Due to our affiliation with Virgil Arlo Pickups, we always get asked how the 1952 Twangy Tele's compare to the 1952 Model Virgil Arlo Pickups. It's easy to assume these are similar due to the same year being described but nothing could be further from the truth.
The Virgil Arlo 1952 Model, isn't based on a vintage 52 Tele. It's called the 52 Model because that was the first year for the Tele. It's actually based on some of the best pickups from the vintage era but not one year specifically.
Ask any pro that's played them and they'll tell you the Virgil Arlo 1952 Model are the best Telecaster Pickups ever made. Most guys say they have the sweet Twang of vintage Alnico 3 magnets with the tight bottom and dynamics of Alnico 5 magnets. Complex indeed! Now the Virgil Arlo's have been around a bit longer and are a household name among the pro players around the globe. They can cover just about any style of music and the neck can give you a really nice Twangy classic Tele tone.
If you are looking for the Best Telecaster for Twangy Tele tone, then don't discount the Tone Specific 1952 Twangy Tele Set. Based on a vintage 1952 Tele set, this a classic sounding tele set. The vintage 1952 Tele Pickups were made with Alnico 3's and were not wound too hot. Although we don't disclose our specs, this should give you an idea of the tone. Want a better description? Just trust your ears when you watch the videos below.
Which one is best? Well, that's for your ears to decide. Check out the Video's
Virgil Arlo Model 1952 Telecaster Pickups: