Humbuckers probably aren't the first things to come to mind when you think of the Stratocaster - after all, this is a guitar that became legendary thanks to its lively single-coil sound helping to define the rock sound of the 1960s. And the truth is that when you look through this selection of Fender Stratocaster pickups, you might be wondering why they're labelled humbuckers to begin with since they usually look just like the classic single-coils. It's an easy source of confusion to sort out, though, when you notice the number of "noiseless" pickups in the lineup. Although they look like a vintage single-coil, their performance is anything but.
For an example of one of these, you could start by checking out the Fender Vintage Noiseless Strat Neck/Middle Pickup. It's designed to deliver the traditional Stratocaster character you'd expect from a single-coil pickup, combined with the clean and interference-free tone of a humbucker. That makes it a pretty versatile pickup that can cover virtually any style from the Strat's birth right up to the present day. And with the Fender Vintage Noiseless Strat Pickup Set, you can even get them three at a time to completely retrofit your axe. Though maybe you want to hot-rod a little? In that case, take a look at the Fender Hot Noiseless 3 Pickup Set. Unlike the relatively well-behaved Vintage Noiseless models, these things bring the heat so your tone can get as wild as you want it to.
With this series of Fender Stratocaster pickups, it's safe to say you can put to rest the debate of sticking to single-coil tradition or modernizing with humbuckers. These pickups will basically allow you to do both, which just might be the missing ingredient in your recipe for a totally new Stratocaster sound. Like anything else to do with guitars and music, the freedom is in your hands to experiment with them to your heart's content until you manage to eke out the tone that's perfectly you.