phosphor bronze acoustic world, so 11 feels soft.
     
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    I like it!! I also like your super champ! great tones and arsenal you got there!

    and I also play 11's!!!
     
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    11s help fatten up the treble tone. Which is what I'm looking for. I almost bought another Superchamp at the sale... but decided that was just senseless consumerism when I already had one!
     
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    Very nice.
    I like the way that we all have a different idea of what we want and that something turns up completely out of the blue that fills that space for us.
    Both my CS Fenders were bought used, and I always wonder what the previous owner were after that they let them go.

    It's also cool to know that someone knows what the neck pickup is for. I personally like the blend Nocaster wiring because it demands the appropriate musical material and appropriate touch.
     
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    Best Guitar I have ever owned. Congratulations.
     
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    Congratulations and hngd.
     
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    Congrats. Great guitar, I love mine, which is very light - how's yours?
     
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    Light, compared to...?

    Here are the weights, in order, of the last three Teles I've owned. I have only the Nocaster now.

    6.8 lbs - 2007 Joe Strummer
    7.4 lbs - 2009 Custom Shop '51 Nocaster
    8.2 lbs - 2016 Pure Vintage '52


    I had the Stummer and the PV at the same time and really felt that 1.4 lb difference!
     
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    My Joe Strummer weighed in at 6.5lbs. Lightest Tele I've ever owned.
     
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    7.4 is just right for a Fender not too light not too heavy.
    You sound great man!
    I had a NOS Nocaster I do miss it but I felt at the time the '52 RI from 2013 was just as good so I let it go.
    I don't have any 50s Telecasters in the stable anymore. You got me gassing.
     
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    Thanks, the guitar is an inspiration.

    I played a 2019 NOS today (NAMM LTD, whatever that means) and liked it a lot. Same neck feel as my '51 but different things happen then you twist the knobs.

    I've played two of the post-2012 52s and... geez, they all sound good to me!
     
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