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Fender Vintage Noiseless Strat Pickup Set  

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The Fender Vintage Noiseless Strat Pickup is made with Alnico V magnets, custom magnet wire, and aged white covers with gold "Noiseless" logo. Comes with 3 control pots. Crisp, clear, and quiet. Set o... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Fender Vintage Noiseless Strat Pickup is made with Alnico V magnets, custom magnet wire, and aged white covers with gold "Noiseless" logo. Comes with 3 control pots. Crisp, clear, and quiet. Set of 3.

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FenderVintage Noiseless Strat Pickup Set
 
4.2

(based on 17 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Absolutely Amazing

I bought these little pieces of heaven as part of a refinishing project over the summer I bought a used Squier Strat, threw out the electronics and tuners first of all. I stripped the...Read complete review

I bought these little pieces of heaven as part of a refinishing project over the summer I bought a used Squier Strat, threw out the electronics and tuners first of all. I stripped the dark blue finish that was layed on pretty thick and choked the tone. I tinted the body and headstock slightly and applied an ultra thin satin nitrocellulose coat. It resonates so much that it makes a haunting sound even when you play it unplugged. The stock pickups were noisy, and very weak and bad sounding. So I put in these pickups (with the help of a guitar repairsman to make sure everything was in place) and set them right, and set the guitar intonation and action correctly (I use all nickel strings for a warmer sound), and BAM! this cheap little guitar became a work of art. The pickups sound so articulate and glassy, and suprisingly can get a good amount of quality distortion through my Micro Cube. These are more than I had hoped for, and have made my guitar playing even better. I cannot recomend these enough for any single coil pickup guitar

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Fit Problem

I received the Fender Vintage Noiseless P/U set and started to install them on the new Strat pickguard I purchased. I noticed right away one p/u was wired with a black/yellow...Read complete review

I received the Fender Vintage Noiseless P/U set and started to install them on the new Strat pickguard I purchased. I noticed right away one p/u was wired with a black/yellow pair of wires vs. the other two with black/white wires. The diagram sent with the p/u set doesn't point out where the black/yellow wired p/u goes. I went to the Fender website and looked up the wiring diagram for the American Standard Strat. (it uses the same p/u's) This diagram is in color and shows the black/yellow wired p/u is the bridge p/u. I also noticed that the p/u wires on all three p/u's are the same length. This means which ever p/u you put in the neck position is too far from the switch for the wires to reach. The bridge p/u needs its white wire to be about two inches longer to get routed properly and reach the switch. I spoke to Fender Customer Relations and the set is being sent back.

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4.0

Sounds good, and no noise!

By Dave

from Richmond, VA, USA

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Pros

  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Fender Vintage Noiseless Strat Pickup Set:

      I don't know why poeple talk trash avout these pickups. The enclosed pots really help open up the souns.

      I upgraded them further with a TBX tone and Clapton mid-boost. It gives me a great variety of tones, and no boise!

       
      5.0

      I would use the local store to by product online again

      By JP

      from Las Vegas NV

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Good Quality
      • Improves Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Concerts

        Comments about Fender Vintage Noiseless Strat Pickup Set:

        This pickups completely changed the sound of my guitar for the better.
        The sound is amazing and very unique

         
        4.0

        Very nice!

        By HUGH CALEY

        from Albany, CA

        Comments about Fender Vintage Noiseless Strat Pickup Set:

        I replaced the stock pickups in my Squier "Classic Vibe" 60s strat with these after playing a high end strat that used them in a Guitar Center. After finding out that the set was only around $200 it seemed like a no-brainer. I certainly don't regret the change. There was nothing wrong with the originals, but I don't miss the 60 cycle hum a bit, and they maintain a lot of the clarity of the original pickups without the noise. They sound a little "thicker", but they still sound like a strat, and I'm digging them. I also appreciate the newer circuitry that allows pulling down the volume control without losing a lot of the high-end. Overall, recommended.

         
        4.0

        Great pick up for Crunch

        By Lucilma Negron

        from California

        Comments about Fender Vintage Noiseless Strat Pickup Set:

        These pickups are great for a distorted sound. They don't get muddy and are silent not one buzz or hum. I gave it a 4 because when clean it is quiet compared to my tex mex. but the benifet of it being quieter is that you can drive a tube amp a bit harder with out the volume and this pickup is gorgeous on a tube. If you have a tube amp and are not afraid to play dirty BUY THESE. With solid state you won't be as satisfied but they are still better than stock

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Storm Monday Blues

        By R Gomez

        from San Antonio, TX

        Comments about Fender Vintage Noiseless Strat Pickup Set:

        After some painstaking research and being a big fan of Clapton, I went with the Vintage Noiseless over Lace Sensor Golds. IMO, the Golds sound some what artificial. I swapped these with some recently added TX specials on an almost new Amer. Standard Strat w/maple neck. I believe TX specials sound better on a rosewood neck (another project). The 1st issue; I realized that the wiring diagram that came with my set is NOT accurate. There were 2 capacitors/resistors that came in the box, that were not in the diagram. Luckily I was able to find a diagram that included them via google images which remedied that. Second; I did NOT use the (2) 1 MEG, and 500k volume pot that came in the package, but rather opted for the 250k pots (all 3) that were already in my Strat (highly recommend by many others) And the yellow wire is for the bridge p/u (also not noted in the diagram). VERDICT: absolutely amazing; crystal clear bell tone, silky highs, punchy mids, and warm lows. And hum canceling is an understatement! After using TX specials for so many years, the lack of hum is almost creepy, but well appreciated. Overall, the tone is warm, silky, and lucid, with a pinch of twang. Note articulation and separation is outstanding �ۡ����your unique attack will flourish beyond what stock pickups can offer. Paired with a TS9, they really came alive! Slow dirty blues, rock/blues, and classic rock tone possibilities suddenly become very obvious, all with a nano bite of hum. The bridge pickup is a bit lacking and thin, however a bridge plate should provide for a wider/fatter sound. The covers are aged white with gold lettering which adds a hit of its own vintage flavor. If you want �ۡ��̏white�ۡ�ݕ�_ covers, I believe you will have to buy the ones that are sold individually. Installation time was about an hour, including the online searching. Little soldering skills needed. All in all; I am very satisfied with the product (not so much with Fender) and highly recommend them for anyone seriously looking for a noiseless vintage tone and/or their own �ۡ��̏woman tone.�ۡ�ݕ�_

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Buy these only if you want incredible tone

        By Lorin

        from Laguna Hills Ca

        Comments about Fender Vintage Noiseless Strat Pickup Set:

        I recently installed these on my 30 year old strat. Are they truly noiseless? Well let's just say they are noticeably better on that front, but not as quiet as my les paul. Still a tad of hum but only when I take my hands off the strings. So somehow I'm providing a ground or something while I'm playing the guitar. The tone is really the good news. Even if they didn't reduce noise at all they would have been a huge improvement. Sweet, clean, bell-like chime of a vintage strat! Each pickup has a true sound of its own. The out of phase positions really stand out as well. Quite a nice full well rounded sound. Lots of sustain, lots of nuance, lots of variety, especially with the new tone controls. They truly are a great part of the new sound as well. They roll off real slow giving so much more control. I would have never imagined that this new pic-up set was going to improve the sound this much. My Vintage tube amp has a bold new sound as well. This guitar somehow works through both channels so much better than before. I was happy with the clean channel in the past, but when I would switch to the overdrive channel it would just sound like I gave up tone for crunch. Not any more. This is really cool! How does it compare to my Les Paul? I think I need new pickups for my Les Paul. So thanks Fender for really getting it right. The only issue is installation needs to be done by someone who really knows what they are doing, the wiring diagram is hard to read, and not all the extra electronics are easily identified by the novice. I have experience with this sort of thing but I still got expert help and am glad I did. You need to install everything, not just wire in the pickups.

        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        pretty good

        By Clapton22

        from long island, new york

        Comments about Fender Vintage Noiseless Strat Pickup Set:

        These pickups sound great. Only flaw is they are really low output, which is sorta annoying. They have a nice classic strat sound. Great for blues and classic rock. These pickups + the fender mid boost is great!

        (13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Unbelievable - One Small Warning

        By Kris

        from Merrimack, NH

        Comments about Fender Vintage Noiseless Strat Pickup Set:

        I was pretty displeased with the sound of my new MIM strat. The ceramic pickups were extremely harsh sounding to the extent that it was painful to my ears. Since I love the MIM strat, I purchased these vintage pickups and I am incredibly impressed with the tone. I play through a Blues Junior most of the time and the thing that immediately struck me was the beautiful clear bell tone and natural harmonics. The made my guitar sound like a custom shop model. I am sure that some of the other reviewers may have gotten a bad batch or something, as I couldn't imagine a better tone from a pickup. The only caveat is that the wires are not long enough for the neck pickup to comfortably reach the switch. On that pickup, I actually had splice it with the existing wire. I am no electrical engineer, but it worked fine. Not sure why Fender wouldn't provide longer wires. Overall though, these pickups are remarkable. I would say that I am a blues/classic rock player and that I consider the pickups to match this style.

        (4 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        BAD BUY

        By Roman

        from Alameda, CA

        Comments about Fender Vintage Noiseless Strat Pickup Set:

        These pickups sound terrible. Its like taking a standard Strat, and turning the tone knob all the way down. THERE'S NO TONE IN THESE PICKUPS!!!!!!!!!! That's basically all there is to it. Yeah, they may get rid of the hum but at what a price. All you have to do to get rid of the hum is put your hands on your instrument. Its not like you're going to be playing with your hands off it. If you want a Fender sound DO NOT BUY THESE. If you want a Gibson sound DO NOT BUY THESE. If you want a Fender trying to sound like a Gibson BUY THESE.

        (4 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Fit Problem

        By Bill

        from Green Valley, CA

        Comments about Fender Vintage Noiseless Strat Pickup Set:

        I received the Fender Vintage Noiseless P/U set and started to install them on the new Strat pickguard I purchased. I noticed right away one p/u was wired with a black/yellow pair of wires vs. the other two with black/white wires. The diagram sent with the p/u set doesn't point out where the black/yellow wired p/u goes. I went to the Fender website and looked up the wiring diagram for the American Standard Strat. (it uses the same p/u's) This diagram is in color and shows the black/yellow wired p/u is the bridge p/u. I also noticed that the p/u wires on all three p/u's are the same length. This means which ever p/u you put in the neck position is too far from the switch for the wires to reach. The bridge p/u needs its white wire to be about two inches longer to get routed properly and reach the switch. I spoke to Fender Customer Relations and the set is being sent back.

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