The 51 Nocaster set from Fender is a unique set from a unique guitar. Before the Telecaster was the Rotocaster, the same guitar different name. Since Gretsch had a drum kit of the same name Fender was forced to rename the guitar. The irony now of course is that Fender owns Gretsch.
For a run of around 400 guitars the soon to be Telecaster had no name and therefore is affectionately known as the No Caster.
Quite the opposite in fact. The 52 Tele pickups are revered for their tone and these are very similar. Many players call the 51 set “The best pickups ever”
The 51’s are reasonably high output pickups with the bridge measuring at 7.1K and the Neck at 7.18k. This results in a matched tone with a little more bite on the neck as expected.
Very close to the iconic 52 tones these still have a great tone all of their own. This is about as vintage Tele pickup as one can get and we’d certainly recommend them.
|Signal Leads||Stranded Pushback Cloth|
|Insulation Type||Plain Enamel|
|Based on an era?||'50s|
|Based on famous model?||1951 Nocaster Pickups|