There's a few reasons why Fender's iconic Strats are iconic. Sure the body is eye-catching but you don't look at music. You hear it! And you know a Strat when you hear it. Crisp, clear and loud. The F... Read More
There's a few reasons why Fender's iconic Strats are iconic. Sure the body is eye-catching but you don't look at music. You hear it! And you know a Strat when you hear it. Crisp, clear and loud. The Fender N3 Noiseless Stratocaster Pickups deliver the best of modern tonal engineering while maintaining that unmistakable Fender sound. Designed to remove hum and preserve single-coil tone and dynamics, these pickups are tailored to their positions and use different alnico 3, 2 or 5 magnets to achieve their individual sonic character. The new unique core design and staggered-length pole pieces get the distinctive glassy sparkle and bell-like chime. The best part is these pickups are perfect for any style of music.
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I just got these installed in my MIM strat, and am having a ton of fun playing. I can use any pedal with no 60 cycle hum. (Even my fuzzface.) Do these pickups have the same bright sound as standard single coils? No, but then again all I have to do is make a minor adjustment on my amp. It's funny, but the main complaint that I've heard about these pickups is that they don't have the same bright sound as regular single coils. No one has mentioned any amp adjustments. (ie: Turning the treble up a touch.) Seems obvious to me. I do that with any pickup change. I found these to be dead silent. Even with a compressor going into a fuzzface with a power boost. (Normally a deadly combination for single coils.) So, in conclusion....A nice single coil sound with no hum. What more do you need? That's always been the goal. (At least my goal.) Check them out!
Prior to buying these, I had the single coils that came with my American Strat. It had the 5 way switch, and the only 2 useable positions were 2 and 4 (bridge+middle, neck+middle) since you had to have two coils in play to act like a humbucker. If you put a single coil on by itself, if was just awful with the loud noise it picked up. But not now! Post upgrade to the N3 noiseless, I can used all 5 positions! The tone sounds great, just like a Strat should sound. I am happy, since now I have more tonal options for this guitar. No hum/noise whatsoever, even with dirty effects in the loop. I am very mad at Fender for even selling a Standard Strat guitar with the old cheap pickups. These are awesome. Just go buy them. The upgrade process requires about 30 minutes and the soldering is quite easy. Would have rated 5 stars, but I have Sienna Burst strat with a white faceplate. So I ordered the N3's in "white" but upon arrival they are actually "off-white". Cosmetically, it still looks good, but I would have preferred actual "white". The old pickups had removable covers, so I thought I could have swapped them, but the N3's are deeper in height and covers don't come off. Probably better that way anyway.
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