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Fender Vintage Noiseless Tele Pickup Set  

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Imagine finding a humbucker with the bite, snap and snarl of a '60s Tele pickup. With the Fender Vintage Noiseless Tele Pickup Set the dream is reality. Designed with Special Alnico V magnets and enam... Click To Read More About This Product

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Imagine finding a humbucker with the bite, snap and snarl of a '60s Tele pickup. With the Fender Vintage Noiseless Tele Pickup Set the dream is reality. Designed with Special Alnico V magnets and enamel-coated magnet wire, these innovative stacked Tele pickups are even quieter than standard humbuckers! The neck pickup has a nickel silver cover for added clarity while the bridge pickup produces the traditional Tele twang. Each pickup proudly displays the Noiseless„¢ logo for more of that classic Fender vibe.

Features
  • '60s Tele twang, snap, and snarl combined with humbucker quietness
  • Special Alnico V magnets in a stacked configuration
  • Enamel-coated magnet wire
  • Neck pickup has nickel silver cover for added clarity
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FenderVintage Noiseless Tele Pickup Set
 
4.7

(based on 49 reviews)

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  • 5 Stars

     

    (42)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

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75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Vintage 'Noisless' Tele pickups are mighty fine!

Bought my '50s era American made Tele a year ago. Whilst having read about the Vintage Noisless Pickups on several websites and did not read one single bad review, I thought they would...Read complete review

Bought my '50s era American made Tele a year ago. Whilst having read about the Vintage Noisless Pickups on several websites and did not read one single bad review, I thought they would be just the thing, being as how the stock pickups sounded a little 'thin' and, well, lacking just a tad in what I wanted it (the guitar) to sound like. Whoa, Dude! I cannot believe how awsome these new pickups sound. I even put my old/new originals in my other Tele so I could directly compare them and, wow, I will never have need of the stock set again. The Vintage Noisless have much better gain, or volume, have a beautiful silky RICH overtone yet still retain the famouse Tele snarl and twang. These pickups just say 'spank!" There can be no comparison. While at it, I also added the four way switch to get the series circuit on both pickups and you talk about punch. They got it. It's like having a whole extra guitar. With these pickups one has a more verbose tonal range with which to achieve a greater array of amplifier input 'flavors' to begin with. I am completely and deleriously happy with this entire improvement. So if you be scared to spend the bucks to get these, rest assured you will not be disapointed, I mean, why are you looking for new pickups in the first place? Vintage Noisless are clearly the answer.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Poor quality and did not fit.

i recently got a mim fender standard tele and since trying it out in the store, decided right away that i was going to replace the stock pickups. I tried the seymour duncan vintage...Read complete review

i recently got a mim fender standard tele and since trying it out in the store, decided right away that i was going to replace the stock pickups. I tried the seymour duncan vintage stack.. And man! What a hassle to fit the four conductor wire in the guitar's cavity, and they did not sound that great. Then i decided to give these pups a try but they failed. Quality is poor compared to other hi end pickups like dimarzio and some seymours, The box came in bad shape, and bridge pickup did not fit my fender standard bridge. Sound was pretty decent. You kinda get that 60s tele sound.. And no hum which is great. But Overall i wouldnt recomend these pups to a friend. Intall is hard on some tele models and quality is poor. Took them out inmediately and got a set of GFS pro 63 tele pickups!

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5.0

Check the resistance on your pickups before you install them

By Rich M.

from Spokane, WA

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Improves Sound
  • Looks great
  • Reduces noise

Cons

  • Thin wires on pickups easy to break.

Best Uses

  • Backup
  • Concerts
  • Practicing

Comments about Fender Vintage Noiseless Tele Pickup Set:

The sound is very nice with a lot of character giving it a real 60's sound. Clean or dirty they sound great. I get a lot of compliments for the sound and I have many expensive guitars but my bandmates always want me to play the Telly. The instructions although simple fall short of providing all information needed. Check the resistance on the pickups before you install them, they're easier to return if you find a bad one. I got a bad bridge pickup but didn't check it out first. Thinking I didn't something wrong I reinstalled them and broke a wire in the process. Their quality control may be bad, but their sound makes it all worthwhile. I play rock, pop, blues, and country rock as well as jazz on my telly and it sounds great!

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Poor quality and did not fit.

By Diego

from San Diego CA

Comments about Fender Vintage Noiseless Tele Pickup Set:

i recently got a mim fender standard tele and since trying it out in the store, decided right away that i was going to replace the stock pickups. I tried the seymour duncan vintage stack.. And man! What a hassle to fit the four conductor wire in the guitar's cavity, and they did not sound that great. Then i decided to give these pups a try but they failed. Quality is poor compared to other hi end pickups like dimarzio and some seymours, The box came in bad shape, and bridge pickup did not fit my fender standard bridge. Sound was pretty decent. You kinda get that 60s tele sound.. And no hum which is great. But Overall i wouldnt recomend these pups to a friend. Intall is hard on some tele models and quality is poor. Took them out inmediately and got a set of GFS pro 63 tele pickups!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Quiet AND Rich

By Myron

from Portland, Oregon

Comments about Fender Vintage Noiseless Tele Pickup Set:

I was waffling between purchasing these pickups or the Seymour Duncan pickups, which also received some good reviews. However, I liked the look of these, with the "noiseless" inscription, and the shiny silver neck pickup; the reviews were great, so I bit the bullet and ordered the Fender Vintage Noiseless. These pickups cost as much as my Affinity Squier Tele, but have made it worth many times its purchase price. I believe there are more subtle overtones with these pickups, especially the neck, which actually makes for a richer sound. Still "twangy" from the bridge, but a fuller twang. And QUIET. No more funny looks and shaking heads from my bandmates when I turn my amp on in practice. Haven't recorded with them yet, but seem quiet enough for recording purposes also. One thing of note: while trying to "desolder" the old wires from the volume trimpot, the old solder just would not melt. (I have a 30-watt soldering iron.) I did not want to purchase a 60-watt iron as some internet tips suggested, so I just cut the old wires as close as possible to the old solder, covered the loose ends with new solder, and then soldered the new wires right on top of the old solder joint. Works great.

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome but with some hints and tips...

By Mark

from Mechanicsburg, PA

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Functional
  • Improves Sound
  • Sounds Like A Tele

Cons

  • Hard 2 Find Documentation

Best Uses

  • Upgrade Your Pickups

Comments about Fender Vintage Noiseless Tele Pickup Set:

My new Fender Vintage Noiseless pickups replaced the Tex-Mex set that came with my Nashville Deluxe Tele. In the first set I received, the bridge pickup was defective. I would recommend measuring them with a meter and compare them to the spec BEFORE you install them. My first bridge pickup measured > 200K instead of 8.6K spec and its output was only about 1/10th of the neck pickup and very thin. The current set sounds great and is quiet. While I can't specify the output level, the Vintage Noiseless pups drive my Fender Blues Jr about the same and have given me additional colors and tone over my original Tex-Mex pups. I am very pleased with them.

A couple hints:
The instructions, essentially a wiring diagram without labels or values, was of little value. For this specific pup set, there are no references to if the potentiometers should be changed out. There are a number of references to the Strat set, to the Noiseless set in general being dual coil and therefore requiring higher value pots, and a recommendation from Fender support to change to 500K for the volume and 1M for the tone pots - that is what their Strat diagram indeed shows. My Tele sounded horrible with the 500Ks for both volume and tone. You could've etched glass! I was finally able to find Tele diagrams, with either 2 and 3 Vintage Noiseless pups, and the value was 250K for both volume and tone, and .022uF for the tone cap.

I also replaced the original pots and the tone cap with a better quality .022uF 200V cap because of the multiple solder heatings. Note the value of the cap was the same as my original value.

If you are changing out a set of Tex-Mex like I did, the old middle pickup will have yellow and red wiring. The new will have black and white wires. White = Yellow and Black = Red.

Finally, the Vintage Noiseless pickup was just a bit taller than my Tex-Mex pup so I needed a 3/4" set of mounting screws instead of 1/2" to properly adjust the height of the pickup. Otherwise, the pickup would fall out into the body cavity. Mine uses the rubber tubing and mounts to the pick guard. They were readily available at at local hardware stores (4-40, 3/4").

In spite of the defective bridge pickup, I still rated the Fender Vintage Noiseless pickups as excellent. The replacement set was perfect and Musician's Friend made the return and replacement painless.

Hope that is helpful to folks out there.... there wasn't much I found in searches or in the Tele forums.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Back and Forth

By Chicken House Willie

from Dyersburg, TN

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Good Quality
  • Variety Twang To Grunge

Cons

  • Have To Fiddle With Eq

Best Uses

  • Concerts
  • Recording And Jamming

Comments about Fender Vintage Noiseless Tele Pickup Set:

I keep going back and forth on these. I have a 2011 AmStd Telecaster, and I loved the stock pickups. I put VNs in, and after a few minutes of setting the EQ on my amp and guitar, I got some great tones. I really like both sets of pickups. Neither is "better" than the other, just very different. I get more twang with the VNs, a better middle-switch sound, and a larger variety of tones. The AmStd pups have an altogether different tone. Tele, but more modern, higher mids perhaps. May have to buy a second AmStd and keep it stock.

(5 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

My Vintage Noiseless Telecaster Pick Ups

By Riznik

from Columbia SC

About Me Experienced

Pros

    Cons

    • Not Functional
    • Poor Quality

    Best Uses

      Comments about Fender Vintage Noiseless Tele Pickup Set:

      I don't know, maybe it's just bad luck! I found a beautiful 1998 MIM tele in Showroom condition, I mean it looks as though it was never played. So I decided to get it for myself this Christmas. I already have a MIM Fat Strat that is very nice But it has some 60 cycle hum (i've learned to live with), but This tele sounded great but the noise was way worse. So I decided to buy the Vintage Noiseless tele pick ups. After reading the intructions I notice that the pick ups are warranted by Fender if THEY ARE INSTALLED at an authorized Fender repair Shop, so I decided to have this authorized shop in Columbia SC install them. Well that was a big bummer because they did alot of things wrong to my tele and the pick ups were still noisy and not working right. So I went to another authorized Fender repair shop in Lexington SC. I told them what was going on and the said they would take a look. I was advised that the bridge pick up was only putting out less than half it's normal output but he would ask Fender about it. Well to make a long story shorter Fender sent out a relacement to the shop, if fact they sent out two replacement bridge pick ups. After waiting about a month I was told it was ready for me to pick up. well let me tell you it is the same noisy thing. it quiets if I touch the strings or any metal on the guitar but this time the bridge pick up doesn't even work. I'm taking it back to the shop in the morning. I tell you I've paid so much in repair charges that I wish I would have just bought the American version and pray that one is better. I'm not sure if it's the product (pick ups) or the authorized dealers doing my repairs. This was just supposed to be a simple pick up switch out and set up.
      I am very dissapointed!

      (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Poor quality control

      By Robert Kinsell

      from Nacogdoches Texas

      Comments about Fender Vintage Noiseless Tele Pickup Set:

      Finally got the pickups installed ... neck pup is fine, good sound. Bridge pup is shorted out, almost no sound, static, cutting in and out. Thought it was the wiring, installed an Acme pre-wired harness, same problem. Replaced the bridge with an old GFS pup, and it works fine. Can't really stand that the"Big National Company" can't keep standards up where the cheap guys can.

      (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      tasty

      By John North

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Fender Vintage Noiseless Tele Pickup Set:

      27 five star ratings can't be wrong.
      Bridge/Rhythm
      Sleek, very attractive. I replaced what I believe were the stock pickups in a '92 American Tele. The vintage noiseless are not only super quiet but very thick sounding as well. Unlike many other Tele pickup configurations I've played, the neck pickup is evenly balanced with the bridge pickup (in volume, gain, treble, and bass.) Both pickups are very warm sounding, given you are playing through a tube amp. They clean up nicely with the volume knob in overdriven situations. No question the best option for replacing pickups in a Tele.
      For $120 - a tremendous deal, given the tone improvements in my tele.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Good Pickups at a Good Price

      By Brian Roncevich

      from Freedom, PA

      Comments about Fender Vintage Noiseless Tele Pickup Set:

      I bought these pups for a home built Tele project. I have to say these things sound great. I dont have another Tele to compare them to but I do have several Strats. The neck pup has that nice mellow tone but when you crank the volume it really comes alive. The bridge has a nice bit of Tele twang to it but not over the top. Roll the tone knob back a bit and it sounds great as well. Compared to my Strat with Texas Customs I think it has more bite. Overall I would rcommend them and plan on using them again in a few more of my home built Tele projects.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best Pickups for a Tele

      By Lynn Good

      from PA

      Comments about Fender Vintage Noiseless Tele Pickup Set:

      Just got these about a week ago. All I can say is absolutely amazing! They give my '93 Telecaster a better sound than a new one off the rack. The price is great. I highly recommend these if you want to make your Tele better than ever!

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