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Tele Bridge Pickup to match Nantucket Neck
« on: September 11, 2021, 08:01:16 PM »
I just took delivery of a Nantucket p90 neck pickup and a Flat 50 Bridge for my Novo Serus T.  I am finding the Bridge soooo much thinner than the neck that I think I might need something else.  Anyone have any recs on a Tele bridge pickup closer in output and tone to the Nantucket?  I am wondering if I will have to look for one of those p90 pickups in a tele bridge format.

I have 250K pots and I even tried setting up the tone pot to only work on the bridge.  I just don't like the sound rolling off the tone.

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Re: Tele Bridge Pickup to match Nantucket Neck
« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2021, 03:50:20 AM »
Wow, if the Flat 50 isnít enough, the Boss, which I have, isnít going to do it either.

Whatís above, the Piledriver and the Cobra?  I have not used either, so I canít recommend based on experience.   The  Cobra  sure looks interesting.

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Re: Tele Bridge Pickup to match Nantucket Neck
« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2021, 04:19:43 PM »
Wow, if the Flat 50 isnít enough, the Boss, which I have, isnít going to do it either.

Whatís above, the Piledriver and the Cobra?  I have not used either, so I canít recommend based on experience.   The  Cobra  sure looks interesting.

Yeah it is crazy for me to think the Flat 50s is thin.  Maybe I installed it wrong or something.  It sounds soooo thin after switch from the Nantucket.  I was thinking the Boss might get me closer.  I went with this combo on a recommendation from Tim.  I definitely don't play like those clips of the Cobra, Pile Driver and Brute Force.  I am definitely more in the classic rock style.

How does the Boss compare to the Flat 50 with output?

I almost wish BKP had something like the Nantucket in a tele bridge shape.  I have seen p90 style pickups like that from Fralin and Porter. 
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Re: Tele Bridge Pickup to match Nantucket Neck
« Reply #4 on: September 14, 2021, 10:09:15 PM »
I haven't used a Flat 50, so I can't help from experience. 

I use a Nantucket bridge, in a non Tele guitar..  I have to go on memory, because it's been a while since I used the Boss (have Flat 52s in now), but the Boss and Nantucket, on paper, appear to be in the same general ballpark in terms of heat.   I can say that I get a more beefy sound out of the Nantucket.  I chalk it up to the nature of the types of pickups, that is, a P90 is ballsier than a Tele pickup when similar in output. 

 I haven't studied or made pickups, so...I may be full of it.

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Re: Tele Bridge Pickup to match Nantucket Neck
« Reply #5 on: September 14, 2021, 11:07:20 PM »
I haven't used a Flat 50, so I can't help from experience. 

I use a Nantucket bridge, in a non Tele guitar..  I have to go on memory, because it's been a while since I used the Boss (have Flat 52s in now), but the Boss and Nantucket, on paper, appear to be in the same general ballpark in terms of heat.   I can say that I get a more beefy sound out of the Nantucket.  I chalk it up to the nature of the types of pickups, that is, a P90 is ballsier than a Tele pickup when similar in output. 

 I haven't studied or made pickups, so...I may be full of it.

Thanks! Thats what I was thinking as well.  I am really loving the Nantucket Neck.  There is somehow thick and clear but with the right amount of grunt.  Really cool. It is my first real p90.  I am hoping the boss is a little closer match in the output and thickness. 

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Re: Tele Bridge Pickup to match Nantucket Neck
« Reply #6 on: September 15, 2021, 01:59:32 PM »
Apologies if you've already tried this, but, assuming the bridge is wired in correctly, have you played with pickups heights to try to better balance the two?
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Re: Tele Bridge Pickup to match Nantucket Neck
« Reply #7 on: October 03, 2021, 04:01:22 PM »
Flat 50 sounding thin is weird. It's quite balsy in fact. Don't forget P90-neckpickup like the Nantucket always sound huge due to the big coil. Maybe a Blue Note might be a better match. But, first I would inspect if the bridgepickup is wired correctly. And try to play with the pickup height.
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Re: Tele Bridge Pickup to match Nantucket Neck
« Reply #8 on: October 04, 2021, 07:37:07 AM »
Make sure that the saddles are radiused properly to match the neck.  I was getting a weird plinky sound on the fourth and third strings and then I realised those saddles were sitting too low.  It was like I had a bridge set for a 16" radius with a 12" radius neck. I adjusted the bridge and the plink went away.

That affected both the Impulse neck and the Cobra-T bridge on my Tele, that's how I knew it wasn't just a pickup issue.

On the pickup to pair with a Flat 50 I would tend to switch the Nantucket out for a Blue Note and keep the Nantucket neck to use in another guitar with a hotter bridge pickup, unless you really want to go up to a Piledriver or Cobra, but the latter are quite different pickups.
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